Many years ago, when I was fifteen, I was introduced to this beautiful creation. It spoke to me, with its simple curving and circular flow, echoing something internal and spiritually peaceful. It had its origin with the Iroquois, and knowing that my grandfather was part of that Indigenous confederacy called the Five Nations, which includes the Mohawk, my grandmother’s tribe, it struck a chord. Four fish swim in a circular formation, coming together in the center. This is a place where fish gather, and wherever fish tend to gather, you can rest assured that it is safe, warm, calm, and nurturing. Four very powerful ideals. Summed up in a beautiful image of symmetry and union. This is the place I want to be in my world. To know internally that whenever life strikes me as crazy, bizarre, overwhelming, or just plain difficult, I can gather myself together and think of my Damariscotta in order to find my way back to that serene place. It’s an elegant simple ideal, and the form touches my soul each and everytime I look at it. Little did I know that fifteen years later I would tattoo the symbol on my shoulder, creating a grandfatherly reminder and connection to my spiritual ancestry and centered essence. Now, as I expand my psychotherapy practice in Toronto and work hard to maintain my practice in New York City, I embrace the symbol and its meaning with all my heart. This is my logo, and my purpose, in my work and in my life.
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