Dear Dream Tending Community,
I am touched to share that today marks the one-year anniversary of Tending Tuesday.
Tending Tuesday was inspired by a pull to sustain the value of what happens when we come together as a community. During challenging post Covid times the Dream Team wanted to do something more. We felt a call, a desire to offer a free resource to encourage others to tend to imagination and dream images.
The creative impulse of Tending Tuesday was inspired by the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. In this book, every Tuesday Mitch Albom spends time with his dying mentor and professor, Morrie. The book teaches of life, values, purpose and inspires a deepened “belief in humanity.” In the book, Morrie says, “love is the only rational answer” and “the most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” These statements remind me of the importance of mentorship, love, and community.
In Dream Tending, we often talk about the value of outer and inner community. Outer community referring to the loved ones that comprise our friends, family, and colleagues. Inner community referring to dream figures and landscapes that live within the realm of imagination. Inner community also refers to loved ones and elders who have passed on but still live within us. In the Dream Tending practice, connecting with outer community and the images of inner community is tending to our beloveds of soul. This praxis aligns with Morrie’s mantra, “Love Wins.”
Our hope is that our topics, exercises, and quotes in some way spread love for outer and inner communities. We have learned a lot this past year. It is with humility, tremendous gratitude, and excitement we enter this next year of Tending Tuesday.
Alia Aizenstat
Executive Director
Dream Tending
Licensed Psychotherapist

Exercise: Opening Your Heart to Inner Community

  1. Take a moment to consider several images, figures, or elders who are a part of your inner community. This may be parents who have passed away, dream figures, pets, or trees. Choose only three members of inner community for now.
  2. With closed eyes imagine sitting in a grass field surrounded by a circle of trees. In this field you are with your trinity of supportive, loving inner community members.
  3. Face each figure and experience the exchange of love, connection, and respect. Notice the feeling of your heart opening as you imagine these energetic exchanges. Spend time with each one, truly taking in the moment.
  4. When you are ready, come back to eyes open. Take a moment after this active imagination and notice how your body feels. Journaling or sketching about this experience can help deepen and sustain the connection.

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This is a quote that resonated with me this week…

“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
-Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

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Stephen Aizenstat

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned professor of depth psychology, an imagination specialist, and an innovator. He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies and institutions, and as a depth psychological content advisor to Hollywood film makers. He has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations, where he has spoken. Professor Aizenstat is the Chancellor Emeritus and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.