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The Harmony Between Circles and Squares: Writing Prompt

In therapy circles, there is a concept known as integration. It is where you take what has happened or experienced and bring it into your understanding of the world - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

As the world goes through the process of understanding Covid, systemic inequality, and our relationships to each other and technology we have to take that inside.

The words that come to mind for me are "squaring the circle." How do we combine the circle with its opposite, the square? It is sort of an alchemy to take that leap between the two - and it is interesting to use the paintings inspired by Trancendentalist ideas (more below in creative links) to show how the two can come together.

In 1882, the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem proved that the task of squaring the circle is impossible, yet I would say that the there is a space between the possible and impossible. Therein lies the conversation between intellect (what we know is true) and emotion (what we feel is true) or even what we understand versus what remains a mystery.

There is no exact squaring of the circle, but I believe that creativity is part of the process integration between different thoughts and feelings - for example wanting to go on an adventure while also being a little scared to leave home. Two impulses - millions of different ways to bring them into harmony.

Writing prompt: Think of two opposed feelings or thoughts you have. An easy one is wanting to save versus wanting to spend money. Think of creative ways to bring those two impuses into harmony so that the circle and square are in conversation.

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