My friend (an art therapist) said 'choose some figures from my new collection'. I obliged although I didn't really feel like playing. I placed them on a large piece of paper and moved them around until they 'felt right'. I felt my energy shift as my curiosity arose. I looked at the postures of the … Continue reading I was feeling unsure… vulnerable.
Here I go again... gushing about my job! The fact is, I love facilitating the Therapeutic Drawing series at Directions Health. I take great joy and comfort in knowing I don't have to do very much; just share in the creative activity and reap the benefits. The studies are right! Participants always say that they … Continue reading How did I get to be so lucky?
An inquiry into change... one eye on the changing feeling naked linked to spreading wings arteries drawing life away from crippled limbs. A poetic response to representation of personal change. Ink blot and collage, 2018
Today, I intended to follow the same process I presented in the previous post, but this time I worked on an unpleasant emotion. Interestingly, I forgot all about the contemplation part of the process (steps three & four) and found myself quite literally, cutting to the cutting up!I found the words to express my embodied … Continue reading Another abstract word collage
Here is a simple activity creating an abstract art piece from words. I often use this process when I want to quickly integrate an emotional reaction to something; either a comfortable or uncomfortable emotion. It takes me about 30 - 40 minutes to complete. But I have been doing them for a while now! I like … Continue reading Create a word collage and watch what happens…
What is this feeling? A sensation of uneasiness in the area of my lower stomach… I can’t find the right word to describe it… sort of a tension… could be nervous energy… no, that’s not right… maybe I’m a little anxious? ... I’m invited to explore what’s happening. I choose some pastels… I’m drawn to … Continue reading What is this feeling?
I have been feeling stuck around a few things in my life. As I pondered about my ‘stuckness’ I came across the writings of Spinelli and Strasser… “… the worldview may either be open and flexible to its reconstitution or may resist restructuring and continue to maintain the existing structure’s experiential inadequacy or inconsistency. Those … Continue reading Shifting the sedimentation…