Our Public and Private Faces... It’s normal that we behave differently with different people and in different situations. But sometimes our ‘masks’ become unhelpful and get in the way of how we really want to be in the world. Being aware of the ‘masks’ we wear can help us make more effective decisions and form … Continue reading What masks do you wear?
and out of the mess... personal meaning emerged... What do you stand for? What drives you? What motivates you? How do you want to live your life? You can find different renditions of the activity we used here: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/629307747900407826/?lp=true
In Tuesday's Mindful Art Therapy session, seven residents reflected upon how and what they do, to nurture and look after themselves. Firstly, we practiced focusing on our felt sensing, and followed this with a guided visualization. I decided to broaden the classic art therapy 'Rosebush' activity to encompass 'a plant' because in the past I … Continue reading Pondering self care…
Last week, inquirers in the Arcadia House Mindful Art Therapy group expressed their emerging experience of recovery by creating representations using drawing, collage, found poetry and conversation. I am always astounded by the courage, insight and honesty that is expressed as everyone shares what they have have to know.
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.
Last week, residents in the rehabilitation therapeutic community created collages to express their experience of change and choice; Where will I be in twelve months if I change, and where will I be if I don't change? I sometimes think my heart will burst, as inquirers share their stories of courage, loss, hope and determination. Whilst … Continue reading Where will you be?
A few years ago I became deeply moved by a book written by Sharon Strouse, called 'Artful Grief'. Sharon describes her experience after the death of her daughter, and how she found collage, and then the 'SoulCollage(R)' process, a gentle way to find healing and give voice to her unspeakable grief and loss. She says … Continue reading Compassionate Friends…