Posts Tagged ‘art’

Art Therapy: Using Art as A Tool to Help Your Child

June 9th, 2011

Sarah was an unforgettable girl. She was a tall lanky teenager with as many piercings on her face as freckles. She was a student in an alternative high school where I worked. I can still picture Sarah today in her baggy pants, ripped clothes and colored hair. She was one of those students who wore her anger and sadness like a badge.

Everyone knew Sarah had a rough time. She had even threatened to kill herself a year earlier. The clothes and the personal history made it easy for Sarah to be left alone, and she said that’s what she wanted.

A natural artist and freethinker, Sarah was recommended for art therapy by a concerned teacher. She strolled into our first session, unloaded her books and grabbed some clay. Quietly she molded the clay. For the first month we sat mostly in silence as she formed the clay into angry mask-like faces. I accepted what she gave me unconditionally, knowing there was more to Sarah than angry masks. I waited for weeks until the time was right. I asked Sarah, “What’s behind the mask?…If you took away the angry mask what would there be?” Sarah sat quietly looking at her clay. A long pause, a sigh, her brown eyes rimmed with tears, “ I don’t know”. Our journey together had begun.

Sarah, like many kids I’ve worked with over the years, embraced art. Even with so many let downs and mixed emotions, she was able to let go and risk show who she was through her artistic creations. I witnessed Sarah bloom from lost teen to graduating Senior. Her artwork changed too. From dark pictures and angry masks to bright colored painting she proudly gave to friends and family. She had finally found a way to give of herself and to be accepted.

Years later I got a phone call. Sarah wanted to meet for lunch. That day I walked in to see the butterfly Sarah had become. Her face was glowing. She looked so happy and healthy. Her pink outfit mirrored her wonderful transformation from anger to acceptance.

We ate, laughed, listened, and knew silently that we were part of a journey that had brought us to this place. I felt grateful to have witnessed Sarah’s transformations.

Art Therapists working with children share the hopes of all parents. Our goal is to help children discover their inner beauty and potential. For many people, this journey to self-acceptance requires special support.

I saw Sarah again several years later. She was visiting home briefly and had changed schools. She was going to study counseling. She told me she was going to make a difference in somebody’s life. I nodded and smiled, knowing that she already had.

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Sometimes the best thing you can really do is nothing at all

February 15th, 2011

A productive day at the office!

Space- ahhh! Space to grow, space to explore, space to play, space to imagine.

Big, glorious, joyous space.

When there is space-       there is opportunity for growth-       and possibilities.

We inherently fill, squeeze, and occupy with stuff

our sacred space.

Allow yourself the exhale of the divine,

your sacred space,

an opportunity to be.

Don’t worry, the world will still continue without your doing.

How will you create space in your life today?

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Mandala Mondays- Valentine’s celebration of your delicious self

February 14th, 2011

It’s Mandala Mondays-  self- loving day! Wahoo 🙂

Oh, beautiful glorious being……your soul opens up at this moment to welcome you home!

YOU:

Quirky

Kind

Generous

Confused

Longing

Imperfectly Perfect

Soul

What Valentine’s Day gift would you give yourself on this luscious day of self love?

More patience, peace in your heart, a moment to relax in the sunshine and see the long shadows of the day across your window pane.

What if,

at this moment,

you decided all that really mattered was self-love, quite kindness, and simply being unafraid of being who you are at your divine core.

Then what?

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The Art of Living a Creative Life

February 4th, 2011

Do you have this creative voice that is yearning to be expressed?  As you open up to the creative possibilities in your life and in your business you’ll find that bringing your creative, authentic voice into everything you do will resonate with those you work with.

You see, the more you welcome in creativity, possibilities, and joy, and the more you support others in expressing their unique creative gifts, the more abundance flows to you (the more money comes, and the more people are attracted to what you have to offer).

So close your eyes and imagine with the sense of your soul, and allow yourself to be guided…what is it that makes your heart sing? How can you express this passion in the work you are currently doing? What’s one shift you need to make (physically or emotionally) to welcome in more creativity into your daily life? What’s one thing you need to let go of?

I’d love to hear how creativity is woven throughout your life.

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What is your heart telling you to do in your business?

January 21st, 2010


Amazing opportunities are unfolding in our lives right now and all of us who are healers and helpers are being called forward into helping more people. If you are reading this newsletter then you are being called, because you would not have this yearning for something more if you are not meant to be stepping forward into the bigger version of your self.

But this is not about you. It’s not about you achieving a certain amount of prestige or money in your business; it’s more than you. It’s about stepping out into what you are called to do with your life and not hiding out in some office or agency, playing small because you are fearful. Yes, you can be of great service to your clients in these settings and I’m sure you offer those you work with your unique gifts; however, in your heart you know you are called to step into something bigger.

So the fear kicks in when you are in a place of moving from your comfort zone. The fear shows up as limiting thoughts, not knowing the “how”, making excuses of not having the time or the money. We all know that feeling of longing, which is your intuition guiding you in the direction of you soul’s purpose. It’s signaling to you what to do next and asking you to follow your heart’s path.

However, most people get stuck in the longing. They allow the fears to keep them from moving forward and when we don’t move forward the longing and the discontent become stronger. What happens in this place of longing is that you stifle your gifts and become stuck. You are holding back the reigns on your life and in your work because of fear and you become stalled in anxiety, control, worry, and other repetitive patterns keeping you in place.

What happens is that eventually we have breakdowns. Work enviornments become so toxic we are force to change, you get laid off, programs change and you find you cannot tolerate it anymore, or your bank account is empty and no clients are coming. Then you are forced to look at what you’ve been holding back and ignoring. As they say, “the breakdown before the breakthrough”.

I know this cycle all too well, and I’ve seen in myself, with friends, family, clients, and therapist colleagues. What I am learning through this process is to become more connected to my intuition to help guide me. For it is in the resistance of the next step, and growth forward (because of fear) that we stay stuck. When you surrender to the fear, trust your intuition, and follow your heart’s path, that is when the opportunities arise.

So listen to your heart. Truly it knows what is the right next step for you. Then the energy is not mis-spent on staying stuck, but is invested on moving forward. This is a gift, and again it’s not just for you. When you move forward through fear you share your journey with others and inspire them on their path. Every step outside of your comfort zone and aligned with your heart allows you to ignite the spark for others. This is why we are here; this is our life’s purpose. Not to hide and dim your brilliant light, but to shine it brightly so others can boldly say yes to their own divine spark!

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