Category Archive: Emotional healing

Vibrancy and Saturation in Abstractions

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I’ve been exploring the difference between vibrancy and saturation in digital abstracts. Vibrant colors are very high on the scale of brightness. They are bright and striking colors that pulse with energy and suggest… Continue reading

Enjoying Life Every Day

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Freedom is the ability to pursue living your life within the constraints of society, culture and the law, without depriving others of their opportunities to experience the same. 

An Attitude of Gratitude

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My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life. My… Continue reading

Distractions, Abstractions and Spontaneity

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Abstract art expresses connection with your subconscious feelings and perceptions;  abstract art  is the visual result of exploring deep emotions. When you manifest the courage it takes to leave your comfort zone, face… Continue reading

Stop Trying to Change Your Life by Changing Your Thoughts

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  By Tina Gilbertson It doesn’t work. You already know this. You’ve told yourself a hundred times to think about it a different way. Or you’ve tried not to think about it at… Continue reading

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing

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College and school teach many things. While primary schools is very much about learning facts and figures, college is more about learning who you are and what you’re passionate about. A lot of… Continue reading

Entanglement and its Antidote, Detachment

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Our ability to enjoy our lives and relationships reflect our habits — habits that reflect our personal history, family and cultural traditions and our entanglements. Family background plays a key role in shaping… Continue reading

The Power of the Smile

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There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the… Continue reading

Hope is Beautiful

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A new blogging friend, melodiousgarden posed the question: “What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?” Something akin to a slide show of memories began to display in my mind’s eye… Continue reading

Flowers, Impermanence and the Grief Cycle

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The death of a loved one is a painful event. The loss of a loved one  means the world as we knew it has changed and those changes require that we in turn… Continue reading

Blues Be Gone Aromatherapy Bubblebath Recipes

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Homemade bubblebath is easy to make and I have two seasonal homemade bubblebath recipes to share in this post. The color blue is a mentally-relaxing color that has a pacifying effect and encourages… Continue reading

Hope and Happiness as Skillfull Means

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We are well aware that depressed people have a brain chemical imbalance that requires clinical treatment, yet we all have blue moods. Pacification and distraction form the foundation for making the choice to think… Continue reading

Hope, courage and strength

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Our hearts all yearn for a better tomorrow, but hope is not simply wishful thinking.  Hope is ‘confident expectation in a change in direction’. Sherwin Nuland, is a surgeon, author and inspirational speaker.… Continue reading

Art Therapy: Transformation Collage

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These collages are my attempt to communicate with my readers from the inside of the chrysalis I am in.  You can make a collage to represent who you are and where you are at. … Continue reading

Seed Thoughts From the Garden

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Gardeners are perennial optimists.  In the cold of winter they  pour over seed catalogs making plans for a new beginning in spring.  Come spring they plant their seeds — seeds that are  symbols… Continue reading

Do You Grow Your Greens?

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Germaine Greer once said: A garden is the best alternative therapy. A garden is a friend you can visit any time. I heartily agree.  Humans have a deep need to connect with nature.… Continue reading

A New Attitude: Can Do!

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Resisting change is innate in the human psyche rooted deeply in our fear and desire to control.  Grumpiness is the negative attitude that arises when  we are faced with the truth and choose… Continue reading

Personal Affirmations are Powerful

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Affirmations are positive statements you make to yourself to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through this life, and you can never get enough of that kind of encouragement.

Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths

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My paintings are a result of releasing and expressing deep emotions and most are the products of flow experiences. I’m in art therapy painting abstracts with others who also suffer from PTSD.  I’m… Continue reading

Bach Flower Remedies For You

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This summer I  shared my experiences as a  person with invisible disabilities (fibromylagia, chronic fatigue,  multiple food and drug allergies) and how I have learned to take care of myself by overcoming chronic… Continue reading

Art Therapy: Abstract Painting

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We begin our lives being spontaneous happy and playful. Challenging circumstances,  relationships and events in our lives can cause us to lose that childhood sense of wonder and joyfulness. That loss can result… Continue reading

Visualizing the Life You Desire

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If you affirm your positive thoughts, you will encourage yourself to focus on the good in your life. However, the opposite is also true. If you affirm self doubt and worry, you will multiply these pessimistic affirmations and become focused on the negativity in your life.