Conscious living / Emotional healing / Gratitude / Humor / Inspiration / Relationships

An Attitude of Gratitude

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 life is not less stressful than it was before I began this commitment, but my coping skills are improving as I make … Continue reading

Abstract art / Art therapy / Conscious living / Emotional healing

Distractions, Abstractions and Spontaneity

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 down fear and explore the unknown, you can use spontaneity as a conduit to creativity. The aim of art is to represent … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Happiness / Relationships

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

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 self-realization and personal growth happens in college—not the least of which being how to become a true adult. These lessons aren’t learned … Continue reading

Buddhism / Conscious living / Emotional healing / Relationships

Entanglement and its Antidote, Detachment

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 future family relationships, as typically, those who are easily entangled come from families that are  chaotic and not skilled at emotional communications, … Continue reading

The Power of the Smile
Art therapy / Emotional healing / Happiness / Health and Wellness / Psychology

The Power of the Smile

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 range of emotions smile depict. Experts including anthropologists, biologists and psychologists agree, the smile is recognizable worldwide and can be viewed as … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine / Aromatherapy / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness

Blues Be Gone Aromatherapy Bubblebath Recipes

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 relaxation. It’s frequently used in bedrooms and hospitals for calming hyperactivity and evoking sleep. The calming effect is also uplifting on a … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Gardening / Health and Wellness / nature

Seed Thoughts From the Garden

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 of potential,  each one carefully sown by a hopeful gardener who intends to care for them throughout their life cycle. When planted … Continue reading

Conscious living / Container gardening / Emotional healing / Food / Gardening

Do You Grow Your Greens?

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. Gardening is a close to nature activity that  many studies have  shown offers health related benefits. The benefits include  improved nutrition, exercise, … Continue reading

Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths
Abstract art / Art therapy / Depression / Emotional healing / Psychology

Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths

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 analyzing what was going on within and around me when the traumatic events happened, and what the memories evoke for me in … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness

Bach Flower Remedies For You

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 illness and stress. Without doubt the quality of my life experience is influenced by my attitude.  Happiness is a state of mind … Continue reading

Abstract art / Art therapy / Creative Visualization / Depression / Emotional healing / Health and Wellness / Psychology

Art Therapy: Abstract Painting

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 in depression ie. a mental state in which we don’t feel happy to be alive any more, and some of us are … Continue reading

Creative Visualization / Emotional healing / Emotional intelligence / Imagery / Mind body connection / Mindfulness / Relaxation Techniques / Timeless topics

Visualizing the Life You Desire

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. Continue reading