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. Continue reading “Enjoying Life Every Day”→
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 not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. — Aristotle
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 in hushed college lecture halls or busy college lab rooms—they’re learned through experiences and friendships that teach us who we are and who we want to be. One lesson that I learned during my college experience is how to let go and move on after a challenging time. Continue reading “Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing”→
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 an international language understood by people across all cultures.
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 as I reflected on the beautiful moments I have experienced in this life. There were so many. Which one to choose? Continue reading “Hope is Beautiful”→
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 adjust to a new “normal.” As time passes and more people we know pass away and we are reminded of our own inevitable end. Yet thanks to impermanence everything is possible. Life itself is possible. Continue reading “Flowers, Impermanence and the Grief Cycle”→
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 spiritual level for the color blue is associated with water, with the sky and the universe beyond.
But there’s another kind of blueness. It’s estimated that 15% of Canadians suffer from a combination of lack of sunlight and activity and experience the symptoms of winter blues AKA Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Overcoming the winter blues is challenging and part of my strategy for coping is aromatherapy.
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 and do what helps us lift our spirits and change our moods from negative to positive. Continue reading “Hope and Happiness as Skillfull Means”→
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. In this TED Talks presentation he mentions that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 14 definitions of hope but none truly hit the mark. Nuland speaks of moral imagination and the world as a patient in its original sense. We are the healers of the world through compassion, commitment, and persistence. Source
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. And I have been dealing with a personal situation that is blocking me from blogging. Though I have not been publishing I am using collage in art therapy to explore concepts, emotions, and possibilities for changes in direction.
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 in the correct soil, at the correct depth, at the correct time, and watered the seeds become sprouts that break through the sun-warmed earth and reach for the sky. Continue reading “Seed Thoughts From the Garden”→
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, and a simple and inexpensive way to unwind and relax. Continue reading “Do You Grow Your Greens?”→
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 to resist reality — we can’t control anything other than what we are doing in the moment. Continue reading “A New Attitude: Can Do!”→
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 the here and now. I’m learning art therapy can be a powerful means of for releasing pain that can lead to emotional healing and experiencing personal growth. Continue reading “Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths”→
Without doubt the quality of my life experience is influenced by my attitude. Happiness is a state of mind and we can achieve it by making the choice to be contented with our lives as is and grateful for what we do have, despite our circumstances. Continue reading “Bach Flower Remedies For You”→
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 haunted by PTSD flashbacks to traumatic events in the past.