The Mindful Mind
Mindful Self-Help & Wellness
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Why Art ?
Art it is a valuable tool for Self Inquiry, serving both Introspection and Extrospection. Creating visual art literally gets things (from the inside) out – in front of you. By using a “hands-on” participation of the Mind and Body, engaging your Whole Self, you create a Life “experience” which has an effect like a pebble in a pond. The possibilities are endless!
Getting things outside of you not only relieves pressure and stress as a Cathartic release, but it allows us to see a different perspective on what’s going on inside. Processing feelings and experiences visually; using symbols and images, helps to simplify complex issues in order to ‘digest’ them more easily. Life is a continuous process of learning, and the more experience you have the more resources you will have to use and build upon.
In addition; practicing Self-care, working without judgement and learning to be empathetic with your self, are important to promote personal growth and development. It is not the quality or level of skill that matters as much as the experience you get out of it. Without judgement labeling it “good” or “bad”, there is less interference to achieving insight and self-awareness from the experience itself.
Self – Help starts with your “Self”
I have been researching and developing my program for the last 29+ years, influenced primarily by my own life experience with Childhood Cancer. After having the opportunity to use art in my own healing and recovery, and have continued its use throughout my education and professional experiences. As a teacher and therapist, I have had opportunities to work with individuals of all ages and abilities; Art is something we all have in common, with simple images, ideas, colors…we can “relate” to one another as well as communicate with our Self.
For example, a simple symbol, item or color can hold tremendous value and influence, often our feelings are beyond words, and can be felt in the body triggering memories and reflection. In present time, where interpersonal communication is diminishing and sending an emoji for example, is indicative of the average time “put in” to checking in with our feelings. But largely this demonstrates how an exchange of simple images can carry/hold so much meaning.
In my coaching and classes I focus on the use of Expressive Healing Arts, visualization, symbols and imagery, movement, music and more! Conceptually this “Process-Art" focuses on the journey and 'process of the experience', rather than on an expectation of projected outcome. My program focusses on empowering individuals to celebrate their uniqueness and to express themselves without judgement. This means working towards a goal of accepting your “Self” unconditionally, and just by implication conceptually revokes failure as a possibility, and therefore relieves any pressure of expectation! Creating art as a process can be used as a practice of self-reflection, as a way of “tuning in” to your self, and in my program you will learn how to use it and apply it to your life. This process of checking in with our self in a non/judgemental, supportive environment promotes Mindful Self-Awareness.