15 Vision Board Questions for 2019
Each year a few friends and I gather on New Year Eve to create our vision boards for the coming year. It is remarkable as I review each Dec. 31, the previous year’s board how many things I actually accomplished during that year, and how many intentions have come to fruition. This year I decided to put together a few questions that you can ponder while creating a vision board of your own:
- 1. What do I want to experience this year?
WHERE CAN I USE MY EXPRESSIVE ARTS TRAINING?
I am writing this blog about how Expressive Arts is used in the world because I get this question all the time. I will try to cover all of the possibilities and options that I can think of, but I am always amazed at my students who find even more unique ways in which to use their training in expressive art and combine it with what they already are doing in the world.
Let begin ~ First, I usually prefer to speak to people over the phone about this topic because it is so vast that it is difficult to write about.
Dance/Movement Therapy and Artistic Expression for healing
What does dance and moving our body have to do with art? The
answer is EVERYTHING! Have you ever put
on upbeat music, and try to keep your body still? Impossible, isn’t it? Music moves through us and our bodies cannot
help but move to the rhythm and beat. As
the music plays it moves our bodies, our emotions and that moves our
energy. As the energy moves, we begin to
release and transform trapped or blocked emotions and memories.
OPENING TO THE CREATIVE FLOW
The creative flow is
always there and available to us. It is
the flow of the Universe. It is the
movement of the cosmos. We are all channels
of this creative energy flow that is ever moving and undulating. This creative energy is around us and flows
through us IF we allow it to. So, what
are the obstacles limit this energy to freely flow through: reason, planning, critical thinking, lack of time,
procrastination, stagnation, lack of self-trust, holding on, judgment and resistance
WHAT IS INTUITIVE PAINTING
There is a lot of buzz around the painting town about
intuitive painting. But, WHAT ISINTUITIVE PAINTING? Intuition
is independent of any reasoning process; or without rational thought. Intuition is a prompting from an inner guidance or voice. Traditional artistic training teaches us that
we must have a plan. We must block out
of space and plan or color pallet.
However, in intuitive painting we suspend all of that reasoning. Intuitive painting is not concerned with
what color pallet you are ‘planning’ on using or what your plan is for a
My Hero's Journey
Art is a reflection of
how we live our lives. How we approach
our art or painting is how we approach other parts of our lives. Flora Bowley (my painting guru), said, ““Often, how we
live is how we paint.” What we do when
being creative transfers into our daily lives and visa versa. In this blog, I am going to use
Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as a metaphor for painting and how this
translates to daily life.
Aslan is a mysical lion in the movie called, 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.
Hello Expressive Arts Therapy
This year I was drawn to an
artist who is teaching a form of art or she calls "Brave Intuitive
Painting". Her name is Flora
Bowley. I was drawn to this process at
first because of the name, 'brave intuitive painting'. I know it takes a certain amount of bravery
to approach a blank canvas, and to release your creative spirit. So, I wanted to see what this ‘brave
intuitive painting’ was all about. So, I
joined this online painting e-course by Flora Bowley.
Any time your feel stressed, it is helpful to try to maintain a positive perspective and a calm center. With all of the extra activities and obligations it is easy to become overwhelmed and pulled away from our center. Additionally, dealing with the crowds can be very stressful. Feeling stressed and pulled out of our center, can create feelings of anxiety, depression and hostility. Taking some time to refocus and rebalance can help you regain your calm and composure.
Art, Music, Drama and Dance Therapists have long
been used for healing throughout time. The field of Expressive Arts Therapy is
a growing field of practice used by many healing professionals from nurses,
doctors, psychotherapist, occupational therapist and rehabilitation
specialists. The Expressive Arts Therapy is the of use of the arts for healing
and self enhancement. Expressive Arts Therapy
includes: Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy,
Creative Writing and Journaling.
WHY ART AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKS
WITH CHILDREN AND
Expressive Arts Therapy is a new field that is quickly
gaining National and International recognition for it’s effectiveness in
working with a variety of population dealing with a multitude of issues. As a therapist trained in Marriage and
Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy, I have
extensive experience working with various populations. I have come to discover through my work, that
I favor working with children and adolescents using Expressive Arts as my