Back Around Again

It has been a while. A long while. But I have come back around again. Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to while out of sight…
apolarbearhatA hat. Polar bear variety.
acleoflamingoOne of five flamingo costumes.
aethanpaintingA painting of my little brother.
anecklaceA necklace.
anothernecklaceAnd another necklace.
ablanketA baby blanket for a brand new baby.
avalentineValentines…

Zentangle

I told a story recently about yoga experience that involved a guided meditation. Quick summary: it involved talking to my baby boy, Liam, who passed away in 2005, and some crying. It was, very simply, a healing experience.

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What I also mentioned back in that post, somewhat shamefully, is that I watch Grey’s Anatomy. But more importantly it’s that I cry—a lot—while watching Grey’s Anatomy. Over the last couple-few weeks it’s come into my awareness that maybe I count on this show to do this thing for me. Maybe. This is what’s really interesting, though, ever since my guided-meditation-yoga-experience (that’s a bunch of episodes) I haven’t cried during the show.
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globe therapy

I love the Earth. And she’s still on my mind what with Earth Day just over my shoulder. I feel fortunate to have run across this spectacular artist once again.

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Wendy Gold is the artist behind ImagineNations, and I think you can probably see what she does…she takes old globes and brings them back to life.

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When I first got my eyes on these I felt super inspired; I immediately put it out to the universe that I wanted an old globe to restore in my own way. The universe listened, I believe I came across one that same week, but the globe is still its same old self.

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Revisiting Gold’s work has done it again. I’m going to dig that globe out of its hiding place in the garage. It’s my world and I can do anything that I want with it. What a powerful canvas! I appreciate the inspirational reminder that I am in charge of my life and my happiness. I’d love to have a shelf full of old globes to use therapeutically with clients…

 

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birth

I’m about to give birth. Well not exactly minutes away, but days and maybe hours if I’m lucky. I ran across the artwork of Adrienne Slane the other day and I can’t stop thinking about it. I appreciate her use of symmetry and negative space in the collages she creates; the mandala-like quality to them, not to mention her chosen imagery of human anatomy, insects, and plants. Her work is striking and beautiful and overall very compelling. I woke up quite early this morning, baby on my brain…willing him to make his exit and thought, why don’t I make a personal response to Slane’s work and encourage this kid to get a move on? I was surprised to find, as I did a little more digging around on Slane, that she also includes imagery of deities. In my pre-dawn collage-making I had quickly decided that I would include the Virgin Mary in some form, because she’s my girl, and later this morning found her in Slane’s work as well. Coincidence? Interesting to say the least. There is also something Frida Kahlo-esque about it all, but that is merely my experience of it.

Is it the art process that is therapy? Or is it processing the art that is therapeutic? Regardless, the entire process helps move energy out of the body and into another form. In the hour I spent on my collage I was able to spend some time thinking about my birth process, about the baby inside of me, about the thoughts, feelings, intentions I want to take with me into the birthing process. I want to thank Adrienne Slane for inspiring this process and I encourage you to experience her art here.

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Art Therapy in Action

Take a look at how one art therapist is making a difference in the lives of active duty service members, specifically those suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Melissa Walker works as the coordinator of the Healing Arts Program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Read the full article Therapist Uses Art to Help Troops Heal, by Terri Moon Cronk of the American Forces Press Service here.