As the summer transitioned into autumn, I found myself falling into a bit of a slump. I was struggling over where I stood regarding my Expressive Arts Degree; it was difficult to get myself motivated, and I questioned whether I should stay with it or not. This came as quite of a surprise because I was so in love with my chosen path just a few months earlier. Spending July at EGS was one of the most inspiring things I’d ever done. I felt calm and grounded, yet excited and challenged at the same time. It was very fulfilling to be immersed in the expressive arts every day and surround by like-minded people, all while being held and inspired by the abundant beauty of the landscape. [Read more…]
One of the most important factors in the success of Expressive Arts Therapy is the building of the relationship between the therapist and the client. I use these same concepts in my personal relationships and have noticed a deeper, more understanding connection with others.
These concepts are not in any way exclusive to Expressive Arts Therapy, but the are all central ideas in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Most of us have had at least one bad boss in our working life. A bad or “toxic” boss is someone who you dread speaking with, the leader which makes you feel small or insignificant, the arrogant, irritable, or inflexible manager, or the boss who can instantly suck the life and enjoyment from employees by simply entering the room. [Read more…]
is a powerful technique for developing compassion and going beyond ego. Tonglen is a well-known method originating from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The name Tonglen means “giving and receiving” – it is a process of taking in suffering and replacing it with love. Tonglen is not the same as praying for another person. It is feeling another’s suffering and transforming it. [Read more…]
This [Read more…]is an instrument to change something we do every day into an act of consciousness. It is a way of increasing awareness and living in the present moment. There is no destination, as every step becomes the destination.
This technique comes from the Buddhist tradition and was introduced to me by my teacher Sahajananda, founder of Hridaya Yoga. This is a good technique to use for 15-20 minutes before a meditation session, especially if you are having trouble calming the mind. I find it very useful on days when my mind is incredibly active and resisting meditation. [Read more…]
This holiday season I took part in a powerful 10-day meditation retreat. The first nine days were an incredible opportunity to interiorize, reflect and deepen the meditation practice, but the real jewel of the retreat was our last night which was December 31st. We began a special meditation that evening, then continued meditating through the night and ended on the evening of January 1st. One might wonder why a group of people would subject themselves to an entire day and night of sleep deprivation just to meditate, but our lengthy meditation session gave us the chance to connect with each time zone of the world at the corresponding time of their midnight. Most people do not consider that this crossing point between December 31st and January 1st is the most powerful energy wave of the year. [Read more…]
Year after year I would dread the approach of the holiday season. The stress and chaos that accompanies this time of year always overwhelmed me and I began to see as a materialistic, wasteful, over-indulgent event that I did not want to take part in. Although I always respected that many people see Christmas as a time for connecting with family, or for getting into the spirit of giving, I always felt that there was much more to Christmas than that. This year rather than spend another Christmas over-eating and over-purchasing, I sought to meditate on the original significance of this time of year. [Read more…]