Creative Project – Talking with Aija about The Happiness Jar App

Welcome to the Creative Project! This is the fourth interview in a series I’m doing with people who are working on a creative passion project in their lives. By ‘creative project’ I don’t mean just things related to the arts – but anything that is about bringing something fresh into the world, creating something that wasn’t…

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Mental health moments

The problem with our critical inner voice is that it’s very easy to believe it. At the time, when it’s loud and convincing it’s easy to believe. Mine sometimes says things like this: – you are so fat, all those wellness people are judging you – you have nothing interesting to say, and you’re awkward, and no one likes you –…

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Creative Project – Barbara talks about making creativity at the heart of her life

Welcome to the Creative Project! This is the third interview in a series I’m doing with people who are working on a creative passion project in their lives. By ‘creative project’ I don’t mean just things related to the arts – but anything that is about bringing something fresh into the world, creating something that wasn’t there before and…

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Feeling the feels – tired

Energy levels and what to do with them have been a big theme for my personal growth the past few years. (Oh hang on – is ‘personal growth’ a bit of a new agey cliché? By all means replace with ‘learning/ musing/ reflections/ new habits’ or whatever works). What to do when I feel dead tired…

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The C- word

Some thoughts today on comparison…I know I sometimes find myself comparing my ‘progress’ to others’, maybe you do too. Some reflections: * Maybe the things that take a lot of energy for YOU don’t for others. They might find them easy and fun and they do them quickly because they’re good at them (whether through…

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And right now in the middle there is silence

I want to share a moment with you. That moment when, in the middle of a group art therapy session, everything goes quiet. It’s a special kind of silence. Not a hushed reverent silence. Not an awkward silence of a mismatched dinner party. Not a lazy bored or angry silence. But deep down and busy…

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Witness Statement

In crime dramas we see witnesses step forward to tell the story of what happened. They give an account to the police, and describe who did what wearing which hoodie. In transpersonal art therapy we try to develop the inner witness. A little bit like the witness at a crime scene, the inner witness state…

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100 tiny winter sadnesses

This week as the weather turns cold here in the Southern Hemisphere I was thinking about those feelings of melancholy that can arise as the days shorten and the wind is icy, or maybe just when we are tired and weary. These observations for me are often not deep grief but small sadnesses that are often tinged with sweetness about…

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Learning to ask

I wanted the egg and bacon roll special. But without the bacon. And maybe with tomato or avocado instead. So we might call that an egg and tomato roll, if you’re keeping up. Quite simple. Not something outrageous or hard to construct. Not illegal or dangerous. Not something likely to overly challenge the culinary skills…

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