We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.
If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
-Vincent Van Gogh
Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.
What do you think about these quotes?
In the News: Articles about Art Therapy, Psychotherapy and Mental Health
First, here is an article by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT about the power of art therapy for helping children heal from violence and trauma.
And here’s an article which describes new thinking about and treatment for binge eating disorder, by Abby Ellin.
Below is a lovely poem…something to think about…
By Danna Faulds
There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
containing a tornado. Dam a
stream and it will create a new
channel. Resist, and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground. The only
safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.