by Hombre McSteez
by Hombre McSteez
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“A Good Minute”
60 seconds of wisdom from poet and philosopher David Whyte.
I have to admit that I have fallen out of love with TED Talks of late, as they just began to feel like an intellectual and visual version of slam poetry…A bit pedantic. Well, maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all. This talk by Robert Gupta was very inspiring, and the comments on the TED page are a great read too. This reminds me of how much music means to me, and how much I see that it means to others. I have seen music change lives, and indeed, music has changed and chronicled the tides of history. The arts reach us all. And they can unite us, as Robert Gupta said. We can all speak the common language of the creative expression of emotions. We can be united by awe and wonder.
“Music is medicine. Music changes us…Music is sanity.”-R.Gupta
Thanks for the music, Robert.
The following article about Heather written by Joe White was sent to me by a colleague, and I am literally tingling with inspiration and a desire to try this for myself. The closest I have come to a process like this is hanging a giant peice of paper on a wall and using both arms to draw to the full extent of my reach, drawing out my feelings with oil pastels. However, taking such a large canvas to the ground and literally hugging the artwork and lying on it and moving on it with one’s whole body?? Stunning! Talk about embodied art-making. I love the physicality and kinetic qualiteis of her artwork, the symetry, the intention behind it, the concept of ‘emptying gestures’, and the interdisciplinary aspects of the work. I am also really appreciating the gorgeous photographs by Bryan Tarnowski. (bryantarnowski.com) that document the processes and performance.
Heather is a dancer, painter, and sculptor. She has performed all of her talents around the world and she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. Thank you for viewing and I hope you enjoyed!
Share the beauty of Heather’s work with others by clicking below. Check out her website here.”
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Short video all about empathy, animating the words and wisdom of Brene Brown.
Give it a try!
This is a link to a very interesting article from the blog Brain Pickings, entitled:
As someone who has experienced anxiety as a near constant companion in life, it is not usually a fun dance to partake in, in the moment. Sometimes when I speak or think about it, however, I can find the humour in it. For example: “I was having coffee with some friends, when all of a sudden I was hit with this giant tsunami of a wave of a realization that I was about to die! But nothing had changed at all except that I started freaking out cuz I felt like I was literally going to die. I wasn’t dying, obviously. Heh. My brain is so weird.” Funny, along those lines. Tragi-comic.
I found the following article by Erin Chack and Lily Hiott-Millis via http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinchack/comics-that-capture-the-frustration-of-anxiety-disorders to have selected excellent examples of how comics/cartoons/graphic novels… or any instance of images and words… to be a very powerful way to dialogue and communicate about intense internal experiences such as anxiety, and an excellent way to educate and illuminate mental health problems like panic attacks.
As both an art therapist and someone who has experienced panic attacks and anxiety, I was very touched and tickled by the comics in this article, and by the artists who created them. The experience of a panic attack or of chronic anxiety often feel beyond words in the moment, in terms of their intensity and the physicality of those experiences. They are so overwhelming it becomes difficult to return to a verbal or logical way of thinking during a high anxiety moment. However, it is often by finding my internal voice, and bringing full awareness to the experience of anxiety or panic – by narrating to myself what is happening, basically- that I can regain my sense of reality. It helps be to become aware of being in my body, and of my immediate environment, and not in the imaginary fear-based place that set off my alarm bells. Once I can relocate myself as being in a safe place, I can remind myself that the physiological experience in my body is not accurately reflecting the reality of situation I am in. Being five minutes late to dinner is no real reason to have my fight or flight response kick in… So if I can call a false alarm early enough, and try to help my parasympathetic nervous system to kick in, and take a step back while taking a step forward, I can talk myself through it… But it’s still a scary experience, no matter how many times it happens. That’s why it’s such a relief to laugh at these comics, and to know that I am not alone in this. That lots of other people have felt the same intense and frightening feelings that I have.
It is pretty fascinating to me that the medium of comics can so aptly can capture the lived experience of anxiety. What is it about the combo of words and images that is so powerful for communicating emotions? Perhaps it brings both sides of the brain together, or allows a more complex communication to occur, or juxtaposes emotions with thoughts, or represents both the physicality of the lived bodily experience through images, and the narrative of thoughts in the mind existing simultaneously… Don’t know. I wonder if the process of creating these comics helped to ease the anxiety to the artists who created them? Perhaps they helped to bring awareness, humour, and a more objective or observers’ perspective to the experience of anxiety… We would have to ask them. Anyways, I have chosen my personal favourites from the list they selected and attached them here, but check out the article for yourself, and choose your own personal favourites!
Art by Spencer of heymonster.tumblr.com
Art by Rachel Poulson.
Art by Beth Evans.
Art by Claire Jarvis.
Art by boggletheowl.tumblr.com.
Art by L.B.
Art by Cassian.
Art by Nervous Comics.
An amazing selection of writing prompts, all delivered in a visual format.
… and hundreds more!
Find them @ Writing Prompts and get inspired: http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/archive
Mica Angela Hendricks, the artist/mother, has published these collaborations between herself and her four year old daughter. The result is some whimsical, surprising, and magical art! These works are an inspiring example of the potentials of collaboration in art making.
This project, aesthetically, really reminds me of another collaboration between illustrator and child entitled:
“What children’s drawings would look like if they were painted realistically”
What If’s: I wonder if this could inspire an art therapy prompt What would it look like if an art therapist offered this activity in a session with a child or with any potential participant? Keep reading for an opportunity to collaborate with this mother/daughter aritst duo!
…and not only that!!! On her website @ http://busymockingbird.com/, artist Mica Angela Hicks offers us, the viewer, a chance to become collaborators! She offers up this template on her website, and invites us to collaborate with her, and with another person!
As posted on her website these are
“1. Do something awesome with this head. (right click the image, save it to your desktop, print it out–thick paper might work best)
2. Create it WITH another person.
3. Send a picture or scan of it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Deadline is OCT 14! My daughter & I will pick the winner, and announce it a few days later.
5. Winner gets a signed custom portrait!!”