Art can heal

An account of a 17 year old girl’s recovery from depression and mental healthy with the help of ART.

On a personal note

When I was a university student, I was going through a lot of challenges and difficulties. Among many, I had to learn to study and to retain information; I had to sustain myself so I had a full time job along with my full-time school schedule; I had a boyfriend who was engaged to somebody else; and my family was too dysfunctional to give me any support.  I was under immense amount of stress and I could hardly keep my head above water. I was in love with a married man and I was depressed. Any familiar?

I was under immense amount of stress

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Unlocking Creativity – Transforming Lives

Art Enhances Brain Function and Well-Being

There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world.

Quite simply, the arts are invaluable to our proper functioning individually and as a society.

“The arts are a critical component of healthcare. Expressive art is a tool to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means to wellness.” ~ Wellarts Association

Art Changes Consciousness

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The Power of Resourcefulness

This sweet age-old video of a famous Hungarian Circus Artist, Mr Gábor Eötvös, reminds me that challenging life-situations could as well be filled with fun and creativity. It is not a requirement to gloom and doom! 🙂

These days Life seems to have gone completely haywire. Day after day, we are faced with another item having been taken away from us that we do not have control over. It is admittedly scary. Each day, I could get upset (it is rather easy for me to do! 🙂 at the nonsensical reactions of both Governments and citizens to the Pandemic! I feel that I have less and less freedom and choice.

At the same time it is somehow invigorating. The more challenging it is, the more it calls for creativity and resourcefulness! I feel the urge to come up with new ideas in order to replace the choices I once had.

And so, I am following the wise Jester’s lead: No, I am not not willing to disrepair! I am going to have fun with this! 🙂

And you see, I’ve got another one … and another … and anotheeeeer …!

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A Leleményesség Hatalama

Ez a bájos régi Eötvös Gábor Zene-bohóc mutatvány arra döbbentett rá, hogy egy kihivásokkal teli élethelyzet lehet akár humoros és kreativitással teli is. Nem feltétlenül kell búslakodnunk.

Az Élet úgy tűnik teljesen megbolondult. Nap nap után szemben találjuk magunkat egy újabb dologgal, amitől megfoszt bennünket az élet. És mi csak tehetetlenül állunk.

Minden egyes nap akár dühönghetnék is (nem nehéz nekem!) az emberek abszúrd reakcióin. Úgy érzem mintha egyre kevesebb szabadságom és választási lehetőségem lenne! Néha ez ilyesztőnek tűnik!

Ugyanakkor, valahogy pezsditően is hat rám! A helyzet kreativitást és leleményességet kiván! 🙂 Egyre erőssebben érzem, úgy, hogy újabb és újabb alternativákkal kell előálljak, annak érdekében hogy befoltozzam az elveszitett választási lehetőségeim helyét.

Igy aztán követem az öreg bohóc útmutatását: Nem vagyok hajlnadó búsulni! Örömöt lelek a káoszban!

És igen, van mááááááááásik! 🙂

(Originally written in April 2020)

What’s real?

(Watch this video before you read the text below!)

AUDIO VERSION OF THE TEXT BELOW

We have become so clever! We have read numerous books on ‘how to’. You understand the concept of ‘living in the moment’ or ’what you focus on is what you get. It still does not seem to make the shift. Today, though you are full of valuable knowledge, you live exactly the same way you lived two months ago or even two years ago.

So, what’s wrong? Why  is it that you don’t seem to be able to make that essential change that would make your life look the way you want it to be?

Well, the answer is somewhat complicated because your are a complex being. 🙂 However, there is a short answer.

It is because you do not act upon your newly found knowledge. Just like in the video, you may not ever have tried to ACT upon the wise advise you found in these books, or workshops, seminars, webinars or conferences. You are still sitting at home contemplating those ideas rather than LIVING them.

The only way to make lasting change is to DO LIFE DIFFERENTLY.

Doing it differently requires you to INVESTIGATE what does not work and what may work for you, then  LET GO of what does not work, and finally  PRACTISE the newly found way of doing and being.

I am CREATIVE. I dare say that I am an expert in doing IT differently. Apart from having lived in a number of different countries over the years, I made it my quest in life to constantly ‘uncover and change’. What I ‘know’, I did not learn  from books, I have discovered it along the way on my journey of Life.

Are you ready to  dive right in and ACT? Then, I invite you to join me …

The Therapeutic-Art Enrichment Group Program can help you bring awareness and light to those places in your consciousness where blocks to your fulfilment hide and it will replenish your Soul.

On a personal note

When I was a child, I was told that I was odd because I had ‘strange’ ideas that nobody could seemingly understand. Plus, I lived in a rather gray environment called socialistic communism or something similar. Colourlessness was the norm and you were expected to conform.

I was not one who easily left a question unanswered, though. So, I decided early on that if the world around me is too scared to answer my bold questions I would go and find my answers myself. And so I was off. I left my home, I left my city, finally, I left my country in search of answers.

The most surprising discovery I have made over the years was that our answers to any existential question are answered from within. I spent much time reading clever books and looking for someone to answer my queries until I realized that the only question I was truly searching an answer for was ‘who am I?’ Finding the answer to this very basic question opened up the whole world to me. It is sometimes too big to bear! Knowing myself, my true values, inherent abilities and what I stand for as a human being gave me complete freedom in choosing my experiences.

I do not live a perfect life. I do not believe it exists, anyway. I live a life of insights and discoveries. It is a magical world both inside and out. I am still a girl in progress. 🙂 My main focus in life is to find the most fulfilling ways to express my multifaceted being. One such layer is my caring nature that wants me to support others to gain insights into their own extraordinary being.

Children of the self-absorbed

Nina Brown has written an amazing book called the Children of the Self-Absorbed. If you feel that you lack self- efficacy, self-esteem, and/or self- confidence I suggest you have a look at this video below and if you can read the book. The book is full of exercises that can support you gain awareness of your life choices in terms of your relationship with your parent(s).

It is often that we feel unworthy of having a magnificent and joy-filled life . Where does that sense of unworthiness stem from? Nina Brown invites you to have a look at your relationship with your family of origin ad investigate the narcissistic behavioural patterns resent there.

The Ideal Client

Today, I was contemplating on my ideal clients. Who could they be?

Well, honestly, they are the kids!

Kids tend to be honest. When they are not sincere in their endeavours of getting what they want it is often because they, sadly, think they can only obtain it in the way than the way they see their environment get it.

Adults fight change and try to be clever about it. They explain why it is silly what you suggest or simply ignore you. Whereas children are excited and curious about the new. They may be afraid of trying something but if you can promise them to be there for them when the fear shows up, they will happily launch themselves into experimenting with anything.

Coaching is a process of investigating new things and gaining awareness of the feelings and results these new experiences provide.

During our Edu-Coaching sessions that were run for 9-13 year old kids in different countries, I quickly learnt how deep kids are willing to dive into in order to find their hidden treasures.

So inspiring!

Young@Hearts, welcome!

Image is borrowed from FB, unknown artist.

Wealth Dynamics

Well, deep down we all want to get rich so we can do the things that are meaningful to us. Very often though we do not realise that we do not need to do something to pay the bills or win the lottery to free up time for the things that we love doing.

According to Roger Hamilton (Wealth Dynamics&GeniusU), we all have an innate and natural way to do things that not only pleases us but when we are in the flow, it generate wealth for us, too.

In this early video Roger explains what the 9 types are and explains how you can recognise which one is your type. In case you are not sure about your type, on his website you can do a test that reveals your type. CLICK

During the THERAPEUTIC ART COACHING PROGRAM we investigate our Wealth Dynamic Profile and create an action plan around it. The Program will support you to take steps toward finding and creating meaningful and fulfilling work for yourself

IKIGAI

The reason for being!

This video gives a very short summary of what the Japanese concept and philosophy IKAGAI encapsulates.

This TED video gives a more thorough explanation of what IKIGAI is and how it may appear in one’s life.

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Tim Tamashiro delights us with a journey into the discovery of Ikigai, a treasure map for finding one’s own happiness. Ikigai originates from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate and home to one of the highest percentages of centurions in the world. Take the first step in discovering your own Ikigai, and earn your yellow belt in finding your purpose.