I’ve had the chance to think about whole-listic healing for many months now. I shared before here on the blog that practicing holistic therapy allows me to not only work with clients who open themselves to healing on many levels – emotional, spiritual, physical – but to heal myself in the process.
Even Kona, my darling dog, would attest to how much healthier she and I have gotten since I started working with people. (If she could speak English, which we’re working on, she’d say, “Mom’s in such a better mood these days! My life is better too because she has a lot more energy and patience!”).
All kidding aside… a post a few months back talked about art therapy and having the space in my days to create, which is what I do constantly.
I believe at the time I wrote that art saved my life.
I mean, there are many ways to die… and please don’t turn away at this point if I’m getting a little woo-woo and heavy — I have a good point. I believe we can die spiritually and emotionally. It might not result in a physical death (at least not right away), but it does mean we live in quiet desperation.
This is not to say I don’t still struggle emotionally and spiritually. As we all do, I feel the grief of losses, the empathy for others that sometimes reaches near-unbearable levels, and the everyday varieties of, well, things just not going the way I’d hoped.
I’ve been creating feverishly these past few months, have wholly embraced the art journal and mixed media art trend, and once again get to have the ‘beginner’s mind’ that yogic traditions talk about.
Recently, I started recording YouTube mixed media art videos. After the urging of a couple friends who said I’d love it, I finally got brave enough to start making videos. The journey has, and I’m sure will continue to be, a humbling, inspiring, and fun way to spend precious time.
I don’t want to abandon MyJoyfulHealing, so I will continue to post here, though it might be less frequently as before. Because I post a video a day (sometimes two), I’ve started a new blog within the Joyful blog, Hapa Chick Creative.
I hope you will stop by there and say hello, poke around, and see if you find something that interests you. I assure you, I won’t try to sell you anything. But I’d love to be a part of this other aspect of whole-listic healing: art therapy.
It works. And – as a favorite artist, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, says, everyone is an artist. If you doubt that, think back to when you were a kid and you got to play with finger paints or watercolors, tempera paints or even pudding paint! (Yes, it was a big thing in the 80’s! Do kids still use pudding paint? I hope so…)
You were an artist. You slid your fingers over the page, mixed colors, maybe drew a picture of your house with a tree outside and a dog in the front yard. You intuitively knew how to do it then. And you still have the ability. It’s still there, because it’s innate.
I love you all and I hope that, wherever you are on your healing path, you might be moved to pick up a pencil or a marker and draw a doodle. Do it while you’re on hold with the doctor’s office. Whenever – just make a small scratch into that artistic part of yourself. Please let me know how it goes.