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Gratitude & Flow Experiment

As we have been focusing on Gratitude recently at Art Therapy + Happiness I paid attention when I came across the “Lasting Benefits Experiment”.  This online research project is being run by Mr Reuben Rusk, a PhD candidate in the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne.  “The aim of the study is to investigate […]

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The Creative Healing Power of Puppets – The Puppet Boy of Warsaw

‘Without the coat, nothing would have happened as it did’ “So begins the story of the Puppet Boy of Warsaw , a young Jewish boy called Mika  …” I was driving home not long ago and I heard a Radio NZ book review.  I didn’t hear it all but the reference to puppets had me hooked. I immediately downloaded the […]

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Art Therapy at the NZ Pain Society Conference

I have just returned from the New Zealand Pain Society Conference.  The conference was  an enjoyable  learning experience for me.  As well as presenting a paper on art therapy  I was asked to organise an exhibition of art work completed by patients who have chronic pain.  I was a little nervous about how my presentation and […]

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Art Therapy + Happiness – Positivity Signposts

“Symbols are the imaginary signposts of life.” ~~ Margot Asquith I have been busy over at Art Therapy + Happiness and not posted here for a while but yesterday  I made an Auspicious Symbol Card and it moved me to write here.   Recently I made a bit of an Ass of myself.  Nothing too major but enough […]

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From Greece with love!

This week I received a lovely surprise in my mailbox.  My first creative pay-it-forward gift. When I was young I and my sisters had penpals around the world and we used to write letters to them and get very excited whenever we received a reply – I felt like this when I went to my mailbox and […]

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Inspire and Be Inspired – Creating it Forward

Over the past couple of years I have become involved in sharing creative activity online with other like minded creative people.  It has been truly inspiring to be part of this community.  A couple of those (among the many) who have provided wonderfully supportive inspiration are Gretchen Miller and Lani Gerity who have both brought my attention to […]

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A Still Point in a Changing World – Mindful Studio Daily Practice

I have decided to revisit the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Mindful Studio Daily Practise with Hannah Kaus Hunter .  Still Point in a Changing World: Creating a Mindful Studio Practice. I have just finished Day 8.  I am making a photographic image each day, printing it and adding it to a small handmade album that I just […]

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Enoughness

I have just received Brene Brown’s new book “Daring Greatly”.  I have only just started reading the book but already I know it has been a valuable and worthy purchase.   Brene says that “Connection is why we are here. We are hard wired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our […]

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Ikigai – Mandala

I have had a few days in bed this week with an end of winter bug and it has given me lots of  time to think (not always a good thing!).  I was pondering on my Ikigai (see previous post) and I wondered what an image of this might look like if it did not contain […]

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My Ikigai – What gets me up in the mornings

The Japanese word Ikigai (pronounced ee-ki-guy) is used to describe “why I get up in the morning” .  Finding your Ikigai can mean a deep and often lengthy search of self.  However, when I attended a MindSetGo workshop I was invited to find my Ikigai in 5 minutes and use only 6 words to describe it.  I think I spent the first […]

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