Art Therapy Life Coach, Artist, Photographer, Designer—Gina believes that the purpose of the arts is to enrich and heal lives.
What Are You Calling In? What Are You Recycling?
What Does Spring Signify?
What a perfect time to be doing this activity. It's just a few days since Spring arrived.
What does Spring signify?
- New beginnings
- Fresh buds bloom.
- Animals awaken.
- The earth seems to come to life again.
- Farmers and gardeners plant their seeds.
- Temperatures slowly rise.
- This period may also allude to religious celebrations such as Passover or Easter. Poets like Walt Whitman, Amy Lowell and Robert Burns use lilac blossoms as a seasonal symbol for ongoing hope and renewal.
- William Shakespeare notes how the cuckoo birds emerge in the spring to mock married men in the poem “Spring.”
- In Japan, the annual blossoming of cherry trees has become a significant national event. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a time for festivals and gatherings at parks and shrines, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Cherry blossoms, or sakura, symbolize the transience of life, which is a major theme in Buddhism.
- Spring in many countries with a strong Christian tradition is marked by Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his triumph over physical death. However, it has roots in older traditions.
- "Easter is derived from a much older celebration of fertility and rebirth, the Celtic festival of Ostara," Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, told Live Science. "The bunnies and the eggs are symbolic of fertility and reproduction."
Spring and Emotions
We know that people are affected by Winter, and if you're like me, I can't wait for warmer weather to come around. I am not a fan of the cold, being an Island Girl. Seasonal Affective Disorder is something that affects many people during the Winter. The direct cause of SAD remains unconfirmed, however there are a few factors which are widely thought to contribute to this phenomena.
- Reduced sunlight can affect the body’s circadian rhythms (internal body clock), which can lead to feelings of depression.
- Reduction in exposure to sunlight can cause a drop in Serotonin levels, which can lead to feelings of depression. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects mood.
- Disruptions to Melatonin (a type of hormone) levels, which can affect sleeping patterns and mood.
It is no wonder then, that there is so much celebration around Spring time!
Just the word makes us feel jittery, full of the famous restive energy that abounds this time of year. Most of the time, we look forward to cheering up after we adjust to the end of daylight savings time, after it gets light again in the early morning and stays sunny right through the late afternoon.
We start feeling the urge
- to get a-moving
- to want to mix it up
- to get some excitement thrown in
- refresh, renew, recharge
- get lively
- shake it up
- take it up a notch
- make it happen
- get fired up
- get jazzed
- kick it in gear
We recycle all those emotions that we may have experienced during the cold, wintery season, and call in some fiery energy, as things begin to heat up!
Art Therapy: An Integral Protocol in My Journey With Chronic Illness
Yesterday, I shared Day 1 of this art therapy challenge. I would love to know if you will be participating with me. You are certainly welcomed to take part, and please share your thoughts about these activities that I have shared, and will be sharing.
Please make sure to watch the attached videos for more detailed instruction as well as the short meditation that I did with the viewers. I think you will enjoy it.
What You Will Need
- Colored pencils
Step 1: Trace Your Hand
Step 2: Draw Something That Looks Like a Trash Bin or Recycling Bin.
Step 3: Ponder on These Questions.
What characteristics or emotions do I need to recycle or let go of?
What emotions or qualities or characteristics do I want to call in or receive?
Just like how Nature sheds things like branches and leaves during the Winter, and regenerates during the Spring, so do we need to shed certain emotions or attitudes or characteristics in preparation for our rebirth during Spring.
What do we need to leave behind?
What do we need to call in?
We fertilize our new plants and seedlings during the Spring time to get them on the right path to growth. Even so do we need to be fertilized.
Stop Recycling Old Feelings.
Recycle or Release These Emotions and Things
In the Recycling bin that you have drawn, write in the emotions or things that you are releasing or recycling. You can choose from this list, or come up with your own.
- Society's opinion of beauty
- Words of a bully
- Toxic relationships
- Negative self-talk
- Bad eating habits
- Lack mindset
- Need to control
- Attachment to things
Watch the Video For More Details, as well as the Meditation and Sound Bowl Therapy
Step 4: What Do You Want to Receive? Consider these things.
In the hand that you've drawn, write in the emotions, attributes, or things that you are calling in or want to receive. You can choose from this list or come up with your very own.
- New beginnings
- Spiritual growth
- Lots of hugs
- Success in all forms
- Energy and Transformation
- Wealth and abundance
- Embracing sensuality
- Walking in purpose
- Healthy relationships
- New opportunities
- Authentic voice
- Ignition (Agni). Light the fire of creativity.
What Are You Calling In?
I Love to Hear Your Thoughts.
Please, feel free to leave me a comment. Let me know what you think of these little activities.
If you need further assistance, you can also reach me at my email.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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