Stories and inspiration to help you keep the memories of your loved ones alive
Creating a mandala when grief is present provides an effective outlet for expressing the pain of loss in an unspoken inner language of images, colors, shapes, forms and symbols that can bring forth insights often not found through words.
Mask-making can be both a powerful and tension-releasing avenue for self-exploration and self-expression. Mask-making can be a way to allow unexpected sides of yourself to emerge, or embrace those parts of yourself you have yet to befriend.
If you think “I’m not an artist” – please think again. When experiencing the pain of loss – no matter what that loss might be - the process of art-making can provide many beneficial effects independent of a person’s skill or talent. It is not the end product of our creation, but the creative process itself that helps us heal.
I first became aware of the adult coloring phenomenon five years ago when presenting a workshop at a senior center on how creating art can reduce nervous tension and aid in emotional expression. Much to my delight, one of the workshop participants shared how she had recently joined an online adult coloring group made up of people she knew – the group had close to one-hundred members. Group members were engaging in coloring for relaxation and stress relief. As it turned out, more than half of the other 26 workshop participants also did weekly coloring activities as a way to - as one workshop participant put it - “refresh my brain by giving it a mini vacation every day.”