Friday, June 15, 2012

"Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?"

Working on a presentation for the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia, on the topic of "Curiosity in the Art Room."  I've been looking for passionate quotes on curiosity, wonder and awe, when suddenly the viral PBS mashup of Mr. Rogers popped up in my inbox.  Let me please add to the viral effect by posting it here.  If you haven't seen it, it is a delight!  Utterly!

 

Here are the lyrics:
Do you ever imagine things?

Are they scary things?

Do you ever imagine things?

Things you’d like to have? 

Did you ever see a cats eyes in the dark and wonder what they were? 

Did you ever pretend about things like that before? (Do you ever pretend about things like that?)
Did you ever grow anything in your garden of your mind? (In your garden of your mind?)

You can grow ideas in your garden of your mind!
 (In your garden of your mind!)
It’s good to be curious about many things. 

You can think about things and make believe
.
All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.

Imagine every person that you see is somewhat different from every other person in the world.

Some can do something (Some can do something)

Some can do others (Some can do others)

Did you ever think about the many things you learned to do?
Did you ever grow anything in your garden of your mind? (In your garden of your mind?) 

You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.
 (In your garden of your mind.)

It’s good to be curious about many things.

You can think about things and make believe 

All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.
Did you feel like going like that (finger snap) 

Lets give the fish some food.


Mr. McFeely, 
I didn’t order any whistles.
That’s what they call baseline.

Did you feel like going like that (finger snap)
There are so many things to learn about in this world.

And there are so many people who can help us learn.
Did you ever grow anything in your garden of your mind? (In your garden of your mind?)

You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. (In your garden of your mind?)
It’s good to be curious about many things.

You can think about things and make believe.

All you have to do is think
.
You can think about things and make believe.

All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.

Mister Rogers remixed by Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios. **If you like this video, please support your local PBS station.** http://www.pbs.org/donate

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ghosts in the Graveyard

"Ghosts in the Graveyard" collage by Lani, with help from FlyPaper Textures 
Had an adventure yesterday, hunting for Lady Slipper Orchids.  Found plenty but also found this awesome graveyard and couldn't help myself.  My collage loving soul had to play!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Someone I admire...

ओं मणिपद्मे हूं

Om mani padme hum 

Collage of Dalai Lama as a child


Maureen Harvey, art therapist from Oklahoma, gave out 10 directives or prompts in her "break out session" for the Art Therapy conference in Oklahoma City.  I thought I would play with these here.  The first one is "Someone I Admire" and I chose the Dalai Lama, but I wasn't happy with all the photos we normally see.  I wanted to work with an image that would make me look twice.  I found this one of him as a child.  I wanted to put Om Mani Padme Hum on the wall next to him and also put him in unfamiliar surroundings.

Maureen suggests that we try to list all the strengths that the person we admire owns.  So of the 24 strengths I think the Dalai Lama must have all of them, as he is so very strong.  But for sure I know he's passionately curious, open-minded, loves learning new things, has a wonderful perspective, is extremely brave, persistent, unquestionable integrity, extreme vitality, very loving, kind, good with people, absolutely awesome citizen of the world, fair, excellent leader, forgiving, humble, prudent, shows amazing self-control, appreciation of beauty, grateful, hopeful, filled with humor and very spiritually focused.  The only one I didn't associate with the Dalai Lama was creativity, but if I think about it, I reckon he's got his fair share of this as well.


Maureen then suggests we look at which of these strengths we have ourselves, and we should find that what we admire most in others is a reflection of what we have within us.  Well, if not actually flowering to the degree of the one we admire, at least we can take comfort that we have the seeds within us.

Anyone want to try this prompt or challenge?  More to come!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Secrets for Flourishing Right Now!

Collage by Lani, Where Do Our Strengths Come From?
Here are a few Positive Psychology resources from Oklahoma Art Therapist, Maureen Harvey and myself:

Read Seligman (2011 & 2002) He discusses the elements of Well-Being which of course if encouraged, will help you flourish, be happy and resilient! Elements: (In case you like acronyms, here's Seligman's for the elements of well being, PERMA)Positive Emotion (includes happiness and life satisfaction)
Engagement
Relationships
Meaning
Achievement

Seligman believes we go into a flow state when our highest strengths are being used to meet the highest challenges that come our way. In well-being theory, these twenty-four strengths underpin all five elements.  Seligman believes using your highest strengths leads to more positive emotion, to more meaning, to more accomplishment, and to better relationships.  Personal experience will prove this to be true.  (just try it for a whiile)

Seligman's goal of positive psychology in his well being theory is to increase the amount of flourishing in our lives and on the entire planet.

Another good resource is Martin Bolt's book, Pursuing Human Strengths.  He believes our values are at the core of personal development. He believes we have responsibility to ourselves, to others, to our environment, and to future generations. He says a productive, meaningful life requires the development of our unique talents and strengths, as well as a commitment to something greater than ourselves.

Bibliography:
1.    Flourish, Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D, Simon and Schuster Publishers, Inc, 2011
2.   Authentic Happiness, Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D, Simon and Schuster Publishers, Inc, 2002
3.    Pursuing Human Strengths, A Positive Psychology Guide, Martin Bolt, Worth Publishers, 2004
4.    Appreciative Inquiry, A Positive Revolution in Change, David L. Cooperrider and Diana Whitney, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2005

Websites and articles:
www.authentichappiness.org   University of Pennsylvania, lots of information, tests and opportunity to be part of their studies.

The Happiness Institute, an Australian Positive Psychology website, is a great resource, full of articles, blog, research and ideas.

Want some Positive Psychology Art Cards?  Strengths in a Box is a beautiful set of 50 strengths with all sorts of possible applications, created by Australian Art Therapist, Megan Booth.

Gretchen Miller sent me this lovely Huffington Post article on how Art Can Be Good For Mental Health.  It has a lot of nice flourishing links and ideas.

Psychology Today has a good article on the positive effects of mindfulness on the brain, Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Back from Flourishing in Oklahoma, Oh My!!!

Dusk at the Paseo Art Walk in Oklahoma City.
Art Doll created participant in my workshop on display at the Paseo Art Walk.
In front of the JRB Art Gallery (what a lovely spot and what a joy the owner was, Joy)
Inside Joy's office in the JRB Art Gallery.
Alice and friends out for a walk on the Paseo district of Oklahoma City.
Breathtaking glass from Dale Chihuly at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Boat loads of glass from Dale Chihuly.  Such fun!
More Chihuly glass.
Sigh!  I'd love to move in to this exhibit for a while!
So beautiful!  If you get a chance, do visit this collection!
A huge thank you to all the art therapists of Oklahoma for inviting me to come talk about flourishing.  From what I can see, they've got everything they need to flourish in a very big, colorful way, right now!