Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#157 - 159 out of a thousand ways to have a happy artist's life - Create meaning

"Don't ever lose heart"  collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
While creating my morning pages, every day, I try to be selective about what is playing in the background, often a dharma talk or current research on compassion and neuroscience.  So yesterday I was listening to Scilla Elworthy at the Dare to Care Youth Gathering - Empathy and Compassion in Society.

She was talking about having spoken at a rave (yes, as in music event) and she was asked what can we do with the world being in the condition it's in.  How do we keep from losing heart?  She suggesting a 3 step process:
#1. Find the one thing that breaks your heart, that has always broken your heart. The desire to heal this broken heart will give you energy to continue in spite of all odds.
#2. Find the things that crack your heart open with respect and joy. This can be people, books, ideas, art, friendship... many things. These things will help you heal the broken heart.
#3. What are your skills, your gifts? They can be used to help heal the things that break your heart. Using them in acts of generosity towards alleviating the sorrows you find in the world.

Just three things. Very simple, very easy. And you will find yourself able to create a happy, meaningful artist's life.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Workshop Alert

Susan Anand and I are heading to LA for the Expressive Therapies Summit.

MARCH 30 - APRIL 2, 2017

HILTON LOS ANGELES AIRPORT

 

"Create Magic and Beauty"  collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
We will be working on various resilience strategies, all day, but the classes are separated so you can take one or both.  The first class will be a simple narrative and puppet-making class with it's roots in Neuroscience.  We will crate simple book structures to house our puppets and narratives.
In the afternoon we will be working with clay to create worlds and stories of possibility.  So important in today's uncertain environment.  Hope to see you there.

Friday, 3/31/17

10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
Paper Puppet People, Fairytales, and Neuroscience
Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR
Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS

In this 3-hour workshop, we will provide permissive, easy-to-follow instructions for creating paper puppet people and simple book structures for eliciting pro-social responses. Based on Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model of treatment and educator Peter O'Connor’s work with survivors of traumatic events, participants will learn to weave story, drama, and art into fairy tales and personal narratives of cultural strength and group resilience. Examples of case material from various cultures will be used to illustrate these therapeutic activities that engage the brain from the “bottom,” where experiences are stored, to the cortex at the “top,” where we make sense of our experiences. Using this integrative model, we begin each session with positive tactile experiences and memories, then slowly add "higher” processes, such as humor and insight, that foster possibility and hope for our students, clients, and ourselves.

2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm 
Clay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive Communities
Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS
Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR

In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll focus on the importance of fostering strengths and inclusivity through multidisciplinary expressive arts activities within a clinical or educational plan. We will review some of our work within social environments in need of resilience, particularly those that have struggled with depression, loss, and trauma. Building on the work of well-being and positive psychology experts Peterson and Seligman, and positive art therapy specialists Chilton and Wilkinson, we have developed easy-to-implement, fun processes that foster strengths and resilience through creative activity featuring clay and story. In our observations, which will be illustrated by case materials, working in small groups through storytelling, deep listening, and group creation helps to support a culture of resilience and inclusivity that clinicians, educators, and helping professionals of all types can use in their daily work with people of all ages and circumstances.