When we are grieving if feels like our brain shuts down. Our focus shifts to the hurt in our heart and soul.
Our normal thought processes are interrupted by the experience of our feelings. More often than not we don’t have any words for what we feel. Our heart clenches. We have difficulties breathing. We long for a moment of peace and quiet inside our torn hearts.
In our younger years we have experienced loss of love and belonging before. We might have lost a pet, a friendship, a job, or had to move to a new city. Our younger self dealt with these loses. Most often it stored them and packed them away under layers of belief systems, we created, to survive the hurt.
At one point we encounter a new loss. This one can become the straw that brakes the camel’s back.
Talking about what is going on inside becomes difficult. We are missing the words that might bring us help.
This is where art therapy can help because we all think in images.
Don’t think of a tree right now.
No really, don’t think of a tree.
Did you see a tree with your inner eye when you read it?
Art therapy uses our ability of visual imagery to help us find the expression of our feelings. We don’t have to be artists or have knowledge of art making to do so. Our soul will guide us to find the expression that is helping us the most in that very moment. It will help us to shed layers of sadness and believes that are not necessary anymore.
By expressing our grief, our sadness, our heart break in a hands-on art making process the soul feels recognized and heard. The healing process starts.
If you want to know more about art therapy and how it can help you, give me a call.
I am here for you.
Take good care,
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