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Words have impact

Learning Unlearning journal page email 10.18.22

Many of us grew up being reminded that, "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me."

Is that true? ūüßź

I use my journal to explore old poems, song lyrics, and nursery rhymes.

I start with the words, add a little doodle person, and notice what bubbles up as the two meet.

  • What facial expression is my little doodle person asking to have?
  • Would they have a verbal response to the song lyric or nursery rhyme?
  • What is my body response as I work in my journal?

We may r…

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Doodle Lesson to help you ground yourself

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Do you ever find your mind wandering during the day?

If you're like me, you find your mind meanders down many paths each day! ūü§™

You may start out with a pleasant storyline and before you know it a familiar sense of dread, panic, or anger infiltrates your mind.

Uh oh... you were having a lovely morning walk, looking around and then out of no-where, there's the conversation you just had with your partner playing out in your mind again or maybe worry sets in about the meeting with your boss next…

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Anxious? Release energy from the body...

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Do you ever try to explore your anxious mind and end up feeling confused or more anxious?

Trying to help our anxious mind solve a problem when we're in the throws of anxiety is like trying to repair a car as it's driving down the road.

It's physics really... increased motion leads to more motion. Trying to handle anxiety with an anxious mind, leads to increased anxiety.

The anxious mind forces the body to amplify anxiety with increased physiological functioning (increased heart rate, increase…

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Embodied Art isn't supposed to be pretty

Blog- embodied art photo 8.23.22

I find myself in a season of emotional unfolding.

You may as well. 

This season isn't asking for a deep analysis. It is asking for time, space to just be, and deep compassion for all of who we were in the past... or who we thought we needed to be. 

This season is asking for a turning inward.

Embracing a new way of being can often bring forward years of blocked or repressed emotions, thoughts, and patterns of living so deeply embedded in our neurons that they freely run in the background as …

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Collaging Your Mind and Heart

This collaging exercise invites you to use word cutouts from magazines to express your head and heart. 

Materials to gather:

  • Old magazines
  • Copy paper or journal¬†
  • Marker or Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

If you would like to print out a copy of the Doodle Person for your collage words you can access it here.

Happy Collaging,

Dr. Trish





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Creative Healing 101 - Doodling Shapes

When we allow ourselves to scribble or doodle we are giving our overactive thinking mind a break. This "distraction" allows us to bring our attention to what is right in front of us, our scratch paper and pen...

In this video I will demonstrate drawing basic shapes. Continuing to work on lines and shapes is like building a visual alphabet. Soon we'll begin combining shapes to make recognizable objects. 

Allow yourself the freedom to be a beginner again and just enjoy the process. If you need t…

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Creative Healing 101 - Doodling lines

Learning to draw again, as we did when we were children, allows our expressive, body based brain to come alive. 

This is helpful when we feel stress, panic, fear, or simply don't have words to describe what were experiencing. 

For this exercise grab a piece of scratch paper and a pen and follow along.

In this video I'm using Suffle Art Marker Set and Canson Watercolor Paper or I also love Mixed Media Paper

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