Part 13 daily journal workshop. NEGATIVE – POSITIVE. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop:

Part 1 JUST WRITE

Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS

Part 3 HEART

Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE

Part 5 NAKED SCREAM

Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND

Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S

Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN

Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT

Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT

Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING

Part 12 DEAR WORLD. SECRETS

How can we transform our thoughts?  How can we transform them to something positive as we are overwhelmed by negative events and circumstance?  Is there a process/toolkit we can access to contain the overwhelming feelings?  Can we do it through careful rationalizing, thereby finding the positives?

Today use photography to process these questions.  Take photos or find some.  Maybe glue them in your journal.  Write about it if you feel like it or let the photo speak for itself.

Here’s how my exercise unfolded:

I had a couple of private art therapy sessions today.  Certainly the stories my art therapy students share and the lives some of them live can be moving and heavy.  But that is not personal.  That is my work and as I facilitate their artistic expression, a negative mood can be transformed into a positive moment.

My art therapy student adds to my journal today.

But a note re: my father from his doc this afternoon was personal.  These words stood out:

I felt that familiar tingle of panic in my toes.  “It’s back?” I thought.  So Dad and I pulled out our toolkit as we headed to X-ray and tests.  Our toolkit, besides our art, is HUMOR.

So we humorized and instagramed the hell out of that panic.  And thereby transformed something negative into something fabulously positive and fucking funny.

"Not yet."

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