When the Dust Settles

Sep
2014
09

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Look familiar?

Look familiar?

Well, dust settles all over the house constantly, but I’m talking about the emotional dust kicked up by the whirling energy of child-rearing. Do you ever feel like you can never get a clear picture of your own needs and desires as a woman, because the “dust storm” of your family’s needs is all you can see or feel? For me, when I was a mother with children at home, even when the kids were all out of the house for awhile, I would stare blankly ahead, not being able to focus on what I really wanted or needed in those precious moments. So I would run around working away at my never-ending to-do list, instead of pausing to breathe and notice myself for a change and figure out something that would renew my spirit and infuse some energy into my body. Besides taking a nice, hot bath, I found that if I had a few ideas set up ahead of time for varying lengths of time, I could plug one in, when time for me presented itself.   Some were quick and easy at home, like drawing with pastels, water color painting, writing in my journal, dancing around the house to an Al Green record (oops, dating myself), while watching my reflection in the patio door, singing along at the top of my voice. Yes, for me, I found that what nourished me was the Expressive Arts.

Moving our own way in the Dancing House.

Moving our own way in the Dancing House.

Then I got brave and signed up for an improvisational drama class, a traditional dance class, a contact improve dance group, a water color painting class, and a real pastel drawing class at the art museum art school! Each time I thought, “WHAT am I doing here?!” (Especially when I got in that drama class… but now that’s my favorite art form.) But when I stuck with it and settled into the process…Wow…Great things happened! I couldn’t afford the time or money to do all of that very often, but I made sure I did SOMETHING each month to connect me to the arts with others, who were also searching for their creative expression. One more thing that contributed to my personal transformations is the time I spent with a friend in the forest, making art, resting and listening to nature and my inner self.

"Dancing House"

“Dancing House”

Since the Expressive Arts helped me in such profound ways, I studied Expressive Arts Therapy.   After my career as a school counselor, I moved to this beautiful forest that soothed my soul, so now I can offer you the experience of the healing capacities of art making and nature.

 

 

In the heart of the forest, a space for art & mothers.

In the heart of the forest, a space for art & mothers.

What have you done for yourself as a woman lately? If you want to give HeARTspace Soul Art for Mothers a try, check out our Meetup offerings by clicking the link on this page and come join us in these art & dance studios in the forest. This place is here for you in community with mothers, who are seeking their creative expression, so they can be the best moms they can be by becoming more creative women. You can find out more about Soul Art, Sue Ellen and HeARTspace Studios at www.heartspace.us

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