How are you
other-care with self-care?
Is it a bit of a challenge?
A lot of a challenge?
A Dementia Australia counsellor told me that I offer an ‘exquisite level of care’.
I breathed in the fine compliment. I breathed out a delicately complex response, including a watercolour-plus-collage artwork – a paintage.
I’m showing you the pretty bits and leaving out the grisly ones. Ah yes well. Sometimes it’s a grisly process, this caring palaver.
Here’s the question of the day (or year or lifetime):
How might we apply
an Exquisite Level of Care
Last weekend I led ‘Nourish and Flourish – the Art of Self-Care’. It was my first Art and Soul playshop in a while. Why? Because I’ve been caught up in eldercare.
Nourish and Flourish was delicious.
What sorts of things happened in the playshop?
I invited participants to consider…if their care for OTHERS had a colour, shape, texture, sound, title … for this moment … what might it be?
If their SELF care for this moment had a colour, shape, texture, sound, title, how would that look and feel?
Participants wrote or made art in response to this contemplation.
They each chose a miniature from the sandplay collection to represent their ally or companion on the journey.
We heard different individual self-care strategies. We pooled them. They range from dancing to reading with a cat on your lap; surfing to spending time with friends; saying No to having a massage.
We did a walking sensory awareness meditation. We sipped tea. We ate chocolate. Or healthy stuff, as the case may be.
The dear participants
each made art, art and more art.
They found ways to nourish themselves
in the process of making art about self-care.
It was a treat for me to host these splendid Art and Soulies; exploring, playing, being authentic, expressing joys and difficulties, beautifully showing kindness and insight as they offered positive feedback to one another.
Gratitude. I feel gratitude.
I do believe the next Art and Soul offering
is probably Saturday 13th July.
Most likely it’ll be
the annual ‘Creative Flame’ playshop.
Maybe see you there.
with love, art and soul