Saturday, September 22, 2012

a lesson from my lawn

It's hard to believe that grass and grubs can hold a life lesson, but here's one...

I was gardening the other day...well, actually, I was pulling out dead grass from my entire front side yard. Unbeknownst to me, the grubs decided to hold their annual convention in my lawn. Just days earlier, everyting was lush and green.  It wasn't until the damage was done that I learned of the in"feast"ation.  As I was pulling up the grass, the old saying, "What's eating you?" struck me.  It made me laugh seeing the connection between our psyche and the grubs in my grass. 

We all know how to put on a pretty exterior and try to cover-up what's really going on inside. This works for a while, but eventually, the damage done by the grubs in our psyche make their appearance and the cover is up. The next time something is "eating you,"  stop and look at the grubs.  Grub control for the psyche comes in many forms.  It may be having the conversation with the person that is "bugging" you, it may be a walk or a run is all that's needed to clear your head.  If it's something deeper than that, I encourage you to seek professional help.  Truly, it's best to clear out the grubs before the grass turns brown and all that you're left with is dirt and weeds.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oooo, this feels strange

I had a funny, great experience today making a scribble drawing with a 13 year old.  We drew together using our non-dominant hand.  Her comments were, "Oooo, this feels strange." "This hard to do." "This is really awkward." "Oh, I forgot we were using our other hand and I just did it the easy way."  What struck me was, those comments are pretty darn universal to any kind of change. If it's hard to change something a simple as how you hold a crayon, it really puts perspective on how hard it is to change years of behavior.

(For anyone who may be concerned, this was not a client. Confidentiality was not breached in telling this story.)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

upcoming workshops

Discover Your Creative Power

Thanks to all of you who attended the September 1 workshop.  
It was great!!

Upcoming workshops will be:  
Saturday, September 29 
9:30 - 11:30
Saturday, December 15
12:30 - 2:30

This workshop explores the playful creative that is in all of us.  It's an opportunity to experience your own  personal art-making experience in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.  Previous art experience is not necessary.  The format of the workshop allows you to freely explore your inner callings and uncover your unique creative voice.   Workshops are $25.00 / class and are held at Aslan Institute.

For more information or to register, email:

Enhancing the Family through Art Therapy

Three different workshops that will focus on the strengths of the 
family and encourage growth.

Attend one or all three

Wednesday, November 7
6:30 - 8:00
Wednesday, November 14
6:30 - 8:00
Wednesday, November 28
6:30 - 8:00

Using a different medium each session, we will explore family dynamics, how the family works together collaboratively, and honor each individual in the family.  These workshops are  $45 / family / session and are held at Aslan Institute.

For more information or to register, email: