Here are some random thoughts — and images — this morning, about “The Healing Power of Art.”
This is a piece of art, by Elisa Tenenbaum, that hangs in my living room (and which appeared in this blog on Day 174: Surprised by Joy).
I’ve spent a lot of wonderful moments, gazing at that.
Yesterday, when I (finally!) spoke to somebody about my will, that expert suggested that I choose a few special items to leave to specific people. I immediately thought of Elisa Tenenbaum’s good work.
Also, yesterday, I spoke with another expert, who specializes in EMDR (“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy ( as well as other healing work for people with traumatic memories).
That expert often suggests creating a “container” for difficult-to-manage feelings that might come up during that kind of work.
I’ve written about creating “containers,” for various uses, in this blog before. (For a summary of all of these, see Day 245: Lucky.)
Here’s one container
for throwing away unhelpful things that other people have said.
Here’s another container
for holding “emergency messages” that help during times of trouble.
Where was I? Oh, yes. I was writing about a container for difficult-to-manage feelings, that might come up during healing work for past traumatic experiences.
When the expert spoke about this, I immediately thought of this container (front and center, in picture):
Over the years, I have witnessed a lot of healing, through the creation of art.
Sometimes, that art includes drawings:
Sometimes, it includes different kinds of art:
Sometimes, it includes many people, healing together:
That concludes our blog post for today, ladies and gentlemen.
Thanks to Elisa Tenenbaum (again), Cathy Malchiodi, Kenneth Bruscia, healers and experts everywhere, and to you, for visiting today.
* For more about this, see this website: http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/haiti/