For me cooking is an art form and I find it highly therapeutic. It nourishes the body, yes; but it also nourishes the mind and soul. Cooking not only taps into your creativity, it helps with executive functioning and your sensory functioning better than anything I have ever encountered. Here is a video of my latest creation, Turkey and Veggie Red Thai Curry:
Why is cooking so great for executive functioning? Cooking helps with the following: making choices and task initiation, planning and prioritizing, following directions, working memory, organization, and flexibility. These are key areas that can be challenging for people with Asperger's and Autism, ADD, and ADHD. Maybe try cooking to practice using executive functioning skills?
Yesterday I facilitated my first SoulCollage® group at Violet Hive Art Therapy in Denver, CO. It went very well with lots of positive feedback from participants. It was a sort of test run for the workshop and location to determine how many people could comfortably work in the space and what I might need to keep the space organized so participants can have the most enjoyable experience possible. As part of introducing what SoulCollage® is to the group I did a demonstration of the process. This is what I came up with, a card representing my ancestry. I call it Ancestors.
"How Does Your Heart Feel Now, What does it look like right now?"
I found that this directive can be helpful for people going through some kind of life change like moving, divorce, changing jobs or schools, changes in relationships, and with grief. It can be particularly helpful with children.
Read the children's book, The Invisible String and think about what it meant for you. After doing this think about how your heart is feeling now and then create a visual representation of what your heart looks like. In this example I went 3D by cutting a cardboard heart in half and wrapping each piece with yarn and then tying teach end from each piece of heart together. For me it represented how I feel like my heart is in two places; my new home and my old home since I recently moved to Denver, CO from San Mateo, CA. The act of wrapping was soothing and helped me to feel more grounded and present. Most people would draw or paint on paper and that would typically be the direction I would take a client, but I wanted to try something a little bit out of the box this time.
Here is the finished painting from the previous video. I'm quite happy with it. If you squint it looks like a landscape.
I have been wanting to finish this painting for weeks. To motivate myself to finish it I put it on the mantle and proceeded to stare at it for over a month. Today I promised myself I would paint, no more procrastinating.