In a previous post, I mentioned journaling as a recognized form of supplemental therapy. Here, I am hoping to encourage yet another form of healing.
Art therapists around the world use the creative process to help people of all ages improve their emotional well-being, deal with trauma and even cancer.
My kids and I make art because it’s fun.
Sometimes the kids and I will work on a theme, like “dreams” or “events.” Sometimes I will put on a piece of music and we’ll “free draw.” Sometimes the kids will rattle on about this or that, sometimes we color in silence. I’m always amazed by the things they say when they draw. It’s as if the crayons and markers are giving them a freedom of speech. They’ll talk about dreams and crushes and movies scenes and I listen, using those crayons and markers as grounding tools. Tools I need so as not to let my mom instinct kick in and make me too aggressive with my questions.
At the end, we always share our work. We discuss the thought behind the shapes or colors. I am always thrilled by the level of encouragement they show me and especially each other.
Believe me, coloring is not just for kids. I get a sense of peace that comes from the simplicity of it and I am especially happy if the result is something I find pleasing to my eye…
Well, just another peek inside the mind and life of a midlife mom, finding happiness, sanity and herself, in LA. I hope the next time you have some time on your hands, kids or not, you can get out the crayons and color your way…free.