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Find light in the fertile darkness

Find light in the fertile darkness 1800 1200 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” (Rumi)

In ancient times, at the darkest night, the midpoint of winter, people celebrated the rebirth of the sun and the light it would bring to the Earth.

In the embrace of the winter solstice, we can honor the dance between light and darkness, recognizing it as a reflection of the human experience. In the depths of winter’s longest night, we find a symbolic celebration of the birth of light, an acknowledgment that even in the darkest moments, the potential for illumination resides within us, in our hearts. As we navigate the complexities of our world, plagued by personal and collective wars and struggles, the solstice becomes a poignant reminder—an invitation to delve into our inner darkness, to explore the shadows that challenge us.

Through the creative arts, we can transform these struggles into beacons of resilience, inviting in the light of hope, compassion, and healing. This season beckons us to embrace the transformative power of creativity, using it as a vessel to navigate through the gloom, ultimately birthing our own metaphorical light in the face of adversity.

In the middle of a dark night when we lie awake and depressed and can’t find our way,  a new clarity and decision can be born and illuminate our path ― like a bright shining star in a deep black sky.

From this clarity what we need or desire can grow forth into our daily lives. Think of a budding seed in the deep, dark soil or a growing fetus in the womb.

Here’s a simple meditation to support the birth of light within

As you find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing the stillness of the moment to envelop you. Picture yourself surrounded by a velvety darkness, a nurturing ground for the seed of light within your soul.

Visualize this seed at the core of your being inside your heart, a tiny spark waiting to sprout. As you breathe in, imagine drawing in the rich nutrients of the darkness, allowing it to cradle the potential within. With each exhale, release any tension or doubt, creating a fertile ground for the seed to take root.

Now, turn your attention inward and observe the subtle movements within this seed of light. Notice its gentle expansion, like the delicate unfurling of petals. As it grows, envision the vibrant colors that emanate—each hue carrying a message from the depths of your soul. Let these colors guide you, revealing the potential and dreams wanting to be realized through you.

Feel the movement of this inner light, a dance that mirrors the rhythm of your breath. Allow it to express itself in graceful swirls and undulating patterns, a reflection of the unique essence that resides within you. As the light expands, notice any scents or images that accompany its growth—a fragrant symphony of possibilities and potentials.

In this quiet space, acknowledge the messages that arise from the evolving seed of light. What truths does it unveil? What aspirations whisper from its center? Embrace these messengers with an open heart, accepting the wisdom that emerges from the depths of your being.

As you conclude this meditation, carry the awareness of your growing inner light with you into the world. Let it guide your actions, inspire your creativity, and serve as a constant reminder that even in the darkest moments, the radiant potential within you is always there as longing – your soul seeking to bloom.

Happy solstice and thank you so much for following me, reading my blog, and just generally being wonderful.

Art and words by Karin von Daler ©

A creative end of year ritual for hope and resilience

A creative end of year ritual for hope and resilience 2560 2560 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

A ritual to guide you through the dark and into the new

Feel free to change anything as you do this ritual! When I invite you to draw and write, you can choose to dance or sing instead. It is very simple and takes an hour all the way through.

You will need:

Journal/pad, paper, pen, paints, and maybe some fabric, rocks, or other beautiful materials.

First step:

Take all the good stuff with you.

First, you write down everything you are really happy to have created and created in 2023. Big and small.

Write words and make drawings and doodles of everything you want to keep and cultivate a little more. Feel your body as you savor and enjoy it.

Second step:

Let go and learn from what was difficult.

Write down what has been hard, terrible, challenging, etc.

Now write down or draw what you have learned from it (or are learning). Make room for all your emotions here and let yourself express it all without having to make anything pretty. Forget grammar and aesthetics.

Now write down the most important learning and save it in your diary or another good place.

Let go of everything you want to get rid of: Tear the paper, burn it safely, or put it in paper recycling. Feel the effects in your body as you imagine all of it flying away and dissolving into space far from you.

Third step:

Create the new.

Now write or draw what you long for, and want to create in the next year. This is not about setting goals. It’s about what you long for and desire. What wants to grow and shine in and from you?

Be specific and let your unconscious play: Listen to and FEEL your body, the inner images, spontaneous impulses, and dreams.

This could be better health, a beautiful and healing relationship, a job that supports you and your life, a clearer calling, or showing your art. Be honest and let yourself know what you most want and want.

Write or make a picture, a collage, or a sculpture about everything you want to create. Or you can just write it down with some love.

Fourth step:

Plant the new in time and space.

Imagine your life on a physical timeline or time arc in the room you are in.

Take what you have written down or drawn about what you want to create and long for, and “lay” it down in the future, physically, right there on the floor where your future is. You can use your words, drawings, beautiful stones, fabric, symbols, or whatever you want to make it visible and clear.

Put yourself in the future – physically – and experience each of the new goals, intentions, and experiences as if they have already happened, they are real, right now. Bring all your senses into it so you can hear and taste what it is like to LIVE there when all this has unfolded.

I look forward to hearing what you experience. Happy creative healing and imagining.

 

Karin

 

Art and words by Karin von Daler ©

Embrace the dark to move through it

Embrace the dark to move through it 2560 2560 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

We can’t repress the darkness right now, but we can see, hear, feel, and acknowledge that it’s here – both inside and outside of ourselves – and create as much light as possible by working for positive change. To do this, we need to draw on new and old wisdom.

Right now, we’re close to Vetrnaetr (Winternights), where ancient Norse peoples marked the coming of winter’s darkness. Hel, the goddess of the underworld (and healing!), was also celebrated at this time. According to ancient folklore, All Hallows’ Eve was the night when the forces of darkness, ghosts and witches were at play.

Many cultures have rites of passage and stories to help us cope with the darkness and move safely into the next phase of life, development or season. Rituals and most crises have clear stages that anthropologists and folklorists have identified:

Separation, liminality, and reintegration.

First, we are separated from the reality we have known – the world or ourselves are no longer as we know it.

The liminal phase is characterized by the fact that we are now out of category, in flux, not belonging. This is where we are in crisis, in the dark. We don’t feel like ourselves, insecure, afraid, alone and outside. We may feel grief over loss. Chaos reigns and we don’t know which way things are going.

Reintegration happens when we return to life, family, and society and know that a new status or order is emerging. It is characterized by the fact that we have learned to live with what we have lost or our limitations and can see opportunities instead.

But for transformation to happen, we must create space for creativity and reflection. Images and expressions are important because they can pave the way for change through the unconscious. Images can be created through encounters with rhythms, symbols, metaphors, stories, and myths.

Meeting with others in the same situation and co-creating and sharing these images can also provide a collective cohesion in the transition and a sense of oneness with others that can be meaningful.

I have experienced it over and over again in recent years in my work with art therapy in Ukraine: even in the darkest darkness, beauty, unity, and life can emerge.

I will soon be launching a new online course that takes you deeper into The Art of Self-Healing cards and shows you how to work with them in groups and with a deeper self-healing process that takes you through the three phases of transitions safely and lovingly. If you already have the cards, you get the course at a discount. If you don’t have them, you can get them at your local bookstore, health food store, or right here.

Here is a ritual you can do right now to get safely into the new year and your next chapter with hope and creativity intact – something we need more than ever.

Much love and creative sparks,

Karin

 

Art and words by Karin von Daler ©

New body/soul-nourishing course for tired healers

New body/soul-nourishing course for tired healers 2560 2560 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

Create, play, and rest yourself WHOLE

A creative, nurturing, and playful stress and trauma-sensitive personal growth and supervision program for tired caregivers.

  • Are you a therapist, teacher, healer, educator, social or health professional and want to feel less stressed, empty, and burnt out? Would you like to feel safer, more alive, and energized – more whole and at home in yourself?
  • Do you struggle to set boundaries? Do you forget to give yourself the care and attention you give others? Do you tend to avoid conflict and instead smile/rage or withdraw?
  • Do you find it easy to help others and hard to find or receive good help for yourself?
  • Are you overwhelmed and trying to manage a lot of never-ending tasks that are neither satisfying nor meaningful to you? Are you still unsure about what you want from your work life? Do you always fail to prioritize what’s most important for your body and soul because it’s last on your list?
  • Have you been stressed or burnt out and struggling to find your rhythm and path again?
  • Are you open to learning and changing by looking at yourself and your patterns and shifting them, but maybe you’re not sure how? Have you tried many different therapies and treatments, but never really integrated what you learned?

If this sounds a bit like you, my guess is that your relationship with yourself is in need of some healing.

Perhaps you’ve lost – or never fully developed – true and self-loving confidence in yourself and thus your connection to your own body-soul, your gifts and calling – and to others.

In this brand new course, made especially for our times, you will have the opportunity to create, play, and learn how to have a better relationship with yourself, so you can begin to heal, and help others in a healthier way.

About the course

Through play, creativity, and safe contact with yourself and others, activate the most highly developed and “healthiest” function of your nervous system, the social engagement system. From here, you can better take care of yourself when interacting with others and enjoy it. Specifically, you can learn to love yourself more and give yourself care and compassion. You will also learn tools to get out of the fight, flight, freeze, and fawn responses.

Using self-loving inner dialogues and role-playing, you will become more confidently connected to yourself and others and, according to research, secrete more oxytocin, the love hormone that controls or influences all your other hormones, making you healthier and happier. By using breathing, singing, and humming, you stimulate your nervous system and organism to regenerate and rest.

Through movement and meditative “dancing,” you’ll learn how to create a deep and safe connection with others and learn to be seen and see others.

Plus find out how to rest your way to a better life. Yes, you read that right, We will rest together, in safe contact, with guided and musical meditations and drawing/mini paintings. Create small self-care rituals that work and fit in your everyday life.

We will work with three learning methods. Your personal development will be at the center and serve as the basis for learning and supervision.

  1. Self-development and creative work on your relationship with yourself.
  2. Short and concise teaching presentations on the best trauma and stress theories and methods that I have learned through years of work as a trauma therapist and educator, and the art therapy methods that I have developed to work with stress and trauma. This includes Expressive Arts Therapeutic Integral Trauma Healing, Creative Mindfulness, Embodied Imaging, and not least The Art of Self-Healing Cards, which are included in the course.
  3. Supervision of your work with clients, pupils, students, users, citizens, etc. There will be a special focus on your role, and your countertransference. How your own insecurity and stress affect the themes you struggle with the most in your encounters with others, and how you can become a better and healthier helper by working with these aspects. There will be no case studies.

If you help others and want to draw, play, sing, and grow yourself more safely, healthily, and in a friendly group, this course may be for you.

We start with a pilot group that meets physically in the Copenhagen area, and later there will be an opportunity for something similar online.

The practical details:

We will meet approximately once a month for four hours from January 2024 in my office in Copenhagen or online, depending on what you would prefer. The program will run for 6 sessions over the course of about six months. Dates and times will be chosen based on what suits most people: either Thursdays from 15-19, Saturdays from 10-14, or Fridays from 13-17.

The price is 1399 DKK per session, paid in monthly installments, or 7900 DKK for full payment of the entire course. The program is a coherent whole, and you commit to the entire program and to be present for all four hours when we are together. Cancellation due to illness and the like is of course perfectly acceptable.

If this sounds interesting to you, feel free to reach out to me here. I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmly,

Karin

© Art by Karin von Daler

How to heal your thoughts with creativity

How to heal your thoughts with creativity 2560 2560 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

Hey there and welcome to the first blog post of the summer!

Can you heal and transform your thoughts with creativity? It might sound a bit strange. Isn’t working with thoughts more of a cognitive therapy thing?

Well, my thoughts aren’t always creative or cool either. They tend to repeat themselves and can be overly critical. I’m sure you can relate. Our thoughts can bring a lot of suffering, both to ourselves and others.

But thoughts come from our minds. And our minds are also where our imagination and ability to dream up new ideas for a better future can sprout. It is where we can take journeys into our dreams.

I think that good therapy and self-healing should cover all aspects of our human experience—body, mind, soul, and spirit. And I think creativity can play a big role in all those areas, including our thoughts.

Picture this: you have this thought, “I have to do X right now (insert whatever task you’re struggling with), and it has to be perfect so that everyone loves it.” How does that thought make you feel? Probably tired, stressed, and far from creative?

But what if we give that thought a little creative twist? Let’s rewrite it to be more honest, objective, relaxed, logical, and helpful.

How about something like: “I’m allowing myself to enjoy doing X at my own pace, having fun with it, so that I can genuinely enjoy the process and maybe even inspire some of the folks who see/hear/read it.” How does that thought make you feel? Personally, it makes me feel more relaxed (my shoulders drop a bit), more playful, and lighter.

With a simple and creative shift in perspective, we can transform our entire experience. By playing creatively with our thoughts, we can liberate ourselves from unnecessary suffering right here, right now.

I’ve made a few new videos where I share the techniques I use with my clients and students (and on myself too!) to work with creativity in body, mind, soul, and spirit. I hope they inspire you to explore your own creative and innovative mind.

Let your most creative thoughts guide you toward a more meaningful and inspired life.

With love and creativity,

Karin

How to feel safe and why it matters (a whole lot)!

How to feel safe and why it matters (a whole lot)! 1810 2560 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

Did you know that a sense of safety is the foundation for you to learn, develop and be creative in your life? When you feel unsafe, a large part of your energy and attention goes into survival. It is tiring and hard on your body and soul and it slows down your growth.

The good news is that you are designed to create safety within yourself and with others. The most highly developed part of your nervous system, the social engagement system, ensures that the first thing we naturally do in a crisis or under stress is to seek help by contacting other people. When we don’t, it’s often because we’re too stressed or traumatized to do it. But it is possible – even in stressful or unsafe situations – to create small moments of micro safety for yourself.

We can actually also use our creativity, imagination, imagination, and playfulness to get out of stress and trauma and strengthen our social engagement system. Through creating, especially with others, we can become good at feeling safe again – even if just for a moment.

Safety and creativity are connected in a circular system that is absolutely central to our survival and well-being as a species.

Here are a few simple things you can do to strengthen your sense of security – and therefore your creativity:

  1. Notice who you feel comfortable and safe with. Make time to be with them if you can. Put your screens away (unless you are connecting online), make eye contact, and pay attention to the other person’s facial expressions, tone of voice, and breathing. Play with mirroring it or changing your own and the feeling between you.
  2. Use movement to feel out a room. Look around you – pretend you are an animal that sniffs and smells or listens quietly. Orient yourself up and down, look behind you and to the sides. Look for colors and shapes – feel what that does. If you are in a space you don’t particularly feel safe in, maybe it is possible to find one thing to notice and look at. Even if it is your own hand.
  3. Sing alone or with others – use your voice in many different ways – this stimulates your vagus nerve, which is the core of your social engagement system.
  4. Be sure to choose therapists, teachers, mentors, friends, partners, collaborators, etc. with safety in mind. Notice how you feel with other people or in a given room. Are you comfortable with them? Or you become more so through play/contact and cooperation?

If you want to know more about my approach to healing and creativity, you are always welcome to visit my website at www.karinvondaler.com where I often add new articles and my latest news. Just click the button below and join me on a journey into healing creativity.

Thank you for reading my newsletters – it makes me so happy. And I would love to hear from you.

I wish you safety and lots of healing creativity,

Karin

Paintings and words by Karin von Daler 2023 ©

How to finish your creative projects

How to finish your creative projects 2560 1925 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

How do you conceive of a great idea for a creative project? And how do you finish it and get it into the world so it makes a difference in your life and others’?

How do you keep up momentum when you meet criticism and resistance from the inside and outside (it’s always there in the creative process)?

I talked about all this and much more with my publisher, Anna Frolik of Wonderland Publishing, in an inspiring conversation we had the other day.

We also talked about perfectionism, the fear of being flawed and not enough, and what happens when we embrace the archetypal sensitive part of us that would rather hide in the woods.

We talked about what exactly makes creativity so healing – in a way I’ve never done before.

Both Anna and I would love for you to join us. Just click on the image below.

Thank you for being here.

With love & creativity,

Karin

Finding your life purpose or a diagnosis?

Finding your life purpose or a diagnosis? 2560 1919 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

Nowadays, it’s common to have a diagnosis of a mental disorder. Especially for children and young adults. In the past, diagnoses were rare and mostly used to describe more severe mental illness and suffering.

There are probably several reasons why diagnoses are given out more liberally. Partly, it may be because we are better at recognizing and detecting mental disorders and partly because we are more chronically stressed – not least because of the amount of information and lack of calm and concentration, we expose our brains to.

Often, sadly, diagnoses are the only way to get help from the public or health insurance. Diagnoses can be helpful in treatment planning because if there is a relevant treatment, they can help point to the right one. Also, many feel seen and relieved to have an explanation that absolves them of responsibility, according to a young psychiatrist, I spoke with last week.

He would prefer to avoid diagnosing, unless it is absolutely necessary, and would rather help people heal and change with psychotherapy – if they want to.

The Norwegian writer and psychologist, Arnhild Lauveng, who struggled her way through enormous mental suffering and psychiatric stigmatization, felt imprisoned by her diagnosis and also stands for offering therapy and other mental health treatments that meet the individual human.

When I was a young woman, I was one of those ambitious and very sensitive young people. Today, I would probably have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. There were several highly educated and experienced people who wanted to give me diagnoses, but to me, these labels neither helped nor described me very well.  So, I gave that up in favor of developing myself through therapy, art, closeness with others, and not least time in nature.

On the other hand, I have always been very interested in using all kinds of personality tests and have been to many clairvoyants. Mostly to find my purpose in life, my soul nature – my calling.

Many of the people who come to my courses and for therapy in my clinic feel the same way:

They are looking for their calling or a vision for a life that makes sense.

And there is a need for many of us to find a beautiful and rewarding purpose for our lives – only in that way can we help our suffering world. I have learned, that a life purpose is not static, but unfolds gradually under the right conditions.

Just like the acorn which turns into an oak without self-doubt, therapy, or personality tests, as described in James Hillman’s beautiful analogy.

So how do we give ourselves the conditions that help us grow, so our inner acorn can grow into the oak? In my world, at least, it is not primarily through diagnoses. For me, it’s more about getting in touch with yourself and the nature of your soul in a nourishing and creative way.

In The Art of Self-Healing cards, which have just been released from Wonderland Publishing and are now sold worldwide, there is actually an exercise in finding your calling that you might want to try for free right here.

EXERCISE:

Listen to Chopin’s Nocturne, Opus 9 (1830-31), no. 2: Nocturne in E flat major. You can find many beautiful versions of it online. While listening to this piece ― or something else that calls you, reflect and write a little on what’s calling on you now? Write freely.

 If you like more structure, here is one way to find out more about your calling:

  1. Draw three circles that overlap. In the first circle, write a few words about what activities or tasks really awaken your joy and curiosity and make you come alive.
  2. In the next circle, write about everything you think should be changed or done better in the world. What’s your main grievance with how things work? Where do you think there is a real and urgent need for help? What could really help the world
  3. In the last circle, write about what you know you are good at. Think about what you feel and think you are good at and what others have repeatedly complimented you for.
  4. In the rounded triangular shape in the middle, which in geometry is called the Reuleaux Triangle, write those words or themes that seem to repeat in all three circles.
  5. Look at your diagram here. What does it say about what you love to do that the world needs and that you are good at? What’s your first step to answering your calling?

Write to me if you are also interested in finding your life purpose. I am developing some new course ideas. and would very much like to hear if this is something that interests you.

Thank you for reading my reflections – I’m grateful you are here.

With love and creativity,

Karin

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How to find peace and wisdom in unstable times

How to find peace and wisdom in unstable times 2560 1919 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

Autumn is here and I feel ready to slow down and give myself time for self-healing. I just want to sit in a cozy chair and read. I want to keep my diary next to me and jot down thoughts and ideas.

For me, that provides a completely different calm than the artificial, flickering and blue light of the screen and the constant news about all kinds of crises.

But this spring I discovered that I had been on screens so much in the last few years that I had forgotten how to read a regular book! Afterward, I asked many others who said that they also have a hard time with it.

I am not talking about dyslexia or general reading difficulties here – my dear husband has struggled with dyslexia all his life, and that is a completely different issue.

I’m talking about the fact that we forget to give peace and time to be quiet, reflective, take something in slowly and form new thoughts within ourselves.

Research shows that our ability to concentrate has decreased dramatically and stress has increased since we all got computers and the internet. Don’t get me wrong: I use technology with great gratitude and joy (just like now!).

But I have discovered that it is necessary to slow down and write or draw by hand or read for my brain to function and have balance.

I find that reading and calm are the foundation for being able to create, to be able to solve problems, and form new ideas.

If you’d like to read and reflect with me, I’d like to share the new expressive arts therapy book I’ve co-authored, which is just around the corner. You can pre-order here with a discount if you use the code AF2E right here. It’s a comprehensive work that explains how to integrate movement, sound, art, play, images, drama, and other multisensory practices in psychotherapy. The book weaves together the latest theory and research with practical recommendations to improve communication and support regulation, attachment, trauma healing, and sensory integration.

My chapter is about my own method, Creative Mindfulness, which helps to find calm, balance, and regulation in our emotions through creativity.

Here is one of my exercises you can try right now:

Imagine what your inner peace and wisdom would look like if they were in the room. What kind of posture would it have? How would it move? What would it sound like when it spoke? You can play with shaping it in the air. Feel it with your hands. And you can go on to dialogue with your calmness and wisdom, asking it some essential questions and hearing what it wants to tell you right now.

Thanks for reading this verbose description! If you’d like to read the book while I do and tell me your reflections on it, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading along.

I wish you a calm and reflective autumn.

With love and creativity,

Karin

All artwork on the blog by Karin von Daler ©

10 creative ways to reduce stress for intense times

10 creative ways to reduce stress for intense times 2560 1810 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

I hope you are doing ok given the intensity of our times. I have some inspiration and tips for you today.

It’s about balance in body and mind and how to find it.

It’s been a while since I’ve written to you. That’s because I’ve been working with an organization called First Aid of the Soul.

First Aid of the Soul is an expressive arts therapy-based non-profit organization that helps people affected by the war in Ukraine. 

I’ve learned a lot about stress and trauma and how to prevent them from the people I’ve been privileged to work with there as a volunteer.

We work with people of all ages and from all over the world. We do it with sensory-oriented, embodied, and creative methods that reduce stress immediately.  Our goal is to prevent trauma and PTSD in all the people we work with.

What we are already seeing now is that while many are close to a breaking point, others are growing both personally and spiritually as a result of the crisis. For most, it’s a bit of both.

But what is true for everyone is that they can be helped.

We’re realizing that the creative and bodily methods we use in expressive arts therapy work better and are more stress-reducing than purely cognitive approaches. 

Did you know that you can prevent trauma during crises by being less stressed and maintaining a balance on a daily basis? And did you know that your stress and your healthy balance can “infect” others around you? As I’m sure you already know, there are many good reasons to reduce stress.

But how do you find a healthy balance and avoid unhealthy levels of stress at a time of immense world crises and an everyday life that may be full of work, screen time, duties, and too little nature, play, and contact with other living beings?

Would you like 10 simple, creative methods for quick stress management, self-healing, and growth? Most of them are also part of my upcoming Art of Self-Healing Cards, which will also be used in our work with the victims of war.

I’d like to give you ten exercises from the cards and book in advance. Here they are:

(Feel free to do the exercises outdoors. Do only what feels good and take care of yourself. If something is uncomfortable, stop and seek help. The methods here are for self-help and are not therapy or a replacement for professional help.)

  1. Put on music that you enjoy and dance to it. Get your heart rate up (gently) and then lie down and rest and let it come all the way down again.
  2. Feel your buttocks in the seat and your feet on the floor – or directly on the ground. Look around and see where you are.  Name a few of the things you can see.
  3. Do the same as in exercise 2, but now look around for a specific color. See how many places you can find it. Notice your breathing.
  4. Set aside a few minutes and move as you like in silence. Make sure you are in a safe place and have enough space around you
  5. Imagine the safest and most nourishing, beautiful place where you can just be and rest. Draw it or write a little story about it.
  6. Stretch. Notice what your body wants – follow it. Cross your arms on your chest and hug yourself. Pat alternately on your right and left sides for even more calm and balance.
  7. Feel your body and your breathing, just as it is. Follow it and notice what happens if you put a little more emphasis on your exhalation and sigh loudly a few times. Feel your body and your breathing again.
  8. Take a piece of clay, paper, or anything else you can shape or color. Let all your emotions flow into it as if they could come out. Now, look at what you’ve created. Is there anything that surprises you or that is new here? Focus on that and create something more.
  9. Place your hand in the center of your chest and notice your breathing. Imagine that you could breathe in and out through your heart.
  10. Notice a thought that’s stressing you out. Write it down and see if it could be rewritten into something more true, loving – or just the opposite – even if it sounds silly.

Did you like one or more of these exercises? Please let me know if you want to be among the first to know when the new Art of Self-Healing Cards are ready. 

You can support First Aid of the Soul here

With love and creativity,

Karin