Entries Tagged as 'Integrative Wellness'

By Rebecca Wilkinson, MA

Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist

Many of us would like to be more creative but we struggle with an inner voice that volleys a steady stream of discouraging negativity.  “I’m not talented enough”, “Creativity is frivolous”, “Who’s got time for it?!” “There are real problems that need my attention!”, “You’re either born with talent or you’re not”.  This "Inner Critic" might also have other names such as Nagging Nelly or Perfect Pete which capture the discouraging power of this inner voice.

Although we may feel that our Inner Critic is out to sabotage our creativity, it might actually be well meaning, even if a bit misguided. Someone once said that her Inner Critic, which she called “The Wicked Witch,” was trying to "suck the joy" out of her life. This critical voice often wants to protect us from embarrassment or failure, or it tries to help us avoid frustration and disappointment. However, in doing so, it keeps us from experimenting with new ideas and from the learning that comes with trial and error. It also keeps us from the joy that comes from applying our creativity.

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By Rebecca Wilkinson, MA

Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist

Many people do not think of themselves as creative. They think of creativity as a special skill or talent that we are born with. They might admire other people who are creative but they don’t think of themselves that way. They might see creative people as unconventional and right-brained and see themselves as analytical and left-brained. Even people who are more creative might think of creativity as a special state of mind that we are sometimes blessed with.

What does it mean to be creative? Creativity is commonly defined as imaginative and novel ideas and activities. It is often associated with artistic sensibility and originality. A broader definition of creativity includes expanding perspective, exploring possibilities, experimental problem-solving, and flexible thinking. 

 

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

This month begins with good cheer as on March 2nd the very sociable Venus in harmony with exciting Uranus. Unique expression is likely for the creative.  A flair for forecasting trends and ingenuity can bring novel ideas or breakthroughs. A new romance is also possible especially for Aries and Aquarians.

Then on March 4th communicative Mercury squares off with Mars, the god of war. There can be problems and irritations or impulsive reactions. Watch for mechanical breakdowns or heated arguments especially for those born near the end of Scorpio on November 21-23. The best use for this day is to do research and study.

Then on March 5th transiting sun squares Saturn bringing another day of difficulties and hard work. There can be limitations and delays. Don't worry if there are feelings of insecurity. This will stimulate ambition and the desire to prove one's self-worth. Pisces and Sagittarius are inclined now to feel low on energy.

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

This is actually a very gentle month with the exception of perhaps February 7th.  At the beginning of February  the moon is in Scorpio conjunct Mars initiating action and happily in harmony with Jupiter for evening fun. Mars Sextile Transiting Pluto on Wednesday February 3rd brings the urge to change things, to purge or heal.  Efforts to transform or implement new procedures are successful. Also Sun smiles on Saturn February 3rd can help some have more control over their life. This is a period of steady accomplishment and success in overcoming obstacles. Good relations with authorities and more patience are possible especially for those born near February 2-3 and November 24-25.

Then Venus conjunct Pluto February 5th indicates romance and passion especially for those born near January 5-6.There can be intense interactions with others for Cancers born near July 7-8. Transiting Mars in stressful interaction to Uranus can be reckless or impelling risky action for those who may feel restrictions.  Those born in Aries around April 5-6 may desire to burn bridges; patience is required. 

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By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it" – Rumi

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