Telling the stories of our lives through writing and art is a part of human experience. Of recent times the use of expressive art to enhance our health and wellbeing has become the focus of communities and individuals across the globe. Having a narrative and taking the time to reshape narratives has proven to be … Continue reading Lived Experience Narrative
This is the image that is on the front of a card I am using to promote my Creative Health workshops. In sessions I have run I have asked participants to spend some meditative time gazing at this masterpiece. I remind them to focus simultaneously on breathing and to simply notice the colours, faces, forms … Continue reading A Not So Silent Partner
I am currently working with children from the Castlemaine area at the Castlemaine Community House. The course is called ‘Stories by Me’ and runs for eight weeks. I posted the activity to the Bancroft Manor Collective, suggesting that they might like to work alongside the children. I will be sharing this response to the activity they also did tomorrow night.
The Beach was gone, the sky was gone, the guy with the Frisbee and no one to toss it to was gone and the bad tempered lady who had snapped at my dog when he ran up to her wagging his tail was gone too.
I hope a shark got her.
Right now, at this very second it was just me and my dog and we were standing in the hallway of a dusty house and I hoped an empty house. I was hoping it was empty because it looked exactly like my Grandmother’s house.
Nobody went into Grand’s house without an invitation, not even her family
My Grandmother’s house was not a normal house, which made sense because my Grandmother was not normal. Her house was haunted and cursed and she was the reason for all of those things.
My Grandmother is a Witch, you see. And she’s not…
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Are you interested in writing for self-exploration? Would you like to enhance your own personal or professional development through creative writing? This 8-week course, led by Heather Blakey, guides students in creating a mindful writing practice, exploring therapeutic and reflective writing, through a variety of techniques. A minimum deposit of 25% must be paid before … Continue reading Writing for Wellness
According to 'Wisdom of the Australian Animals' when a saltwater crocodile silently watches you he is not only thinking of tonight's dinner but this powerful creature is also asking you to look at family secrets and to allow aspects of the lives of ancestors to provide some illumination. At a time when I have been … Continue reading Shedding Light on Aspects of the Lives of Ancestors
The Mah Meri tribe in Malaysia, is a small minority of the country's population, where people celebrate the death festival by remembering their ancestors. It's a day of dancing that's steeped in tradition. The photographs are spectacular! Such a rich tradition! Malaysian villagers give thanks in an ancestor-worship ceremony. Members of the Mah Meri tribe … Continue reading Mah Meri Tribe Celebrate Ancestors
Just as Adam and Eve ignored God's command in the Garden of Eden it was inevitable that Blue Beard's bride would disobey him and use the one key he explicitly instructed her not to use. From the outset, we knew that she was going to go through a door into a room containing a terrible … Continue reading Breaking Open a Lock
Lemuralia, also called Lemuria, was a festival observed in ancient Rome to banish malevolent spirits of one’s ancestors from one’s house. To cleanse the house, the head of the household had to wake at midnight and wash his hands three times. Then, while walking barefoot throughout the house, he would throw black beans over his … Continue reading Lemuralia – Banishing Malevolent Ancestral Spirits
"Old fathers, great-grandfathers, Rise as kindred should ..." (Yeats) Bon Odori is a Buddhist custom that lasts for three days, most commonly celebrated on the fifteenth of August. The Bon Odori Festival has been celebrated in Japan for over 500 years and is meant to honour and commemorate dead ancestors. The festival originates from a legend in … Continue reading Bon Odori Festival Japan
Traditionally Descansos (Spanish for ‘place of rest’) marked the place of loss. Often we pray that the one who has died will rest in peace. In truth, it is those that are left behind that face the challenge of resting peacefully. Descansos is also a way to mark a loss and a space to find peace. … Continue reading Make Descansos to Honour Ancestors
I come to the island tonight to remember blood that runs in my blood all those whose footsteps marked their passing sailors who travelled far and brought their stories teachers who told the tale babes who listened cuddled safe in strong arms young wives who became grandmothers grandmothers whose young lives were cut short for … Continue reading Visit the Isle of Ancestors Tonight
All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. People held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set … Continue reading Honouring Ancestors
Throughout most recorded history, human societies have used various types of cemeteries for burial purposes; this theme points to humanity’s need to construct a meaning behind death and reflect life into the places where the dead are interred. Whether the bodies of the deceased are placed in the ground, within elaborate tombs, or simply … Continue reading Places for Quiet Meditation – Prague
Wiki How, which claims to explain how to do almost anything, actually has an interesting page about how to buy Souveniers and Gifts Overseas! Needless to say, I only found this page as I prepared to write this post. Happily, I only intended to buy a couple of gifts while away, but I must admit … Continue reading The Art of Overseas Gift Shopping
During my seven days in the Czech Republic, to quote Thoreau, I chose to 'live deliberately', mindfully and with intention. For most of the time in Prague, I stayed clear of the primary tourist haunts. However, I took the advice dispensed by sites like Solo Traveller and booked two tours that took me out to … Continue reading Solo Traveller – iPhone Story Starters