Art Journaling and Inward Focusing

The benefits of Art Journaling are innumerable.  Visual imagery reflects one’s personal story.  An image from a journal may inspire a written narrative or even a single word to encapsulate a felt sense.  “Gendlin gave the name ‘felt sense’ to the unclear, pre-verbal sense of ‘something’—the inner knowledge or awareness that has not been consciously thought or verbalized—as that ‘something’ is experienced in the body.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focusing). Combining narrative with images can be a process that stimulates self-inquiry and personal growth.

The Sacred Vessel

Sacred Vessel

Be still

Look within

Free from fear

Awakened Self is present

 

Mindfulness and Emotional Eating

Overeating or eating unhealthy processed foods leaves our bodies feeling unhealthy and fatigued, but we do it anyway.  In reality, these eating habits often numb or distance us from what lies beneath.  So how do we address this habitual pattern that impacts our health and happiness?

In my last newsletter, I compared the concepts of mindlessness vs. mindfulness practice.  Mindfulness is focusing on observing what is going on when we eat even though we are not hungry. The essence of mindful practice is to love those parts of ourselves that we think we don’t like or reject. This is where the healing process starts.   Loving ourselves requires new skills to deal with the challenges we face in daily life that shape our emotional eating habits.  These habits are often affected by other issues such as anger or resentment or relationship issues.  In order to give a voice to these feelings, we must explore what is behind these thoughts rather than unconsciously reacting with food. 

When we tap into our strengths such as our inherent curiosity, we are able to explore what is really going on with our inner experiences. We can claim those parts of ourselves that seek to be kind, compassionate and free from fear.

As you explore ways to transform self-blame and judgment into self-compassion and self-discovery, you will learn new approaches how to manage your emotional food triggers. My individualized support for each client draws upon current research in neuroscience, existential theories and practices with cognitive and mindfulness-based approaches.

Nova Wellness Counseling

Alice Anne Millington, M.A. Psych.

Office: 206-733-0349   Email: aliceanneNWC@live.com