Kassi Martin's Blog
My Studio Is A Tidy Unruliness
hi thereHow are you?
I'm having a relaxing, spacious day. A much needed kind of day.
Sleeping later than I usually do, I ate breakfast as the Birds ate from their daffodil feeder in the sunshine. They're so funny to watch how they do - and don't - take their turns on the feeder!
I received an email from Shelley Klammer who is a Counsellor and Expressive Arts Facilitator in USA. I recently participated in Shelley's "Art Programs Around The World".
I'm so grateful to Shelley in many ways, especially for welcoming me and sharing my work. It was a lovely experience to take time and focus in on what I do through Shelley's questions.
Here's a snippet:
Anita, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner attended a number of my "What Kind of Tree are You" courses both online and in my studio.
She began with a sense of needing to be liked. She was very polite, very pleasant and really helpful in the work place. Always smiling, Mother to everyone, seeing their Needs and ensuring they were taken care of. Generally Anita was the person who had the most experience and knowledge wherever she worked, with almost 40 years experience.
However, because of her need to be liked, she tended to play small and found it almost impossible to say "No" even when she really needed to.
Her Nervous System was stretched to its limit with no flexibility left to serve her Body and Mind, especially in the emergency situations often presented to her at work.
Anita worked through all of these issues whilst she painted her Trees with me. Each Tree painting helped her through Dialogue between herself, her Trees and me, to make sense of what was happening, why it was happening and supported her to make changes, step by step. Each step leading her towards empowerment and freedom to be Authentic.
Eventually Anita had reached a place where she could say 'No' and didn't care much if people liked her or not. She could speak out and ask questions where before she never rocked the boat.
Anita decided she was going to Shine Brightly instead of playing it small. She changed jobs, asked for better pay and conditions. She took her self care seriously and removed herself from the building to have breaks from the phone, patients, doctors and other constant demands. She was going against the Culture in her job, however, in the process she was saving herself from Burnout which she had been dangerously close to for years.
There are 10 areas in which I reflect... filled with colourful Art. If you would like to read more, here is the link (copy and paste the link into your browser)