École le Jet d'ancre | Anne-Marie Jobin | Créativité Le mot créativité vient du mot latin creatio, qui est l’action de donner la vie, de tirer du néant. En général on décrit la créativité comme un processus par lequel une idée est amenée à sa matérialisation, comme la capacité d’être en contact avec son énergie vitale et de la manifester en formes tangibles dans le monde. Nous avons tous le potentiel d’une grande créativité mais la voie d’accès à ce potentiel peut être bloquée, limitant ou rendant impossible une circulation saine de notre énergie créatrice. Des outils et techniques peuvent alors être mis à profit pour nous aider à retrouver le chemin de notre créativité et de notre vitalité originales. C'est en développant la méthode du Journal créatif qu'Anne-Marie Jobin s'est penchée de plus en plus à fond sur le sujet et a développé les outils que vous trouvez sur ce site. Pour une description des ateliers sur la créativité, allez à la page "ateliers" et pour connaître notre horaire, allez à la page "calendrier".
Feature Story: Writing to Heal: Research shows writing about emotional experiences can have tangible health benefits For nearly 20 years, Dr. James W. Pennebaker has been giving people an assignment: write down your deepest feelings about an emotional upheaval in your life for 15 or 20 minutes a day for four consecutive days. Many of those who followed his simple instructions have found their immune systems strengthened. Pennebaker, a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and author of several books, including “Opening Up” and “Writing to Heal,” is a pioneer in the study of using expressive writing as a route to healing. “When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health,” Pennebaker says. In his early research Pennebaker was interested in how people who have powerful secrets are more prone to a variety of health problems. It turned out that often they would, and that it wasn’t even necessary for people to tell their secrets to someone else. The Charlotte, N.C. Vivé Griffith Office of Public Affairs
Creative Writing Journal Prompts 1. Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn't keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. See also: Writing Prompts This page has printable writing prompt worksheets. Persuasive Writing Prompts Check out our collection of persuasive writing topics. Writing Story Pictures Write a creative stories to describe what's happening in these pictures.
100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul January 9th, 2011 Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." It's no surprise, then, that many people around the world use art as a means to deal with stress, trauma and unhappiness – or to just find greater peace and meaning in their lives. If you're curious about what art therapy has to offer, you can try out some of these great solo exercises at home to help nurse your mind, body and soul back to health. If you like the experience, you can also seek out professional art therapy treatment in your area. Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. Relaxation Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Paint to music. Happiness Art can not only help you deal with the bad stuff, but also help you appreciate and focus on the good. Draw your vision of a perfect day. Portraits Often, a great way to get to know yourself and your relationships with others is through portraits. Collaging Self
Meditation for beginners The strange thing is that when I was 15, I meditated quite a bit. I was dealing with some anger issues (mostly anger about being a teenager in a not-challenging-enough school system whose friends had started to act in inexplicable ways) and I’m not sure how I learned about it, but I had a regular practice for almost a year. Fast-forward 18 years, and I have a regular practice going again, but barely engaged in the practice in the interim. Beginning to meditate again was a challenge, and it took almost a year of knowing I should, wanting to, and planning on doing it before I finally started down the path. I’m a believer in the positive effects of meditation, because I remember them from when I was 15; I could go from the throes of an almost-hysterical freak-out to relative calm in less than 15 minutes, using breathing and visualization. But if you’re like me and have wanted to start, but have found it to be less easy than you expected, here are some thoughts that might help. Also on MNN:
Propositions d'inducteurs pour des ateliers d'écriture Propositions d'inducteurs pour des ateliers d'écriture Ma p'tite histoire On met à disposition des enfants de l'atelier de petits "livres" de formes signifiantes (cœur, maison, animal ...) et de couleurs variées. L'enfant en choisit un, écrit ou dicte son histoire. Des mots pour une histoire L'enfant tire au hasard un certain nombre (3 ou plus) de mots-étiquettes dans une boîte. L'histoire peut être diffusée aux mêmes conditions que "Ma p'tite histoire". (Adaptation possible sous forme de "roulette à mots") Des phrases de dialogues pour une histoire L'enfant tire une ou deux étiquettes; sur chacune d'elle est reproduite une phrase d'un dialogue. Des images pour écrire L'enfant choisit une image. Une suite d'images pour écrire L'enfant tire quelques images d'un lot qui lui est présenté. (Suite "valorisation" cf. Des images pour un récit On constitue des ensembles d'images : personnages, lieux, objets ... Des œuvres d'art pour écrire Des objets insolites pour écrire (cf. (Cf. Des titres pour écrire
how to be creative: re-create what's broken | Inner Canvas | InnerCanvas The creative process is chock-full of hope. Because it is an ever revolving door, even in the direst of moments when we feel backed into that dank and dead end alley, it invites us to re-create our brokenness. In the broadest sense of things, the creative process allows us to believe in that old adage that is said to come from Nietzsche: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Because, really, what choice do we have but to make something out of our tragedy? In essence, there are no new projects. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not talking about repetition where there is the factory line of rubber stamping going on over and over again–endlessly. What is your inner canvas inviting you to re-create? Here’s a story about Mandy. When we met, she thought she was a dead end. In our work, I kept asking the question, what is it that your inner canvas is inviting you to create? At first, she only recycled the old stories. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
Journaling Prompt – Hone Your Writing Skills With Colors | Creat May 13th, 2009 by Avital Most people are blessed with all 5 senses: Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. I am constantly using all five senses throughout my creative journey and cannot imagine what would I do if one of my senses was impaired. However I have come across very creative people who were unable to see, hear or taste, so I know that creativity can for a certain extent compensate for the loss of one of the senses. One of the things I cannot imagine how can one compensate for is the ability to see colors (which is funny as my father is color blind). The broad spectrum of colors, the different tones and shades, the richness, the effect of combining different colors together. For this week’s journaling prompt try to describe colors to a blind person. Share Do you think colors can be described to a blind person? Tags: colors, creative writing, guided writing, journaling, Journaling Prompt
An Art Journal page: from start-to-finish No.2 Hi again. I shared my first 'Art Journal page from Start to Finish' last summer and according to my blog-stats it's been my most visited post ... which is really good to know. It's also my most 'pinned' project on Pinterest too ... so I don't think it's too much of a leap to say that somebody out there found it worth reading / useful / interesting ... so I've made another one! I hope this one reaches those who are interested too, so here goes: Here's the finished page in question, so you don't have to scoot all the way down to the bottom to see how it turns out in the end! Now let's go back ... and start from the very beginning ... because it's a very good place to start ... Like all of my posts this week, today's project recycles rubbish. This time, the rubbish in question was a hotel booking confirmation print-out which met with a watery end: As soon as I saw the lovely effect the water had created ... So I did ... Note the plastic glue-spreader. Gel medium isn't essential to this process.
Meditation Found To Increase Brain Size People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input. In one area of gray matter, the thickening turns out to be more pronounced in older than in younger people. "Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being," says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. The researchers compared brain scans of 20 experienced meditators with those of 15 nonmeditators. Meditators did Buddhist "insight meditation," which focuses on whatever is there, like noise or body sensations. Controlling random thoughts Slowing aging?