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trees and art and therapy....

Posted by missophelia , 12 May 2013 · 127 views

picture enclosed :)/>

My therapist, Dr K, and I, are trying to work together to help me find more positive ways to cope with the overwhelming feelings I am going through right now. I haven't been as overwhelmed the past couple of days, but the urges to SI are still there, strong, for the most part constant.

I discussed The Butterfly Project with her. For anyone unfamiliar, basically when you have the urge to SI, you draw a butterfly in permanent marker or pen on the place you SI. You give that butterfly the name of someone you love. If you SI, you kill the butterfly (the person whose name you gave it). You can't scrub it off, it has to fade naturally.

I don't think The Butterfly Project is for me.

Dr K asked me what has meaning for me. That's easy. Trees.

Trees represent the beauty of creation, and the soul of the universe. That is how I see them. They are beautiful. But on a more personal plane, I find drawing and painting trees to be very healing. I can get lost in drawing a tree. And I think I draw them quite well. :rolleyes:/>/> :D/>/>

So, Dr K asked me if I could use drawing trees as a way to help me cope with the urges I have to SI. I told her I would try. I have a drafting table set up specifically for that. Easy to get to, with paper and pencil so that I can just go and draw.

She also asked me to do a drawing for therapy homework. I have a small book of quotes that I find inspirational, and I shared some of them with her. I told her I wanted to do some drawings with trees and those quotes. I've had the quotes for a few months, but have had such a hard time drawing or painting anything at all at home.

Anyway, she asked me if I would do one of those drawings. I did. Now she wants me to do another one.

So, here's the drawing. Click on it to see it larger.

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It was hard to get started, but I managed to get it done. The jury is still out as to whether or not it has helped me. I am seriously thinking of doing another one.

Anyway, thank you for reading, and looking. :)/>/>

Oh i hope you do more hun it is so beautiful i love the light in amongst the strong branches Hope to see more of your trees hugs
May 12 2013 08:03 PM

Thank you very much. :) I'm really going to give it a try, to create more of my trees.

Hugs to you too.
May 13 2013 06:24 PM

Thank you so much for sharing what you wrote! It is beautiful, and so true! I love it!

And thank you for what you say about my tree. I have a really hard time thinking of myself as strong, and hopefully looking at my art can help me realize that I am.

I am doing ok. I hope you are too.

And thank you to you again, too!


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