Creating Your Health Blog

Articles, Musings, & Resources for Creating Your Health
from a Mental Health and Creative Arts Therapy Perspective.
                                                                                                                      -Christine Matteson                                                                                                                                        BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

                    

Enchanting Midsummer

An Enchanting Visit   There's nothing like a morning swim in the lake in summer.   Not a single soul was out on the lake this morning.   Except me.   And a Dragonfly. This guy hovered along side me, keeping me company, for most of the swim.  ...

What we can do about it.

Part II.     ...The escalation of abuse, and what we can do about it. I worry about how our children are being affected by what they observe and experience.  They learn how to behave by witnessing how the adults in their lives (and the ones in the media) conduct...

The Culture of Violence.

Me, Me, Me, Me... If you've watched the news this week, you've probably seen the clip of Trump shoving Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro aside at the NATO meeting.  Looking quite pleased with himself, he was able to move in front for the photo shot.  As...

Coming out of Hibernation.

My mother-in-law and I talked together many Sundays the year before she passed away in 2015.  Instead of "Tuesdays with Morrie", think "Sundays with Maria". She told me all about her colorful life and her experiences before, during, and after World War II.  Maria grew...

Your Inner Democrat and Republican.

I wanted to write a bit about how the election has ignited and spurred on activism and peaceful resistance.  Without talking specifically about "sides",   I think the coming together of people for the Women's march on January 21  was truly remarkable.  To see people...

Gaslighting

 "Gaslighting" The other night, the movie, "Gaslight" was on television, so we settled in to watch it.  The term, "Gaslighting" got its name from this 1944 movie that starred Ingrid Bergman.  (Actually, it was first a play performed in 1938.)  In the movie, the...

Holiday Spa-staycation

On Facebook, the other day, I saw a video and some pictures of a family I adore on their vacation.  They were going to an exclusive spa/fitness/yoga retreat. One week at the Retreat was $5,000.00 per person.  The place overlooks the ocean, beautiful views, wonderful...

That Crazy-making Election

Election Emotions    It's been a rough month for the United States.   A nation divided, we saw just how much so during this election.  An election that was fueled by fear often resulting in the creation of more anger and hate.  The flames of fear having been stoked...

What does Thriving look like to you?

The other day, a friend asked, "When you think about thriving, what does it look like to you?" hmm. Interesting, right? Since I believe that all transformation begins in the imaginal realm, I spent a bit of time visualizing this and writing down my thoughts on the...