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

                    

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...

Halloween Hangover?

Were you one of the many people that bought your Halloween candy in advance and told yourself you would open "just one package" during the week before the holiday.  Then, this one bag turned into 2, 3..or you having to go out and buy a second batch because it...

Nature, Poetry, and the Harvest Moon

Tonight is the Harvest Moon (full moon) 9/16/2016. Cue the Neil Young music:     ...But there's a full moon rising.    Let's go dancing in the light.  We know where the music's  playing.    Let's go out and feel the night.   Fall has always been my favorite time of...

When you’re going through Hell….

"When you're going through hell...keep going." This quote, usually attributed to Winston Churchill, implies that this trip is a difficult journey.  No one wants to get stuck in hell. Newsflash:  We don't get out of this life unscathed. There are any myriad of reasons...