Yearly Archive 2015
Posted October 9th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
This morning I was chatting with one of my lovely classmates about our first two weeks at Southwestern College. She said something that instantly resonated with me- “I feel like we’re at Hogwarts!”
Thinking more about this humorous comparison to Harry Potter, I began to see more and more striking parallels. We are summoned here by…
Posted October 9th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
I am sitting here outside The Cottage (the pottery studio) at SWC listening to the sounds all around me. Across the way are the sounds of earth movers as they feverishly work to complete the new Tierra Nueva Counseling Center next door, slated to open at the beginning of 2016. In the distance is the sound…
Posted October 9th, 2015 by & filed under Professional Training Certificates & NEI, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
A first-year student integrates the beauty of Santa Fe and her learning at Southwestern College.…
Posted October 9th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
How to Find a Good Therapist
Here are suggestions from the Academic Council of Southwestern College on how to find a good therapist:
Seek referrals from people you trust – ask your friends, social network, fellow students and colleagues who they have found to be helpful.
Just because a therapist is great for…
Posted September 30th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
Student Amy Gordon's reflections on the beginning of graduate school at Southwestern College...…
Posted September 26th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Graduate Assistant Amy Gordon experiences transformation on the first day of class...…
Posted September 19th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Hilary Gunby, student at Southwestern College, reflects on what Spirituality means at this unique graduate institution...…
Posted September 18th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
I value generosity on several levels:
On the physical or material level, generosity could take the form of giving money, food, shelter, etc.
On the emotional or heart level, generosity is about giving others my attention, love and compassion.
At the level of intellect, am I willing to share my ideas and perspectives? And…
Posted September 11th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
Several times in the past, I've gotten excited about the latest spiritual practice I'm doing, and I've lost my sense of discernment about it. I start thinking "It's the best thing ever—everyone should be doing it!" I become a true believer, thinking it's the right thing for everyone; the world would just be a better…
Posted September 4th, 2015 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
Let’s talk about how receiving feedback is related to states of mind—both your state of mind and the state of mind of the person delivering the feedback.
When You Get Triggered
Receiving feedback tends to quickly reveal what I’m attached to. To the extent that I'm attached to whatever the other person is delivering feedback…
Posted August 28th, 2015 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
When I started learning to empathize with others, at first, I found myself awkwardly guessing their feelings and needs (often, incorrectly). Gradually, I built my feelings and needs vocabulary, and eventually, I was able to guess feelings and needs more easily and more accurately. However, my empathic reflections still felt somewhat awkward and contrived. I'd…
Posted August 28th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Visual Truth: A Series on the Honesty of Art
In 2005 Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness” and it still mischievously pops into my head when I witness discussions where no real facts seem important. As an art therapist I probably honor intuition and perception as much as anyone so it might seem a…
Posted August 21st, 2015 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
In these turbulent times, there are many people promoting their personal vision for the future, and asking for our support in making their vision a reality. This article is about who I look to for leadership, and why, and how I choose to lead my own life.
What is Scapegoating?
I'm remembering a talk by…
Posted August 14th, 2015 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
(This piece is based on a journal entry of mine from January, 2009.)
The last couple weeks have been very challenging for me. I've been feeling anxious, off-center, low on energy, and afraid. Lots of things have changed in my life all at once.
Watching Everything Fall Apart
The nonprofit that I've been leading for…
Posted August 7th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
When we stop trying to control ourselves and others, what happens? Perhaps that depends on the extent to which we're resting in love. When we're resting in love, the distinction between ourselves and others evaporates. We start getting attentive to all needs that arise—both for ourselves and others.
When we stop trying to control, we…
Posted July 31st, 2015 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
There's a paradox: from one point of view, I am that. From another, you are not me. I believe it's important to remember both of these viewpoints.
Remembering "I am that" reminds me of the unity of all things. It reminds me that the entire universe is my body—so of course, I aspire to love…
Posted July 31st, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Counseling at SWC, People of SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Claudia Escareño-Clark shares some reflections on her group work experience during practicum at Southwestern College. …
Posted July 30th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
You've heard that somehow, somewhere, by working at some obscure place, you might possibly be able to get some of your student loans forgiven. "Yeah, but I've never actually KNOWN anyone who did that--it's kind of like folklore..."
Well, now, one of your fellow Southwestern alumna is here to tell you it is real, and…
Posted July 24th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
For me, the first step in having a great day is having a great sleep—and the first step in having a great sleep is preparing for sleep. I know I'm going to be asleep for about eight hours—and I know that the last hour or so before I go to sleep is a crucial time…
Posted July 17th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
I'm really liking a practice I've been doing: noticing what's about to be born. This works both alone and in conversation.
Alone, this practice goes with reminding myself that I don't know what I'm going to do next. Not knowing makes me curious about it. What actually am I going to do next? I start…
Posted July 10th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
I find that naming expectations helps me avoid and resolve conflict. An unnamed expectation is an unconscious, unspoken, implicit "should" or "should not" hanging between myself and someone else. I'm not saying expectations are a problem—shared expectations are the essence of culture, and culture is what allows us to relate with one another easily and…
Posted July 7th, 2015 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work, SWC Blog.
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Posted July 3rd, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog.
I'm finding I can make difficult experiences more meaningful by using them to cultivate compassion.
For instance, let's say I'm feeling lonely—needing more love and companionship in my life. Feeling lonely can be uncomfortable, and loneliness can seem bleak and meaningless. However, I can make my experience of loneliness more meaningful by using it toward…
Posted June 26th, 2015 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
When I'm angry (that is, "triggered"), I'm often tempted to gain relief from my triggered state by protecting myself in some way—usually, by setting a boundary. The problem with this is that setting a boundary tends to be a unilateral decision that's unlikely to meet the other person's needs for care, consideration, connection, and inclusion—especially…