Posts Tagged Consciousness
Posted October 21st, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
The writing group at SWC is a place where students, faculty, and staff can come together and share in a communal free-writing experience each Thursday at noon. Patterned after Natalie Goldberg's exercises, we start with a prompt of some sort and write for a few minutes, then, if we want, we share what we wrote.…
Posted October 3rd, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories.
So what's cool to do and see around here?
If you are like me, you are new to New Mexico and the Santa Fe area. Part of what drew me to come to SWC was the location. The moment I stepped into New Mexico for the first time I knew my soul was coming home!…
Posted August 12th, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, Mindfulness.
Part 2, if you missed it…
Part 3: How Using Ownership Language Changes My Worldview
By changing the statement from "we" to "I" in this entire blog series I have shifted my perception of life. I no longer blame “society” (you, we, or any form of “other”) for what I am perceiving as a…
Posted August 5th, 2016 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog.
Living in New Mexico has always been a dream of mine, and when I had the chance to move here to come to SWC, I jumped at the opportunity! It wasn't long before I was itching to explore my new world, and when I did, I was truly awestruck by the beauty within minutes from…
Posted August 3rd, 2016 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
Part 1, if you missed it...
Part 2: Practical Examples of Ownership Language
I look around and see so many things that say "Stop doing THIS!" or "Don't do/think/act THIS way!" or even "Fight THIS!"
With so much negative bombardment, is it any wonder I feel so overwhelmed and defeated much of the time, especially…
Posted May 4th, 2016 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
Life purpose and vocation; I sometimes wonder how they are related.
Sometimes I hear life purpose described simply and clearly, like this quote from notetoselfphilosophy.com:
Note to Self:
“What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void.
“What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk…
Posted March 16th, 2016 by & filed under Coaching, Creative Writing from Southwestern College, People of SWC, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
I'd been exploring the intersection of Stephen Cope's book The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling, and Martin E. P. Seligman's book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being in relation to a blog series when this photo quote by Brené Brown came across my Facebook feed.
I think she hit…
Posted January 27th, 2016 by & filed under Coaching, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Missed Part 1 or Part 2?
Part 3 - The Way Through: Relying on Intuition and Faith
In The Great Work of Your Life, Stephen Cope describes the way he has come to see intuition at work as we navigate decisions at midlife. He describes an 8-step process that is co-creative; it includes both our…
Posted January 27th, 2016 by & filed under Coaching, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
Missed Part 1?
Part 2 - The Terrain: Navigating the Transition
Midlife is a time of transition; a time when we are asked to put our mind in service to our heart. It's a time to serve ourselves and the world by embracing what is ours to do, and stepping onto our dharma path. This…
Posted January 27th, 2016 by & filed under Coaching, People of SWC, Mindfulness.
Part 1 - Living Your Dharma
As spirituality goes mainstream, there is much talk about “living your dharma”. But what does that really mean?
René Guénon, in Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines defines dharma as “the essential nature of a being, comprising the sum of its particular qualities or characteristics, and determining, by virtue…
Posted November 17th, 2015 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Mindfulness.
We are asked to look within ourselves in our first few classes here at SWC. This process varies from person to person. For me, it has been an incredible opportunity to work on some issues I had thought were already worked through. It only goes to prove the cyclical nature of self-exploration and personal growth.…
Posted October 19th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog.
It has officially been two months since I made Santa Fe my home, and the beauty I have been discovering over these past 60 days has been absolutely unreal. Moving here from Colorado, I was a little worried coming to a place that at first thought invokes mental images of cacti and dusty desert plains.…
Posted October 12th, 2015 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
It was during my second week at Southwestern College, the second meeting of Tuesday’s Psychology of Altruism class, that Ann Filemyr presented us with this lesson: “reduce shame, enhance love.” We talked about feelings of shame and the aching, overwhelming presence it can have in our daily lives. Shame that can continually haunt us whether…
Posted October 9th, 2015 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, 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 April 23rd, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Come Undone by Laura Schoff
I feel with such a passion that art has the capacity to heal in many different ways. It has been my support, my processing, my guide, my inner world displayed. Without this art, I may have not have completed my first classes at Southwestern. A year and a half(ish) ago,…
Posted March 5th, 2015 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Art Therapy at SWC, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Influenced by archetypes and art therapy, Sprout explores the interplay between the unconscious and conscious parts of the psyche. …
Posted December 7th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog, Mindfulness.
Exploring the simple pleasure of walking through personal narrative. …
Posted December 1st, 2014 by & filed under SWC Blog, Reflections from the President, Mindfulness.
Dr. Ann Filemyr tells the story of Psyche in her graduation speech, November, 2014.…
Posted November 15th, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
by Debbie Schroder
Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program
It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
Posted November 6th, 2014 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
"Wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow." -C.G. Jung…
Posted November 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
Bringing Together Yoga, Ayurveda & Psychotherapy…
Posted October 24th, 2014 by & filed under People of SWC, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
Laura Lansrud-Lopez titles her 2nd act story “Follow Your Heart: Advice From a Graduate of Southwestern College.” Read about her career change from forensic firearms technician with the FBI to professional art therapist and clinical mental health counselor…
Posted October 15th, 2014 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students.
Jacob Gotwals' "Second Act" involved leaving a successful corporate gig for a journey of spiritual awakening and a new profession as Counselor...…
Posted August 31st, 2014 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
In the summer of 2014, I took "Foundations in Human Science Research" with Michael Schwab at Southwestern College. As part of this class, I wrote a research paper on spiritual awakening. This paper was based on 10 years of personal experience exploring spiritual awakening (through meditation and other forms of spiritual practice) from 2004 to…