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Beyond our Control

Friday, 30 August 2013 20:41  by Allison A.

This week we are radically accepting our life circumstances and working to change only the things we can. Hoping to influence things that are outside our control only leads to depression, anxiety and frustration. We must have the “courage to accept the things we cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference.”

To help us work on our courage and wisdom this week, this art therapy exercise involves creating an image of what things we can and cannot control. You may represent this with abstract shapes and colors or choose to create identifiable forms and symbols. You might think about dividing your page in half or creating a circle to hold the things you can control. In some way, create a differentiation between the two sides. Choose whichever materials speak to you at this point in time.

Some examples of this are reflecting on what emotions you are able to control and some you have difficulty controlling. Sometimes we may want to control the way others think about us or act around us. Think about what you really do have the power to control in your life. For the things you cannot control, let them go!

Last modified on Friday, 30 August 2013 20:56

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