Art Therapy

Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness, and loss of belonging in the world & through it, I’ll walk myself home.           -Nikki Rowe

At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise form a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrty.                -Rachel Naomi Remen,MD

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Art is therapy, it is freedom at best. Nothing compares to the beauty or liberty we enjoy when given the opportunity to express ourselves. Everyone benefits from art, even when personally, they believe otherwise. We ourselves are art, so how is it that the United States Education system, or any country’s education departments for that matter, rest easy by stripping away those opportunities given to our children.

According to an article in the NY Times’ titled As Schools Trim Budgets, The Arts Lose Their Place, by Susan Chira, two-thirds of public elementary schools have no art or music teachers. These arts are vital in the development of the very skills employers say they want in order to offer lucrative job opportunites and teach sensitivity to other cultures. Yet we continue to see diminished numbers of such growth and stability in the art education departments. How can this be?

Yes, we know that parents are more than capable of purchasing art supplies from any corner Dollar General store or Walmart BUT, where should children be TAUGHT or EXPOSED to the fundamentals of art and its appreciation?

Has art lost its value? Or have we lost ours?

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Let us S.I.P

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Cultural ENTHUSIASM

There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than ever been seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

CULTURAL ENTHUSIASM

Extinguishing Fear to Ignite Love

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Our world is full of differences. Different tribes having different features, speaking different languages in different places, since the beginning of its creation the earth has boast of its diversity. With its many splendors of beauty and power, the world has evolved, but have we?  We change our hair, we change our locations, and even in marriage or other religious customs, we change our names. So how is it that we continually resist differences amongst our fellow earthlings, why do we resist change?  What we were accustomed to doing millions of years ago, may not be necessary today, yet we continue those customs. From infanthood to adulthood, we were taught who we ARE through the eyes of our parents, peers, and teachers. We were taught things about ourselves from others perspective, but how much did we experience and learn about others?How receptive are we of DIFFERENCES? We learned that girls are prettiest with straight blonde hair wearing pretty pink dresses on Easter Sunday prancing and playing with dull but daring young boys in blue slacks and white dress shirts. Our ideas and ideals were taught to us. We learned that our brave but uncivilized native American dwellers savagely danced their spirits free in the War on Independence to establish the Land of the Free except for African slaves.

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We so violently painted brown and black soil with black and white blood. The earth received its return, the dirt we once were and ironically the dirt we’d become. We learned that hip hop is black and opera is white. Gay is a person, not happy or right. We learned to SUSPECT young boys but IGNORE black art. We learned to MAKE AMERICA GREAT again through immigration deports. But have we learned that what we FEAR in ourselves only tears us apart. No headscarf, robe, or banner, no religion, or non-religion is to blame. Rather it is our lack of proper education, our need to “keep it real” and our lack of enthusiasm that extinguishes our zeal. If we learn to embrace, encourage, and motivate our differences then and only then can we accommodate a world so different but reverently the same.

So we challenge you today to acknowledge what makes YOU different and what makes YOU great. Pass this challenge along, watch humanity extinguish fear and set love ablaze.

Yours truly,

S.I.P

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The Perils of American Girlhood (Part II)

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What is girlhood?  According to Oxford, girlhood is the state or time of being a girl. This definition is by far, the simpliest, most indistinct explaination of the term. We’re sure those you who have been blessed with the opportunity of girlhood personally, would find the Oxford’s definition quite vague and unappealing.

But what if we were to reevaluate or redefine this term based on past experience and observations, how then would you describe girlhood?  Would you associate it with the most joyful, liveliest moments in a young girl’s life? Or maybe, the darkest, most vunerable, or confusing time of life?

If seen through the eye of a young girl, the entire defintion would be more much definitive and thereby much more engaging than that described by Oxford Dictionary. So before going any further into this topic, we ask that you to take time this week  to create your own definition of girlhood. Of course, you guys, “MEN” may think it’s not important for you to participant, however it is contrary to the fact that girlhood is not exclusive to women. Fathers, uncles, male cousins, and grandfathers, all play major roles in the lives of a young girl. Therefore your participation and specific point of view would be much valued and highly appreciated.

Once read in its entirety, please scroll cursor up to the left-hand side of the blog topic (The Perils of American Girlhood, Part II)  and click on the  leave a comment section to participate in the our discussion.

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And without further ado, let’s S.I.P!

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Philosophy: Is it necessary? (Part I)

Today, intelligence is neither recognized nor rewarded, but is being systematically extinguised in a growing flood of brazenly flaunted irrationality.         -Ayn Ran

Philosophy is the school of thought.

Philosophy is the school of thought. It is an academic discipline that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality. Philosophy attempts to answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality, and human nature. Unlike the special sciences such as mathematics, chemistry, or sociology, philosophy deals with aspects of the universe.

Philosophy is a critical and comprehensive process of thought.

Philosophy is a critical and comprehensive process of thought.

That process involves resolving confusion, unmasking assumptions, revealing presuppositions, and distinguishing importance, testing positions, correcting distortions, looking for reasoning, examining world views, and questioning conceptual frameworks.  By all means, it is not simply a theory about human life and its curiosities, nor does it  consist of unexplainable beliefs, dreams, or wishes.

Philosophy demands patience.

Philosophy demands patience. For those who enjoy the philosophical method of thought find it challenging to relate to individuals who rarely question or ponder about things beyond their immediate realm of knowledge and understanding.Because learning is a life long process, the quest for more knowledge, truth, or wisdom is neverending. As it stands, abstract thinking, is not only unappealing but meaningless to some . Therefore the relationship of one system or idea does not relate to another and if so, it is not necessary require our minds to connect such ideas or systems in terms of relativity. Analytical thinking demands our patience and many of us refuse to invest the time. But…..

Do we need more abstract thinkers?

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Would our children benefit from teaching methods that require philosophical thought?

Are deep thinkers useless in a concrete and rapidly growing technological world?

Could philosophical teaching help with the following list of social issues?

1. obesity

2.cleanwater scarcity

3. mass incarcerations

4. wage inequalities

5. gang and drug-related violence

Let’s S.I.P!♥

Note: This topic is presented as the first part of a three post series.