Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Holding it All: How to Relax and Enjoy the Chaos of Change

A soothing creative ritual in mindfulness, healing story, collage, and writing for people facing the challenge of change or wanting to cultivate equanimity in times of difficulty.

March 29, 2015
2-5 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Manhattan
76th & Amsterdam
To register call 646.505.5708 or visit

For details on workshop, visit

Art by Jayne Frank

Times of change are filled with conflict and contrast -- the very stuff of creativity: light and darkness, flow and blockage, sudden openings followed by disappointment, brilliant insights and ideas at one moment replaced by anxiety and depression the next.

Believe it or not, this is a good moment: you have arrived at the metaphorical death before rebirth, breakdown before breakthrough, and chaos that signals a paradigm shift. You have come to the edge of what you've always known and now you stand face to face with the unknown.

In fact, the anxiety and depression you may be feeling are calls from something new that is struggling to come forth in your life. This workshop -- using intuitive construction paper collage and improvisational writing -- will give you easy creative tools to use daily, alone or with others, to see more clearly what is happening at deeper levels of your life. By creatively expressing your inner reality on the page, you will be enabled to see the subtext -- the story beneath the story that is taking place in your life -- and to support the fresh new reality that is emerging from stormy weather.

You don't have to be a writer or artist to get great benefit from this experience, but it will also be useful to writers who want to explore the subtext of work in progress and artists seeking renewed joy in their work. Bring your own images and photographs, or use construction paper provided to create an abstract collage.

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