Today in the therapy group we are working on movements. Drawing a shape evokes a certain feeling, and you can vary the speed, size and amount of pressure you apply to the chalk. After the exercise with straight lines, wave lines, squares and circles, the assignment is to elaborate on one of the feelings they are currently experiencing by using that movement.
She starts by drawing waves in different colors. As she progresses in the drawing, the waves become calmer. And this process can be seen in her.
It’s her first time today and she hides a little behind the table. She would rather not be seen, it seems. However, she can express that nervousness in the drawing by making large movements on the paper. As she goes along, she sits up a little straighter, she starts to draw more calmly and the waves become smaller until they become almost straight lines.
During the debriefing in the group we talk about how you can translate certain feelings into movements, but also how you can influence your feelings by consciously choosing a certain movement.
This makes perfect sense to her, because that is exactly what she did today.
Something to take with you every day!
Are you feeling nervous? Start drawing waves! Take a drawing pad with you in your handbag and a pen or pencil. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you always have something at hand to do something very practical that reduces the feeling of being nervous!