Working with self-compassion is an important way to soften challenging experiences which creates resilience and balance.
Combining mindfulness, compassion and expressive arts is a great way to create a calming habit, learn a new skill and enjoy creativity.
S.A.F.E. is an acronym created by Elisha Goldstein Ph.D. to encourage mindful self-compassion:
Colored pencils, pens, watercolor (optional) and paper or poster board.
1) Draw the word SAFE vertically down your paper (see examples below). Make your words big, puffy or block style so that you can doodle or create pattern in the letters.
3) Doodle or pattern your letters and color them if you wish. Alternatively, you can color in one of the ones above (click here to down load a printable version).
4) Reflect upon how this exercise worked for you and hang your artwork in a place that will encourage you to use this creative exercise to help with overwhelm or challenge.
About the Author: Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm is a Mind/Body Specialist for the Inpatient Integrative Medicine team. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or with special ways you are using this activity and how it has influenced your days. She'd also like to hear your ideas and how healing arts have helped you!
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