Life is an Art
Losing joy in life, losing meaning in life, losing your health, losing a loved one, losing your career ... suffering is part of life and happens to every one of us at some point in life. Life then asks of us to cope with the new situation and adjust. Life also asks of us to live (again) within the new situation. Life asks for resilience and challenges us to embrace whatever is coming our way. We do this by giving meaning to our suffering and challenges. This is an active, creative process and is hard work. But it is worth it. Once we allow ourselves to look suffering in the eye we will be able to live life to the full.
To actively give meaning to our own personal lives we need to be in a dialogue. Finding meaning in life and being in touch with our soul asks for a nuanced outlook on our inner lives and our outer circumstances, the context in which we live. We discern our path as we walk along and look closely and listen carefully, in detail. Once we are walking our own individual path there is no longer black and white, but many different shades and, especially, colours.
How do I work?
Our method of counselling is different from mainstream counselling. Mostly, counselling and therapy are focussed on fixing a problem or helping you to fit in your work, role or relationships. Our understanding of counselling is to reflect with you on your life and work on a lasting transformation. We also believe you have your own answers and will help you to discover them.
For centuries, people within religious and spiritual traditions have given counselling to people who wanted to grow more deeply into a certain tradition. This is called spiritual direction. I draw my knowledge and inspiration from the big thinkers in present and past, from multiple cultures and religious backgrounds but mainly from Christianity and Zen Buddhism.
To get in touch with our inner lives I work with art in all its forms. Art is a sparring partner, a mirror and sometimes a looking glass. Art enables us to get in touch with our innermost stories and longings. Art presents us with different windows to look at life. Art inspires and opens us to a richer inner and outer life.
Everybody is creative, but some of us are more creative than others. Living life as an art is living a creative life. This doesn't mean that everybody has to be an artist. It does mean, though, that creativity helps everybody to lead a fulfilling and joyful life. The first thing you do is letting go of goals and aims. What matters is the connection to your heart and soul. In order to get connected with your inner sources, you open up your potential by realizing that everything you need is already inside of you, you are complete. Maybe you do need to explore new horizons and research alternatives. In doing so, you will bump into inner and outer obstacles. Tackle them and attain a state of openness.
creativity = spontaneity = a joyful life