Heal Your Soul

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Heal Your Soul Girl

We all have an inner child. She lives within each and every one of us, sometimes feeling afraid, forgotten, and alone. As we learn to nurture and listen to her and give her a voice, we help heal our soul.

Hold her hand when she’s scared and assure her you’ll take care of her. She doesn’t have to worry. She doesn’t have to be in charge. You’re the adult and you’ll always protect her.

Tell her she’s pretty. Tell her she’s smart. Tell her she’s talented. Tell her she’s enough. Tell her she can achieve great things. Tell her she can do or be anything she wants. Tell her it’s OK to use her power and be a leader. Tell her you’ll never leave her. Tell her you love her.

With courage,

Jackie Barragan

 

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Love Heals All Wounds

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In my art journal…

I’ve been thinking a lot about our ability to heal from our past wounds.

When I reflect back on the many wounds I’ve endured and how I was able to heal, they all have one thing in common…LOVE. I know, I know…it’s so corny and cliché, but love really does heal all wounds. Love is the answer to every problem, every conflict, every heartache, and every issue.

That is what life is all about…LOVE.

It’s about loving yourself and allowing yourself to be loved. It’s about loving others. It’s about believing you are loved and lovable. It’s about believing in love and it’s power to heal our wounds.

Love is always the answer.

Wishing you love and healing,

Jackie Barragan

 

Oh What A Week!

I just returned from the most amazing trip!! I spent a week in Scottsdale, AZ for the Traveling Art of Sisterhood retreat and it was phenomenal!!

From the time I began to experiment with art, I found it to be a means of healing for me. I enjoy making beautiful art and using my creativity, but more than that, to me, art is a form of therapy. It has brought me so much healing!

Last year, after I taught in the first Traveling Art of Sisterhood Retreat, I realized that though I thoroughly enjoy teaching art, my true calling is to facilitate healing through art.

So for my class this year, I chose to act as an Expressive Arts Facilitator, rather than an art instructor (just as I did last year too.)

My class was about healing our wounds from the past; about the importance of sharing our stories in an empowering way; and about finding the gifts our wounds left us.

I led the group through a guided mediation for relaxation and positive energy. We did some affirmations. We set intentions. We wrote about a wound we are ready to heal. And then students created art based on their wound.

There was music, tears, laughter, hugs, love, and support. There were stories shared and meaningful connections made. It was a very powerful experience for many, myself included.

For me, this retreat is so much bigger and deeper than art. It’s a celebration of friendship and connection with women!

I’m so grateful to Kara Bullock for inviting me back; grateful for the experience; and honored to be a part of the journey.

I’m especially grateful for the students who took part in my lesson and trusted me with their stories. Your story matters!!

I have tons of photos but just sharing some highlights. It was AMAZING!!!

 

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