Finding Beauty in Dark Moments ...

My favourite links:

The web is an amazing phenomenon. It can also be a nightmare of misinformation and misguided and dangerous lunacy. Listed below are the places I go to for inspiration,  information, support and sometimes just to remind myself of the beauty and wisdom in the world and in humanity. I've also listed some of the wonderful organisations that I've been fortunate enough to work with in an art therapist capacity.

National Arts and Health Foundation - National Arts and Health Foundation Forum webcast 

Australian Friends of the Camino - Australian Friends of the Camino 

Association for Transpersonal Psychology - ATP

Art Therapy Alliance - Art Therapy Alliance

Better World Books - Better World Books 

Camino de Santiago - The Confraternity of Saint James 

Centacare -  Centacare

College of Complementary Medicine, Hornsby, Australia - CCM

Compass Housing Ltd - Compass Housing Services 

Destiny Haven - Destiny Haven, NSW, Australia 

How to Restore Your Faith in Humanity - How to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Integratedliving Australia Ltd - Integrated Living 

Kerrijon Framing - Kerrijon Framing 

Lifeline AustraliaLifeline 

Lighthouse Downunder - Lighthouse Downunder 

Living Story - Living Story

LivingWorks - LivingWorks 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery - Maitland Regional Art Gallery 

Orphfund - Orphfund

Portraits of Addiction exhibition - Portraits of Addiction 

Spiritual Emergency Resource Centre - Spiritual Emergency Resource Centre -

The Golden Door Health Retreat - Creativity, Health and Happiness at The Golden Door

The Love Competition - The Love Competition 

Tim McGraw [great lyrics, great storytelling] - Tim McGraw - Changing the Face of Mental Illness One Image at a Time

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community - Western Mass Recovery Learning Community


Interesting stuff:

Visual information is more easily grasped and understood than purely verbal and intellectual information - especially when it comes to intangible concepts such as time and space and linking the two together. 

What a Split Second Looks Like 

This youtube clip is a great example of the above statement but if you're as allergic to heavy metal music as I am, you might want to turn the sound down. It's also interesting to note the comment by nervs229 who created the clip - that he hadn't intended to link the images to the music and his surprise that they matched in several places. 

Art Gives Same Level of Pleasure as Being in Love - National Art Pass

National Art Pass, UK

New resarch by leading neuroscientist Professor Zeki has concluded that what happens in our brains when we view art is more than just good for your health - and can have a big impact on the nation's happiness. 

In a series of pioneering brain-mapping experiments, Semir Zeki, Professor of Neurobiology and Neuroaesthetics at University College London, has revealed that viewing art can give just as much pleasure as being in love. 

Zeki concluded that viewing art triggers a surge of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine into the orbito-frontal cortex of the brain, resulting in feelings of intense pleasure. 

"There have been very significant new advances in our understanding of what happens in our brains when we look at works of art," said Zeki. 'We have recently found that when we look at things we consider to be beautiful, there is increased activity in the pleasure reward centres of the brain. Essentially, the feel-good centres are stimulated, similar to the states of love and desire."

Subjects were shown images of art on a screen, including works by Botticelli, Constable, Turner and Cézanne, while inside an MRI scanner, and their brain activity was mapped.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, who ran an exclusive on the story, Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar said, "I have always believed art matters profoundly so it is exciting to see some scientific evidence to support the view that life is enhanced by instantaneous contact with works of art," said Dr Stephen Deuchar.

With over £24 million of Art Fund support helping museums and galleries buy art over the last 5 years, a commitment to give much more, and the recent launch of the National Art Pass - giving great access to art all over the UK, the charity is doing it all it can to support museums and encourage people to visit the UK's outstanding art institutions.

Find out how you can enjoy art and support it at the same time: 


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