Creative Expressions, Art Therapy Blog


Shelter. What does that mean to you? It’s at the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – it’s a basic one, a roof over our heads. Protection. Take it metaphorically, now – protection from what?

Take a minute, find a piece of paper or open a blog post or write an extra long facebook status update. Think about what kind of metaphorical shelter you need. What are the elements it is protecting you from? What are you trying to keep safe? What does that shelter need to look like? How sturdy do the walls need to be? What about the roof? What kind of materials are needed? Can you leave this shelter, or do you need to stay inside always? Take a step back and look at the bigger context – where does this shelter exist? Did you build it? Did you inherit it from family? What happens if you leave this shelter? Has anyone ever tried to take it from you? Is there anyone else inside there with you? What would happen if it disappeared? What parts do you want to remodel?

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