Sand Tray Therapy with the Ikebana Flower

by Student 4
(Mercer University)

Sand Tray Therapy with Ikebana Flower 1

Sand Tray Therapy with Ikebana Flower 1

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For this sand tray therapy class assignment I focused on people, things, and activities that make me feel balanced, supported, and harmonious. The first two things I wrote in the petals were my boyfriend and my best friend. I then wrote in my parents and my pets. Then wrote down art and music, creativity, empathy and nature. All of these things are incredibly important to me. My boyfriend, best friend, pets, and parents provide me with endless support and love which makes me feel safe and balanced. Art and music provide me with inner peace and harmony. Creativity and nature are two things that makes me feel at ease and inspired. Empathy is something that is a large part of my personality and something I can apply to my loved and in my career. I made Aaron's name blue because it's my favorite color and he is my favorite color, this was the petal I filled in first. Next I did Emily's petal, her favorite colors are pink and purple and she is a tough chick so I made them into flames. Next I did the petal with my pets, I did three sections in the same petal to represent that pattern of their fur. Then I did my mother and father in their favorite colors red and green, I put black stitches in the middle because they are divorced. I did the art and music section in pastel colors and included music notes. I filled in the empathy petal with warm colors to represent the warmth of an empathetic personality and the brightness of a kind person. I then filled in the nature petal with different colors of green because the green pops out most to me in nature. Lastly I colored in the creativity in rainbow swirls to represent the different colors used in the arts.

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