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Be welcome

I'm glad you found your way to this space of creation. I believe this is where health and aliveness reside - in creativity. It's my deepest passion to hold that space for myself and others. In many of our lives, creativity does not naturally have a prominent place. Yet art is not a luxury. Being creative and artistically expressive is a basic human need and important for our wholistic health. Art is being alive. Art is therapeutic. Everybody can be artistic. Being creative is being in the moment.

 

As an artist by nature, I experienced plenty of various ways how healing art is. It guided and saved me through many times of profound transformation. Therefore working with art therapy was the natural thing to do for me. In my valued tool kit, there is my beloved project SCIN, and besides painting, I like to work with dancing/intuitive movement, voicing, and writing. Some of my thoughts during my journey I'm sharing here in my blog when I think it can help others, too. I love the stories of humans, and storytelling is something I'm passionate about.

I'm sharing quite personal parts of my journey, and this I do with confidence and intention. I believe that stories have to be told. Breaking the silence, especially with things we are afraid to expose. In a world of high expectations, control, and perfectionism the request for softness, emotions, and connection is obvious and mandatory. I'm opening up and showing my own imperfection, and struggle, yet also my breakthroughs and little victories, in all the art I do. This also is an attempt against stigmas. I speak out uncomfortable stuff, so they can become more normal to talk about.

 

We all have these stories. If something resonates with you, or you have a story to tell, I'm happy to hear from you.

 

Love,

Mel

About Vivalida

VIVALIDA expresses the character of life, lived to its fullest. Unapologetically, despite the challenges, struggles and obstacles. 

VIVALIDA is put together from VIVA / LIFE and VALIDA / PERMISSION.

 

Sometimes we only exist, in that space between being alive, but not really living. Only moving in the range other people allow. But every being's life is valid. It belongs to us, and we are allowed to do anything that makes me happy and fulfilled. Yet it is on us to go for it.

 

The desire for freedom, acceptance, for permission to live fully, in all the unique imperfections, leads to self. Liberation is found when taking life into the own two hands, caring in self-love and responsibility for true well-being. And no one is alone in this.

Our struggles is nothing to be ashamed of, rather than something that connects us, when we open up about it and share our experiences and insights. Not having to hide anything any longer makes us unstoppable. Herein lies the power of the permission to live -

the essence of VIVALIDA.

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