What happens in Sandplay
I have seen clients come to resolution of an issue through a series of sandplays, such that they can more effectively navigate their life path, finding truth and meaning. Identity can be revealed through symbol and metaphor, images and dreams, archetypes and myths.
Sandplay is a creative and mindful practice – the art of paying attention to the present moment. When one is engaged in the process of creating, it is a form of mindfulness. As we de-stress, imagine and create, we release feel-good hormones and change the neuro-circuitry of the central nervous system. This allows us to harness the strength and personal space to overcome physical, mental, emotional and spiritual anguish.
As author Saul Bellow once said, “art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterises prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.”
“Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso.