With head, heart, and hand!
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents many threats and there are also opportunities to revisit your ideas, values, and beliefs about your relationships with other people and the environment. We are here for you as you come to terms with the last months with changes to work, home, and family situations. There will be continuing adjustments and opportunities to pause and reflect upon what you have as opposed to what you don’t. We want to inspire you with information and services that meet your emotional, social, educational, and aesthetic needs. Visual methodologies are a means to share memories and feelings with family and friends to mark and remember times when you felt or feel both safe and secure. Think about checking in with your family, friends, or neighbour to see how they are faring. Each one of us has creative sparks that can help to de-stress in a changing world. Positive visualisation with photographs, moving images, drawings, paintings, and the like from past and present is a potential means to lessen the impact of physical isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Often when we become stressed or distressed, we tend to focus on the past and the future, not to take time to reflect on the beauty of the moment, and strengths in the world around us. The Trident Foundation aims to bring you sketches of that beauty in the hope that this prompts you to discuss, draw, paint, photograph, quilt, write, or otherwise replicate your environment. You can do it to destress and to be re-energised through the magic of nature!
Positive mental imagery of a range of scenes from landscapes to wildlife can present opportunities to lessen “dis-ease” and to enjoy immense landscapes. Canadian Robert Batemen said, “Nature is magic!” (Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, 2014). When dis-ease becomes chronic or acute traumatic images may be replaced with positive. There are few “cookie-cutter” approaches as to what images you might find to be positive. This is a personal choice based upon a range of circumstances including your biological, psychological, and social attributes. Once you find images that work for you then these are a keyboard stroke or room away. This could help you if you are becoming stressed to transform flight or fight responses into strategic thinking and actions (Harvard Health Publishing, 2011). A caveat to be born in mind here is that this approach often augments, but does not replace support from your family, friends, and qualified mediation, counseling, or support professionals. Also, there are quick fixes if you feel sad or anxious. The Trident Foundation extends Geary’s (2008) doctoral work on work-related vicarious traumatization, post-traumatic stress disorder, burnout, and compassion fatigue. The Foundation develops mainly landscape images and sound and provides such services as mediation, counseling, and an art focus in its support activities. These links are to external websites:
Banff National Park (new)
Bow Lake, Alberta (new)
Lake Minnewanka, Alberta (new)
Vermilion Lakes, Alberta (new)
The United States of America
The images in the slideshow on this page mainly show the Bow Valley in Alberta. You can use the Trident Mediation, Counseling, Arts and Supports Foundation’s (“Trident Foundation’s”) materials in your projects (online videos (i.e. Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumblr, YouTube, …), websites, animations, Royalty-Free provided that you credit the Trident Foundation (in the description). For example, Audiovisual materials: Trident Foundation https://www.tridentfoundation.net
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1- 250-208-8537 (BC)