Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Finding Art Therapy's Place in Chennai

Posting by Lindsey Vance

Life is a challenge not a competition You can still smell the roses and be on a mission Just take a moment to get in touch with your heart Sometimes you feel like you’ve got something to prove Remind yourself that there’s only one you Just take a moment to give thanks of who you are Early in the morning It’s the dawn of a new day New hopes, new dreams, new ways I open up my eyes and I open up my mind
and I wonder how life will surprise me today
~ India Arie

This song epitomizes the feelings of my day. I woke up with renewed energy despite the long hours in the sun yesterday, and my overworking mind's refusal to sleep last night. Arriving at TTK this morning, after riding down the bumpy roads full of trees banging the roof of the van, and enduring traffic jams greater than 495, I realized that even worlds apart I can complete a mission so dear to my heart. I have been enjoying myself so much, I started to question whether or not I am digging in and doing the work I came here for, and will I leave the stamp that my purpose will transfer? Remembering there is only one of me was key, but knowing that there are people here working with such fervor, doing work that I deem so important, allows me to sit back a moment and take in the sights and sounds of Chennai. Life is full of surprises and today was no exception. At Vidhya Sagar I saw a site that encompasses the very things I advocate for in the states, such as inclusion and holistic and complete care. I am so grateful to have that experience and recognize the work that the people here in India are so graciously giving to others. This placement’s mission is to move towards a world where we are all equal and with their holistic approaches they are definitely on the right path within the mental and physical health field.

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