So, you’ve found yourself a little curious about what goes on in New Minds Group and you’re looking for answers. Well, Detective, let me fill you, I’m happy to be of assistance. Let me to garner a seat and wet my whistle with a sip of this smooth lemonade…ah, that did the trick!
Ok, so this past month in May the temperature took so many upward and downward spikes I didn’t know whether or not I should pack some spray tan or a wool scarf, crazy, I know. That’s Chicago for ya. Anyways, getting to group is only part of the process, and the folks at New Minds are a committed bunch. Did you know that it’s actually extremely rare that anyone show up late! Well anyways, I get to group and I’m greeted by hugs from the other members, I like that, we could all use a hug every now and then, I’m not bashful!
We then entered a moment of silence, another structure of the group, it allowed me to stop worrying about getting to my nephew’s grade school performance of, “The Lazy Bee” the next night so I can center myself before discussion, but I digress.
Group member, oil painter, and Drawing Night host Michelle Mills brought to group an activity that was going to help us explore how we communicate emotions. It was really insightful, and creative, honest! We sat with a certain emotion, be it anger, happiness, sadness, or loneliness, we all want to avoid that last one, am I right? After invoking the feeling, we communicated via a pen and paper, lines and shapes filling a small square of scrap. Then we collected the drawings and taped them on the wall. It was a real pip comparing and contrasting the results. Need some more evidence, Detective? Well I thought ahead and snapped a photo, here you go:
Now, isn’t that interesting? After the activity had concluded, we began making observations like Darwin did in the Galapagos. We saw that anger and happiness produced the boldest results while peace and love created the most symmetrical. Sometimes I’m not as crisp as I’d prefer, so excuse me while I lean on this Tom Robbins quote which surmises the whole experiment quite nicely, “Our similarities bring us to a common ground; our differences allow us to be fascinated by each other.” Now detective, feel free to put down that pensive demeanor and come be a part of New Minds where you can meet some friends, talk meaningfully, and learn something new!