Author Archives for Sara Roizen

No Mud, No Lotus

January 3, 2021 9:27 am Published by 3 Comments

“No mud, no lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hanh This pen drawing of mine was inspired by the quote “No mud, no lotus” by the beloved Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. I have always been drawn to his teachings, and this quote in particular. I have transported his words into my therapy groups for years. Time and time again,...


2021 Intentions

January 1, 2021 12:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman   This morning on January 1st 2021, I opened my...


Art from the Heart

November 19, 2020 11:34 am Published by 6 Comments

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall Each day for the past week I have been pulled towards my studio to create. Over the past few months my art practice has been sporadic but present nonetheless. As the weeks and months stretch on during this pandemic, art is my...


Easy Care Mandalas

October 23, 2020 10:22 am Published by 4 Comments

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” (Shunryo Suzuki) Yesterday my husband brought home a beautiful African Spear plant. I was delighted and surprised since I’m usually the one bringing home plants. When I asked about his inspiration for the plant, he proudly showed me the attached care tag and said “it...


The Art of R.A.I.N. for Difficult Emotions

October 17, 2020 2:32 pm Published by 4 Comments

“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” (Tara Brach) During these times it is very tempting to turn away from painful emotions. We are constantly inundated with stressors on a personal and global level. As tempting as it is to self-medicate or constantly distract ourselves, this unique time is asking...


Stay With Yourself

October 7, 2020 10:49 am Published by 4 Comments

  As the days stretch on during this pandemic, it is clear that most of us are now running on fumes – feeling emotionally and physically depleted. We are swamped by an accumulation of stressors. Navigating through a nebulous cloud of uncertainty. In response, perhaps you have felt increasingly numbed out. Seeking distractions from inner and outer turmoil. Scrolling endlessly...


When Words Fail During a Pandemic

August 31, 2020 6:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“Listen to silence. It has much to say.” (Rumi) I’ve attempted to write numerous times since this pandemic began. Each time I sat down at the computer, my hands stilled. I grasped for a thread to weave into a narrative. I could share anecdotes, therapeutic techniques, art explorations to try, or ways to cognitively reframe this crazy time we are...