How does this happen? A teaser for MITx course on Negotiations.
How do you overcome a bad past?
The Question Trailer to following video on research about Resiliency by A. Antonovsky, Yale Psychologist.
What Characteristics make us Resilient?
The Answer. Follow up video on research about Resiliency by A. Antonovsky, Yale.
Positive Psychology is defined as "the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play."
In my creative education, I leverage various wellness topics with art and multimedia, with the end goal of making those topics more accessible to the public.
"We aim to make wellness science more accessible, and to bridge between the ivory tower and the main street"
-Tal Ben Shahar, Harvard University.
Videos, photo-shoots, randomly walking and handing people compliments, or wellness research quotes. I love mixing art with education! Below are some creative projects which began fun and turned meaningful.
HERE'S is something extremely deep...
WHAT BEGAN AS FUN became an #EXPERIMENT in #interaction and #engagement. Creating a #SAFE space --> Being INTRIGUING --> Engaging --> Empowering. The kid feelt like she was PART OF the process and became less scared to INTERACT.
Watch the video on Facebook.
performance and butterflies
"The World Fashion for Peace Parade is a milestone for the fashion world. Nobody has done something like this before."
World Fashion Parade was endorsed by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Shalhavit’s Performance and Exhibit debuted in Boston and reached NYC as part of opening events to the UN General Assembly. Performing her story of body diversity and self acceptance as a response to body bullying and public dysmorphic perceptions.
Excerpts from UNESCO’s Fashion for World Peace. I Performed
(Entire exhibit "A Visual Journey in Soul Mending" not open yet to the public. Contact me for details.)
Cleansed as We Let Go; Light
I let fall all around me the pieces I held that no longer fit inside my puzzle The parts that I had outgrown but still held on to tightly with a struggle The things not meant to stay, like sand slipping through my fingers I was in need of a clearing of the things not meant to linger So cascading down & around the contours of my curves I crafted a dress comprised of the suffering that no longer serves To stitch together something beautiful with all my fragments & adorn my body in story-telling ga
With a Single Bite
The perception of color pigmentation Seems but a figment of our imagination For there are no two eyes that see the world the same We all have different wiring going on in our brains Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Yet we've given some the cold shoulder Causing casualties in the battle over this skin We're in need of a global reckoning A realization that all of our roots are sewn in humanity That we're meant to mix together organically Like this photo, I am rendered in black and white Blend
The Butterfly Hiding Within
There were times I didn't know why I was here And days where I felt a strong urge to disappear Every effort to inch myself forward Felt like time was moving backward But like a seed, I knew I'd sprout Like a plant, I knew I'd figure it out And stretch my way toward the sun Because my growth was far from done There was always a butterfly hiding within Growing in the dark, waiting for life to begin
Looking Back In Reflection
A flower in my hair to feel connected to beauty Since a young girl, it felt like my mission and duty To ever improve this body so as to not offend any eyes I was obsessed with reducing the size of my thighs I was told I had a beautiful face But I was ever reminded if I took up too much space My hair was something to tame and control My curves needed to walk a thin line that did not roll Looking back in reflection I didn't know how to see me in my reflection Here I thought I was my own sculptor,
I Craved Flight
Like a feather waiting to wisp off with the wind blowing free Or a leaf poised ready for the journey of falling from its tree I was teetering on a new edge and I craved flight Yearning to see the view from a different height For I was ready to take off from the ground Since I was no longer being weighed down I had an itch for a flying adventure filled with exploring Wanting to weave through the air, soaring
I Found a Hidden Heart on My Most Un
In the loving light of the morning after sunrise I flew over the landscape of my body with affectionate eyes Explored the terrain after feeling my way through the dark Along the way I found a hidden heart on my most unloved part
Tied Up By Size
A slave to weights and scales I let the wind out of my own sails To maintain a sleeker looking ship I compromised speed for a narrower fit I became tied up by size And it almost led to my demise For I got swept up in a storm Of wreaking havoc on my form
For Every Inch Is Blessed
Tossing Aside Numbers
In The Mirror
Look into my eyes, I invite you to see my soul In pieces, I began this journey feeling far from whole I existed within this body, broken This was me before I was awoken When I wore a happy face, but had sad eyes I rarely peered into my windows to see inside But my eye caught my eye & I never saw it clearer You see, for me, this journey began in the mirror My eyes became my guide as I stepped aside And let my soul take the driver's seat for this ride A roller coaster in self-repair, a story of me
In life and all kinds of weather We get through it best when we face it together For me, healing took hold when I let someone else in And let them feel what this life, for me, has been Face to face, skin to skin, chin to chin It felt so good to show all I hid buried within For sharing was unloading & it made me feel lighter Together, we help each other’s sun shine brighter Bringing a ying to every yang Making sure every song gets sang
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I like to bounce and dance while I cycle. I figured that I can share some positive messages – on my bicycle!
Between academia and business, I allow myself to set my soul free and let my body dance. Here is a performance form the Harvard Masquerade Ball:
Fun fact: I opened my talk at the 100-year celebration keynote, with a belly dance, as it handled woman empowerment and was in the memory of my grandma Ruth, who was a very happy and active person. (video to come)
"Lady". Music Video By Dirty Strange, on the topic of addictions and recovery.
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Gift Cups with blessings and images
Each glass is painted in a theme of the blessing which is calligraphic written on it
Our Car in Vermonth
I made this as a gift to my dad, this was the car we had in Vermont - our chevy blazer - good memories
This was my first oil painting! It's been a while since. I really love the crescent moon.
I have made several Kalla (Bridal) blessings and recently a Wedding vows piece (Ketuba) - a very meaningful gift
Part of "Nishmat Kol Chai" Painting
"Were our mouth as full of song as the sea, and our tongue as full of joyous song as its multitude of waves, and our lips as full of praise as the breadth of the heavens"
"Nishmat Kol" Inspired by the prayer
Were our mouth as full of song as the sea, and our tongue as full of joyous song as its multitude of waves, and our lips as full of praise as the breadth of the heavens, and our eyes as brilliant as the sun and the moon, and our hands as outspread as the eagles of the sky and our feet as swift as hinds -- we still could not thank You sufficiently..., and to bless Your Name for even one of the thousand thousand, thousands of thousands and myriad myriads of favors, miracles and wonders that you pe
Blessings on Rocks
Rocks with hebrew calligraphy. From the river bed next to my home in Israel. I have made these and gave as gifts when abroad. Indeed I had rocks in my suitcase!
May the cloud burst in it's light
A deep insight to a verse, this was made as a gift to my mentor, Prof. Tal Ben-Shahar of Harvard, who has been an important influence to who I am today
Painting gifts, wedding vows, rocks, calligraphy and other fun things I do. More paintings and still art can be found here.