How does this happen? A teaser for MITx course on Negotiations.
A website for Mental Health Short Vids
Which I made based on psychology articles.
Writing to heal: Study Via Story. Based on research about Expressive Writing. More
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.
Don't Touch: Study Via Story. Based on research about Touch. Learn more
...Need Somebody? Study Via Story. Based on research about Social Support. More
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
"b0dy image to SoUL image" is my first music video!
Here is what facebookers said. Please Enjoy the resources at the end of video.
UNESCO sponsored performance: BODY DIVERSITY.
"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
& Presented a 50ft photography & poetry exhibit on Body Positivity.
(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
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
Click and move those images:
I like to bounce and dance while I cycle. I figured that I can share some positive messages – on my bicycle!
Winner of the Film Festival Flicks4Chicks (6/2016) The Different Faces Different Voices all female crew short film Super might. Lead Actress. IMDB
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.
Drag, expand and learn about my designs below!
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.
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