MANDALAS and JOURNALING: A Colorful Pathway to Healing the Brain

MANDALAS and JOURNALING: A Colorful Pathway to Healing the Brain

Tracy W. Teregis

This workbook provides therapeutic activities (directed journaling and coloring mandalas – spiritual and ritual symbols representing the universe) that focus on fine motor skills, attention/cognition, creative expression, and developing right hemisphere creativity. The workbook is for individuals with brain injury on their journey of recovery. When shared with caregivers and family members, the activities will provide a glimpse of what the survivor sees through the lens of a brain injury.

This workbook reflects years of practical application and research on how to use directed journaling statements and the complementary mandalas to exercise the right hemisphere creative centers and promote an alternative, holistic approach to healing.

Included with the workbook is an introductory set of eight (8) coloring pencils.

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Using this workbook, you will be introduced to an alternative healing modality where you will have the opportunity to address attention and concentration issues that create emotional discord. It is designed to provide repeated opportunities to practice the skills. The coloring of mandalas and completing the writing prompts will generate emotions which will be experienced on a continuum – from fear to anger, acceptance to love.

By asking the survivor to identify a specific emotion or problem, then connecting it to the mandala coloring activity, an emotional imbalance is addressed. The survivor will develop increased, almost intuitive, awareness on how to solve problems related to TBI injury. Based on her research, Tracy Teregis has observed self-healing occurring.

This workbook can be used by individuals who have survived a brain injury at any level. Each activity has been created for those who may have fine motor skill difficulties and/or may feel intimidated by emotions that seem to be out of control. Because each activity is paired with an emotion, this allows the survivor to initially identify and write about the emotion using a written prompt as a guide, and then give visual expression of that emotion by coloring in the complementary mandala.

The action of coloring promotes relaxation and reflection. Each participant is free to express her/himself artistically through the use of colors with no judgment or preconceived outcomes. Each activity has been tested and encourages a process of healing among survivors who have worked with them.

Included with the workbook is an introductory set of eight (8) coloring pencils.

Details
Item MAJR
ISBN# 9781931117722
Pages 57
Year 2017

Authors

In 1982, Tracy W. Teregis began the process of creating a workbook that focuses on attention and concentration activities for survivors of brain injury trauma. Utilizing the Attention Model as an advocate for addressing and improving focused, sustained, selective, alternating and divided attention, she successfully introduced the coloring of mandalas to a broad spectrum of brain injury survivors, She has documented significant success.

Tracy later introduced each survivor to the task of identifying a specific issue or problem that was an obstacle and attaching that problem to the coloring activity. Taking this simple action, she observed and documented how most of the identified problems were addressed and eventually resolved as the coloring task was being completed. The action of identification/application provided an awareness on how to solve problems related to TBI injury. Visible self-healing occurred.

Tracy W. Teregis is currently a professor at Saddleback College and a former professor at Coastline College.

Tracy Teregis, M.S, has worked as an educator in the field of brain injury for three decades. Teaching in a premier Brain Injury Program has afforded Tracy to work with brain injury survivors and their families in a very unique way. Fueled by her passion for serving adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI), Tracy is driven to create alternative healing tools to equip her students and clients with methods to not just navigate their lives post ABI but to improve their quality of life. Tracy is certified in both Yoga and Guided Imagery. Adapting her curriculum to embody holistic, alternative compensatory strategies has made a profound impact with this unique population. Tracy is a solo practitioner and works intimately with survivors and their caregivers. Tracy lives in North County San Diego. You can find Tracy at www.BrainInjuryRehabSanDiego.com

Contents

Anger and Blame

Sadness and Hurt

Insecurity and Fear

Responsibility and Guilt

Positive Feelings and Resolution

Acknowledgements

Excerpts

What is a Mandala? How can it assist with attention, concentration and mental focus after sustaining a brain injury? Mandala is Sanskrit for “circle” or “contemplation.” Mandalas have been used for millennia in cultures world-wide as a tool for spiritual growth, creativity and emotional healing. I first learned of the healing benefits of coloring, meditating and creating Mandalas with Brain Injury Survivors as a tool for stress management. It became increasingly apparent that not only was this a healing tool, but a very specific and concrete strategy for sustaining attention and concentration, leading to profound insights and awareness for a brain injured individual.

Reviews

Mandalas and Journaling truly is a healing tool on so many levels for those suffering from a TBI. This is the first adult coloring book I have seen that is challenging, but not too overwhelming and allows those recovering from Brain Injury to take advantage of the healing properties of coloring mandalas while not getting too frustrated by a task that is too difficult to focus on or is simply too confusing. The beautiful addition however, is Tracy’s love letter to the brain. Very powerful. Very transformative. So much potential for healing on every page.

Ruth Curran, Cranium Crunches

What an amazing book! I have used it in the classroom with adults with brain injury, as well as with my individual clients who are brain injury survivors. Working through the pages promotes the healing process at many levels. On the one hand, the mandalas and the writing topics work on improving cognitive functioning such as attention and information processing; on the other hand, the pages are a powerful tool in addressing and coping with the psychosocial aspects the survivor is experiencing. I find this to be a unique, creative and -- as I stated previously -- powerful. I highly recommend it.

Erin Crowley, Instructor Coastline College Acquired Brain Injury Program and sole proprietor Brain Injury Rehab Orange County

When I first saw the workbook “Mandalas and Journaling: A Healing Tool for the Brain” (original publication) by Tracy Teregis, I was not certain the workbook would be helpful in my recovery because my brain likes technical things much more than artsy things such as mandalas and coloring. I was wrong.

Now that I have completed some of the journals and mandalas in her book, I can say the combination of journaling and mandalas is a fantastic recovery tool for those of us who could benefit from a balanced and effective whole-brain healing.

If your recovery goal is to remain irritated, anxious, stressed, confused, and “broken” for the rest of your life, don’t bother including the workbook in your recovery plan. However, if your recovery plan is to feel relaxed and ready to pursue opportunities, than I highly recommend including the workbook a part of your healing strategy.

Scott J. Friedman, Speaker, Writer, Blogger, Brain Injury Survivor -- www.beyondadversity.com

Hi Tracy: I love your New work of art. Until I was in your Class at the ABI PROGRAM I didn't even know what a mandala was. Well, I have experienced soothing, concentrated, focused attention working on them. "Extremely pleasurable!!" They are so self-expressive. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that I never exercise. (Mr. Left Brain here, John). I love your book. I'm still waiting for my book signing.

John Monaghan, an ABI survivor always getting better.

I really enjoyed the concept of this book. It helps the patient to think and express their thoughts while allowing the brain to be occupied with coloring the mandala; this quiets the mind and let's free-flowing thoughts come more easily to the patient and they can then begin to better express those thoughts and feelings. This is an enjoyable way to prod into deeper thinking.

DeAnna Gomez, CBIS, Senior Community Liaison

Journaling and Mandalas has been such a great experience for me. Almost without question each prompt has allowed me to clear and purge my body or emotions. I can feel my entire body relax when I let go into each coloring of the mandalas. I feel safe with the colors and I feel safe knowing that the prompts are guiding me to healing my brain. I’m so grateful for Mandalas and Journling because I might not of (have) made these discoveries on my own. I love that this (is) my own private journal and that I can re-read and reflect on my progress since my fall (over) two years ago. It truly has been an “awakening” experience. Thank you for your encouragement and your positive prompting. I love my journal and everything it has done for my heart and my head. Thank you! Anonymous Survivor

I would like to express to you how much I have enjoyed working in the workbook. It has allowed me to express some of my anger I feel due to my brain injury in a way that I feel confident. Most of the anger that I wrote about I have a difficult time expressing to my family. Having these writing prompts allowed for my family to better understand my frustrations as well as my many blessing post my ABI. Anonymous Survivor

The Mandalas and Journaling Workbook has brought up emotion and memories. I wrote a journal entry earlier this week and it was really tough to deal with. I turned to the colors and worked on the Mandalas and my stress level decreased tremendously. I love this self-care practice. Using this Workbook has reminded me that I love to write and draw. I will share this with my kids so that they have a better understanding of what their Dad has experienced since the car accident. Thank you for helping me understand and cope with so many emotions that I have been struggling with with my brain injury. Anonymous Survivor

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