Soulful Sunday is a weekly dose of inspiration from busy Chicago women who still manage to stay balanced no matter what their career—or life—throws their way.
There are therapists and then there's Sarah Raskey, a visionary artist, psychotherapist, and art therapist who believes in changing the way people look at art through her own works and practices. Raskey's installations—highlighting cultural references such as healing, spirituality, and ancient symbolism—have been exhibited nationally and internationally over the past 13 years and are meant to expand consciousness, energetic connections, and the creative spirit. As if that wasn't impressive enough, Raskey also cultivates her own spirituality and practices under the direction of various healers, shamans, artists, mystics, medicine men, experts, astrologers, and channelers, in an effort to learn more about ancient wisdom traditions and sacred art.
How she unwinds:
"For me, carving out a quiet time at the end of the week to draw/paint in my art journal is the most relaxing. An art journal is essentially a visual diary where you can make art using collage, color, patterns, textures, and shapes to express thoughts and emotions beyond words alone. Here is my favorite!
"Before I create in my journal, I 'set the space' by selecting music, lighting candles, and utilizing a variety of aromatherapy oils. Being an artist, I find it is important to engage in multi-sensory experiences that can provide simultaneous benefit for my body/mind/spirit—though the actual art making is always the main focus! I love the art supplies at Blick or Genesis in Chicago."
"Whenever you are expressing yourself through art, you are creating and surrounding yourself in the type of inner-beauty that helps you nourish and restore yourself on a soul level."