The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer patients, their families and others, to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process.
The Wishes and Sounds of the Living
"Wishes make real what you claim to pretend. You stand by a river flowing to Tennessee. Across the wide water full sound, a freight train climbs the grade. It’s powerful engines haul a hundred boxcars uphill, opposite the water’s flow. Under circumstances like this, you must wish! Make one, or more. Wish for the sun to rise after a night of falling in love. Wish to ride on the back of the big bear. Wish to see a flying dragon. Wish wars away. Wish your dreams will know the river’s flow long after the water is gone."
Poet, James Nave, 5.8.16
Patients from the Create to Heal class LOVED this poem and wrote their versions, using the original as a "Message in the Moment" to prompt their poetic process. Here are the results:
In the sports world, athletes often refer to “zoning” or being in the "zone” when performing at high levels. When “zoning,” they have control of their breath and the chatter of their mind and “play” no longer feeling tired, stressed or in pain. They experience their sport with joy - the love for the game - without worry of winning or losing. Fully aware, they allow their bodies to move with grace and perfection without thinking, without trying.
You don't need to be an Olympic athlete or All American Champion to receive the benefits of simple exercise.
The color and movement of art impacts patients' imagination in a way that encourages them to clearly visualize a positive outcome. The viewing of art inspires communication from a deep place, helping them to express experiences often difficult to put into words. The creating of art - the doodling with various colored pens and watercolor pencils, the shaping of sculpey clay, the shredding of hand-made paper to form the first layer of a canvas piece - allows for a tactile release of energy and attention to detail that transcends the pain and worry of disease.