What’s Neue? A Mental Health Break

sorry for the typos, last question should be at end: “What do you do when looking within, or meditation, doesn’t quite cut it?


Yesterday I wrote a first draft of a short story, which was based on Alice, an agoraphobic character who will leave her apartment any day now. As I don’t often write short stories, it surprised me, and I’m fine to move on. Today, feeling slightly agoraphobic myself, with few daytime social or work intrusions, I went to the Neue Galerie, where Klimt’s painting “Woman in Gold” has gained popularity ever since the Helen Mirren movie of the same name came out. I won’t give a spoiler alert and say more about the film.

What do you do for a mental health break? What if “looking within” or the usual

Back to the Neue. Bags and cell phones were checked and water bottles confiscated, so entrance was staggered; by the time I got in, I felt I’d done something wrong. Neue is an artistic gem, with exhibits of German, Russian, and Austrian art of…

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About sheilaklewis

As a writing coach, meditation teacher, writer, and academic tutor, I'm passionate about words and the silent spaces between words. In this context, I run book clubs and writers' groups where the resonance of carefully crafted words can spark readers and writers to share their own stories. Connecting through conversation; making memories matter; embracing editing and revision, and imaginative wordplay are some solo and collective outcomes. I came to what I call my "Meditate Write Now" practice after years of art-making, writing grants, curriculum, children's stories, and more. Meditation kept my mind from meandering too far off point and also led me to write from the still point within. May our paths cross in creative journeys across time and internet connections! Other details: My husband and I are the parents of two amazing sons and one daughter-in-law, and smitten grandparents of Micah (born December, 2013). I don't drive, and have lived in the same apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for too long.
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