Tetris, Stones and Trauma

After I gave a talk to cardiac patients about the Stone Sanctuary, an older woman in the audience came up to me crying, saying “I had a heart attack ten years ago, and suddenly I had to start carving stone, and have been carving stone ever since. I had no idea why…”

In the ten years previous to working on the Stone Sanctuary, I had experienced seven surgical interventions, three near death experiences, a severe heart attack and had been diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Traumas and close encounters with mortality can activate a portal to deeper layers of the Unconscious, for better or worse.

And apparently, playing Tetris after a trauma reduces the impact of the trauma. (See Scientific American link below.)


Not so much different than stone work.


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Link to Scientific American

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