THE EVOLUTION OF FEELING MAGNETS TOOLS
As I am preparing to launch the third tool to help people reconnect and discover their emotions I have been reminiscing and traveling down memory lane. Most of you may not have followed since the beginning but I thought you might find it interesting to discover how Feeling Magnets came to be.
The very first iteration of Feeling Magnets were actually "pretend" magnets (plain paper with blue tack) because I didn’t have magnet paper. These hung on my wall in my bedroom (and they still do :-)). It wasn’t the most practical and I realised that I didn’t have them when I most needed them, which was mostly when I was out and about… not in my bedroom.
After prototyping various versions I then finally produced the first set professionally, which was a more refined, more thought out and higher quality version. This set also came in a tin box so it could be carried around easily. Seeing as I had created them for myself first, this first set was for adults. I really value practicing what we preach or as people so nicely say “walking the talk” and so I wasn’t about to make something that I didn’t use myself (and I still do).
The more I used my Feeling Magnets and the more I learned about emotions, the more I wished I had learned all of this much earlier. I also knew that kids are like sponges, they are curious about the world and themselves and so I desperately wanted to create a version for children. Understanding and knowing how to “surf” our emotions as I like to call it, makes life so much easier and more pleasant, why should they wait until they are grown ups to learn this? Born was the second tool: My Feelings Box for kids aged 8-12 years old (or as soon as they can read).
The kids loved it, parents and teachers were baffled by how such a simple tool could help start such powerful conversations and improve behaviours. Often these kids had younger siblings who couldn’t read yet, and soon the question followed: “Do you have a version for younger kids who can't read yet? With pictures or something?”
There are lots of emoticons, smileys and animals of all sorts to teach kids about emotions, but somehow these just didn’t speak to me. I knew that emotions were more than just smiley faces - we can feel sad without crying and we can feel angry without radiating fumes from our heads. We feel our emotions in our whole bodies and nothing I found seemed to cover that. Until I discovered the drawings of a lady in South Africa and we partnered to create Feeling Bodies. (Read more here about how I connected with the lady in South Africa: A Most Unexpected Partnership)
Feeling Bodies are one of a kind drawings that radiate emotions through every pixel in them. Each body part is carefully positioned to reflect how we FEEL, what happens to our energy and posture when we experience different emotions. They are gender neutral, race neutral, non-stereotypical and incredibly powerful. (Discover more about the Feeling Bodies). I am so excited to be bringing these to the world and I can’t wait to see where they travel to and the stories I will hear back from people who use them.To learn more about emotions, subscribe to the newsletter at the top right of this page.
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