Our mission is to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities.
We build healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence.
We provide platforms for creative expression and communication for children, youth, adults and families. Through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, we cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts. AHC promotes the understanding that we can choose peace over conflict and love over fear.
Our work is based on the principles of Attitudinal Healing, a non-traditional approach to mental health that develops resilience by promoting self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion. Attitudinal Healing affirms that we are responsible for our thoughts and whatever feelings we experience. Attitudinal Healing encourages us to reexamine our relationships, bringing them into the present, by releasing past judgments and grievances. Attitudinal Healing is based on the belief that the purpose of all communication is for joining and not separation.
Attitude Is Everything
Our work is based on the principles of attitudinal healing, a non-traditional approach to mental health that develops resilience by promoting self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion.
The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing are:
1. The essence of our being is love.
2. Health is inner peace. Healing is letting go of fear.
3. Giving and receiving are the same.
4. We can let go of the past and of the future.
5. Now Is the only time there is and each instant is for giving.
6. We can learn to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging.
7. We can become love finders rather than fault finders.
8. We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.
9. We are students and teachers to each other.
10. We can focus on the whole of life rather than the fragments.
11. Since love Is eternal, change need not be viewed as fearful.
12. We can always perceive ourselves and others as extending love or giving a call for help.