Siproena Johnson

About Me

My name is Siproena Johnson and I found origami to be a natural resource for my mental and physical health after being diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis in my early childhood. I'd like to share what can be a healing practice for those dealing with depression/anxiety, have a need to keep their hands busy, or even relief from arthritis. These will be Hearts for Healing and in a few steps. You'll need to practice patience, persistence, and focus to complete the heart skills you may already apply in your daily life.

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