Archives for Mental Health

Consciousness

Artists and Meditation


"No matter what, the first moments of my day are dedicated to breath, meditation, and silence."

Musician Bibi McGill goes on to explain why self-care and meditation are important to her:

"I am an artist and I am creative; I am a Scorpio, so I definitely have a tendency to be very emotional and all over the place.
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Identity

Creative People – Mood Disorders and Misdiagnosis


“I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious.

Writer, writing coach, teacher, and speaker Cynthia Morris continued,

“I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’. Artists are often ‘too much’. It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see and feel.

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Anxiety

Dealing with an emotional storm


Emotions can "strike" us in response to many events - a catastrophic illness, sudden job loss, political upheaval - and we may experience more long term "storm systems" with feelings such as chronic anxiety.

How can we respond to these kinds of strong feelings in healthy ways? It is a crucial question for physical and mental well-being, and for a successful creative life.

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Anxiety

Emotional Health, Waves and Creativity

"A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity."
Mary Garden (Scottish musician, via brainyquote.)
As creative people, we may experience emotions very deeply and intensely, and feel at times we need to shut off or escape from some of them.

But those feelings can...
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Consciousness

Can We Benefit From Sadness?


As musician Alanis Morissette points out, “We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value as happiness, excitement and inspiration.”

The image is the character 'Sadness' in the wonderful movie Inside Out, which portrays how we can make positive use of all our emotions.

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