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Art Can Transform, Heal and Nurture Self-discovery
Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic situations, providing renewed strength of our identity and a way to give voice to difficult feelings.
"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.
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.
How can we be creative in our life, whether or not we choose to pursue a career in the arts?
"Creative living is about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear."
That is one of the main ideas in the teachings of Elizabeth Gilbert - one she addresses in her book on creativity: "Big Magic."
"I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way - artistically." Lady Gaga
How do attitudes we hold about ourselves and the world impact our creative thinking? Can we change those attitudes to be more creative?
In her research publications and book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim describes a model and series of concepts for helping children and adults be...
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.
The host of the Psychotherapy online training summit, Diane Poole Heller, PhD, notes:
"We've brought together some of the most respected names in the field—visionaries such as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Diana Fosha, Jack Kornfield, Gay and Katie Hendricks, Steven Hayes, and Richard Schwartz."
How does fear affect our lives and creative work? Should we even try to "get over" the experience of fear?
Actor Natalie Portman once commented: “Fear is intrinsic to everything you do as a creative person."
Robert Maurer, PhD, a UCLA clinical psychologist, would probably agree.
He has interviewed many successful actors, writers and other creative people, and researched social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years.
"I’m amazing for you, not because of you."
Do you compare yourself to others, your life to other lives? That may be natural, even inevitable, since we live as social beings - but it can erode our self-esteem.
Comedian, writer and actor Amy Schumer has related an experience that lowered esteem and confidence; maybe you can relate or find it is familiar: