4 thoughts on “How Getting Creative Heals Pain: An Interview with Deb Eiseman

  • October 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I don’t imagine that such writers as Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, and Ernest Hemingway, who battled serious and debilitating pain (from sickness in the case of McCullers and O’Connor, and war injury in the case of Hemingway) would be much impressed by this argument. They were extremely creative people…and hurt terribly.

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  • October 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I think Deb’s story describes the great equalizer that creativity is. We are creative naturally, each in our unique way. Resistance to recognizing or engaging in it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Like anything else, when you are expressing your natural Self you can feel the flow and are energized by it. Your perspective widens, you naturally open to it to let more flow through you and resistance decreases naturally until your rational, egoic,fearful, negative or judging mind kicks in.Distraction from pain has been shown to reduce suffering experienced. Mindfully approaching pain to broaden the awareness of the vastness around you has been shown to reduce suffering. Engaging in something creative provides both, and suffering decreases.That’s not to say it’s easy. It takes intention and a commitment to not give-up or give-in just as Deb said, and still not everyone in pain will find creativity to be the answer for them.

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  • October 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I DO BELEAVE THIS TO BE SO TRUE ..I PICK MY LIP WHICH IS HORRIABLE ..I HAS RSD THREW MY WHOLE BODY..MY DOC SEEN MY LIP AND SAID I DO THAT TO FOCUS ON THAT INSTEAD OF PAIN..AND WHEN ITS A BAD PAIN DAY OMG I PICK TIL I BLEED..MAYBE I WILL TRY WATER COLORS INSTEAD..GREAT STORY THANK YOU

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  • October 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Painting is a wonderful outlet. I paint colour. As I have not reached the point where I can actually paint “things” I just let the brush strokes go where they may and it is always surprising what comes out. I began with water colours but now I am really enjoying acrylics – I really have fun with them. I even go as far as not conciously choosing the colour. It is more of a thought of “what colours do I feel” And I let my soul pick the colour. Some times they are dark, but lately, as I am coming out of a 3 year episode of major depression I find that there are more yellows, pinks, purples and lighter blues making an appearance. It does take a mindfulness approach to even just paint squiqqles or shapes or swooping lines because it comes from a place inside that does not really include the brain so much.

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