Art

Few of us admit to the profound benefits of doing art.  In school, we’re encouraged to focus on ‘more important’ subjects. In fact, even artists can find it difficult to justify spending time on art, telling themselves they should be spending their time on something more productive or profitable.

Why practice art?

ÖlfarbeArt has some of the same benefits as meditation.  When life feels too busy or overwhelming, it can create an experience of spaciousness, helping us ground, stabilize our attention and silence the superfluous ‘noise’ of life.

Art can have a profound healing effect for depression, trauma and illness.  And studies have shown that it can stave off disease (including Alzheimers) and boost the immune system.

Art helps us connect to our deepest, truest selves.  It allows us to connect with ourselves on a non-verbal level, to express the unspeakable.  Some call this self the ‘inner child’ and others call it the ‘soul’.  Either way, this ‘self’ can help you access what the thinking mind cannot.

Art develops our creative potential.  We may never become Picasso or Michelangelo but art can help us live freer, more creative lives.  The ability to access more creative solutions can have profound benefits in our businesses and daily lives.  In fact, it’s one of the key skills we need to re-imagine our world.

Art feeds your heart and soul.  It nourishes us and helps usconnect to your vision and what has meaning for you.  By helping us move into a state of flow and timelessness, it can help retrieve the clarity of deepest knowing, our inner wisdom.  This is where our joy resides.

Art is a profound teacher.  The process of art-making, with all its twists and turns, teaches us lessons about allowing, risk, surrender, working with ‘mistakes’ and imperfections.

Art can open up new ways of being in the world.  Once we excavate our deepest knowing through the process of art-making, this knowledge can help us live truer, more courageous lives.

To learn more about yourself through my art workshops and retreats, click here.

To see the art in my Art Shop (including my mandalas!), click here.

 

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“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.”  ~ Kurt Vonnegut

“Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not an artist” – John Lennon