"Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.” Julia Cameron
Sometimes life is just plain tough. It can clobber us with one thing after another, leaving us exhausted, depleted, and challenged to come up with anything resembling self-care. That’s what the past month has been like for me, and the last thing on my list of to-do’s was to get back to painting. I had started a piece, based on some beautiful Russian Sage plants growing at the top of my neighbor’s driveway. But it has just sat there for most of the month, humming purple melodies softly to itself on my easel, waiting…just waiting.
This week we have been hiking every day in the surrounding mountains, taking in the gorgeous weather and glistening gold of aspens. It has been incredibly refreshing to focus on beauty and nature, breathing in Blue Sky, breathing our Autumn Leaves.
Today, I was able to begin painting again as a result of allowing myself to be in the inspiring presence of nature, moving into the welcoming heartfelt activity of creativity. Not surprisingly, I found myself breathing in the beauty of sunlight on purple flowers, feeling them shimmer and glow. The very act of putting paint on canvas was deeply restorative. It helped me to connect again with what was important and to rise above the constriction of grief—appreciating our beautiful world.
As Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.”
As a creativity coach, I get to work with people who are seeking to infuse their lives with the healing gift of creative expression. How has creativity helped you get through tough times?
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