There is a storm in my body. I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it. Recently it made itself known in a big way. And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me.
In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting. The painting felt good. I could tell it was doing something in my body. Something…a hormone or feel good chemical, perhaps the workings of my creative spirit….something was helping the storm dissipate.
This isn’t a huge surprise to me….this feeling that comes when we dive into creativity, no holds barred. That is one of the benefits of art, it is a catalyst to healing. And so, I am painting up a storm….or should I say OUT a storm. And my body feels grateful.
So grateful for the release that I have just kept painting…..a piece of cardboard, a bigger piece, a small canvas, then larger….then the entire top of my studio table. The more I paint, the more cleansing. The more I paint, the less dark the storm. The more I paint, the better I feel.
This is how creativity leads to healing, how it helps us understand ourselves, and connect with the world we have spinning inside.
Creativity Prompt: Invite yourself to sit with simple art supplies….pencil and paper, pen and paper, cardboard and paint. Nothing fancy, just what is at hand. Close your eyes and let the supplies give life to what you feel. You don’t have to paint pain….but you can if you wish. You don’t have to draw storms, but you can. Perhaps what wishes to come up is that smile that doesn’t get to glow often enough or bright enough. Don’t think too much and don’t halt what comes forward. Make a mess. Start with silly, ugly, scribbly, doodles, dashes, and wing-a-dings. It doesn’t have to make sense or look beautiful. Think of it as giving your creativity permission to wander around. When you are done, let it be what it is. Share it or keep it to yourself. But KNOW….that this kind of self-expression builds bridges to healing us. It gives us permission to express who we are and love ourselves in the process.