Truths About Creativity

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Truths About Creativity

Across the centuries the link between creativity and mental health has been observed, and there have been many examples of compelling associations that support this relationship. Creativity is one of those elusive things that is extremely hard to define, yet once you’re in its presence you absolutely know it. At times, creativity might seem like magic, and it bewitches us … Read More

Extraordinary Ordinary Creativity

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Portofino from Simple Boxes

We marvel at how extremely gifted people create art that touches our lives and bestows so much beauty on our world. Although we enjoy and celebrate the talents of highly creative individuals, we must also unravel their mysteries in order to be engaged ourselves in “extraordinary ordinary creativity” and to use art making as a healing tool to enhance our … Read More

The Power of Flow

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The Power of Flow

We’ve all heard of flow states but what exactly is “flow” anyway? Some athletes and performers call it “being in the zone” or “runner’s high”; and musicians say they feel a sense of “being one with the music”. These peak experiences are also described as “the power of flow” because flow is a state of mind that helps you to … Read More

Creativity is a Wellness Practice

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Creativity is Wellness Practice

“When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.” Expanding on Csikszentmihalyi’s important observation on the healing quality of art, I believe that the power of creative expression and engagement in the arts can serve as an essential wellness practice for everyone. Our ability to be creative allows us … Read More

Let Yourself Shine

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Alessa Rogers as Juliette

As artists we continually struggle to grow and perfect our art, yet harsh self-criticism most always detracts from positive goals. Putting yourself up will endear you to others engaged in similar struggles, and help you find more productive ways to cope with the difficult path of making art anew each day. With self-confidence creativity can be a joyful, personally enriching … Read More

Mindfulness Practices Heal Relationships

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Mindfulness Can Heal Relationships

Mindfulness practices have the ability to transform our relationships through the power of deepening the capacity for love, compassion, and forgiveness. Even 15 minutes of mindfulness practice a day can begin to direct us towards adopting the tools to enable us to connect on a meaningful level in our relationships. Mindfulness can help us overcome feelings of unworthiness so that … Read More

How Your Lifestyle May Be Affecting Your Sleep

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How Your Lifestyle May Be Affecting Your Sleep

After a long day, the most frustrating thing you can deal with is finally laying your head on the pillow only to have trouble falling asleep. Even though you are aware of the benefits of restful sleep such as sharper mental focus, increased health and wellbeing, abundant energy, and positive moods, you aren’t always tuned into to how your lifestyle … Read More

The Practice of Stillness

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Practice of Stillness

“Sitting still as a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it…Going nowhere as a way of cutting through the noise and finding fresh time and energy to share with others…” – Pico Iyer Find Moments of Stillness in Your Day As Mindfulness practices, including meditation, catch hold and move into prominence in our present culture … Read More

Silence Makes Your Brain Smarter

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During Silence our Cognitive Resources are Restored

We see how our cities are becoming louder, more distracting, and increasingly cluttered, and it seems more difficult to find quiet places in our day where we can pause and just breathe. And scientific research tells us that getting an adequate dose of silence each day is important to our brains. What Silence does for Your Brain When our brains … Read More

These 5 Songs Will Make You Happy

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Five Songs To Make You Happy

Music is deeply interwoven with feelings in all living beings — especially happiness. And, with the experience of music, humans are able to access different mental and emotional states. Research studies explain how this phenomenon of hearing certain music allows dopamine to wash over our brains and release feelings of pleasure. 5 songs were identified in a recent study as … Read More