for troubled times
Sorry to do this to you, Dear Reader, but again I am compelled to talk about creativity in this political era. I say sorry because I don’t wish to overwhelm or weigh you down. That’s the last thing I want to do.
I harp on about making art in troubled times, because
I perceive much suffering, because I believe that art-making and connecting with others can help, because I wish to be authentically compassionately creative.
Allow me to share art’s potential to soothe the soul, strengthen the spirit and help build connected communities of collaboration.
Here’s the story so far, plus several EXCELLENT resources…
Two Fridays ago: Looking the Monster in the Eye
Last Friday: Senior Venus – Can we do it?
Five fabulous links follow. Each one offers support for creative responses to current difficulty. Let me know what you find valuable.
First, Gretchen Miller’s Creative Resilience Link Round up
in which this ultra-connected art therapist has kindly
‘put together a round up of recent links and posts that highlight the role of creativity in managing challenging times, finding hope, and empowering resilience.’
Second, the remarkable Lisa Mitchell has brought together Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity Training with her own extensive art therapy expertise and written about using art to Grow the Good.
‘We are being inundated with negativity that has an intensity like I’ve never experienced in the 25 years I’ve been a therapist. How to cope? How to keep from going under? Over here in my little corner of the world, I’m making every effort to Grow the Good.’
Third, in my meanderings, I chanced upon an article after my own heart by art therapist Kara Ashley-Gilmore:
Out of the vastness…
‘I’d be lying if I said the national and world events of the past two weeks weren’t on my mind before I started painting. Maybe a reminder needed to come through that no matter who we are, where we come from, and how we choose to identify ourselves, we’re really all made of the same stardust and we are all connected, standing side by side next to our ancestors as they support us in carrying out our higher purpose.’
Fourth, wonderful Yayoi Kusama (87 years of age) popped up on Facebook with her endlessly inspiring journey of art for survival:
‘I overcame dark days with the power of art’
‘The world today is in a terrible situation. My desire to use my art to protest against war and man’s inhumanity to man has never diminished. I am always trying to transmit through my work the message that we should all live life in peace and with humanitarian love.’
And fifth, this interview is not directly related to artistic creativity, but I couldn’t resist including wise words of the deep ecologist, Joanna Macy (also 87 years of age):
‘It’s hard to wake up alone now. It’s scary to see even what is going on. But there is almost no limit, I’ve come to believe, to what we can do with the love and support of each other. There is almost no limit to what we can do for the sake of each other.’
with love, art and soul from Sally