“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso
Most of us are aware when we are stressed: the shortness of breath, tension in areas of the body, stomach twinges and mental meltdowns indicate how much stress we are dealing with.
It also invites us to slow down, breathe and acknowledge what is triggering our stress.
‘Letting go’ of stress is easier said than done, because there is always stress in life. Practicing living a balanced life within stress instead of becoming the stress is an ongoing practice.
Opportunities fostering creativity are proven to help us stand with a bit more steadiness and balance on the tightrope of life.
In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a review titled, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health. In that article, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies and found that music, writing, dance and art can improve health and our ability to heal ourselves.
The National Institute of Health encourages us to participate in hobbies that involve color, creating, building, drawing, photography, movement, music and singing.
Did you know? Singing releases substances that serve as the brain’s own natural pain-killers and increases the “bonding hormone” that helps us feel a sense of trust. And when we listen to music, levels of molecules important for fighting infection can rise.
Bebrainfit.com states, “When you get totally immersed in a creative activity, you may find yourself in what’s known as ‘the zone’ or in a state of ‘flow.’
This meditative-like state focuses your mind and temporarily pushes aside all your worries. Creating art trains you to concentrate on details and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like meditation.”
Many of you have cried out, “But I’m not creative.”
It doesn’t matter. Take advantage of opportunities that let you engage in art, music, and movement and encourage creativity in others. You and your health depend on it to thrive.
Here are some easy opportunities in the month of November at 5 Koshas:
- DANCE – Belly Dancing every Tuesday at 7:00p with Anna
- MOVE AND MEDITATE – Tai Chi every Thursday at 10:30a with Lee
- MEDITATE – Offered in a variety of classes, mini-retreats and retreats
- CONCENTRATE AND LAUGH – Kali Martial Arts every Thursday at 4:15 with Jamie
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