My mission is to facilitate more creative interactions that people get to experience in the act of creating SOMETHING. Anything! I just want to help them use their hands to c-r-e-a-t-e. My experience convinces me that with more art, there is more joy!
Dot to Dot
Recently I read a book that connected so many dots in my head! In my years that I've lead Art Parties, Sip n Paints and Team Building with Art workshops, I've always made note of a particular sort of joy that to slowly oozed up from some unoccupied space inside of people while they were engaged in art making. When I came across The Creativity Cure by Carrie and Alton Barron, the mystery was solved!
In The Creativity Cure: How To Build Happiness With Your Own Two Hands, the husband-and-wife team, Carrie and Alton Barron explain the ways creative action is elementary to increasing our levels of JOY and our sense of well being.
It explained WHY I'd seen so many faces brighten in my creative workshops! The book clearly laid it all out. Acts of creating is absolutely integral to our wellbeing. The urge to produce something using our minds and hands is absolutely fundamental to humans. It connects and grounds us to our inner selves. It gifts us with a deep satisfaction of accomplishment.
The Nut House
But here's the problem! most of the time in our technology driven, fast-paced nut house, that we call L-I-F-E , we routinely neglect this need. We are 'just too busy' ....so we spend an hour scrolling through Facebook. We 'need to unwind'...so we binge watch Netflix. Afterwards, we still feel depleted and are clueless to the why.
The Transformative Affect
In The Creative Cure, the Barrons' lay it all out on the table with attention-grabbing evidence. Simply put, humans must create in order to 'feel right.' Creative processes have a transformative affect on us, bringing insight, clarity, satisfaction and meaning to everyday life. With great care, they highlight the truth that it isn't important WHAT we create, but rather, that we MUST create. Whether it's writing in a journal, gardening, cooking, woodworking, sewing, knitting, pottery or jewelry making is inconsequential. Just DO IT!
The 'Ah Ha' Moment
The Creativity Cure was such an 'Ah Ha' moment for me. I understood WHY my art party guests always left so much happier than when they came! I had already firmly believed that ANYONE could be creative.
We Must Do it!
After reading, I understood that it was a much bigger issue that they were discussing. Everyone MUST create! It is not about being a 'pro', but rather simply mining the sparkes of desire in us and propensities we already have. If it's getting your hands dirty in the garden, then THAT'S what you should consciously make time to do. If it's tinkering about with tools, then go saw and hammer something! If it's writing, then open up a journal and WRITE - with pen and paper, the old fashioned way. It's the physical act of feeling the pull of the pen on the paper that sends happy 'feels' to the brain. If we enjoy playing music, dust off that guitar.... You get the picture.
Talk to Me!
Grab the book. Read it and tell me what YOU think! Let me know what creative act YOU plan to get reacquainted with! Id love to hear from you.