The Creative Arts- Healing Therapy

Guest Post by Monna Ellithorpe ©2017

It doesn’t matter what branch of the Creative Arts you’re interested in; what matters is that you use your chosen art form to improve your health, especially if you are suffering from grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks or even illnesses such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or other forms of illness that affect your body and your quality of life.

There are many times in life that each of us have to deal with events and situations and while I realize not everyone reacts to life events or illnesses in the same way or can be distracted in the same way; but there does come a time that you can take the controls and try on your own to create a “Happy Place” and a new mindset for yourself. (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and I don’t have any kind of degrees, I only share what works for me).

My chosen saving action for myself is writing. No matter what I’ve done or have tried to do, I’ve always come back to writing. This may also happen for you if painting, drawing, singing, dancing, photography, cooking, music, reading, puzzles, coloring or walking interests you. There are many other of the arts that I haven’t named but the suggestions I give you will be based on writing which is what I use to go to “My Happy Place.”

Use any of your interests to help heal what you are experiencing in life. Now, I’m not telling anyone to stop medications or anything else that a doctor has recommended to you. I’m merely suggesting other forms of distraction.

We are living in such stressful times right now and on the upside of this, we have never had the opportunities that we have now to be and do almost anything you want.

You want to learn to paint? Go to YouTube, Udemy or search Google for painting lessons or classes. You will find both free and courses to pay for but most are priced at reasonable amounts that almost anyone can afford.

Take this approach and search for any form of Creative Arts that you want to learn and work with. Don’t limit yourself to the small list that I gave you above. There are so many things you can learn.

You are welcome to join us in our Facebook Group Create Yourself Through Writing https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateYourselfThroughWriting

We are working to create more activity in the group, little by little. I know so many people are so very busy but think of our group as your “Happy Place” and share your dreams with us.

Monna Ellithorpe ©2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Written On Life…


A written on life means writing on the tablet of your heart.  Each experience we have in life leaves something behind.  We can choose to take that experience and use it to learn from, and then put it behind us, or to write it on our hearts to use it as a lamp to light our paths.  My life is written on by His Word, and the verses I’ve learned since childhood.

My written on life also holds words of inspiration and encouragement from family and friends, as well as, poetry, articles, books, and pieces of art and beauty which fill me up with awe.  These are the things I cling to when I feel a crash coming, or when surprised by a sudden storm.  By embracing the beautiful, you can make the ugly, or not so attractive, smaller.

Everyone has storms, forest fires, and gale force winds which blow through at times.  Despite what appears, the sun does not shine everyday, everywhere. That is the illusion presented.  Ignoring problems can make the storms last longer, and fixing the problems will give you more time to focus on your shining star.

We all need rain to grow, but we don’t all like rainy days.  It’s on those rainy days when our insecurities or weaknesses show up that a chance for change occurs. When this happens, take an introspective look at the changes needed.  Make a plan, pray, and work on it, until optimism and peace arrive, and/or when you can see some advancement. Plans are a process to change.  If you can’t fix them by yourself, get help from a trusted friend, or a counselor.

A written on life is a genuine life, where you can show who you are and be honest about your triumphs and defeats.  You get to write your course, or right your course, which ever you choose.  You take where God is leading, or what piques your interest, and turn it into full-blown inspiration, and then make that a bigger focus.

I love writing to shower others with love, kindness, and to uplift and honor my family and friends.  Though we all want lovely days, there will be times when things won’t go well.  This is not a “Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day” path.  It still requires us to deal with life’s struggles.  You will be in store for some tedious days, but they will be useful for learning lessons about forgiveness and/or approaching things differently, and for seeing chinks in your armor.

My son, daughter, husband, and my dear friend, Cathy have all counseled me over the last several days to help me get my thoughts in order and flip my perspective on some things that had come up against me.  Sometimes it takes my army.  Thankfully, I have these loved ones to turn to when storms come, as well as my brother and sister.

And, I know they all will tell me what they think, whether I like it or not… not to be contentious, but to help me.  They are looking out for my good.  Find some trusted friends who look out for your good.  Then be a trusted friend who looks out for the good of others.

Using your written on life, His way, with writing, and prayer, can help you work on habits you want/need to change, as well as focusing on all of things you love. Even the most optimistic folks around go through days when they don’t know which way to go, but they choose to look at the gifts given them, and express their gratitude often.

For me, I get to take God’s word and write it on my heart…and have Him help me define my life, and not have it defined by others.

Start your journey and write it out.

May you have a happy and healthy written on life.

Sincerely, BG

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*(This article is opinion only.  I am not a certified counselor or therapist.  Though growing closer to the age of Methuselah should qualify me for said opinion.)

Writing With Patience or Intensity?

Writing with patience or intensity?

Patience?  Hmmm…a foreign concept to me, though I know that patience is a virtue.  As you may have guessed, I do have a hard time harnessing patience.

So, how do you practice writing patience when a tsunami of words hit, and you’re fighting to capture every one of them?  You know the waters will rush back out to sea, leaving you deprived of a single element that makes sense if you don’t put it on paper now.  You recognize this.  It’s intense!  Right?

Write.  Keep writing…sense, and nonsense, and then sort it out later.

An opportunity will arise when you can take your proverbial scalpel to cut away those things that aren’t needed, and then add elements that bring more sense and comprehension to the picture. Sometimes, the nonsensical spurs new ideas. It’s hard when emotions are high, and you’re trying to use this flow to go with the tide.  Tides turn.  Capture what you can.  Be patient.  It will come.

I just had a wise friend tell me to leave something sit, and come back to it.  I took her advice, and she was correct.  I was able to look at my written piece and improve it.  This takes patience.  Crafting and editing takes time.   If your piece is “dogging you” too badly, work on something else for a while.

And then, this week I read an ebook by an author who suggested you ask five friends to write three things about you to help your find your writing voice.  It was also to help you see your blind side.   I did that.  I had some nice things sent back to me, and this is the one that stuck in my brain…

INTENSE…  (Who?  Me?)

Well, honestly, I kind of knew this, and I appreciated the honesty because I knew this person was trying to help me.  Then they told me that this was a good thing.  I found that fact a little befuddling, until they explained.

They said that I was intense to the point of making sure that I tried to get everything right, and I would keep working at it until I did. (Can I tell you how much I love my … this family member.)

So, with your writing, use both intensity and patience.  Write what you love, and be kind to yourself.  But most of all, find your own voice.  Keep writing.

 

Sincerely, BG

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