On Creativity and Processing

Yesterday was a shock to me as well as most of the country.  I felt incredibly disconnected. Moments like this I am tempted to zone out. To let my head float away. To disengage. Instead of allowing that experience I decided to try painting it. An image of me, or any other person really, struggling to hold on tight, to keep their head from slipping away. The creative act of making the piece kept me mindful and a witness of the experience rather than a participant in it (or at least that's what I think).

A little over a year ago I was listening to Brene Brown's Rising Strong and heard the following "Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration — it is how we fold our experiences into our being."

These words struck me in a way only truth can and since then I have found myself unintentionally distilling them down to "Creativity is the act of processing one's experience in the world."

Making a mark or a wash or a splash of color always allows me to come to a better understanding of where I am and what is happening around me. For me art and creativity not only allows me to process, it allows me to heal.

Do you have the same experience?

Just earlier this week I received word that my first book with North Light Publishing, "Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in Watercolor and Mixed Media" is available for pre-order and it focuses on this exactly- using creativity as a way to process your experiences.I would appreciate it if you have a moment to go check it out. XO!