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Friday, March 13, 2015

Can’t Meditate? Here’s Why You Should Try Art!

 "Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do so! Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings."
"Art therapy has a healing effect for a variety of ailments (depression, trauma, illness, etc.) and is effective across age, gender or ethnicity. In a recent study performed on cancer patients, an art therapy intervention — in conjunction with conventional treatments —(chemotherapy, radiation, surgery etc.) not only diminished symptoms typically associated with cancer such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, but also enhanced life expectancy. The study was based on the belief that “the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing. It is used to help patients, or their families, increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, and adapt to stressful and traumatic experiences.”

1. Art is a vehicle for meditation and self-connection
2. Art provides a feeling of flow & freedom
3. Art allows for true self-expression
4. Art helps us become steady & centered

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