Why is Creating Art a Healing Process and When Can You Start?

This guest blog post was originally posted in the Creative Health Blog for the Bangor Daily News. It seems that stress and anxiety are affecting people more than ever before. We live in a busy, fast-paced world with many deadlines and responsibilities. Many people are unhappy in their jobs and in their lives in general. Life can feel overwhelming. We feel we are strong when we can “hold it all together” and “push through” the stress or detach from what we are really feeling in our hearts and in our bodies. Over time, we begin to feel depleted, exhausted, fatigued – like we have nothing left to give. Taking the time to slow down, breathe deeply, and create art helps us to break free from the

How to Teach our Children about Compassion and Gratitude

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” - Rumi Taking the time each day to practice feeling compassion and gratitude lifts our mood and helps us to live life authentically from our hearts. When we start to make this a daily practice, everyone around us is affected positively. Others will become inspired by the beautiful way that you are experiencing the world. The children in your life will see their parents and loved ones reacting to stress from a centered place, making kind choices and feeling grateful for what is positive. The most powerful way to teach these values to our children is to practice them ourselves, to truly live it

Why Daily Practice is Important

“Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.” - Rumi Many of us underestimate the importance of developing a daily practice. We live in a busy, fast-paced world. With so many deadlines and responsibilities, there never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything on the list. Life can feel overwhelming. We feel we are strong when we can “hold it all together” and “push through” the stress or detach from what we are really feeling in our hearts and in our bodies. Over time, we begin to feel depleted, exhausted, fatigued – like we have nothing left to give. It can fe

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