It is hard to imagine, but people come along to my groups saying they are no good at art, they can’t draw, paint or create anything. These self-assessments have nothing to do with ability, they come from emotions that are driven by low self-esteem and a loss of self-worth. Such narratives can wear people down over time and lead to serious forms of depression and self-harming.
Art therapy provides easy access into the emotions, it releases the stresses and enables the flow of imagination.
In order to create, a person must take notice of shape, colour, texture and form all of which encourage the brain’s neural pathways to become activated and ready for constructive thoughts. These stimulated process lead to a form of mindfulness that can be extended into daily life.
Creativity acts on the brain’s quiescent responses and helps to bring about clarity and harmony, it grounds the spirit, eliminates the doubts and allows for better motivation.
Art provides metaphors for the feelings, sensations and experiences that take place daily.
Art helps us to accept life’s difficulties in ways that do not overwhelm mind and body.
Art creates changes in negative behaviour because it is a feel good occupation. Feeling good is a state of mind that also impacts on the body for improved health and well being.
Art allows for contemplative approaches to problems without the use of drugs and/or psychiatry.
Art acts as a conduit for the examination of addictions.
Art heals traumas and boosts self-esteem.
Art requires the artist to pay attention enabling better control of thoughts and feelings.
Art allows us to be a witness to our own dilemmas while stepping aside from the impacts.