Taking Care of Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
It is clear, I think, that art can provide each of these elements of well-being. Art shows that life is beautiful and opens the mind to new possibilities of optimism. As part of your humanity, it is also in your nature to want to feel good, to want to keep your body free from disease, dysfunction, and illness. The two desires, participating in creation and maintaining wellness, walk hand in hand. It makes sense...you take care of your body by eating healthy, getting regular chiropractic adjustments (wink, wink), etc. So, why do we often neglect taking care of our mind and spirit?
In physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form to another. Expressing the creative force within you into outward manifestation means the energy within you is given an outlet. The contributions that art can make to psychological well-being via enjoyment, immersion, development of skill, revelation and expression of emotion, shaping of self, connections with people and a culture, and the potential for transcendent experience apply to everyone. Go see and experience art on a regular basis as part of your mental, emotional, and physical wellness routine!
The 27th Annual Festival of the Arts is from June 22-23rd at UCSD Warren Field in La Jolla, CA. One hundred percent of the net proceeds support adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities.
Visit http://www.lajollaartfestival.org/ for more festival information including the exhibiting artists, directions, tickets, etc. See you there!!
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.~Thomas Merton
“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”~Robert Henri
“Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.”~Magdalena Abakanowicz
“Great art picks up where nature ends.”~Marc Chagall
“Art is literacy of the heart”~Elliot Eisner