In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health analyzed over 100 studies that researched the impact Art has on your health. The findings, published in the article, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health, are mind-blowing.
The research documented that by practicing creativity, you can reduce your stress, increase positive thoughts, fill emotional voids in your life, improve your sense of well being, heal medical problems, diminish depression, develop spontaneity, and expand your social networks.
Unlike what many of us believe, being creative is simple. It only takes heart, intent, and time (and even a tiny bit of dedicated time reaps huge results). Talent is not a requirement. To grow our creative spirits, we must understand what creativity is, and destroy some myths we’ve taken as gospel truth.
Creativity is bringing something into the world that would not be here without you. It can be a story you write, a recipe you create, a solution to a problem you come up with, or an activity you design for your children. Creativity is not limited to things you find in a museum. There is an art to problem solving, parenting, and managing social situations. There is an art to everything you create. Recognize that and enjoy the creative process!
Myth 1: I am not creative.
In the Bible, in Genesis 1:27, it says, “So God created in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” If all we knew about God were from this verse, we would know he was creative—and we are like him. We have all been created to be creative. You may not recognize your areas of creativity, but they are there. Look and see what you bring into the world. Try something new, paint, write, design.
Myth 2: Creativity is Frivolous.
Creative expression is linked to stress relief, better physical and emotional health, higher self-esteem, and better sleep. It is worth the time it takes to be creative.
Myth 3: I Don’t Have Time To be Creative.
Lee Crutchley, author of The Art of Getting Started, says, “You can boost your creative energy in just a few minutes. That, in turn, amplifies your capacity for self-expression and joy.”
Doodle while you wait for an appointment. While shopping, imagine how you’d write a different ending to a novel you read. Set a drawing pad up in your bedroom and give yourself ten minutes to play at it every morning. Look for ways to create in your routine.
Myth 4: Creativity Means Doing Something.
Watching movies or reading a book can be creative if done with intention. Question what the film or book attempts to portray. Does the setting play a role? Would you have chosen a different time period, style, or name for the leading man? The questioning and critiquing of the artistic expression of others will inspire you to find your own voice. It will challenge you to look for new ways to express your own thoughts. It will deepen your creativity.
Myth 5: The Product is More Important Than the Process.
Lucy Maude Montgomery wrote, “Never write anything you’d be ashamed to have read at your funeral.” Hogwash! The creative process heals, stimulates, broadens our emotions, and increases our joy. The finished product may be termed garbage by the world, but the world can’t take away the joy we had creating it. We are under no obligation to share all of our creative products. Enjoy the process. Don’t let fear that the final outcome will fail stop you from making the effort to create.
Myth 6: It Is Not Art Unless Someone Else Says It Is.
You are creating Art because you put your heart and intent into your creation. The enjoyment or valuation of the end project is subjective. If you create it, it is art.
Myth 7: If You Follow A Pattern, It Is Not Art.
Even the greatest artist began by coloring in and out of the lines. Knitting that follows a pattern is Art. Paint by Numbers is Art. Anything you put your heart and intent into creating is Art.
Create something today. Celebrate the process. You are a Creative Artist.
Rebecca Reilly is a pastor and has worked in ministry for over thirty years. A passionate reader and writer, Rebecca took on four wildly different genres for her first five books – a murder mystery at sea (Into Dark Waters), a humorous look at sex and marriage (Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage), a children’s chapter book on bullying and self-esteem (The Geek Club under the name Becky Reilly), and two picture books (Jammers and His Flying Bed Adventure and Heart of a Kitty). She returned to the mystery/romantic suspense genre for her sixth book (Haunting Megan), and is currently working on a non-fiction manuscript, Christian Sex and Marriage—It’s Complicated! Visit Rebecca’s Amazon Author Page, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and at www.rebeccareilly.net.
Rebecca has an innate belief that if she dreams about something, she can accomplish it. Prompted by that sense of adventure, Rebecca pursued careers as a pastor, a health coach, a massage therapist, a Zumba instructor, a musical theater director/producer, and a writer – all at the same time.
An avid reader, Rebecca begins each morning in the hot tub with a good book. She then wakes her muscles and her creativity with a long trail run, grabs a cup of coffee and gets to work.
Rebecca took on five wildly different genres for her first seven books – a murder mystery at sea (Into Dark Waters), a humorous look at sex and marriage (Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage), a children’s chapter book on bullying and self-esteem (The Geek Club under the pen name Becky Reilly), and two picture books (Jammers and His Flying Bed Adventure and Heart of a Kitty). She returned to the romantic suspense genre for her sixth book (Haunting Megan). Her current project (summer 2015 release date) is a non-fiction work called Christian Sex and Marriage—It’s Complicated!
Rebecca has been happily married for thirty-one years, is the mother of two, grandmother of one, and lives in Northern California. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and at www.rebeccareilly.net. Contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
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