Illustrate a time when you felt trapped…this was another healing art directive at last month’s CHOMP retreat. I’ve shared the demands of my former career in previous posts, and it was that crazy time in my life to which my mind traveled as I thought about feeling trapped, trying to liberate myself from the confines of pressure and stress. I eventually escaped (having been nudged out by my layoff) and ever since, I’ve been finding my way, following my instincts and my passions, experimenting, exploring, taking baby steps, taking leaps! It’s liberating and exhilarating to live life guided by your heart, sometimes riskier and scarier, too, especially when your inner naysayer or critic surfaces or you’re inevitably faced with rejection or challenges. Despite the unavoidable bumps and potholes in the road, I much prefer entering new territory and traversing a land of possibilities to remaining stagnant and trapped.
Wishing to inspire others to tap into the amazing power of creativity in general and healing art in particular is the reason behind me sharing my personal work (despite its sometimes questionable aesthetic!) How has creativity, perhaps healing art, contributed to your own self-reflection, growth and well-being?