Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Being Present Through Art

I believe that one aspect of life that enriches us is the ability to feel deeply.  Strong emotions, whether feelings of peace, gratitude, inspiration, or even disturbing thoughts, give a fullness to life.

Art is considered to be one if not the most subjective aspects of life, and it creates a myriad of emotions.  Some art evokes consistent feelings, while others are dynamic and ever-changing.  In either case, art allows us to feel. 

For those who are not very in touch with their emotions, art can create emotional breakthroughs, often connecting us with our inner-most , intimate thoughts.  Being in touch with our emotions gives rise to increased self-awareness and thus the ability to be more present.

"Each of us is the best we can be when we are fully present, focused yet relaxed, curious yet non-judgmental, committed yet flexible."    John Kuypers