Monday, November 27, 2017

#170 out of a thousand ways to have a happy artist's life; Using Art and Imagination Turn Anxiety Into Calm.

"Calm Heart" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
While working on my morning pages, I was listening to a talk on YouTube by Marty Rossman.  It's a very encouraging talk, if you are ever disturbed by anxiety (and is there anyone who isn't disturbed these days?)  He explained how often times anxiety is caused by runaway imagination and obsessive thinking about worse case scenarios and how this helped us in our evolution. But today it is often used against us, keeping us glued to our media and devices. So he uses the imagination to relieve stress, and literally change our lives. He takes the audience through an evocative guided imagery experience. As he talked, a part of my mind was occupied with his evocative imagery, while another part work on this art piece. Actually there was a blending of his evocative imagery with the choices I made for this piece. Now when I look at it, I can see aspects of his talk and guided imagery and I can feel a sense of calmness.

I may need to print is out and have it where it can be easily seen when the the media and my devices begin to feel like they are too much with me.

4 comments:

Bill said...

I've been so depressed and anxious for the past year that I haven't been able to hardly do any artwork - too much sickness and too many family problems. Egads!

Lani Gerity said...

So sorry Bill! How about listening to YouTube videos like this one? While just moving color around on paper. My favorite is to move things around digitally while listening to talks like this.

Bill said...

I bookmarked the YouTube page so I can listen to it! :-)

Lani Gerity said...

Oh good!