The importance of creative expression is well established across cultures. Creative expression allows people to tap into their inner, creative resources (spirit) while exploring personal issues. Creativity expresses ones inner feelings, thoughts and visions manifesting into a tangible expressive form. Creativity springs from ones emotions, dreams, and desires. Creativity is the act of communication either with oneself or with others.
In the last two decades much interest has also been generated in the arts-in-health initiatives where engagement in the creative process is seen to have therapeutic value. Creativity promotes general well-being.
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The Value of Gratitude
Gratitude, appreciation, or thankfulness is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received.
Gratitude comes when we appreciate life as a gift from which we can learn, discover and come to understand the truth of existence. Seeing the scope of what we have to be grateful for allows gratitude to come to the forefront.
Although gratitude is something that anyone can experience, some people seem to feel grateful more often than others. People who tend to experience gratitude more frequently than do others also tend to be happier, more helpful and forgiving, and less depressed than their less grateful counterparts.
The simple act of thinking about who and what you are grateful for will make such a big difference in your life. Gratefulness permeates and informs all experience. Gratitude is an acceptance of things just the way. Gratitude helps uplift the mind. Gratitude can give you space in the midst of chaos by opening up to the totality of life.
Researchers find the virtues of gratitude include good health. Many philosophers and spiritual teachers have celebrated gratitude. The world’s major religions prize gratitude as a morally beneficial emotional state that encourages reciprocal kindness. Many scientific studies indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, energy and improved health.
When you are in a sincere state of gratitude your energy or vibrational resonance, is one of acceptance and harmony. When you are in an “attitude of gratitude” you project a much higher vibrational frequency which is exactly what attracts to you the events, conditions, and circumstances that you desire.
Keeping a gratitude journal can help remind you of all the things you are grateful for.
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Journaling is the process of regularly writing your thoughts, feelings, ideas, events and other experiences that may have occurred in the day on paper. Your journal is a safe place for you explore and clarify your life and priorities, enabling you to make choices and to take action based on those choices. It will give you a sense of direction, help you learn from mistakes of the past, and greatly reduce your stress level.
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Singing has acted as a catalyst for direct healing and spiritual experience, whether as part of Buddhist meditation or Sunday hymn. The therapeutic potential of singing is far reaching and functions on many different levels.
Singing is recommended as a stress-relieving activity; the breathing techniques you use are deeply relaxing and healing. Singing helps focus the mind and breath. Singing opens up the throat and tunes you to a vibration of well-being. Singing helps free emotion, anxiety and depression that is held in the body.
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