What do you mean – it’s a little bit late telling us this, August has started already?! Do I hear dissension? Verily, I raise a quizzical eyebrow.
But wait – let’s find the positive – you can start today and choose either the prompt for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of August. Oh look – the challenge against today’s date is “First” – so that takes you to the first anyway!!
Right: pencils sharpened, favourite writing pen aloft, knitting needles at stun-ningly gorgeous, or whatever creative tools you wish…… and GO!
“–you know, I’ve either had a family, a job, something
has always been in the
I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
for the first time in my life I’m going to have a place and
the time to
no baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your
you’re going to create blind
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
the whole city trembles in earthquakes, bombardment,
flood and fire.
baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don’t create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
detail: photo by Marvin Lynchard, of soldier using art therapy
Just read an excellent article on the website theconversation.com about how creativity is a natural way for the brain to help process trauma. Trauma by its nature is overwhelming – so the brain cannot deal with and store what is happening in the usual way. With normal events, memories are stored using words:
Creative arts have been observed to be helpful in particular situations: creative writing with refugees, drama with soldiers and photography with mental health of HIV/Aids affected women.
What do the creative arts offer?
help to people to remember and process the events
help the recaller distance himself/herself a little from the trauma to creatively share the experience with others
may help reconnect cultures divided by violence (e.g. drama)
it is often nonverbal, so aids those who struggle to find words for their emotional reactions
help without drugs and medicinal side-effects
an accompaniment to word-based listening, where appropriate
The article I read was mostly about the works/writings of Professor Bessel Van der Volk and his book “The Body keeps the Score”. Catch the article, written by Agata Vitale, Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/Clinical Psychology, Bath Spa University at: