Joni Sensel https://www.jonisensel.com/wordpress1 Writer & Creativity Advocate Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 The Painkilling Power of Creativity https://www.jonisensel.com/wordpress1/2020/02/24/the-painkilling-power-of-creativity/ https://www.jonisensel.com/wordpress1/2020/02/24/the-painkilling-power-of-creativity/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:54:00 +0000 https://www.jonisensel.com/wordpress1/?p=197 Delving into a creative pursuit—or simply feasting your senses on colors, textures, and sounds—can soothe pain, whether from loss, relationship or health problems, or simple stress. New creative activities—mosaics and hand-drumming, to name two—have helped me; I’m convinced that more mindful creativity can help you, too.

Let painful emotions escape

When you focus on expressing tough emotions through a creative act, instead of merely feeling (or stuffing) them, they weigh less. Photography is one easy way. This online grief photography class goes deep, but grief is just one emotion you can put into images in just a half-hour or so.

Try it: Spend an hour outside snapping images (or colors, or shapes) that seem to capture your anger, frustration, or other pain. Focusing on an image allows you to feel the emotion while displacing its intensity in a healthy way.

Pounding a hammer can be similarly therapeutic. Knock together a garden fence or rustic bird-feeder while you’re at it.

Find flow

By focusing on creation, on shape and order and beauty, we connect to something greater, at least temporarily. This sensation is called flow.

People in flow lose track of time and their problems, stepping outside of themselves and their pain. You don’t have to be an artist or athletes—anyone who focuses intensely on an activity they enjoy can find flow. It provides energy, clarity, and endurance we wouldn’t otherwise have.

Become absorbed

Find a creative pastime that absorbs your attention. It’ll absorb your pain, too. Start small. You don’t have to learn a new skill, though once you get started, you may want to. Here are a few ideas; pick one that appeals and try it! Or follow your own creative longing.

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Get Inspirited! https://www.jonisensel.com/wordpress1/2020/01/30/welcome/ https://www.jonisensel.com/wordpress1/2020/01/30/welcome/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 21:56:42 +0000 http://011a890.netsolhost.com//wordpress1/?p=1 Welcome to Inspirited, the creativity and writing website of Joni Sensel. Thanks for stopping by! Here you’ll find insights, resources, classes, and inspiration for finding joy, managing pain, and building meaning through mindful creativity.

I believe our imaginations, our intuitions, and our creative pursuits are humanity’s surest links to the Divine. Please join me in exploring these powerful ways to stir hearts, express emotion, and add beauty to our own lives and those of our loved ones.

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