Healing Spiritual Wounds with Creativity: A Journey in Dance, Music, and Ditching "The Box" (from Yoganonymous)
One of my personal working definitions of creativity is the pursuit of thinking, feeling and living outside of the proverbial box.Those boxes are imposed on us by a variety of societal constructs – legal, political, cultural, religious, and ethical. I am the first to admit that some of these boundaries are productive in keeping others and myself safe. For instance, as a psychotherapist I am charged by ethics to keep appropriate boundaries with my clients. “Thou shalt not kill” is a commandment that I, for one, take seriously. Yet most of the “boxes” I’ve been shamed into, especially by religion, popular culture metrics (e.g., “Thinner women are most desirable”), and professional standards (e.g., “Quantitative empirical research holds more scientific value than qualitative experience”) suffocate me.
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Dr. Jamie Marich
Curator of the Dancing Mindfulness expressive arts blog: a celebration of mindfully-inspired, multi-modal creativity
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