Visual Art: Reduce Stress by Healing Through Art Forms
Visual Art becomes our focus for the month.
I want to first mention that my mind and heart are filled with prayers, following the devastation brought about by Hurricane Harvey. So many people are affected and will be rebuilding their lives. This post might seem flippant in the face of tragedy, if art, itself, didn’t have such healing power.
The Healing Power of Art After the Earthquake
When our family was reeling after the January 17, 1994, earthquake in Reseda, CA, whose epicenter was 1/4 of a mile from our home, I turned to art in the daylight hours for comfort. With no electricity and the contents of our home in shambles, I only had a pen and paper, confined to one room as our safe room. The magnitude of the experience silenced my words. I had overwhelming emotions, but with two small children, a husband, my mother, and many urgent calls from my clients to tend to, I was required to find my words of comfort and hope. For my own sanity, I drew. Doodled, more accurately described it, but I put pen to paper to release my feelings that were beyond words. I drew alone and with my children. I continued that process for several months, until I could also journal with words, again.
Art Has Many Forms
You know that in our exploration of visual art forms you can pay attention to a myriad of medium. There are so many forms of expression to enjoy through drawing and painting, batik, chalk, wax resist on paper, vegetable printing, stenciling, rubber stamping, collage, etc. All are healing.
Do What You Can to Help Others, Then Help Yourself
Do what you can to be of service to those in need. Donate money, if you’re able, to worthy relief efforts. See if donating food or clothing would be useful. Send prayers, of course. Do what you can and then also take care of yourself. I encourage you to use art this month to heal, to restore, to find passion, to reduce stress and use it as an outlet for expression, whether you are the artist or the one viewing it.
Blessings to all.
Here are three avenues through which to donate.
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund