How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Arts

Visual Art. Dance. Music. Theatre.

They tap into a part of us that we cannot always define. They fill a need, awaken the spirit, or soothe the soul. It's one of the universal factors of humans. In one way or another we all tap into the arts.

We have these before we have language. Before humans began to use words to communicate, they used symbols and gestures. As infants, before we can speak, we can connect with imagery and rhythms. As children, we freely drew or sang or danced. Many times, as adults, we have the element of embarrassment to hold us back.

Do not let your judgment of the quality of your expression keep you from expressing. If you do not have the urge to actually participate, then connect with what others express. The arts can resonate with many levels of the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.

See The Need for Expression for more about this.

How do the arts affect you? What would you like to explore further?