Art as Therapy

Prismacolor markers and pencils

I’m a runner.  Two years ago I fell on my face.  As you can guess, the experience was pretty traumatic.  My friend, a nurse, said it would be considered a head injury.  My world changed in an instant.  My front tooth was bent at an odd angle.  My husband and dentist (both angels) helped pull it back in place.  In those first moments, I lost my ability to communicate.  For a Gemini, this is a problem 😉

The recovery was emotional.  One of the things that helped me most was art and prayer.  These two things go together more than people may realize.  I started by writing about it, but the experience was hard to put into words.  Working with images can be more intuitive.  Here is a sketch I did when I was trying to facilitate the healing of my tooth.  Many times we feel powerless.  The best thing of course is to go with the flow and give up control.  But working through difficult situations by creating art is also a beneficial tool for becoming empowered.

I’m a big advocate of positive thinking.  I think it keeps us relaxed and helps promote healing.  If we can visualize change (through art and positive thoughts), we can make it happen.

You may not consider yourself an artist, but don’t let that stop you.  Art therapy is more about the process than the end result.  Focusing on color imagery might be one place to start.  You can make it as detailed or abstract as you want.  Check out this art therapy blog for more information.

We may never learn the reason why certain things happen to us, but we can bring a sense of peace and closure  to these events.  In literature, we call this catharsis.

So where am I two years later after this event?  I’m running outside again.  I’m also finally pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a published author and illustrator.  I’d like to think art and prayer/positive thoughts had something to do with it.  What will you do when life gives you lemons?  Please comment and share!

Need some comic relief?  Here is a new favorite quote of mine:

“When you’re falling on your face, you’re actually moving forward.” — from Friends: Lovable, Livable, Laughable Lines

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amber
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 02:29:03

    You know that I could go on for hours about this! I “practiced” when I saw double after my bike accident to see normal. After two weeks, it worked. The eye doctors were dumbfounded when I said “I practiced.”

    When I was fed up with my job I stopped in a church that was on my way to work everyday. I could be there just long enough for the homily. Sometimes I stopped in during lunch. I started the mantra “I gotta get out of this place, if it’s the last thing I ever do.” I ended up starting a business and finding a new wonderful job during a downturn in the market.

    The power of positive thinking is tremendous.


    • angelajkidd
      Jun 04, 2013 @ 03:43:53

      Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. I hope that other people will feel comfortable sharing theirs. Or if not, that they’ll at least be inspired to try the art of positive thinking on their own.
      I knew the second story, but not the first. See, you can know a person your whole life and still learn something new about her 😉


  2. Anne
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 02:53:39

    I heard this on TV and thought of you. “bad things can’t stop us from making our lives good.” It may be simple but it’s true. Keep your positive attitude, Angie, it will take you far.


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