Post of Feature Catalog Essay for Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art:
Fierce Catalyst: Artists, the Creative Life & Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness
Wellness is best envisioned along a spectrum, having at one end mental health and the other mental illness. When thinking on the status of the mind, however, most people have a strong connotation only of the latter. How to address mental health? And what is the connection between it, mental illness and creativity? Mental dis-ease remains “hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation,” states the exhibition statement for Mindful. Abolishing that stigma should be inspired by the spirit of creative artists, that segment of the population whose way of being in the world brings them variously close to both ends of this spectrum.
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There’s a fixation on health in this country– but the wrong focus. In attempt to fix the body and eradicate illness, ‘wellness’ visits are made up of tests and screens as precedent in a culture of doctoring… to dispel fear of cancer, heart disease, infectious disease. But what is feared the most is avoided. Mental health is utterly terrifying to most folks. Mental illness is vilified and the proper nature of wellness along a mental health spectrum is misunderstood. Yet mental health, which affects the somatic, is the most crucial aspect of individual and societal overall health.
Wellness has to do with the mind, far more than any physical debilitation that’s occurring due to imbalance. Wellness is acceptance, comfort, ease, connectedness to self. It is balance, and an arching toward wholeness defined at the mental health end of that spectrum…where at the other lies illness, lack of ease.
Art allows for ease. (more…)
Tags: artists, Creativity, mental health, Self Development
SoundCloud is where you’ll find me posting music now (beyond informationals & some audio on my Original Music page here on my website). Some older tracks here and there, but mainly new tracks….
As well, you’ll find the work of some of those currently inspiring me.
Tags: arts, Creativity, music
I’m so gratified to announce that I’ve compiled the slew of writings that were my creative output of 2013 into an eBook. Spiral: An Anthology of Writings in Self Development, Mental Health & Creativity is essentially the product of six months’ time and gathers together in one place 44 unique articles and essays on Self, Mental Health and Wellness.
Titles range from “Unspoken Bargains in our Daily Relationships” to “Getting Clean on Addiction Policy in the U.S.” to “Early Wounding & Dysfunctional Family Roles”… and much in between. There is something for everyone intent on better knowing the course of their life or relationships, navigating tricky waters of dysfunction in family, embracing creativity in their career, finding balance in their life and perhaps a little peace with uncertainty.
Purchase this eBook directly from this site and send it along directly to a friend’s desktop, tablet or reader in PDF form as a unique lovely present for anyone who needs some end-of-year stimulation and renewal!
Tags: Creativity, Lisa A. Miles, mental health, Self Development, Wellness
Sunday July 21, 2013 11 a.m.- 1p.m.
Personal Power: The Self-Designed Life
A colorful and motivational look at the keys we each hold to pursue a life that most speaks to us in this world.
This hands-on, highly engaging workshop will give participants a chance to reflect on their individual “sense of self.” It will be creative process-driven and utilize stimulating discussion, reflection, tactile and sensory facets, and some minor movement. Bring a a yoga mat and journal, and be prepared to leave empowered and inspired to leverage assets within, and to think on transforming personal and professional challenges, with both inspiration but also effective tools.
Led by Pittsburgh musician, writer and self-development coach Lisa Miles, who has been uniquely blending her expertise in Personal/ Professional Development and the Creative Arts ever since leaving the traditional world of teaching in the 1980s.
$20 in advance
$25 at the door
Tags: Creativity, identity, mental health, Self Development, Wellness