“Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity. Creativity is so fascinating that when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of our lives”.
(Goff, 1993; Myers & Sweeney, 2005; Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer, 2000).
During a recent interview for ‘Travel Writers Radio’ on my experience leading ‘Expert Wellness Workshops’ for LUX* Resorts in the Maldives and Mauritius, I was asked how Creativity correlates to Wellness.
My overly passionate views couldn’t help but ignite, over this obvious yet often overlooked link.
To me, these concepts are inseparable; I discovered this during a very dark period in my life after a divorce, where I struggled with anxiety and depression. It was my reconnection and engagement with my own innate creativity, which opened the doors to my ability to heal myself.
For a time, I had moved back home with my parents, whom I hadn’t lived with in over 8 years. I remember opening one of my Dad’s old sketchbooks at the kitchen table and as I began to sketch on the blank forgotten pages, which had delicately yellowed with time, I felt the constant tremors from the anxiety begin to still.
For days I remained at that table, which felt like an island within the churning ocean of life. I filled the pages with lines, shapes and images as I gently reconnected the threads to a part of myself, which had long been abandoned.
Coupled with a daily yoga practice, and later, meditation, I found a sense of hope and built up the necessary resiliency to piece my life back together.
I’ve not mentioned this as openly until now, but I want to be honest about my journey and the place of integrity and vulnerability from which namARTste arose.