Move your Body, Make Art, Feel Joy!

While hiking hard last Sunday I was experiencing full-on JOY!

The day before I was painting to this awesome song Ed Sheeran – I see Fire (Kygo Remix) LISTEN HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWYp1xRPH5g

…and I experienced again the same full-on JOY!

I started thinking about the similarities in both activities. Could it be the release of stress?  Increase of endorphins? Or just the experience of doing something I love?

I came upon this article http://jamesclear.com/make-more-art by James Clear titled, “Make More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity”

The part that resonated with me was his explanation of the release from life.

He says, “In our always–on, always–connected world of television, social media, and on–demand everything, it can be stupidly easy to spend your entire day consuming information and simply responding to all of the inputs that bombard your life. Art offers an outlet and a release from all of that. Take a minute to ignore all of the incoming signals and create an outgoing one instead. Produce something. Express yourself in some way. As long as you contribute rather than consume, anything you do can be a work of art.”

I feel the same release when I am in nature, taking a walk, hiking, playing basketball, or creating a painting or collage. Here I am last summer on the summit of Mt. Whitney, in my element.

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I just started watching NBA Basketball again too! Those athletes are just incredible. I played basketball in high school and I am proud to say I still have a great three-point shot. *toothsparkle

There is nothing like the feeling of the release of the ball from my hands and seeing it line up perfectly, have a knowing that you are going to make the shot, and then ‘SWISH!’ It’s like magic… and compares to the feeling I have when I am in the creative flow. It’s like you don’t have to think… the magic is coming through you.

Check out this article to find “10 Athletes that Paint” by Raka Sen and Vanessa Castro

http://www.complex.com/style/2013/09/athlete-artists/

I mean, how cool is that?

“Serena Williams took time to learn how to paint in Paris during her visit for the French Open. Jeremy Evans turned his portrait of himself dunking into a “dunkception” performance piece by actually dunking over it. Even athletes that don’t paint still have their ways of embracing art; Tyson Chandler and Usain Bolt have both taken up photography. And Carmelo Anthony and Shaquille O’Neal are known for their art collections. However they choose to do it, it’s great to see America’s sports stars embracing the art world.”

This is a painting by Ernie Barnes artist and professional football player.

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The benefits of health/fitness and the benefits of expressing ourselves through the arts are plentiful.  Exercise stimulates endorphin production, when your body crosses from an aerobic state to an anaerobic state, it’s suddenly working without enough oxygen to provide the muscles and cells screaming out for it. This is when the “runner’s high” occurs.

For artists, there must be something similar but in relation to being in the ‘FLOW’ maybe we can call it the “Artist’s High” lol!

Here are some things I experience during physical and creative activities I enjoy, i.e. dancing, painting, hiking, collage-making, weightlifting, basketball, etc:

*Release of stress and negative emotions

*Rush of positive energies

*Feelings of courage and pride

*Connection to higher power

*Connection to self

*Imagination expands

*Satisfaction in productivity

*Growth

*Acceptance of being open to new possibilities

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The happier we are the better people we are out in the world. Find the things that bring you joy and try to do them once a day even if for 30 min.

What artistic activities and sports/play to you enjoy? What are the feeling similarities that you notice?

Try them this week and let me know how you felt after! I would love to hear!

Hugs,

Rebecca

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