Making and showing art can be a deeply healing experience.
Often, people dealing with a cancer diagnosis experience a complex roller coaster of emotions and for many, it is difficult to express these feelings in a traditional support group setting. Instead, they can express their experiences, thoughts and emotions through art.
Making art can help people relax and focus, much like meditation, and may offer relief from the daily pressures of dealing with illness. People who participate in creative activities report reduced stress, anxiety and depression, and have measurably lower levels of blood pressure and cortisol, as well as an improved overall sense of well-being.
Sharing the art borne of this work can be a healing experience that affects the artist as well as those who view the work.
“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.” – Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
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