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Eat, Pray, Love and… Sing!

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Self-expression

eatprayloveHave you read the book or seen the movie? It has some good stuff in it.

Here is my favorite quote from the book: “There’s a crack in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”

As we continue in our series on self-expression, I was reminded of this poignant story of a woman on the search for happiness. She was truly looking for new ways to express herself! That is what we are doing too.

So far, from our list of ten ways to express ourselves, we have talked about three: worship (prayer), art (coloring), and dance.

Today let's talk about music as self-expression, since it goes along with dance doesn't it?

If you have been praying, coloring and dancing then you have already experienced some of the benefits of self-expression.

Let's add music to the list. First we will start with the most simple aspect of music that you won't need any equipment for and won't have to spend any money on – SINGING!

I have written about Singing For Depression before on this blog.

Here is a quote from my favourite devotional called “Streams in the Desert”: “We can sing our cares away easier than we can reason them away. Sing in the morning. The birds are the earliest to sing, and birds are more without care than anything else I know. Sing in the evening. Singing is the last thing robins do. Oh that we might sing morning and evening and let song touch song all the way through.”

So if you are taking the Self-Expression Challenge, add singing today! It doesn't have to be fancy or good, just sing! See what it does for you?

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you tried any of these things? Praying? Coloring? Dancing? Has it made any difference?

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

 

Crayola Therapy, Why Does it Work?

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Self-expression

coloredpencilsDo you remember getting lost in your coloring book as a child? Do you remember how industrious you became to get the job done? Do you remember the fun of picking your own colors? Do you remember the smell of a box of crayons? Do you remember the joy of using brand new crayons?

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Take the Self-Expression Challenge

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series Self-expression

oldmanpraying

We have been discussing self-expression and the benefits it has for depression.

For the last few posts I have even chosen prayer as a form of self-expression. Would you ever have thought that prayer was a way of expressing ourselves?

I chose prayer because it is something that is important to me and I have found it a wonderful way to express myself. Besides, I really do believe there is a God, that he loves me and he died for me and he answers prayer!

I hope you enjoyed the posts about prayer….

But there are so many other ways to express ourselves. I shared a list of ideas in 10 Great Opportunities for Self-Expression.

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My Heroes: Blogging Through Depression with Hero #2

FredericksWelcome to the second in many Mondays of “My Heroes” where I will share with you, one blogger who is doing a great job blogging through depression and inspiring others.

What is a hero to you? The original idea of a hero would have been something to do with super human strength. ‘Hero’ sometimes implies somebody that we look up to. To me ‘hero’ involves someone who tries hard to live a full life in face of  human limitations and hardships. To me, anyone who can continue to inspire others, despite their own disappointments is a hero.

Having survived depression and cancer, and continuing to be aware of the possibility of the  return of either of those, Fredericks gets up everyday and paints and writes and inspires others with his fascination of life. Art became a new passion for him as he recovered from depression.

Fredericks started this blog in his retirement years shortly after he became a ‘new artist’. He was so inspired by his discovery of art and painting that he wanted to share it with everyone! This blog is a delightful combination of information and ideas that inspire this man. Sometimes sharing someone else’s interests can fuel our own.

The blog is called “A Portrait of the Visual Arts in Canada”. And just what does that have to do with cancer or depression? Absolutely nothing and that is just the point. That is how this blogger chooses to use blogging. This talented fellow knows that art is therapeutic and has probably discovered that writing about it is too. He has enjoyed his new-found love of art and enjoys sharing it with others. The blogging gives purpose and routine to his day, a very healthy plan indeed.

These quotes from the blog give you an idea of the kind of commentary, humour and insight you might find here.

Commentary….”Part of the magic of art is that each viewer brings something of him/herself when they view a painting.” You might enjoy checking out which painting he is referring to and see your own view of it.

Humour…”Some artists get all the breaks when it comes to getting their work out there and seen.” You have GOT to check out this post and have a laugh.

Insight…”I see art as a metaphor for the human condition.” Are you curious as to what particular human condition this refers to? Check it out!

Fredericks writes from an intelligent heart!  He brings a broad view to us but in so doing, he can marry your view into his and you can have the delightful experience of seeing art through someone else’s heart view.

My heroes do not all blog about depression. Talking about it is not necessarily therapeutic for a lot of people. But writing this blog is therapeutic for Fredericks and I am sure that those who follow his blog get some therapy for themselves as well.

How about you? Have you found some blogs that you enjoy going to whether they are about depression or just about something that tweeks your interest and provides wonderful distraction for your depression…if only for awhile?  Blogs like this one can become great depression getaways.

Join me again next Monday and I will share another one of my heroes with you. Maybe you would like to share one of your heroes with us? Please do! Tomorrow we will chat a little more about the therapeutic benefits of music, just a dial away!

I am so glad you dropped by today. Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will …

…live, share, laugh, care, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

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