Art is all around you.
Even if your life seems way too busy to give art much serious attention, consider how difficult it is in these frenetic and distraction-soaked times to find nurturing sources of comfort. Art is nothing less than an inexhaustible well filled with inspiration and joy, and it can do wonders uplifting and calming your spirit.
And art, no matter in what form it finds expression, requires little from you except acknowledgment. After that first step, it will endlessly shower you with its rich and varied goodness.
Here’s a compact list of its benefits:
1. Art opens a multitude of new doorways
Art introduces you to vast, expansive worlds full of new ideas, concepts, ideologies, aesthetics, and possibilities. When you decide to fully experience art, it’s much like enrolling in a multitude of college classes. The depth of the knowledge and wisdom now available is staggering.
2. Art takes you on journeys
You interpret art in your own individual way, just as the next person does in theirs. You can’t help adding your own unique flavor to each of your interpretations. While enjoying a piece of art, you lose yourself in a limitless, self-created world where there is just you and the work before you, and you inevitably journey far and wide.
And of course the next piece of art you experience will take you on yet another equally unique journey. There really is no end to it.
3. Art accesses hidden capacities of your mind
Art stimulates your subconscious and uncovers capacities that were previously unknown. The more you immerse yourself in art, the greater the hidden depths that are revealed and experienced. Art energizes your brain on a multitude of levels and helps make it whole, efficient, and balanced.
4. Art challenges you to grow
At first glance certain art can seem hard to take. It might be controversial, provocative, or so opaque it’s just plain difficult to understand. Nevertheless, the artist expended great emotional and physical energy in efforts to express and share something important. There’s a very good chance there’s something of great worth in it.
By suspending your first impulse to dismiss a difficult piece out of hand, you increase your chances of easing into a state where you begin to understand the artist’s intent. And you never know, you just might arrive at a place where you start to appreciate what it’s all about.
You just might grow.
5. Art encourages you to be creative
Even if you consider yourself uncreative, creativity always remains available to you. When you experience a particular piece of art for the first time, it actually exists in an incomplete state. It requires you, the admirer, to extend it. By spending time with the art, by savoring and enjoying it, you improve it and make it our own.
You become a co-creator.
6. Art is Healing
Art nourishes the soul at a deep, primal level. It provides you with release and a way to fully engage in an experience. And when you engage completely, both emotionally and spiritually, you increase the odds of experiencing all manner of spontaneous healing.
7. Art is both captivating and freeing
Art is a celebration of heady human achievements. It captivates you with its mysterious allure then further tantalizes you with its refusal to be confined by definitions, reasons, restraints, or directions. It weaves a seductive tapestry of stories around you that firmly places fire in your belly while sprinkling stardust in your eyes.
It sets you free.
8. Art makes you think
Art can inspire you to contemplate, and perhaps even embrace, ideas far outside your normal thinking patterns. It encourages you to use your brain in ways radically different from what your parents, schools, and peers might insist is the correct way to think.
And that’s a very good thing!
9. Art is a hoot
Ah, the indescribable pleasure of luxuriating in the exquisite interplay of colors, textures, and masses. Or the ethereal journey evoked by a sublime piece of music. Or the sensuous and rhythmic world created by the movement of bodies in full dance.
Simply put, art is a hedonist’s glorious heaven. It’s unbridled joy!
10. Art uplifts your spirits
An exceptional piece of art allows you to transcend your emotional baggage and the dulling effects of everyday life. In the company of that art you become spiritually energized and physically rejuvenated.
Gravity melts away, your body feels feather light, and your emotions expand into a buoyant liveliness.
You find yourself inexplicably happy.