By Sophia Ali
I am a psychologist, creative movement therapy practitioner and movement-based expressive arts therapy trainee. Within these roles and moving within this process, I feel the power of expressive arts. Words, images, and the non-judgmental process leads me into the world of imagination, enlightening my inner soul, pulling me out of my comfort zone and helping me reach out for resources. Incorporating writing, movement, art, and/or music has fed my soul.
This process expanded my imaginative and vision quest. This work allows me to feel the power of healing and transformation. Through expressive arts, I explored my non-verbal expressions, transforming it into the form of words. This process allows my words to have a voice of its own. I am using WordPress to offer my own story, integrating what I have learned. I could feel the connection of creative arts in relation to expressive self-care, providing a platform for quest, longing, needs, desires, realizations, wants, fulfillment, union, harmony and salvation through writing, movement, art and music.
Taking care of oneself is not just about exercise, diet or relaxation, expressive self-care is diving deep into your own process by feeding your soul, getting involved with your own emotions and creatively expressing it out. For me, that’s walking, movement, art and writing and for you it might be something else or maybe you need to find it.
The journey towards expressive self-care is not outcome-based, it’s not about the product but about the process. Trusting the process has taught me so much about my emotions, myself and my life. One of the most important things I’ve learned from expressive arts is that you do not have to have an artistic ability. Rather, it uses individual senses and awareness to support and process imagination.
Recently, I started sharing and offering my poetry, intentionally taking out time for myself, going for long walks while keeping my physical, emotional and mental awareness in mind. Every individual is unique and it depends on the person’s choice of interest to find out their own resources (art, music, movement, etc.). I would say trying out new things, documenting what really makes a difference and reflecting on the feelings of the creation is what matters.
How can you incorporate self-care in your life towards wellness?