Much of our work as creatives is social. Large ensembles, small ensembles, or duos, our art requires us to work with other people. Many of the structures push us towards competition. Although this isn't entirely bad, it may leave us feeling unworthy or angsty. This episode shows how to shift perspective to feel-good collaboration. Excerpt from the 2018 Breath Mark Retreat Collaborative Concert: Elena Stabile and Grace Odell performing "I am Light" by Anna Brake. Find out more about the retreat: www.breathmarkretreat.org
Creative activities often require us to spend a lot of time alone. If not in the right state of mind, this can lead to depression. Learn how to put yourself in the mindset that brings happiness and self-awareness.
Musical excerpt: Moment Miniature "Tired" for alto flute, performed by Anthony LaBat.
Book Mentioned: "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain
Creative people are often highly emotional. It is what brought us to our art. Learn how to release blocks and have emotional flow. Musical examples are excerpts from my chamber opera, The Nightingale and the Rose.
Empowering Creatives is a video series devoted to helping creative folks have better mental health by shifting perspectives and routines. Posts every two weeks.
For Creativity: Professionally I compose, write, plan, design, teach & learn. Privately I craft, sew, sing, draw & read. For Balance: I explore, do yoga, meditate, build community & watch comedy. Gratitude For: friends, collaborators, teachers, my husband, my cat.