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Healing Trauma Through Art Series: Poetry

"When we say out loud what is heavy on our heart, we set ourselves up to be freed from our silent suffering." We all need to find a outlet whether it's through music, writing, sports, dance, etc.  Whether you doodle mindlessly on a page or journal for hours, research suggests the act of creating art has powerful healing properties.  Art is healing because it forces you to forge a connection between your mind and your body. Unlike  exercise , which works your body, or  meditation , which clears your mind, art-making accesses both mind and body to promote healing. Every time you sit down to write a song or paint a picture, you’re using mental processes in a physically engaging activity. “ Reading or writing poetry creates a space for empathy, for seeing another person, for bearing witness to our common humanity.” Whether it’s written or spoken, poetry can be a powerful tool to aid in healing. It offers an opportunity for readers, writers, and speakers to feel both heard and