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.
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 understood. It also offers us a moment to take a pause, feel, and reflect on our experiences. Poetry allows us to express a range of emotions and identify with each other. feel empowered
practice self-careNo matter how we choose to engage with poetry as a healing art, it’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong in your poetry practice. Self-discovery doesn’t come through writing a great poem; it comes from the process. Always remember to enjoy the journey.
Below are YouTube Videos of art and spoken word