111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression
Day 49: Strumming Along
She holds the guitar in her toddler hands and strums as she sings. We taught her how to cradle the instrument, yet we haven’t mastered anything more advanced. The notes she plays are random as the frets remain untouched by tiny fingers.
She’s loved music since infancy – would stare at me with those gorgeous, attentive eyes while my voice filled the air with melodies. Her cries would cease as she listened to my songs and as she aged, her focus shifted to watching the muscles in my neck. Her hands touched, ever so gently, as the air moved through my windpipe and my instrument made music.
Now, she dances and sings at the top of her lungs, a love of art emanating from the soul within and the spirit that surrounds.
**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 62 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**