Using Creativity to heal

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A few years ago I heard the quote that healing flows from your head to your heart via your hands’ (I believe it was Brené Brown) & this has absolutely been true for me.

There’s plenty of evidence of the healing benefits of a regular writing/journaling practice & I & many of the Inspirational Story tellers can testify to the benefit of writing & sharing your story.

And I believe it’s more than that.

I’ve had a journaling practice for a number of years & it was my therapist who encouraged me to explore other areas of my creativity.

I used to have a narrow definition of creativity, & because I can’t draw or paint, I believed I wasn’t creative. This despite having a business, writing, cooking & being a keen photographer.

I realized how ridiculous this belief was & so began the scavenger hunt to find my creativity, which has helped me to heal at a deeper level & also brought more joy into my life than I ever thought possible.

In the blogs below you’ll read more about how writing has helped & how I’ve harnessed other ways of being creative to help me heal & also to bring me joy.  And of course you’ll pick up ideas for using creativity to heal yourself.

There’s more inspiration in my book, Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness. In it you’ll learn how to use creativity to heal & how to find joy.

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Four things I learned from (almost) 8 years of journaling

By Lesley / February 4, 2022 / 4

A friend recently asked me how long I’d been journaling & when I replied that it was almost 8 years, she said ‘so you must find it helpful.’ I guess … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Divinity and beyond

By Lesley / February 8, 2021 / 3

I make no apologies for jumping straight in with a short, sharp dose of tough love & two big questions. Who can you be that you couldn’t have been if … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Trust

By Lesley / February 1, 2021 / 0

I’ve been waiting for this chapter since we started because one concept in it changed my life when I first read the book 5 years ago. I had that in … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Persistence  

By Lesley / January 25, 2021 / 0

This week on Unlocking Big Magic we discuss another knotty subject. The title of the chapter & our conversation is Persistence & we talk about that, but for me the … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Permission

By Lesley / January 19, 2021 / 0

Whose permission do you need? This week on Unlocking Big Magic we dig into permission. The whole book is about spotlighting & then dismantling the different ways we stop ourselves … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic, Conversations about creativity, Enchantment

By Lesley / January 12, 2021 / 2

I’m going to start by being completely honest & admitting I’ve had a bit of a s**t week; after a few days the reality of lockdown hit me & I … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about Creativity. Courage & Fear

By Lesley / January 5, 2021 / 2

Would you describe yourself as a creative person? Or maybe you’d like to be more creative & put up all sorts of barriers to stop yourself. I can’t draw or … Read more

How can the healing arts support your healing?

By Lesley / September 8, 2020 / 0

If you’ve been following my blogs or my social media accounts you’ll know that I’m a big fan of using creativity to support our healing.. It wasn’t always so, I … Read more

Tales of the Countess: Conversation with Cali Bird

By Lesley / June 1, 2020 / 5

This week I have something different for you, a video interview with a friend & novelist Cali Bird. I met Cali several years ago & her story is on my … Read more

What does nurturing mean to you?

By Lesley / May 1, 2020 / 1

As we near the end of week 5 (or is it week 105?) of this alternative life we’re leading, the topic of nurturing has been coming up more & more … Read more

How to bring joy into your life

By Lesley / November 20, 2018 / 0

The days are growing shorter and THAT time of year is almost upon us. Maybe you feel a sense of heaviness or dread and you’re thinking something like – what … Read more

Finding joy from grief

By Lesley / November 7, 2017 / 3

When was the last time you felt complete, unadulterated joy? Not sure? Let me guess, you’ve also been running away from grief. As Tracey Cleantis said when I interviewed her … Read more

Release & Renewal – Reflections & Wellbeing Through Writing

By Lesley / January 16, 2017 / 1

Guest post by 40AndEverythingAfter I finally gave up on having a family 8 years ago. We had been trying for a baby for 5 years and, after 3 failed IVF … Read more

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

By Lesley / August 26, 2015 / 8

Do you know where you want to be in five years? And more importantly do you know WHO you want to be in five years? Will you be the same … Read more

Which books helped you to come to terms with childlessness?

By Lesley / June 1, 2013 / 1

I saw recently that the book chain Waterstones is inviting readers to name a book that altered their lives, it’s part of a project called ‘The Book That Made Me’ … Read more


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