Does deep satisfaction trump happiness? The secret benefits of art-full living.
Our linear lives and brains need to be given a vacation once in a while. For me, creating art serves not only as a bridge to that other side of my mind, but paintings are also a stunning trophy of having reached that other state of being. It's a deeply satisfying, more empathetic, generous 'flow' state, and American neuro-scientists are starting to claim it trumps the feeling of 'happiness'.
When you hang abstract or symbolic art on your wall it becomes a powerful, visual reminder of what it’s like to access other ways of being, other states of mind that let go of the 'I" driven by the frontal cortex. Visual art can also serve as a daily signal to check yourself to do your yoga, go surfing, pause for meditation or otherwise get in a state of flow. The benefits are proven a million times over (thanks neuroscience!).
Don't believe it? Hit up some of the deeply researched resources below. The deep satisfaction that comes with acting from non-linear modes of being is one of many reasons why I encourage self-professed ‘non creative’ types to experiment with art forms and enjoy the creative process regardless of the result. Or you can support local artists when you connect with a piece of theirs. The benefits to having an art-full home will only continue to unfold in your life, long after the 'ouch' of that purchase is forgotten.
Resources to learn more about 'flow' and how to reach deep satisfaction yourself include:
- Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
- The Flow Genome Project
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Or this fun School of Charm podcast
You can Check out samples of my latest artwork here.
thanks for coming by this online corner of Art Cove studio!
XX Emily Bauman "Amanacer"