In an age of consistent commodification of art as a thing to transact around — to purchase, to own, to display — rather than an experience to have, Kandinsky believed that the deepest and most authentic motives for making art was the “internal necessity” for the artists to create as a spiritual impulse and for the audiences to admire art as a spiritual hunger. Kandinsky, who worked between the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the consumer society, considered art as a spiritual antidote to the values of materialism. (Source Brain Pickings)
Too many of us complain of excessive workloads, inefficient processes, conflicts, lack of a human leadership culture. We are hungry of a sense of connectedness and community; we look for the nourishment of our souls. Can the arts become this nourishment?
“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,”wrote Alain de Botton.
We have to re-imagine the role of the arts in our society to create active awareness and healing of our communities. Art, in any form, helps shaping our thinking and creativity; it helps improve focus, communication, and promote active listening, which in turn improves our ability to serve.
More than ever, in this overwhelming obsession on data, stats and, over-reasoning, there is an urgency to tap into imagination, creativity, and expression as part of improving our well-being as whole human beings. When we engage in the arts we actively foster renewed energy and a sense of fulfilment.
Have you, for example, noticed how much lighter, more peaceful and aligned you feel after attending a concert? Benefits are already observed only by being surrounded by art. Just imagine what immersing ourselves into making art can bring. It offers an opportunity to stop, to pause. We get a chance to notice and connect with the larger world that is outside of us. At the same time we bring a piece of our world out there.
We have built who we are, our systems and processes only on the power of the rational mind and on the so called “sensible and respected” professions. Excluding or relegating to poverty the artist within… Yes, I believe we are all ARTISTS!
It is about time we use our human operating system, made both of logics and artistry, to learn how to heal not only our bodies but our souls too.
As a business heartist (as I like to call myself) my art is poetry. I often say: “I became a scientist because I wanted to cure people and I wrote poetry to heal myself.”
Poetry invites us to dwell out of isolation and at the intersection between body, emotion, mind, experience, culture, history… Poetry is asking to step into the wholeness of seeing and feeling and, restore wellbeing.
What ART can you make? What ART form do you desire to explore? What are you waiting for?
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