Observing Art versus Creating Art
Art enhances our well-being. Let me make a distinction between observing art and creating art. Would you agree that there is a difference between going to a museum and observing the mastery of artists versus taking out a paintbrush and creating art yourself? What about in the field of music? Listening to a classical piece in a concert hall is different than creating music with any instrument or your own voice. Attending this year’s MMS Chautauqua, I was reminded of this distinction. What struck me was the different value I received from listening to music and from creating music, even with as rudimentary an instrument as a plastic tube. Gary Muszynski from One World Music did a wonderful job orchestrating the different colored tube sections. Take a look at the video below or click here: Art Creation in the Making I had such a fun time creating music this way. The metaphor about the orchestrating I do with my clients in group work was not lost on me either. I had just used that metaphor while on our Renewal and Reflection Retreat in France one week before. When I work with groups I conduct, much like a conductor of a philharmonic orchestra. Sometimes I need to delay or encourage, emphasize or silence a bit. Come to think of it, aren’t we conducting our lives as well? What do you need to emphasize or silence a bit?