While listening to a podcast this weekend, I heard author Brene Brown say: "Un-used creativity is not benign." As a Chinese Medical practitioner, I instantly resonated with this idea.
Chinese Medicine is holistic in nature. I know the word "holistic" may give off "new-agey" connotations, or you might not be sure what that even means. I get it! Feelings & emotions cannot be separated from the physical aspects of the body according to the precepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Therefore, it's a holistic & all encompassing medicine. The original practitioners of TCM were extremely observant of both nature, animals, & people. They noted what happened within the body & what types of "dis-ease" would occur when a person was not well-balanced both emotionally & physically. As a straight-forward example, what can happen when anger or frustration is held in? We can feel our blood boil, thus the common saying! This can easily lead to headaches & high blood pressure. Truly, our health comes as a result of our emotions, thoughts, & feelings.
As is the nature of today's world, we are extremely busy. We may be working in careers that we down-right despise. It's as though we are trapped in a cycle of misery & frustration & our bodies are the container for these emotions! I am not saying that life is all sunshine & roses, but we all have a right to be contented & fulfilled, especially by the type of work & play we engage in.
We have each been gifted with unique types of creativity that vary widely. Creativity can be related to art or music, but could be something not typically 'artistic' such as auto-repair, math, or carpentry. When we fail to express or practice our gifts, we tend to feel dull, tired, un-inspired, & that can percolate into anger. What happens when we continue to further stifle our gifts? We can become fearful, resentful, bitter, or overtly negative. According to TCM, these emotions can cause all kinds of problems from physical pain, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, disordered eating, weight gain, & leading to the extreme of cancer. This is why un-used creativity is not benign! It can cause malignancy both physically & mentally!
Of course, this is not meant to blame anyone. Sometimes life gets in the way or we just get stuck. Sometimes we need help or guidance to to get things moving again. I can help you if you're not sure where to start. Maybe you're not even sure what your creative gift is? Maybe you're just tired of being in pain or tired of being tired! When you're ready to feel inspired again, I am here to help! - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.