Amaterasu Omikami (‘the great divinity illuminating heaven’) is the sun goddess, the most important deity of the Shinto religion and ruler of Takama no Hara (the High Celestial Plain), the domain of the kami or spirits.
Also known as Oho-hir-me-no-muchi or Amaterasu-oho-hiru-me, Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi who made their daughter ruler of the sky. When her father Izanagi escaped from his visit to the underworld he had to perform a cleansing ritual in the river Woto and it was then, from the god’s left eye, that Amaterasu was born. She is also the elder sister of Susanoo (or Susa-no-wo) the storm god. Amaterasu constantly quarrelled with her mischievous younger brother and finally having enough, she exiled him from heaven.
How to relieve stress using Art
Ever heard that you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and also to reduce stress? Yes, it’s true that creating Artwork can really minimize anxiety and lift your mood.
So next time when you are stressed, maybe your answer could lie in the pages of a sketchbook. Don’t worry, everyone is not good at art and to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.
Wondering Why??? Okay, let me explain. Even if you are NOT good at sketching, or artwork, you can simply color Pictures that Can help Relieve Anxiety. In this technique, no Drawing Skills are Necessary.
We all understand and current medical studies also show how chronic stress negatively impacts health, potentially compromising numerous systems in the body leaving us more vulnerable to a lot of health issues. So, here are TOP proven techniques of creating artwork that can reduce stress:
1. Drawing to have a relaxation response.
Grab a pencil or sketch-pen. The repetitive and rhythmic motion of drawing helps synchronize hand and eye, body and mind, and can be used as a relaxation response.
Drawing is a right side brain activity, while stress occurs in the left side of the brain, since it is what handles logic and emotional aspects of your life. When you draw it shifts activity to the right side of the brain, which is the creative side, relieving stress and thoughts that the right brain is placing on you. It is very rewarding to create a sketch or painting.
Drawing is similar to meditation, but in a more “productive” form.
2. Release Emotion onto your page.
Without intending to draw anything in particular, simply apply your drawing utensil to a blank sheet of paper. Close your eyes. Focus on whatever emotions you’re feeling and would like to get rid off. Allow your emotion, not your mind, to dictate the movement of the pen, pencil or sketch-pen. Whatever comes out on the page is simply an expression of what you’re feeling.
Try this and you will definitely feel a lot more relaxed.
3. Realize that the WORLD isn’t perfect, but it’s colorful.
The most beautiful things in this world have character and experience built into them. Imagine drawing the various shades of a morning sunshine, the dark side of night, or a budding flower. With artwork, you will realize how beautiful this world is.
4. Share your Artwork
An exquisite piece of artwork can easily be shared and bring a “smile” to the person who’s admiring it.
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