Art As Therapy

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Rainbow Hall at the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, filled with murals by the art collective MU.Marc Cramer (Image via Fortune Magazine)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Rainbow Hall at the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, filled with murals by the art collective MU.Marc Cramer (Image via Fortune Magazine)

Reading an article on Fortune Magazine this morning entitled Doctors Can Now Give Out Prescriptions for a Visit to the Museum by Katie Sehl struck a deep chord within. Since the separation of mind, body spirit, in order to compartmentalize, analyze and further understand, as a human species, we have forgotten bringing the pieces back together. But, recently, more and more, people are beginning to understand that we are a whole body, interconnected being, not just the parts that make up a whole.

We have been conditioned to think we are separate and therefore, need to be all, do all, exist independently, but in fact, what makes the world ebb and flow is the unity of each individual. Reading this article, it reminded me, through the workings of the body, that each of us has a role, a life purpose, and just like with the body, each meaningful and irreplaceable. The mind, the heart, the kidney; the spirit, the psyche, emotions, thoughts, feelings all are a part of what makes us, us.

Art being prescribed as medicine for healing makes sense. It may not be describable in words or expressed through thoughts, but one cannot deny how it makes us feel or even more, affects the very cells that make up our bodies. Colors are vibrations as are our thoughts, words, actions. Each one non-exclusive of the other.

We may feel powerless if we compare ourselves to all that is happening around us, but together, it becomes a movement, a momentous shift towards unity.