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    Healing with Music, Art, and Writing

    #UlcerativeColitis #IBD #Healing #creativity

    I have been relying on my creativity lately. I have been painting acrylic paintings, playing guitar and ukulele, and piano, writing blog articles, and working on my book about my ulcerative colitis journey. It is full of humorous poems and illustrations. :D It is finished and will be released by Oct. 1st. I'm excited! This will be my seventh self published book.

    I had my colon and rectum removed four weeks ago due to severe ulcerative colitis. Healing has been a bit slow but that was to be expected. It was very major surgery. I'm getting used to Ostomy Life, but it can be difficult some days. I feel much, much better overall though now that I don't have the inflammation from the disease. I was in pretty bad shape before the surgery.

    I'm attaching a photo of my tuxedo cat, Tracey who likes to sit on the piano when she shouldn't be...ha.

    What outlets do you have when you're coping with something big?

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    my name is lenny and i struggle with profound sadness. i’m an artist who struggled with feeling good enough to be where i want to be and do what i want to do #Depression #creativity #Identity


    Growing Pains

    Back in the day,

    We used to play outside till dawn

    Now, we're just another government pawn

    Back in the day,

    We used to live, laugh & grow

    Now, we are forced to work our asses off bro

    What is this shit? (mind my language)

    Death is a trap to try and get us to submit?

    As kids, we couldn't wait to be adults

    Now, I reflect and I am like that was truly nuts!

    The days when we could cry and be comforted

    Childhood turned to adulthood and those days plummeted

    Now, we're struggling to make ends meet, Who would have thought, childhood was only a treat

    But it's life,

    So put away that knife

    It is what it is -

    God is good, all is his

    Better days are ahead

    So, go and continue to chase that bread!

    #Life #resilience #NeverGiveUp #Suicide #SuicideAwareness #Selfharm #selfharmawareness #strength #courage #bravery #Independence #freedom #freedomwriters #useyourwords #expression #expressyourself #creativity #Deep #deepthinkers #bold #Spirituality #Meditation #Spiritual #calm #Zen #gowiththeflow #liveinthepresent #loa #TheSecret #manifest #manifestation #Positivity #PositiveVibes #GoodVibes #vibes #Energy #YouCanDoIt #Believe #Hope #Care #Empathy #compassion

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    Sewing machine!

    I’m so excited. I bought a new sewing machine! I am making paper dolls and little skirts for them! #paperdolls #Crafting #creativity #colorful

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    Mental Health and Art. #MentalHealth #Art #creativity

    I have been drawing since I was a kid. But growing up there was other things to do. But at an artschool in the 80:s I started to draw, paint, sculpture. Since then I have been working as an artist part time. I've had exibitions through the years, my last one in 2016. This interest means a lot to me, even when other things are hard. It gives me satisfacion and some purpose in my life. Now I usually make inkdrawings, collage and montages. So, I wonder if there are more people on this forum that has the same interest that I have and maybe we can discuss things, inspire and be inspired, everybody is welcome! Love to hear from you. Inkluderar one of my recent drawings.

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    The Season of Beltane - A Time for Love and Art

    The Season of Beltane is a celebration of romantic love, sexuality, and creativity. Traditionally, this would be a season of handfastings or weddings, with plenty of dance, music, arts, and the making of wishes. Since I am polyamorous, don't plan to marry, and struggle with shame around my sexuality due to religious trauma, I choose to view the romantic and sexual aspects of this holiday as a time to celebrate my relationships and my queer identity.

    Beltane is also a timely season to embrace creative endeavors, harnessing the energy that may have begun to stir during the previous season and working with it. It is a reminder to not let that energy be stagnant, and to focus it into our desires and passions. The practice of making wishes is meant for the same purpose. I don't see these wishes as empty desires carried off by the wind. These wishes are more like promises or goals, which we are reminded to work towards. The reminder can be represented by a bright and shining ribbon tied to the branch of a tree, or by any other means that helps remind you of the path you seek to walk.

    Let us know what you are up to this season! Are you getting into the spirit of Beltane through any of these activities or themes? Do you have other ideas or interpretations of this season? Have you considered any goals, hopes, or wishes for the next season? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

    #sabbat #Beltane #creativity #Art #Love #Relationships #Wishes #goals


    Piano / music lessons at home? #learning #Music #creativity #AutoimmuneDisease #UCTD #Fatigue

    Morning Mighties!

    Has anybody on here, who Is pretty much housebound, and seething with boredom! tried learning a new instrument with a visiting tutor before?

    I would definitely need physical guidance as my co-ordination /fine motor skills can be tricky.

    I learnt piano as a teenager and regret not seeing it through, as I found two hands tricky and being a typical adolescent 'boring" 🤣🤦‍♀️. But now I see it as a challenge?
    Would love something to do which would also be an achievement for me.

    I'm a creative so and so and have tried a few crafts but they were not for Me and everytime I hear a piano being beautifully played i can't help but feel jealous

    I have chronic fatigue as part of my undifferentiated connective tissue disease and not sure if it would get in the way? I'm also very shy (autistic) so the initial meeting with a tutor may be kinda overwhelming but this is minor really

    Thoughts? Kind Regards

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    Gold betta fish

    A little watercolor i did yesterday. Really trying to do art everyday, even when it's busy or i don't feel well. I have a character who is a fish so i thought I'd do this. Kinda gives me ideas when I spend time with my characters. (Ps. thank you for all the nice comments on my other pieces! I'm not sure I'll comment back every time since it seems like it either doesn't post or it posts 20x 😅) #ChronicPain #Art #ArtTherapy #chronicmigraine #BackPain #creativity