Hello SOTGC community!
If there is one thing about the holidays that I truly enjoy, it’s baking! Yesterday evening I decided to try my hand at a new recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes.
At one point, I found myself intensely concentrating on piping the cream cheese icing onto my cupcakes; I was surrounded by a mess of batter and icing sugar, and my fingertips were stained with the red food coloring I had used to make my cupcakes a true “velvety red.”
In that moment I thought to myself how much the current moment resembled expressive art therapy.
Expressive art therapy, simply put, is a modality of therapy that allows one to truly be mindful of the present experience and concentrate on the creative process rather than the end product. Those who partake in this type of therapy are encouraged to express themselves freely and be introspective about their feelings and thoughts throughout the experience.
In many ways, baking cupcakes lends itself well to the practice of expressive art therapy! In the most obvious sense, it creates a great milieu for creative expression. In addition, although the end product is quite important (and scrumptious to say the least), the baking process itself also plays a major role in the entire experience. The messiness of the entire thing can be great for addressing feelings of perfectionism or order, which overall allows for more freedom from the creative point of view. On the other hand, the concentration required for the more precise aspects of baking, such a piping icing or measuring out ingredients, creates a sense of focus that allows one to be mindful and centered.
It is quite beautiful to realize that many of the things that are already a part of our everyday lives, when practiced in a mindful way, can be great ways of achieving emotional wellness!
My dearest SOTGC community, I hope this post has provided you with a new perspective on how the simplest of activities, such as baking cupcakes, can serve as great ways for achieving emotional wellness! If this post resonated with you, share it with your friends, family and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter! We’d also love to hear from you about activities in your everyday life that can double as expressive art therapy! Share your ideas in the comment section below!