Do what is healing to your spirit, and without effort you will offer the world healing in return. ~Alan Cohen
I read the above quote in a book of daily inspiration the other day and I immediately thought of my art journaling workshops. The truth of the matter is that I love teaching so much because it is healing for my spirit to teach. I feel passionate about these workshops and I enjoy and revel in each and every moment. I know for sure that the self-discovery that happens with art journaling has offered healing to some of the attendees as well.
When people come together for the purpose of personal expression, there is undoubtedly spiritual healing that will happen. I’ve seen it. Every single workshop, I’ve witnessed that moment when a light bulb goes on or a heart is touched. Sometimes I can literally feel one person’s spirit touching another’s.
Here’s the thing that is so beautiful about this idea: it’s true for everything not just art. Whenever you do something that is healing for yourself, you are undoubtedly healing everyone around you. When you radiate joy and beauty, people can’t help but be affected. Light is reflected. Love bounces back to you. Giving is reciprocal. Feeding your soul allows you to feed others.
Healing ourselves spiritually, emotionally and even physically is the most generous thing we can do for the world. Period.