|"We love our exciting and mysterious life" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.|
I believe there is nothing that promotes freedom, independence, and a sense of self worth better than the realization that we have the power to create our own inner satisfaction and intrinsic rewards. Because intrinsic rewards are way better than extrinsic, they come from within, they belong to us, no one can take that away from us. They'll liberate us and I believe that is why art and creativity are such wonderful playgrounds and why art therapy is so awesome. In a nut shell. Of course the powers that be (those folks at the top of the power pile) don't like intrinsic rewards. It's the most subversive thing going! They would prefer you look to them for your approval needs and rewards. But hey, we are artists, why should we do what is preferred?
Edith Kramer first sparked my curiosity about things that provide inner satisfaction ( art, puppets, more art, beauty and warm fuzzy animals) and curiosity about the part of the super ego that is kindly and care-taking, that kind, wise inner-grandmother. Searching for an understanding of these things has been the best adventure of all. And long may it continue.
So for today's challenge, create an art piece that includes appreciation for things that might not necessarily bring you external rewards like money or fame, but that surely bring you inner satisfaction. And then once the piece is complete practice Rick Hanson's technique of "taking in the good" (it's good for the neural pathways, believe me) and sit with it for a minute, appreciating it, enjoying your ability to appreciate things. And as always have fun with this and feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool.