25 March 2009

Creative Self-Expression: Part One

The idea of the human spirit needing to perform a sense of creative self-expression, has lead me on a journey to think about what it means for myself, for other cultures, and other religions.

Do you only get a few moments in your life to really express yourself? A better question to start with isn't maybe the frequency that it occurs but rather what cultivates creative self-expression? Environment? Sense of Security? Sense of Self? Life Experiences?

For some it maybe the courage to share ourselves with the world can be a vulnerable feat to overcome. For others it could be possessing the clarity of knowing what to share... where to begin.

I hope to use this blog as platform to catalogue this journey. I am not sure where it will take me. My hope to to come out with a few conclusions and a few more questions.

Lets start with cultural influences. Today I came upon Boston.com and found images of the Holi 2009- The Festival of Colors. For the Hindu's this celebration marks the welcoming of Spring and the triumph of good over evil. This symbolic change in season and worship of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and committed follower of Lord Vishnu. Prahlada prevailed over his own father and the demoness Holika with the dedication of his own devotion to Lord Vishnu. This story allows Hindu's to enthusiastically drop all inhibitions and flood the streets of where they live to playfully chase each other and splash colorful powder and water at each other.

Photos found on Boston.com

India is full of color. No matter the socioeconomic level, color is available to all in India. When walking the streets of the most impoverished, the clothing decorates the landscape with vibrant shades of pink, orange, green, purple, etc. If I ever get to go to India, I would love to bring back all the beautiful textiles.

Photos found on Tripowski's Photostream on flickr

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