Are you a lefty or a righty – and does it really matter?
Art, creativity, growth & health….. Once upon a time….just kidding! Ok, let’s look at the brain, are you a lefty or a righty? Left is our logical side, right is our creative side.
In all the work I have done, I have my own simple theory on this and how it can also work for someone who feels they run predominantly from the left brain.
From birth to 5 years, we grow and develop, learn to crawl, walk, eat, drink from a cup, play, imagine, dress up, and so on…then we head off to school, where more often than not our creative brain is pushed aside to engage the logic brain, reading, writing and maths etc. So, from year 1 through until we complete school (as a general rule), our logic brain is engaged more than our creative brain. What happens to the creative side of us then?
Unless we are otherwise engaging our creative brains, and have the skills to switch from logic to creative when we choose, some of us grow to believe we are not creative at all. I don’t know how many times I have heard people say, “but I don’t have a creative bone in my body!” Well, the fact is, we all do!
It really depends on the amount of engagement our right brain has experienced as a child and through our schooling, and the stimulus response (positive or negative) gained through those creative experiences. For example, I often see our kids in our after-school classes so excited to attend to get their art on each week – changing from logic to creative brain – and parents who are encouraging and interested in what they are creating, further enhance this positive stimulus. Having a healthy dose of both brain hemispheres is the best approach by far… by exploring the potential of art which encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities.
Love n light, Fee