ENGAGE IN ALTERNATIVE REALMS OF IMMERSION.
Experiences of immersion are strengthening and enhancing no matter where they occur. Immersion in artistic pursuits is but one realm of possible immersive experience. Other possible realms include intimate relationships, spirituality, nature, experiencing other art, learning, parenting, psychotherapy, athletic pursuits, and play. When you have a healthy balance of potential immersive realms, you wil naturally flow in and out of connection in different realms. This process of flowing among different types of connections enhances your capacity to immerse in any one realm. When you disengage from immersion in your artwork and need regeneration and strengthening, you can turn to immersive connection in another realm and experience the support and comfort there that you need to reenter artistic immersion. And so on and so on.
The development and pursuit of other immersive experiences is not a distraction. It is often a vital and necessary part of sustaining an artistic endeavor. In addition, it is often through these varied pursuits that we develop a solid support system of appreciative others where we get many of our psychological needs for connection met--not to mention that we find increased fulfillment and meaning in our lives when we have multiple realms in which to experience immersion.
--Excerpt from STANDING AT WATER'S EDGE: MOVING PAST FEAR, BLOCKS, AND PITFALLS TO DISCOVER THE POWER OF CREATIVE IMMERSION (2008, San Francisco: New World Library)
Causes Anne Paris Supports
Savethechimps.org, Bonobokids.org, Elevate Hope Foundation