Read the rest of this entry » Ilona Tobin has been a psychologist and a marriage and family therapist for more than 25 years in Birmingham, Michigan.

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No matter what you may have been told, every one of us is creative.

It’s as much a part of us as our voice and breath and fingerprints.

It takes courage to look beneath the surface of what we’ve been told to find our heart’s desire. It asks us to surrender, to lose control, to trust. Honoring the creative Self means finding time, making space, being patient and taking the chance of looking foolish. You must be willing to start over and stay with it; creativity takes stamina. For more information, please visit her listing on the Therapist Directory.

Despite its bad reputation, stress isn’t actually a product of only negative things.

Creativity isn’t just about making “art.” Cooking, gardening, keeping a journal, handiwork and crafts are all creative acts.

Arranging flowers or rearranging furniture, painting a picture or painting a room, singing on stage or singing in the shower––these are all responses to the “call.” That call is the call to create, and it is universal, bidding each of us to bring something new into being.

But that doesn’t mean either that Carla, Manuel or Henrietta have no control over their situation.