Spirituality relates our soul and mind to other people, communities, nature and divinity.  The soul is the internal principle by which we think, feel, and will.  The soul animates our bodies, and the mind makes the activities of the soul the subject of our consciousness.  Spiritual practices like contemplation, meditation and prayer can offer inspiration, orientation and development in life.  Understanding spirituality and expressing spirituality isn’t always easy.  Sometimes we need help understanding ourselves and expressing our “inner person”.  Many people correlate art and spirituality, because art moves the “inner person”.  Art can help us to articulate our perspective and it can help express how we interpret other points of view.  Art can help us to drift away from the things that pre-occupy us and transcend our situations.  Sometimes art can also reveal something about us from an outside perspective.  You’ve heard music that moved your soul, you’ve seen art that made you ponder, and you’ve seen a show that made you cry.  These examples relate inwardly, but have you ever attributed these expressions to spirituality?  Have you thought of comedy as being spiritual?  Consider Thalia and Melpomene as an artistic attempt to demonstrate my point.  Thalia is the muse of Comedy in greek drama and is shown as a laughing mask and Melpomene is the muse of tragedy and is shown as a crying mask.  Comedy easily demonstrates a picture of how we are and the situations we face.  Through comedy we can take comfort in an outside point of view and soothe our emotions by making light of our characteristics or actions.  More importantly, comedy can uncover the accurate perception of self in a light-hearted way, without traumatizing us by what we see.  On the other hand, tragedies can really mix up our emotions.  Sometimes the trauma of a tragedy is too much to handle and it becomes the drama that get’s you stuck in an emotional state.  Hmmm…. Maybe that’s why the drama queen/king rides from one emotional roller coaster to the next.  Whether art is expressed in the comedy of  Thalia or tragedy of Melpomene, it helps us to relate our lot in life, deal with stuff and gain awareness.  Never the less, our perceptions of the inner-self predict how we see and behave in the world around us.  We have great potential to take control of the way we think, feel, and will.

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