Art as a Spiritual Practice: A Journey for the Millennial and Gen-Z Soul

Art as a Spiritual Practice: A Journey for the Millennial and Gen-Z Soul March 27, 2023

Embrace the transformative power of art and embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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Picture this: you’re huddled in a dimly lit room, the soft glow of fairy lights hanging on the walls, the sweet aroma of incense wafting through the air, and the soulful voice of Billie Eilish crooning in the background.

As you lose yourself in the music, you feel a connection to something larger, a sense of belonging that transcends the boundaries of time and space.

This is the power of art, its ability to heal, inspire, and unite us in the pursuit of spiritual growth and self-realization.

The Journey Begins: Inspirations from the Greats

Think of the legendary Bob Dylan, who once said, “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”

Art, in its myriad forms, offers us the opportunity to explore deep desires, to tap into the wellspring of creativity that lies dormant within us, and to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

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Consider the iconic work of street artist Banksy, whose thought-provoking pieces have captivated the hearts and minds of generations. His art serves as a mirror, reflecting the complexities of the human experience and inviting us to delve deeper into our own consciousness.

Each mural, each stencil, becomes a gateway to the soul, a portal through which we can engage in a dialogue with ourselves, and with the divine.

Building Connections Through Art

As we immerse ourselves in the world of the arts, we uncover the beauty of the human spirit, the capacity for love and empathy that unites us all. We need only look at the viral videos of flash mobs, the impromptu gatherings of musicians, dancers, and performers, to see the power of art in action.

As strangers come together to share in the joy of creation, they forge connections that transcend the limitations of time and space, bonds that elevate the soul and illuminate the path to enlightenment.

Take, for instance, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical, “Hamilton,” which captivated audiences worldwide and brought history to life in a way that resonated with millennials and Gen. Z alike.

Through the transformative power of art, Miranda offered a fresh perspective on the past, inviting a new generation to engage with history and find their own place within it.

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As the lyrics from the musical remind us, “I am not throwing away my shot. I’m just like my country; I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot.”

Embracing Art as a Guiding Light

In the words of the renowned Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, “In everybody’s life, there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.”

Let us use art as a light, a compass in navigating the complex world we inhabit, and embrace the uncertainty and impermanence of life with courage and grace.

Let us celebrate the power of art, its capacity to heal and to inspire, to connect us with the divine and reveal the beauty of our shared humanity. May we find solace in the world of the arts, a refuge in which to explore the depths of our souls and discover the essence of our being.

And as we embark on our individual journeys of self-discovery and spiritual growth, may we remember that art serves as a beacon, guiding us along a path to enlightenment and inner peace.

The Future of Art and Spirituality

As the world continues to evolve and adapt to new technologies and ideas, the realm of art and spirituality is bound to grow and change as well.

  • Virtual reality, for example, offers us new ways to connect with art, transporting us to different times and places or allowing us to experience our favorite masterpieces in ways never before imagined.
  • Social media platforms, too, have provided artists with the means to share their work and connect with others across the globe, fostering an environment where creativity can flourish and inspiration can be found in every corner of the world.

The possibilities for the future of art and spirituality are endless, and the millennial and Gen. Z generations have the unique opportunity to define their own paths and shape the world around them.

As we continue to explore and embrace the transformative power of art, we can undoubtedly look forward to a brighter, more interconnected, and spiritually-enriched future.

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About L.J. Kareri
Kenyan-born film and television writer and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. She was awarded the Citizen Journalism Award from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting 2008. Her digital artwork was selected by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture for the 'Collective Memory Installation' and was displayed at the Civic Center in Downtown Los Angeles in March 2023. While working in development of filmed content with leading global streamer Netflix for the African market, Whistletree Media Co also extends into the digital art space, and book publishing. L.J. Kareri is a graduate of the UCLA-Extension Professional Screenwriting Program (2011) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. You can read more about the author here.

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