Incubating Ideas: The Essence of Creativity

Incubating Ideas: The Essence of Creativity (licensed from Shutterstock) “We do not know until the shell breakswhat kind of egg we have been sitting on.”~ T.S. Eliot T.S. Eliot understood about incubating ideas. He knew that there’s a certain amount of mystery and patience involved in the creative process. The hatching part, or incubation period, is the idea-generating and development…

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Journaling for Your Future Self

Journaling for Your Future Self by Elena Greco I feel as though I were still master of the days I have recorded, even though they are past, whereas those not mentioned in the pages are as though they had never been. ~ Eugène Delacroix February 18, 2021 My journal is an old friend that has been with me for most of my…

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Creativity as a Way of Life

CREATIVITY AS A WAY OF LIFE by Elena Greco Published also on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY and THRIVE GLOBAL and Eric Maisel’s FINE ARTS AMERICA March 2, 2021 “Never be without your little pad.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci Do you want to be more creative? Have you been wanting forever to write a book, or long to paint, or would love to…

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Life in Balance: Part 1

LIFE IN BALANCE Part 1. What is health? by Elena Greco LIFE IN BALANCE is a multi-part series exploring health–what it is, how to get it and how to maintain it, easily and naturally. Part 1. What is health? I want to start by asking a question: What is health? Sometimes asking the right question is the key to getting…

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Coach, Counselor or Therapist?

Coach, Counselor or Therapist? by Elena Greco What is the difference in coaching, counseling and psychotherapy? And what exactly is a creativity coach?  I’m often asked those questions. A psychotherapist is someone who helps you with emotional or psychological problems. They often have labels such as social worker, mental health counselor, psychologist and psychiatrist, and are usually, but not always,…

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Art Stands Apart

Art Stands Apart by Elena Greco December 10, 2017 At a time when the dark side of certain creative artists is being exposed, there has been a lot of discussion on Facebook about whether we should allow ourselves to enjoy the art of artists who have done bad things. I strongly feel that art—the product of the artist—stands apart from…

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The Key of … Perfection

The Key of … Perfection by Elena Greco March 20, 2018 Transitioning for a singer from a student to a professional requires adjustments. One of the major differences I stumbled upon after moving from college to professional singing was that I had choices. In school, everything was decided for me, from my repertoire to the key in which I sang…

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Full Voice

Full Voice by Elena Greco August 13, 2017 As I prepare for the first two interviews tomorrow in the EGMP Interviews Part 2, I recall the filming of the four interviews of Part 1. It was on the day I lost my voice. I remember this with a mixture of regret, grief, gratitude and hope. It was February 2. I’d…

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The Psychology of Meditation

The Psychology of Meditation by Elena Greco February 19, 2017 I’ve intended to write an article about meditation for quite some time. I planned to discuss the true nature of meditation, what it is and isn’t, and the best ways of experiencing it—in short, a meditation primer. I have some knowledge and experience that I believe would be useful, and…

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Art As (My) Life

Art As (My) Life by Elena Greco September 24, 2016 I will surely break open. That’s what I’m feeling today.  Falling into the abyss, emotions too big to contain.  Defeated, despondent, dejected, depressed.  Angst in the form of great sadness, anguish, despair.  For once in my life, regret is a factor in this emotional soup.  Regret for time wasted, opportunities…

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