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The Telegraph

Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

People visit the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Photo: Getty

The healing power of art and nature could be real after scientists discovered they boost your immune system.

Seeing such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon and Sistine Chapel or listening to Schubert’s Ave Maria can fight off disease, say scientists.

Great nature and art boost the immune system by lowering levels of chemicals that cause inflammation that can trigger diabetes, heart attacks and other illnesses.

Monet’s Water Lily Pond paintings

In two separate experiments on more than 200 young adults reported on a given day the extent to which they had experienced such positive emotions as amusement, awe, compassion, contentment, joy, love and pride.


Samples of gum and cheek tissue – known as oral mucosal transudate – taken that same day showed those who experienced more of these – in particular wonder and amazement – had the lowest levels of the cytokine Interleukin 6 which is a marker of inflammation.

Psychologist Dr Dacher Keltner, of California University in Berkeley, said: “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests the things we do to experience these emotions – a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”



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Dedicated  to  My Sister,  Celi Camacho…… Love  you

Dwell in the place where dreams are made and wishes are fulfilled ,
For there will inspiration flow as a stream never static, never still.
It’s sparkling waters flow , ever quenching the thirst of the artistic soul,
We are the expression of our Creator, a work of art in progress, there is no mold.
N.Cortes / Desert Rose (C) 2012112

Here  I  will place my  attempts at  poetry  and creative  writing.  I  do not claim them to  be  good ,  I  just  claim them to  be  mine  🙂      

Majnoon reciting poetry in the desert

Majnoon reciting poetry in the desert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I  have been told on many  occasions  that  I  have a  way  with words.   I  do not consider myself a wordsmith nor can I craft  delightful stories that  capture the imagination.  Yet  I have  had a  love  affair  with the  written  word  since I  can  remember. Reading  has  always  been a passion  and  I  dabble in poetry  from time  to time.  Unfortunately for me  the poems I  did   have  were  stored on a   computer and having had  a minimal understanding of the workings  of a  personal computer at the  time.  Not to mention  the possibility  that  it  could die without a moments notice taking my  work  with it.  Yes…..that is  exactly  what happened.  All lost  to that dark abyss  known  as  cyberspace never to be  seen  again.


Poetry (Photo credit: Kimli)

Poetry (Photo credit: Kimli)

Life has  gotten complicated since then and I  truly have  not had  much  time to  sit and contemplate  long enough to  allow the creativity  to flow.  Yes  , I know  what  you are thinking:  But  she has  the  time to  post  all these  articles.  Yes  I  do , however  I  relay the information and  make it available .  Beyond  reading them to make sure  they convey the message  that  I  want to  send.  I  truly do not have  to think beyond  the  obvious. Just  read and  pass it on .  So  you  see  it  was  the  lazy  way  out  for a desire  that needed to  be  fulfilled.   Writing and creating with the  written word.  The  responsibilities  of motherhood and  survival  have taken a  front  row seat.  Leaving the  creative  and fantastical musings  of my imagination  to  take a  backseat.  Somewhat of a  backseat  driver  at  times albeit not in control and  summarily banished to the  recesses of  my inner  child  to  wait patiently  until I  let  it out  to play.

English: A picture portraying poetry. Occitan ...

English: A picture portraying poetry. Occitan : Illustracion que representa la poesia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps it is time  she was allowed  out to play and  frolic  about in the  sun and  fresh  air?  Perhaps it has been too long and she has  forgotten how?  Time will tell.  I  do not promise  that  they  will be  good.  I  simply  promise  they  they  will be  mine   🙂

More to  come soon   I  hope!

Must See: Time-lapse Video Shot Over 6 Years Across 24 Countries

It has taken six years of traveling to all seven continents to pull together the footage featured in this amazing short film by Sean White, an award-winning photographer and film-maker with credits with the likes of National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Television, PBS, Sports Illustrated, and more.

White writes, “Terra Sacra Time Lapses is a short film featuring remote landscapes and ancient monuments from around the globe. These images were photographed during my assignments and personal travels between 2006-2012. I’ve combined my favourite shots from these trips into non-narrative film that touches on a theme close to my heart: Sacred Earth.”

According to Matador Network, White wants to create a feature-length version of this film: “I would love to revisit many of the locations in this film and other powerful sacred sites around the world to create a feature-length “Terra Sacra”. The film would combine real-time, slow-motion, and motion control time lapse imagery – all in stereoscopic 3D. If you are an angel investor, potential sponsor, broadcaster, distributor or someone deeply passionate who would would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

We highly hope that if you’re one of the folks listed above, you please please contact him. We would love a feature-length Terra Sacra!!