by Stephanie Lindquist & Glendalys Medina
If you’ve been alive for the last five years, you are probably familiar with a lot of “new thought” literature and its ideas around love. Authors, speakers and coaches like Rhonda Byrne, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Robbins and Napoleon Hill all speak about love at some point or another. They talk about self-love and loving others and how they relate to our individual health, wealth as well as emotional and mental well-being. Others focus on the law of attraction, the power of gratitude or positive thinking. These ideas have become so popular in fact that I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the first time in history love has become so entrenched in public dialogue.
But what does any of this love stuff have to do with being an artist, you may ask. What’s the relationship between all these lovey-dovey things and the life of a creative like you and me? Why should I pay any attention to all this love talk?
I’ll tell you why! In case you were unaware, all artists, all creators are lovers. In fact, if you’re reading this article I can almost guarantee you are full of love. How do I know? Because as creatives we do what we love, we create what we love and we share what we love. In other words, we are consistently feeling and contributing love.
So what exactly is love? Let’s turn to the books. M. Scott Peck says it’s “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” bell hooks writes that “the real power of love  is to transform.” She also writes, “[l]ove is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.”
And guess what? You as an artist are full of this! You are willing to extend yourself to nurture your own and others’ spiritual growth. You are able to transform us. You have inside you that combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust. So don’t take your power and responsibility to love lightly! Thinking of your art as synonymous to your love may change the way you think about your art, create your art, treat your art, talk about your art and share it. But in case you need reminding on how amazingly lovely you are, here are three reminders.
You love yourself everyday by doing what you love.
Not only do you positively change the way you feel and act by doing what you love, you also love others because doing what you love allows you to be your best self. And when you are your best self, others love to be around you, and you love to be around yourself too.
The simple act of creation makes you a lover.
Your love literally gives birth to new ideas and things all the time. In order to make your art, you must already be so full of love that it spills forward and manifests into something outside of yoursef. Similar to many of those who have the urge to create children in order to share their wealth, knowledge and love they have already accumulated in this world, you as an artist have the urge to share your abundance through your art.
The objects and experiences you create are made of love.
Each painting, sound, sentence, sculpture, performance and moment of pleasure you create is the beginning of a new conversation. Your art inspires thought, meditation, new dialogues and connections between people. Your love lives beyond your physical body in your art. Your art is a gift of love.