Coming back from burnout is a hard road. I’m coming to terms with the fact that my art and “enjoyment” of it had become intrinsically tied only to external measures of success. And in my head, only near sellout shows would qualify. Never mind that I choose to work a day job so commercial success is largely irrelevant to my life. I have spent the last few months withdrawing from my art, rediscovering why I started down this path, and creating space. While I have started to find those roots again, I am also actively seeking methods for reclamation. In my search for such methods, I stumbled across this article by Nathan Weller. He summarizes work by David Denborough for the Tree of Life exercise on using visual metaphor for everyday narrative therapy. I’ve not read the book yet, but I’m eagerly anticipating its arrival in my mailbox.
I created my tree specific to dance. Here are the results. If you’d like to create your own tree of life, I welcome you to post it below.