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An art teacher with a twist - Pauline Agnew

Pain and Flamenco

I'm sure that all of you know at least one person who has suffered(s) from depression. It is very interesting how when I grew up in Romania I had no clue about this word, it was really not part of our vocabulary. Instead, we had a milder word, melancholia, used perhaps more in Russia. If you've ever had the curiosity to read books by classic Russian writers such as Turgheniev or Chekov melancholia was very much a subject talked about in story lines. I seldom came across the concept in "working" classes, more often in priviledged circles. One of the main reasons was the desperate lack of purpose and the restrictions that women had to endure at the end of 1800 (being pretty, finding a suitable husband, having children and organising good parties).

Have a look at this short clip from one of my favourite Russian movies called "Cruel romance" ..... 



Women who did not engage in this limited number of activities ..... suffered from .......melancholia. In todays interpretation they were depressed, any form of passion was missing from their lives. The gypsy bands, very popular among the more wealthy Russians, were always the ones singing about the pain, healing the wounds that so many carried with them. 


Flamenco ..... this is what it does as well ....... it shouts about the pain, mine, yours, it brings it to the surface, it exudes from your chest and helps you breath more smoothly for a while.  What else? It reminds you that feeling alive is possible, it reminds you to express yourself, to check whose life you are living ....... yours or the life of others who thought they knew better for you? 


Depression in todays society is not an easy subject, the reasons are many .... but, by God, one reason is lack of purpose, lack of passion, lack of clarity about ones feelings .... and lack of curiosity. If you want to get better, ask yourself what are(were) you passionate about. Ask yourself what passion means for you ........and don't wait ... go for it .... reclaim the passion in your life! 

Listen and watch the video clips .... can you feel the pain and the passion my friends? And it really doesn't matter if you do not understand the words. You can still feel it!  


Robyn Daniels

Most interesting foray into feelings Corina - how we express ourselves is important. I have had my share of pain and suffering (inflicted deliberately or unwittingly by others) but I have learned that my being is able to counteract and put these things in the past which no longer exists other than in my memory, and I choose happiness for myself and for others. If only everyone did the same there would be little pain and sorrow in life - still I guess without having experienced pain and sorrow one cannot truely appreciate joy and pleasure. Everyone has a story to tell of shadow and light. Whether we choose to share our experiences of being human and how we tell our story is the choice to be made - music, art, literature - all of human life is there, a treasure to be shared.


Thank you so much for your comment Robyn! It is vital how we express ourselves. it is vital to learn from an early age how to negotiate our emotions, how to identify them, how to deal with them safely! And i so agree that it comes a time when one is able to put the past in the past and look at the emotional scars with a sense of peace, like an observer. And I agree so much that we all need to do this but alas we are all in different stages in our journey called life! And this is why I so much like to inspire others to download, process their emotions through writing, painting, any other creative way of expression. Much love from me and thank you for being part of my life! Corina

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It really doesn't matter if you do not understand the words. I can still feel it!

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