I recently read an article entitled “How To Draw Better.” A few salient points made by the author, Jesse Miller, strike me as pertinent to spiritual development as well:
“Simply put, neuroplasticity means that our brains change their shape and structure as we learn new skills and information.
A scientific study into the development of drawing skills in students found that the best learners used a ‘strategic’ approach to learning. These students identified their weaknesses, and found tried-and-tested methods to practice and improve them. They also tracked the progress of their skills, and updated their practice methods accordingly.
Research has shown that the development of motor skills requires periods of rest between practices, when our brains can gather together and act on the information. Therefore it’s best to do this exercise little and often – practice it just once a day for as long as you can.
But recent studies into the neuroscience of creativity have found that looking at the works of others may indeed be essential to cultivating a creative mind.”
Surely, the soul, like the brain, is neuroplastic..or are the soul and brain one and the same? In any case, the soul is constantly adapting. Its development depends on spiritual practices. It does not grow and thrive on prayer alone.
The soul needs quiet and solitude to create the environment in which the Spirit can work.
A person who desires to live deeply into her/his spiritual life would do well to delve into the writings of the mystics in diverse traditions and pull out spiritual practices that fit with their lifestyles and belief systems.
Learning to draw is similar to spiritual development. If you are intent on learning either skill you will both enjoy and benefit from reading this article: