As far as art goes, I have always loved lighthouses, even before they became so popular. To me they represent safe haven and peace. I used to listen to a song called "Captain of My Soul" many years ago on a regular basis, about Christ being the captain of our souls and master of our destinies, and I love the image of him guiding me at the wheel of a ship, pointing the way to the lighthouse. Along with that, Thomas Kinkade totally captures in his artwork that feeling. He's known as "The Painter of Light" and has done many lighthouse paintings. I always feel peaceful looking at his artwork.
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I also write poetry and essays. Even when my writing isn't about the sexual abuse, it still heals me. To speak and be heard, especially in a lasting way, is so contrary to the way I grew up. I never spoke. I was never heard. Even posting here is an extremely healing thing for me. Just to speak and be heard. What a gift.
I also love music. Singing (privately, at the top of my lungs) has always been soothing for me, I think because it forced me to breathe properly and I usually didn't otherwise. There's a wonderful song called, "I'm going to California." I can't remember who sings it, but it's about a girl who is sexually abused by her father who is patiently waiting until she turns 18 so she can go to California "where the sun always shines." I love that song.
It reminds me of the scene in Forrest Gump where the little girl says, "Please God make me a bird so I can fly far, far far away" over and over again. I used to say things like that. So add movies to the art I consume! I often watch 12 step movies, such as 28 Days and Clean and Sober to try to get insight into my compulsive eating problem.