BBC News – Newsnight – Ballet’s Sergei Polunin: ‘The artist in me was dying’

”¬†“In a way I did feel that the artist in me was dying a little bit and I wasn’t giving as much of myself and putting as much creativity into it as I could, as I should.”

So, in January, just a week before he was due to appear as the lead in a production of The Dream he took Royal Ballet Director Dame Monica Mason aside and told her he was leaving.

Polunin says it was a decision driven not by a desire to give up, but by a desire to continue to achieve:

“I do not want to sit and make a nest and be comfortable, and I did feel so comfortable that I stopped being involved as a person and an artist and that is not something I want.

… I destroyed in a way everything I had in order to be able to build.”

via BBC News – Newsnight – Ballet’s Sergei Polunin: ‘The artist in me was dying’.

What Comforts Us

A list of comforting essentials (inspired by The Art of Comforting by Val Walker)

The Arts to express ourselves

Belief, for a sense of meaning and purpose

Comfort foods and drinks

A safe, relaxing place to restore or rest oneself

Connection, a support system, community, a sense of belonging

Entertainment, media, and games

Gratitude

Humor

Passion, Interests, Hobbies

Love and affection

Nature, experiencing the life on Earth

Pets and animals

Touch, hugs, caresses, massages, foot baths, brushing hair, putting on lotion, putting on nail polish or makeup, sex

Sports

Medication, treatment or therapy

Messages of Comfort

I will stand by you through this.

I want to hear and understand you.

I feel sympathy for you, even if I haven’t had similar experiences or understand all of your feelings.

I don’t condemn or judge you for this.

I want to be a safe person for you.

I want to help you or support you in specific ways.

I want to schedule time to connect with you again, after this meeting.

Comforting

“comfort me” by naydeeyah

Characteristics of Comforting People

Being present and listening
Empathic
Respectful
Patient
Caring and compassionate
Genuine
Reliable
Clear
Warm and gracious
Accepting
Calm
Hopeful
Humble
Supportive and validating 
Appreciative
Generous
Gentle
Adaptable
Wise
Strong

As taken from The Art of Comforting by Val Walker