Mindfulness

How do you practice mindfulness?

I’m currently reading Mindfulness: 25 Ways To Live In The Moment Through Art by Christophe Andre.  Hearing much about mindfulness and the buzz that surrounds it, I picked up this book in Birmingham Airport… it seemed perfect. Mindfulness AND Art?!

I had no expectations of this book, but it is truly beautifully crafted.  Andre uses paintings both modern and of the masters to illustrate his concepts and teachings.  He doesn’t overstate the benefits of mindfulness (which I believe is a trap that many authors have fallen into) instead he demonstrates that Mindfulness is not a way out of life’s problems – but a way of being present in a way which fosters self/other compassion, and a clear-eyed awareness of the miracle of being in the moment, existing.

Even reading it makes you become more mindful… absorbing the images and words, looking at details of paintings over and over again – it creates some kind of tangible awareness which is all too hard to find in this fast-living world.

I have not only come to love the paintings more, but understand them in a different and calm dimension.

I started to think about my own practice and when I have the chance to be mindful when I create.  This has led to a series of map pieces.  I don’t think about the colours or the lines or the composition really.  I simply paint and be.

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How are you Mindful when creating?

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5 thoughts on “Mindfulness”

  1. When creating i’m in the zone. All attention goes into the process.
    I have not been able to identify my own awareness when in the zone. Perhaps all i do at that moment is awareness… or perhaps awareness is just a fancy concept not much different from meta cognition …
    Does it matter?

  2. When I’m creating art my mind goes completely void of thoughts, it’s the only time the incessant stream of thoughts are put on hold. I’m no artist, but that is why I draw, paint or create. I find it much more pure then meditation and it’s an organic process. Nothing manufactured.

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