36 x 12 inches
acrylic on canvas
I was watching an interview; subject, mindfulness. The author explained how simple being mindful can be. Simply, be here.
He asked the interviewer; when you're in the shower, are you in the shower or are you at work, planning your day? When you first wake in the morning, do you take a moment to enjoy the sensation, or do your thoughts take you someplace else?
Here is the dichotomy; simplicity is difficult.
For instance, during my short morning meditation, I noticed how often, even though my body was still, my mind was traveling, emotional and physically, to other places. It amused and frustrated me, not exactly what you're supposed to be experiencing during meditation.
Free range thinking, that's what goes on during my attempts to reach the oasis of silence.
Creativity comes through free range thinking. Allowing the mind to meander opens the portal to our creative side.
Have you ever found yourself in the midst of creating, looked up at the time and were astonished at how much of it had passed, seemingly without your notice? If you had been aware of every moment, would you have been as creative?
I think being mindful is an important activity, but not every moment of your day.