My Quest for Self Awareness Through Mindful Living and Mindful Loving
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thoughts like leaves on a stream
I'm not sure if I like this drawing -- most of my artwork is mediocre at best -- but I like the concept behind it. One of the key concepts of mindfulness is mindfulness of thoughts. Being mindful of one's thoughts means watching them go by without "chasing after them" or getting caught up in them. It's simply observing your thoughts as they occur. Various books and articles I've read on mindfulness suggest different techniques for doing this. One technique is to imagine a parade marching by and see your thoughts written on placards or banners. Another is to imagine your thoughts written on leaves as they float by on a flowing stream. That, of course, is the premise of this picture.