Contemporary colorful paintings of fun and figures.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Figuratively Speaking - Meditation and Boredom
Meditation is a good thing. I heard someone say recently that if you can't meditate for 20 minutes then you need to meditate for an hour. I know people who say they can't meditate or do quiet exercises like yoga because their minds are going too fast. They say it like it is a badge of honor, like having a mind speeding out of control is a positive thing. We are all made a bit differently so what do I know? I cut my finger kind of seriously and can't get in the pool until it heals so instead I have been walking on the treadmill. Now I know the painful boredom of repetitious walking without going anywhere. Some people love it, I guess because of the endorphins released when they start to sweat, or something along those lines. I tried listening to music, watching a video, reading, but honestly, it was still a really mind numbing exercise for me. I couldn't get into the "now" of it. I just wanted to escape. I do like yoga, meditation and quietly painting in my studio. I can sit by the creek and write or just inhale the visual beauty around me, and I know the elegance of being really present. However, the treadmill (aptly named) is my undoing. How can I feel critical or superior about someone saying they can't slow their mind down, or don't even want to, when I am overcome with the nothingness of the treadmill? Opportunities for humility are to be found everywhere! Go figure....