its not easy to convince an 8 year old to still their mind. But that’s ok,
because this is something for you to do. (A 6 week old baby does seem to do
this naturally by the way!)
Contemplation is the act of
practising stillness. Practising stillness is the easiest thing in the world
NOT to do. But do it anyway.
Stillness is to the spirit what food is to the body. You don’t have to be in a
quiet place, but it helps.
Close your eyes.
Now watch your thoughts.
Imagine them floating by like debris on a river in front of you. Let them pass
before you. Resist the temptation to get swept along by your thoughts.
Realise you are more than your thoughts and your
Try it for 2 minutes.
If you need a hand, then listen to this free podcast, it will give
you a few pointers.
2. Inspiration – Ideas that bring life
Go look at something beautiful.
We have art around the house (none of my own actually – im like a plumber… I
don’t like to take my work home with me!)
Clare has some work up, Phoebe has a few pieces. I have a couple of pieces that
we commissioned an artist to paint.
Its amazing the power of letting your eye linger on something beautiful and
visual. It seems to bypass the mind, and speak to the heart. I have taken a lot
of solace and wisdom from a piece that was created for me by Oliver Pengilly.
(actually he painted it for me in a "paint off" at a Mind Body Spirit fayre, but thats another story.
We have a piece of art that we painted together as a family. This was one of
those rare Sunday afternoons when we didn’t just clear up the house (I find it
hard not to reduce this to a boring task if I’m honest) but Clare suggested we
paint something together. Phoebe said “Lets paint a magic Garden!”
So we did! Clare cut us three equally sized pieces of watercolour paper, and we
painted! (I like oils, so watercolours take me out of my comfort zone a bit.)
Clare then put all three pieces side by side, and skilfully and elegantly
painted across all three so that they link together. It now takes pride of
place on our dining room wall.
You know, you don’t have to be able to paint to do this. Just get messy and
have some fun. The results will surprise you I’m sure.
Every time we look at our magic garden piece, its makes us smile. Its an
undeniable reminder that we do things a little differently sometimes.