Hello! And welcome. Your journey of personal enrichment through Artful Contemplation begins here, now.
What IS Artful Contemplation?
Artful Contemplation is a daily practice of mindfulness through the contemplation of visionary and intuitive art.
Mindfulness is about cultivating an awareness and appreciation of the here and now, of the richness of your present experience.(The South African College of Applied Psychology, blog, 2018)
Mindfulness is a contemporary term for an ancient practice, so today there are many approaches suited to individual needs. Artful Contemplation offers an approach that:
- brings awareness and acceptance through focused attention on a single inspirational image.
- can be practiced throughout the day in your ordinary home, work or social environments.
- is readily accessible as a prompt on your mobile devices.
- integrates easily with the rhythms of your daily activities.
As a daily practice, Artful Contemplation can…
Promote non-judgmental perception.
Inspire intuition and inner-sight.
Invite a deepening of contemplation.
Provoke transcendental realization.
How does Artful Contemplation work?
You may already be practiced in sitting meditation, yoga or other approaches to mindfulness. And you may by skilled at viewing and interpreting art. But if you are new to Artful Contemplation, then the tips outlined below will help to get you started:
1. View our Daily Artful Contemplation posts. A new intuitive artwork is created and uploaded everyday and freely available for your daily mindfulness practice. Each artwork speaks in a language other than that of words, signs and icons, so the best is to immerse yourself in its metascape for deepened contemplation and personal realization. (Meta- from the Greek meta– μετά- meaning “after” or “beyond” since our artworks are representations of dimensions that lie beyond ordinary reality).
2. Settle down. Settle in. Breathe. Observe what arises without censorship.
3. Perhaps certain sounds or smells get activated. You might experience strong feelings or memory flashes. If it feels useful to do so, jot down any first words or phrases that come to mind. Or doodle and sketch these thoughts, images and ideas.
3. Don’t concern yourself with writing full sentences. And don’t stress about whether you are drawing well…these responses are for your eyes only and simply part of the process of moving past your first thought uprisings towards deepening your contemplation. If you find yourself getting caught up in huge concepts and complex narratives, return to point 2. Breathe. Settle down. Settle in.
4. Keep training your attention on the artwork, observing what arises and acknowledging what unfolds. Try feeling (rather than seeing) with your eyes. Immerse yourself in the colors of the metascape. Feel the music that arises as you move along the rhythmic contours of the metascape.
5. There is no goal or outcome to your Artful Contemplation. There is no right or absolute interpretation of the artwork. You don’t even need to like the image. Allow yourself to observe your observing. If you notice any tension or anxiety creeping in, return to point 2. Breathe. Settle down. Settle in.
No artwork is complete without a recipient. The artwork is a gesture from the artist. The viewer completes the movement (and thus the artwork) with a reciprocal gesture.Intuitive artist, Lanon Carl Prigge, 2018
What are the benefits of Artful Contemplation?
Our need for stillness, silence and personal sanctuary increases in proportion to the speed, intensity and sociability of our lives.
Like any mindfulness practice, Artful Contemplation offers us the opportunity to slow down, settle in, pay attention and appreciate what is right before us. Artful Contemplation uses the same digital technology that tends to overstimulate and speed us up, to settle and slow us down.
Our exposure to technological innovations and diverse forms of sacred art gives artists at the dawn of the twenty-first century a unique opportunity to create more integrative and universal spiritual art than ever before.Visionary artist, Alex Grey
How can I practice Artful Contemplation daily?
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