Sigh. It’s officially the end of the holiday. There’s camping gear and dirty laundry all over the front lawn. Hubby and I are halfway through unpacking. Here’s how it looks:

Yeah, if only there was a way to write or draw this unpacking into the unseen!
I know what I’d rather be looking at! Something like this …

Claude Monet, Cliffs at Pourville, French, 1840 – 1926, 1882, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
Ahhh, was it just yesterday that the waves were breaking not far from our tent door …?

Yes,  I know, real life, all good mindfulness practice. Presence. Observing the world as it is – inside and out. Grrrrr.

I’m hoping to inspire myself to power through the unpacking by looking forward to some creativity. I hope to record a visual meditation once the last bag’s empty.

Will you help me pick a pic?

Just scroll down the 4 pictures below and let me know if you “hear” anything as you look at them.

Does it seem odd to “hear” a picture? Or do you kinda already know what I might mean.

I notice that when I look at artwork, I can sometimes imagine a certain sound – crickets humming, or sea crashing or the chatter of people.

Or I might notice my own body respond in some way – buzzing in my ears or chest.

So, I’d love to hear from you before I choose the next artwork. Which of these images brings a sound to mind for you? Reply “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”. Feel free to add a comment about what you “hear” too when you look at that pic. I hope to incorporate it into the meditation.

To help choose, reply “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”. Scroll down the bottom of the page where you’ll see reply/comments.

I’ll reply first to show you what I mean.

Also, you’re very welcome to link back to a blog post of yours this picture reminds you of in some way.

Be as creative as you like in making a link between this image and your own blog. (PG rated please as these meditations can be used in schools as creative prompts).

1. The Haymakers

Type “1” in your comment
2. Village at the Water’s Edge

Type “2” in your comment

3. Roadside cottage

Type “3” in your comment

4. Little Church around the corner (guess which city!)

Type “4” in your comment

Artwork credits:

1. Georges Seurat, Haymakers at Montfermeil, Courtesy National Gallery of Art Washington

2. Roger de La Fresnaye, “Village at the Water’s Edge” Courtesy National Gallery of Art Washington

3. Dennis Miller Bunker, ‘Roadside Cottage’, Courtesy National Gallery of Art Washington

4. New York: the little church around the corner’, Dorothea Adelheid Dreier, Image Courtesy: Yale University Art Gallery.


Now, back to the packing.

Oh, and if you’re looking for an example of visual meditations, here are a couple:


So, reply/comment 1, 2, 3, 4 … thanks for joining the fun!