This past week I have been reflecting on how much time we spend thinking and in our heads. Hundreds and hundreds of thoughts occupy our minds every day, in turn leading to a whole range of emotions.
I have spent the past 12 months practising meditation to help with my tendency to overthink. Through the meditation practise, I have realised that you can see your thoughts and emotions as they come up. It’s possible to see your thoughts as separate from yourself. Think of thoughts like soap bubbles rising up into the air one after another. Thoughts come and then eventually they pass. It’s how we choose to react to those thoughts, in that moment, that defines our lives and in particular our relationships with others. This reflection has been the inspiration for my second abstract embroidery piece this year. Not surprisingly I have called this piece [Thinking].
One quick note about meditation practise. It’s not as hard as you might think it is. I started off with 2 minute meditation. I can now sit quietly meditating for 10 to 20 minutes. It’s hard to explain exactly how wonderful meditation is unless you have tried it for yourself. In simple terms, meditation is about taking time in your day to think of nothing at all and create space in your head for peace and quiet and to “just be”.
I used watercolor and inks to create bubbles of color on 28 count Belfast Linen. Each color represents a different thought bubble reflecting an emotion. Red for anger, yellow for peacefulness, pink for love, orange for happiness and green for envy.
Each bubble of color is being stitched with a range of different embroidery stitches including satin, cross stitch and running stitch. If you would like to learn embroidery stitches Molly Makes has a great blog post featuring a range of embroidery stitches with clear pictures and explanations.
I am also using a range of beads to embellish each bubble. The bubbles of color are then connected with threads representing the connections between each passing thought.
Do you watch your thoughts as they pass each moment or do you dive right into them and react accordingly?
Have a great week.