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Practicing Nonjudgment with Artwork

Friday, 27 September 2013 18:31  by Allison A.

Last week we worked on our mindfulness skills by observing and describing what is happening in the present moment. Mindfulness reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. It prevents us from lamenting over our past and worrying for the future — right to the present. We have control over the present moment. It becomes beautifully manageable. Mindfulness opens our eyes to becoming aware of how we react, think and feel.

A very important piece to remember when practicing these skills is to refrain from judging our present self. This takes some time and practice! Once our eyes are open to what is happening internally and externally, this awareness becomes another way for us to pick apart others and ourselves. We must learn to simply observe.

This is a brief exercise to aid the practice observing and describing. Taking note of the present moment may involve developing a new language and way of thinking. Try this: walk around your house and describe the artwork on your walls. If you don’t have artwork up at home, it’s a great excuse to visit an art museum or gallery in your area! You may do this out loud or write your descriptions down.

You will want to remove any opinions and bias in your description. For example, describing something as “poorly drawn” or “beautiful” is an opinion. Even a positive opinion is an opinion. Right now you are simply stating what IS. What is in the image? How are things placed? What colors are used? How do the forms interact?

This is the way we must approach our own present moment: by observing and describing the interaction of elements in our environment. Now, the next time you create a piece of artwork, describe it to yourself. Remove any judgments or opinions. When we work to practice nonjudgment, we set others and ourselves free.

Last modified on Friday, 27 September 2013 18:40

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