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Mindfulness and Monkey Brain

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Mindfulness and Monkey Brain

Bev Alldridge

Some of you are already aware of my painting mission—enabling my clients to experience the happiness that comes from showing their loved ones how much they care through a unique piece of art. Of late, I’ve been spending more and more time on my mindfulness journey.

Mindfulness can best be described as paying attention. I find certain moments in nature are so beautiful they make me stop and take notice which is the essence of mindfulness. Our busy thoughts fall to the wayside, or they hover in the background as we experience the beauty or mystery of the moment.  The feeling of peace comes not just from experiencing the special scene, but it is also the result of our experiencing a wee respite from the churning thoughts that relentlessly ply their way through our consciousness. You may have heard the term, “Monkey Brain” used to describe it.

With my paintings in this series, I hope to capture scenes that make the viewer stop and breathe in the wonder of nature. Comments to date such as "I can feel the heat from the sun", "I feel surrounded by the trees, like a comfort blanket" assure me I'm on the right path. As we stop and pay attention,  we diminish the impact of our Monkey Brain.

Please join me as I continue this journey. One step at a time. One brushstroke at a time.


Note: This post was updated Sept 18, 2018