Mindfulness Workshop With Sarah Thomas

I recently took part in a small series of Mindfulness Workshops held by Sarah Thomas at Cardiff School of Art and Design, a fellow student on the Fine Art course. These ran weekly in the mornings, which unfortunately I could only make it to a few, but have really found them enjoyable and impacted my life in a positive manner.

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Sarah Asked us to take part in a ten minuet meditation, and then a small drawing workshop. We had to sit on the floor, as seen in the images below, and take each moment and draw a circle mindfully and repeat. It was not until the last workshop that I realised the similarities these mindful thoughts share with the basics of the theories behind my work; so have spent some time researching through this more.

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Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. It can be developed through the practice of meditation, which can be defined as the intentional self-regulation of attention from moment to moment.Meditative practices in the Buddhist tradition are a popular way to develop the practice of meditation. The Five-Aggregate Model, an ancient link between mind and body, is a helpful theoretical resource that can guide mindfulness interventions.The term “mindfulness” is derived from the Pali-term sati which is an essential element of Buddhist practice, including vipassanasatipaṭṭhāna and anapanasati. The modern movement of mindfulness was appropriated from ancient Buddhist roots and clinically innovated by Jon Kabat-Zinn. His mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program popularized the movement.

Mindfulness is also an attribute of consciousness long believed to promote well-being. Large population-based research studies have indicated that the idea of mindfulness is strongly correlated with well-being and perceived health.Studies have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry.

Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the 1970s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people who are experiencing a variety of psychological conditions. Mindfulness practice is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, such as bringing about reductions in depression symptoms, reducing stress,anxiety, and in the treatment of drug addiction. It has gained worldwide popularity as a distinctive method to handle emotions.

Clinical studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general, and MBSR in particular. Programs based on MBSR and similar models have been widely adapted in schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and other environments.


Mindfulness and Buddhism :

“Moment to moment awareness of the presence exists”, but also ‘remembering to be aware of something”. This leads to awareness and insight into the truth of the nature of reality. Namely the three marks of existence. The Impermanence of and the unsatisfactoriness of every conditioned thing that exists, and the non-self.

with this insight, the practitioner becomes a ‘stream-enterer’, which is the first stage on the path of liberation.

Mindfulness and my corridor:

Within my corridor, the drips of the water appear still and fixated in that moment for the viewer to reflect upon. If the moment to moment awareness of presence is key to the ‘liberation’ of the mind, awareness of the mind, the self, the consciousness and consequently positive wellbeing; this should occur when the viewer recognises their body in relation to the fixated moment of the drips.

(This is only appropriate if the viewer feels comfortable in the space, this depends on their reaction to the installation. Of course, varying from person to person, there tends to be either two categories of reactions. Either a very positive reaction, or a very negative reaction. This research relates to the more positive reactions of the two.This research is still necessary for the other more negative reactions, however people of a nervous predisposition, resulting in not feeling relaxed and positive after experienceing the installation.)   


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