I recently visited the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. In the foyer was this.
What is a pile of rocks and stones doing in the Foyer of an art gallery? Well, first of all this is a work of art. Secondly, the rocks are not rocks. They are indeed picked up off the beach, but are actually worn down pieces of float foam and fibreglass, collected by artist Alexander Duncan.
This is a challenging point in our perception of our environment: What we perceive to be products of the natural world, are in fact litter, rubbish.
Where else is your perception inaccurate?
For me it is my perception of time and what I can realistically get done. I am always overestimating what can be achieved in any hour/day/week/month/year.
I love to write, make art, do yoga, swim, and read. I read a lot and realise I will never read all the books I will want to read, because there are so many out there already and so many being written all the time.
Until I remember that in the same way, just because a book exists, it doesn’t means I have to read it.
I am not required to cover every canvas in existence in paint and beads. (although I might try!)
I do not have to visit every country in the world even if I think I want to.
This is where mindfulness comes in and helps me to be less frenetic all the time, to savour things and notice them with curiosity. This in turn allows me to see an alternative perspective.
We can choose what we want to take as our truth.
How much of your perspective is based on what you were told?
Are you sure everything you believe is really true?
Would you like some help in finding out?
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