The other day I was reading an article on the effect of play on children’s brains. It turns out that it’s good for children to play. Who knew! But wait, it’s good for animals to play too. Yes, animals play. People who have dogs know this already. Maybe it’s good for adults to play as well, but let’s not go too far.
So this got me thinking about all the programmed activity we provide for our children. What they do over the summer vacation has to “mean something.” We’re all looking for meaning. Everywhere. In our work, in our play, in our sports and in our leisure activities. We do things to further some other purpose.
But wouldn’t it be nice if we could just do some things for no purpose at all? Work on a project for the sole purpose of doing a good job of it. Go for a walk, or even a run, in the woods just to enjoy it, leaving home the stopwatch. Read a book that’s not on anyone’s “Must Read” list?
Artists play. Not always, but I believe that some of the best work happens in the silent meditative space that’s created when the mind has forgotten about expectations.
The painting above, Walking Meditation, was inspired by a silent meditation retreat I attended at Plum Village in the South of France with my daughter. It’s unfinished.
I’m still playing with it…
Upcoming Exposition: I am honored to have one of my paintings, a portrait of Caryn, on display at the Annual Salon des Artistes Français, at the Grand Palais, avenue Winston Churchill – 75008 Paris. The Exposition will start on February 14, 2018 and end on February 18, 2018.