Pebbles in the mind…


One of the analogies for the process of meditation that I love, is the one about the busy mind being like water rippling over stones – still your thoughts and you’ll be able to see the stones that lie beneath.

I rarely manage to see the ‘stones’ – but every time I walk along a river bank and see pebbles, that image comes to mind.

This little photo was taken last month on the banks of the River Findhorn in Scotland.

Although I so often work tapestries in bright colours, part of me is aching to translate these natural tones and textures into yarns. But so far, my imagination and my hands haven’t found a way to communicate effectively. Oh well, it’s filed away somewhere in the recesses of my mind – maybe one day my subconscious will see a way forward.

At least my old worries about achieving the palette are beginning to fade – I’ve seen some knitting wools that would work perfectly.

Time to let the still mind do it’s work.


10 thoughts on “Pebbles in the mind…

  1. I saw stones like this, this morning walking along the beach and they are very mesmerising as you walk along, all the different tones of grey etc. Lovely photo 🙂

  2. there’s a wonderful rich quietness in those stones, and a lovely quietude in the idea of slowing the mind’s flow enough to see what’s beneath …. just keep practicing – the new project looks exciting!

  3. Interesting… I’ve never heard that one before. I like it. Also, I know what you mean about trying to use a natural color palette. Its can be challenging to work outside your usual range, not to mention with such subtle tones. I once tried to work a design based on an aging hydrangea and became completely befuddled.

    1. Subtle tones – that’s it entirely, you have to look so hard to work out what’s really happening and then you have to be able to find threads that replicate what you want. So far I haven’t cracked it.

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