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…”
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 🙂
Thank you – yes they draw you in.
I can never see too much grey! And yes, the pebble analogy is a perfect one 🙂
My favourite. I may be a late convert to grey, but now I’m starting to appreciate it’s many faces.
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!
Something hypnotic about stones isn’t there. No doubt I’ll keep trying to find a way.
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.
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.
Beautiful restful colours – good luck with your project.
Thank you – stitching on.