Juliana CrownoverCreating art to inspire mindfulness and value beauty
When I was in 8th grade I tried out for advanced theater in High School. The audition included memorizing a monologue, and doing a site reading. I chose Emily Webb’s monologue from Thorton Wilder’s play “Our Town”. Perhaps you are familiar with the play. Emily leaves her grave and goes back to look at the world, and she notices how much life she missed while she was living.
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?” -Emily Webb
And so began my attempt at mindfulness.
You know the feeling? You got up in the dark and hiked to most amazing spot to watch the sunrise, you stop out of breath, you made it with 6 minutes to spare. You crack open your thermos of coffee to wait, and watch. The blue slowly turns to yellow and then pink, you are aware of every whistle of the wind, and song of the birds around you. You are in the flow, the moment, fully alive and fully present.
You might also know when you have not been mindful, you stop and ask “what were you saying?” or you drive somewhere and arrive, not really knowing how you got there because you were so lost in thought.