Today we're going to meditate on focusing our attention on a picture. This could be a photograph, or something that's painted. For the purpose of this video, we're going to focus on this Van Gogh painting. Watch the video below to learn more.
You need to really look at the painting. It might sound strange, but you are going to ask the painting, “What are you trying to tell me?”
First, you want to start with the big picture. Notice the clouds and how they go all the way across a portrait. Notice the extra green patch that is in the middle, the hills, and the flowers that are in front (if that's what you interpret the red dots to be).
Now, I want you to walk closer, so you can see the detail of the colors. Notice the yellows, the greens, the purples, the blues, and the different shades that are present.
Before I did not see what I interpreted to the right side as possibly a bush. Maybe you didn't interpret the lines in the middle as a farmer's field. You could now interpret the base of the painting as the wind blowing through the grass.
Now, get even closer. Pick a square inch and look at the delicate brushstrokes that the artist has given you. Really look at the art, meditate on it, find what the artist was trying to tell you, and speak to it.
Give yourself 10 minutes to focus. See how many colors and designs you can see. You will feel more peaceful when you're done.