“Your purpose is to be yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals.

Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.

Compassion becomes real when we recognise our shared humanity.” Pema Chödrön

How to care for our minds, the planet we inhabit and the beings, plants and elements we share it with?

My daily practice is understanding this path of living, our being human. 

At present, I work as an artist and in the field of adult mental health and psychiatry.  Particularly, I am interested in our psychological and spiritual health, for individuals and collectively. I have been training in contemplative psychology to explore these processes, while also working closely with people from other disciplines to maintain an openness in my approach.

For me, art does not always feel necessary, although it may be that through sharing my own expression others may feel inspired to share theirs and this process of exchange may help us to appreciate and understand one another. 

When I am not working inside, I love to be in nature. 

THE SINGING PART OF THE IMAGINATION - Brian Catling RA

grounded shared space - Eleanor Minney

what does it mean, to be without touch?

to live without people,

to see you through a screen.

 

When we meet                       to be apart.

 

Careful, cautious, t e n t a t i ve.

 

A feeling of loss, an emotional pain,

psychological surfaces

 

reminds me of the teaching that the self can’t be found in one place anyway.

...

E.M. May 2020

Produced for Bethlem Gallery's Under Construction Programme.

Full text can be viewed on - http://bethlemgallery.com/2020/05/bethlem-friday-focus-grounded-shared-space

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...Eventually

The table turned into a garden,

Full of seeds without bodies.

 

The seeds grew into a single fig tree.

 

 

            [They see her from the window

            lining up her seeds along the beach

      -     she placed the stone aside.

 

- Extract from Seeds and Waves (Love), E.M. 18

A meditation.

 

Mind like bog, shimmer – slog.

Amorphous:

like Fog.

That’s quite a responsibility.

If I am alive.

The noise really hurts [my quiet state of mind].

 

Minute magnitudes,

Phenomenological gratitudes,

Realise this moment.

 

E.M. January 2018

Daily Presence, 2017-2018  [ - of 263]

Eleanor Minney Artist

    All work is © Eleanor Minney 2020