Mindful Insight

One of the gifts of My Container Project is how it has heightened my mindfulness. I have stepped out of my regular habitual motions and am actively attentive to my limited palette of Container choices. It is fascinating to observe my thoughts and feelings at each particular juncture. For example, yesterday morning I have a busy day with morning meditation, a spiritual group meeting, food shopping, commission work, writing a blog, and teaching a class. What will I wear?

The-before-container-me has a huge walk-in closet with way-too-many choices. My mind wanders through the collection and discards each possibility as not quite right for a host of reasons like the fit, or the color, or the sleeves. It takes me forever-and-a-day to finally be dressed and as a result of the process I don’t feel too good about my selection process, my choices, or myself.

The uniform from my container is perfect- Capri knit pants with pockets; a long knit flowing blouse with a second layer fluid knit no-button cardigan and sandals. It takes me seconds to get dressed; I am comfortable and feel put together and have no clothing issues for the entire day.

There is a meditation technique called vipassana or insight that teaches a state of uninterrupted mindfulness. It begins with a moment of simple, soft-focused awareness where the thing is simply observed without a story. Mindfulness observes the physical, mental, and emotional experience of what is present in the here and now with no feeling.

I am watching myself in process with My Container. I have totally limited my choices to things I know I like, make me comfortable and will work in my situation. I am grateful for My Container that keeps me mindfully to task, no longer stuck in my habitual wanderings and diversions, clear and ready to be with my day.

Is it possible My Container will have a profound impact on my universe? I will continue nonjudgmental observation of my process with no pride, no shame, and nothing personal to win or lose. It is what it is and my experience will be what it will be.

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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