April 21, 2020

Would combatting our habit of unconscious negative thoughts and beliefs become more urgent, if we could see the damage we are inflicting?

Simone Elliot, 28

‘I’m not good enough. I’m a bad person. My body is disgusting. I will never succeed’. On average, 80% of our thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. If we believe these thoughts, it can destroy our self esteem. I’ve realised from my own personal experience, and the guidance of ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle, that it’s a habit that develops over time, and like all habits, is very difficult to break. It’s a common habit, and yet, we barely ever talk about it, or share the burden with our loved ones in a mutually beneficial way. Would we continue to touch the harmful thorn if we could actually see the destructive effects on ourselves? Through symbolism, I want to show people (and I’ve discovered, myself) the pain we cause ourselves with this habit in an exaggerated way. Recently I have been reading books, meditating and practicing mindfulness to train myself to become more aware of these thoughts as they arise, and am trying to let them pass. I hope that through awareness, we learn to appreciate the rose fully, without mindlessly and continually touching the thorns.

Would combatting our habit of unconscious negative thoughts and beliefs become more urgent, if we could see the damage we are inflicting?, 2020Acrylic on canvas40cm x 30cm