Meditation on Emotion

It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.

Claude Monet
A pastel pond with water lilies and lily pads floating atop it
Claude Monet; Water Lilies (Nymphéas), c. 1915 – 1926; Carnegie Museum of Art: Acquired through the generosity of Mrs. Alan M. Scaife

Enjoy this guided meditation paired with Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (Nymphéas). Follow along with the audio or text below.

Step-by-Step Meditation with Monet

Listen to meditation on emotion:

  1. Breathe deeply while slowly scanning the painting.
  2. Look at the many details of the painting, observing the different natural forms depicted—lily pads, flowers, water, and grass.
  3. Change your perspective so you are looking at the entirety of the painting. Notice the nuances of the colors and the depth they create.
  4. Now, focus your attention inward and notice the feelings that arise as you continue to look at the painting.
  5. Do you feel calm? Do you feel inspired? Do you feel at peace? Do you feel energized?
  6. Close your eyes and focus on this emotion as a tool for meditation.
  7. Continue to contemplate this emotion, connecting with your own emotional landscape, for as long as you like.