Meditate on Stillness with Giorgio Morandi

I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquility and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else.

Giorgio Morandi
A painting depicts four objects on a table. Each object is painted in a muted, pastel color, with some of them layered in front of others.
Giorgio Morandi, Still Life, 1955, Carnegie Museum of Art

Take a moment to explore stillness with this guided meditation paired with Giorgio Morandi’s Still Life. Follow along with audio or the text below.

Step-by-Step Meditation on Stillness

Listen to meditation on stillness:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position.
  2. Observe the objects in the painting, allowing their stillness and tranquility to wash over you.
  3. While remaining still, slowly trace the outline of each object using only the movement of your eyes.
  4. Consider the shape and the color of each object. Contemplate how they relate to one another.
  5. Reflect on the many interpretations of the words “still life.”
  6. Close your eyes and meditate on the stillness in your body for ten deep breaths.