Artwork: Walking the line between insight and mania

I’ve been meditating since 2006 and have often had images appear that I paint or write poems about. But in the last 5 years as my bipolar began to become out of control my meditations sometimes became manic as I sought to cultivate states of bliss. This painting is a reminder to myself that simple breathing or walking meditations bring me calm and to be content with that.

By Phillippa

I love art - I’m a trained art historian and I make art and write poetry. I used to work for a museum but now I’m an administrator for a university. I am Buddhist and practice meditation and yoga. I’m married with two kids, one with special needs. I was diagnosed bipolar in early 2019 after being sectioned because of mania. I have struggled with depression throughout my life and experienced postnatal depression with both kids. The mania grew out of work related stress as I had to leave my museum job.

3 replies on “Artwork: Walking the line between insight and mania”

i have never meditated however, i do look at blank canvas or pages or materials and close my eyes, then see something come from the either.
i am happy for you that you have that outlet. thats an amzing piece and i do thank you for sharing it and your insight. thank you as well for the brief look into your life.

You’re very welcome. I think art has an amazing power to help us work through trauma and energy. Anyone can be an artist- start by doodling or making patches of colour with whatever you have to hand.

100%! art is at times, something that people are just naturally gifted at, however, also a skill anyone can learn and it’s always open to the person viewing it. another example of it being taught is like in prison, many will pickup art as a way to make it through that life.
i also enjoy making art, poems and music.
looking forward to your next blog entry.

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