Is poetry the most mindful art form?
In a way, yes. In a way, no. For the people of the monkey mind, it could be argued, poetry promotes mindfulness. For those experienced with mindfulness?
Let’s take a step back. What is any art form, as relates to consciousness? I would argue that it is a packaged dream. Many people live constantly as in a dream, touching back with reality but living much of their life in their mind. Art provides another, odd sense of reality.
It stimulates a dream state and pulls people away from their normal reality. It is like a packaged dream.
Now, if mindfulness is about constantly bringing oneself back (which is certainly one way of looking at it) then what medium requires the reader to do this more than poetry? Visual art, music, movies…all make it easy lose yourself.
In poetry, you engage. It is enforced. A mindful person will engage with all art as they engage with the world. But poetry enforces the attention or there is no art experience.Tweet
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