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Mindfulness: Mind-Boggling

t2013 Mental Health Humor cartoon Mindfulness Mind-boggling by Chato Stewart
Mindfulness Mind-boggling

Studies show when you look at a puzzling image your mind works harder to figure out what is going on…Just that action builds your memory, even if you can’t figure it out!  If that is true, and you are an avid reader of my somewhat puzzling Mental Health Humor cartoons, then you are no doubt a Harvard scholar by now.  🙂

Mindfulness is more or less translated as “awareness.” It is a spiritual/psychological sense of being aware. After I posted my last Mindfulness cartoon “DELETED” post title: Mindfulness: Clear your Mind, I had one of my Facebook friends inform me that being mindful is:

“about letting the thoughts come and go. Letting them have no more impact than sticks floating down a river. It is about recognizing that the thoughts need to be healed in the those still moments”

The problem in my MIND is those sticks are going to meet up and more and more sticks are going to meet up floating down that river and before you know it, a huge wall of sticks have built a damn holding back the river…10 feet to 20 feet high flooding the town and washing away roads.  Then the dam will burst and I sure can recognize the wall of rapid water smashing up and uprooting trees and snapping houses like sticks–racing down the river washing away everything… That is what I see with those sticks.

I know Mindfulness has been one of those keywords people use and misuse. I give it a WIDE birth when I think about being mindful or thinking /teaching terminology.  While I define mindfulness as “awareness of my thought”  and I use it as pertaining to living with Bipolar Disorder and Depression, Self-Injury, PTSD, BED, (for a while BPD)…and a host of other issues and other  idiosyncrasies…All things considered, I find it of great importance that my path to enlightenment is being mindful with mirth and laughter to learn to cope with a mind-full of sorrow and pain.

P.S. If You don’t get the cartoon, simply: it’s a painting of a sky rise hanging in a subbasement of a building. (I have no idea why there is a window cleaner in the painting.)

SEE: The Heart and Science of How to Make Mindfulness Work

Mindfulness: Mind-Boggling

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2013). Mindfulness: Mind-Boggling. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from


Last updated: 10 Oct 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Oct 2013
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