A visit to a cathedral by Mike Heseltine

Finding stillness.


stillness of the tomb painting

Timeless.


ancestors all connected drawing.

We are all connected.


My thoughts distract me from mindfulness.

Distracted by thoughts.

My thoughts distract me from stillness. I dwell in the illusions of past and future.
I grasp at my feelings, but they are now imagined.
Thoughts have taken me away.


The constant chatter in my mind picture

I create my story where I am King

I create my story.

Thoughts quickly take me from the present moment, to an illusional world where I create my story and where I am king.

I am beneath the tombstone, in stillness...... more


I only see my thoughts.

My thoughts colour and interpret what I see, so that what I see are just my thoughts.
I am unaware of the wisdom in the stillness of the tomb.

In the painting I am focused upon my... here


I only see my thoughts.

When I look at you,
what I see is me.

I hold onto my thoughts of the past and future..... here


The illusion of self painting by Mike Heseltine

The illusion of self.

As I look at the tomb, I become aware ... more


The burden of self by Mike Heseltine

The burden of self.

My personal story is an illusion, created by my ego... more here.


I am not my thoughts

I am not my thoughts.

While I observe my thoughts, I become.... more here


Space Between thoughts. Art by Mike Heseltine

The space between thoughts.

One evening an owl hovered above Rosanna and me.... more here.


Drawing of Letting go

Letting go of past and future.

The painting depicts me in the cathedral...... more here.


Finding stillness.

With no thoughts, I am the sun and the moon as one.
Standing in front of a tomb, my connection was in the stillness. The stillness in the tomb and in me was the same, while time and thoughts passed overhead.


Die before you die

I die before I die.

I let go of all things and only the ego dies.
As I remain still, I feel an acceptance of the impermanence of all things. I feel a freedom, allowing me to enjoy what is, rather than grasp for something else. If I can die before I die, then there is no death.


In stillness picture

In stillness we co-exist.

In stillness we are all one.
As I stood in front of the tomb, I felt a connection with all my ancestors. It seems that when my mind is still, I sense that the only thing that exists is this one moment that is created by everything that has ever been. In the drawing, the owl and me co-exist in the awareness of the universal consciousness of God, represented by the stillness of the tomb.


What we have is enough painting.

What we have is enough.

In stillness, what we have is enough. When the owl hovered above Rosanna and me, we felt a deep happiness from within. Everything we needed was present in the moment. The owl had taken away thoughts of past and future, leaving us both no desire for anything more than what we had.


My stillness painting

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Chapter 2 - We are all connected


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