Most types of meditation involve paying attention to your mind and if it wanders, bringing it to a chosen focal point. The focal point itself varies from meditation to meditation.
Focusing on an abstract painting can still the mind. “Angel of Emptiness” exemplifies the Buddhist meaning of emptiness. Emptiness does not mean complete nothingness; it doesn’t mean nothing exists at all. It means that things do not exist the way our grasping self thinks they do. By focusing on the muted white and grey in the angel painting your eyes will eventually adjust to a spaciousness not seen at first. There is spaciousness or emptiness in the mind that is beyond understanding. Focusing on that empty space in the art can calm the mind into being in the moment. The moment is all we really have. My angel in the right hand corner demonstrates the calm moment.
“Empty Cross” is another abstract painting that can give focus to emptiness. As with the angel painting, there is a vastness seen when concentrating on the large spaces of white, black and grey. The cross represents the real meaning of the crucifixion which according to A Course in Miracles is “teach only love for that is what you are”.