Chapter 1: 思如菌菇 (Thoughts like mushrooms)

"思如菌菇" (Thoughts like mushrooms)

Thoughts grow like mushrooms, wave upon wave, everywhere is fertile ground for thought spores to spread.

Alan Watts described overthinker's thoughts as "Chatter in the skull, perpetual and compulsive repetition of words, of reckoning and calculating."

I can relate to his description, as I have a very noisy inner world, and I often need to use loud and strong music to counter that non-stop chatter in my skull.

Overthinking is not a praiseworthy merit, people who think a lot often feel anxious, oversensitive, paranoid and depressed. But like every coin has two sides, overthinking can be a character which leads to clarity and creativity, depending on how you balance the pain and the gain. Having said that, I still can't manage to balance these two. If you succeed in doing so, please show me how.

"思如菌菇" (Thoughts like mushrooms) is the first chapter of my current self-exploring art project ( tentatively named "Breeds of Self"). I mentioned in my previous post, it is the biggest and most complex art project of my career so far. "思如菌菇" (Thoughts like mushrooms) is just a very tiny part of this project, but it is the center and the most important element in my plan, and you will see why in my next post.

Starting with this post, I will unfold this large-scale art project bit by bit. The coming chapters are gradually forming a microcosm of my inner world. I wish these works would resonate with you, and I hope you will find comfort in viewing them.

Thanks for reading, see you next time, all the best!

Breeds of Self