Practicing being in the moment
SOME OF MY RECENT "NOWS."
Have you ever come upon something unexpected and stopped what you were doing to look and listen and feel? Maybe it was a child playing in the water on a hot day or the first tulip of spring. Maybe it was the bent form of an old man as he walked up a hill. Maybe it was your first taste of a freshly picked raspberry or the sight of a birds nest with a baby robin peering over the edge.
For that moment you were fully there, your mind still and your eyes open. For that moment you were experiencing life in the now. Every aspect of what you were seeing, smelling and maybe tasting was clear.
AND THEN YOUR MIND STARTING CHATTERING AGAIN and the moment of fully living became crowded with thoughts of things not even there in front of you.
I like those moments, cherish those moments when my mind is still and my being is fully engaged in the now. A few years ago I discovered that viewing the world through a camera lens not only produced pictures but also gave me a way back to the clarity and delight of the present moment.
Through the camera I focused on what was there not on what my mind was creating. I saw the clouds and the snow and the mountains in fuller detail than if I was wandering past. As my mind still and my eye sought out the world through the camera I saw details and colors I often missed.
I bought a newer camera and several lens and headed out day after day to see the world. Sometimes now I leave the fancier equipment at home. The growing camera bag is getting heavy but with the advent of the cell phone I can take pictures everyday everywhere. AND I DO.
Every day I take pictures so I can see the world and remember to be in the world in the now.
I wonder what you will see through your camera or your cell phone camera?
SEEING THE NOW
artist, author, consultant