Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Sitting to watch a sunrise or sunset is something that requires us to be still as we take a moment, stop the car, go out on the deck, look out the window, or just stand still long enough to watch the transition of colors as they gradually change and morph from pinks and reds and lavenders, to reds and finally blues or grays. It's an activity that causes us to pause for a moment and just breath in the landscape, but it doesn't last forever, and therefore if our life is rushed and our mind is too busy, we miss it for another day.
As we all know, the sun is not actually "rising" or "setting"... it's simply appearing and disappearing in our awareness as the earth rotates, just like thoughts appear and disappear in our mind as we travel through our day. As the earth rotates, the sun comes into our field of perception and lights up the sky with an array of colors which bounce off the clouds and objects around us in a way that many have called, magical. Photographers love these times of the day because the colors become very pronounced and dynamic.
There was a time long ago when we humans slept and woke with the appearance and disappearance of the sun, so our ancestors most likely saw many more sunrises and sunsets than we do today. In comparison, we have to make an extra effort in these modern days to put ourselves in the path of a sunrise or sunset in order to not miss it.
The fullest colors of these dynamic images in the sky last about 15 to 30 minutes, so the next time you find yourself catching a glance from the corner of your eye, see if there is a safe place to pull the car over, or somewhere to sit for a moment, or even just allow yourself five silent moments of observation from a window or other space where you can reconnect with the peacefulness of the natural rotation of the earth you are a living part of. Let your eyes relax into the brilliant colors before you as they gently morph from one color to the next. Let your breathing slow and your shoulders relax and try to remember who you are outside of the hustle and bustle of your contemporary daily life.
Thanks to Hartwig HKD for the great art in photography - Meditation at the Lake
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Thanks to Dean Hochman for his great photo brushes
Friday, July 10, 2015
We find this natural element in the sound of the waterfall, the lulling drumming of a creek or river as it flows by, and even in a basic water fountain--be it decoratively set on the end of a small table, or taking up the entire corner of a room.
The relaxing lull of a water fountain can be used for meditation with its gentle flowing or trickling sound, which can help to focus the mind in order to keep it from wandering to stressful memories or worries.
If you have the opportunity during your day to find a water source, you can sit and soak in the relaxing sound no matter where it is. Many cities have water fountains just outside some major buildings, and some businesses have built-in court yards with fountains or ponds for people to sit by and enjoy. In most states you can also enjoy natural water sources like creeks and rivers, as well as waterfalls and lakes, as you venture out onto trails and open spaces.
If none of these are available to you, there are an abundant number of natural water sound CD's and even videos that can be found to order and enjoy on your audio player or TV screen. With your eyes closed you can use the power of your imagination to match the scenery in your mind's eye with the sound of the water on these recorded resources.
If you've been away from a water source for too long, you may find yourself craving the need to get away from it all and go find a nice stream to sit by in order to center your mind for a while. It's important not to ignore this pull from nature, which calls to us now and then to remember where we come from.
Thanks to Luke Addison for his great photo Water Flow 2