"I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful. An endless prospect of magic and wonder." - Ansel Adams
As with all Wonder Mindfulness walks, we seek to practice movement and presence awareness, but also sharpen our experiences and our seeing of the world around us. For better or worse, dark or light, we have the opportunity to try again every day to see anew.
This meditation will slow the pace down and allow us to frame images before we capture them; and, in doing so, see deeply and wonderfully into our walking experiences.
A note about this week’s optimal equipment: you might enjoy carrying a macro lens for close-ups, or if you own a medium format box camera, this is a fun one to bring that along. We will be taking the time to frame our images before shooting.
As you capture images this week, see if the pre-framing helps provide a method where you can use your body, not your camera, to flowingly check out an image before stopping a while to commit. This picture frame is always with you; in meetings, waiting in line, as a passenger in a car or train. Anywhere you want to capture, frame, and take a moment, in the moment to pre-create art, this method is a tool you can use.
Imagine, too, a day when you set out quickly and forget any camera at all, even your phone. You can use your hands to “take” photographs, and come back later if you like. Or, just create without creating. Use it as a portable tool to always be looking more in-depth, with sharp awareness in the moment.
This poem contemplates how everything we want to create,
experience, feel, enjoy, touch, smell and love exists in this moment,
if we simply allow it.
A Garden of Stars
Nothing Worth Doing is Easy
swapping saffron compliments
with a proud Susan,
sitting on the thirteenth pedal
circling her black eye
Reflecting our diaphanous flights,
through this garden of stars
Worth Doing Is Easy
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and taking photographs outside in nature. Thank you for joining me.
Disclosure: Mindful walks are taken at the discretion of the user. If you have any physical, mental or emotional health limitations, consult your physician before engaging in this activity.
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