When I was young, I was the kid who could be found crouched over a patch of lawn, watching a ladybug with her minute legs climbing a blade of grass or marveling at the Herculean strength of an ant carrying some found treasure back to the colony.
I've always felt a sense of privilege at the opportunity to observe even the smallest of creatures going about their business unmolested.
The same holds true for the intricacies of nature in all her magnificent forms, be it the formation of a single petal on a flower or the way the whiskers grow on my cat's face. Truly, nothing can improve on the perfection of nature.
It's a wonder I didn't become a scientist, spending my days crouched over a microscope, examining the miracles of life in miniature. I suppose, in a way, my camera serves the same purpose for me and, lately, I've felt a sense of homecoming as I stop to document my morning walk, crouching down to get a closer look at something seen out of the corner of my eye.
It's a very literal method of being fully present and in the moment and one that brings with it an inherent sense of serenity and reverence.
Photographer and Buddhist, Charles Blackhall, articulates this process beautifully when he speaks of his own experience: "This practice, in my opinion, is really mindfulness meditation with visual perceptions as the object of attention rather than watching one's breath...The mere presence of the camera in your pocket reminds you of that visual wonder that is always before your eyes, and the practice of noticing it - what is in the frame and what isn't - is an attunement to the world. This is wakefulness, the essence of meditation. In meditation one notes it and lets it pass. If you can understand that flash of perception and record it, the result is a wonderful photograph." This is certainly true for me. And, you? In what ways do you connect with the world and find your centre?
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