“The eye and the camera see more than the mind knows.”
This week Ben has asked us to dig into the archives to examine the alignment between our images and our mood at the time of their capture. Interestingly my mental state at the time of each of the photographs I’ve chosen from my travels was much the same. I felt elated and completely in tune with nature as I absorbed the incredible beauty of the world around us.
“Looking at beauty in the world is the first step of purifying the mind.”
Whether observing a herd of elephants kicking up dust after crossing a deep river in Botswana, marveling at the scale of brightly red-roofed homes at the base of the majestic Andes Mountains, or experiencing the calm of a mystical sunrise over Angkor Wat, nature’s power to move me never fails.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
One cannot argue with the magnificence of the elephants, the majesty of the mountains or the mystic quality of Angkor Wat, but there is an equally powerful capacity in more simple scenes – the golden grasses of Scotland under deepening storm clouds…..
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
…….or a beautiful sunset right in your own neighborhood.
“When the mind is exhausted of images, it invents its own.”
I have been fortunate to experience some of the most beautiful places the world has to offer. I remember distinctly the joy I felt as I walked a path through the verdant rice fields of the Dragon’s Backbone in Longsheng, China….
“It’s the mind that sees, not eyes.”
….and the excitement of watching an iceberg calve in Glacier Bay, Alaska. One feels the heart expand as the eyes absorb the beauty and power of mother nature. Happiness fills the mind and feeds the soul.
“A composition is created in a wondrous interplay between imagination and reason, or between mind and reflection.
From the blue-white of trapped air within the glaciers, to the amazing colors of Roussillon’s ochre deposits, nature gifts us with scenery around which it is impossible NOT to be joyful.
“The mind is so powerful that is can suddenly grow wings of imagination and fly in the open sky.”
Here’s hoping your week is filled with beautiful scenery and moments of joy.
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