Wednesday, October 21, 2009

meditation amidst the "crazy-busyness"

North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, NC

"Let us not dash, but whisper through."
- Tony L. Arrasmith, 2007

(read this quote by a photographer at a recent art show at this place)

A few weekends ago I decided to go out and take photographs. My poor camera had been neglected for weeks. One perfectly crisp and cool fall day, I went for a nice solitary walk in a nearby park, then went to the Krohn Conservatory to see the orchid show/sale. I took LOTS of pictures.

Sadly, I felt disappointed and frustrated. Typically, taking photos puts me in that centering, meditative mode. But I wasn't feeling it that day. None of the photos I took really stood out for me. And I was taking photos of my favorite subject - botanicals! I reviewed the photos again, but none of them spoke to me. What was wrong? I had great natural lighting in that place; it was fairly early in the day, so it was not too busy and distracting. Yet I didn't really LIKE any of the photos. They were just.... ok. So-so.

"Let us not dash, but whisper through."

Maybe that was it.

Some things in life cannot be hurried. Some things are nurtured through long pauses. Some things grow and take root in slow-ness, in gentleness.



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3 comments:

Kim said...

Hi Mia,
Yes, it happens to me too.

Jen said...

Beautifully (and wisely) written. Thanks for the oh-so-necessary advice.

Thomas said...

Many artists encounter dissatisfaction on their work of art. They feel that there's something missing in their work. Mia, maybe you still haven't found the concept that you wanted for your photography theme. Concept is really important in every artistic product. Why don't you try to meditate in a tranquil surrounding. Maybe one of the reasons why you can't find a concept for your art is because you weren't able to relax your mind. It is important having a peaceful mind when creating a masterpiece. Our Theta (also known as sixth sense), is one of the vital gears in our mind, is responsible for creative thinking and intuitive skills which are very useful in formulating alternative ways in solving a problem. Sometimes, we aren't able to fully utilize our intuition because of problems. Theta Healing is designed to use the natural intuition in a right way. Today, many have embraced the Theta Healing technique as a means to learning the basic use of the natural intuition that is inherent to them.

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