I’m a yoga teacher by profession and a landscape photographer by confession, which means I support my photography teaching yoga. I practice both and meditate daily. I’m an admitted self-help junkie, in an ongoing spiritual discourse/practice. I try to walk my talk and I’ve noticed a few things; the world is a wondrous and amazing place with visual opportunities all around me. When I meditate and/or practice, the world is always more vivid in a way, shimmering. We only need to wake up from the dream of our everyday routine consciousness to see it.
Not so easy waking myself up more and more. Being spiritual is always a choice, and not always the easiest one. Being present is more difficult than it sounds, yet paradoxically effortless. You may think “schmuck, you’re taking a picture of a mountain”. To which I say EXACTLY!
Whether it be a beautiful sunset or a street scene, I shoot what ever I see that makes sense to me in that moment. Sometimes it comes out and sometimes not. But the doing of it always lifts and elevates me.
The thing I most love about photography is it’s now-ness. Thoughts just stop. Yoga/photography/life is all about focus. (And depth of field)
This is to me a “spiritual experience”. When the world seems to stop. When the noise quiets you can actually hear the stillness. That’s the way I show up to it. That’s the difference. One has to show up for stillness, not the other way around.
And when you do, there is a sense of gratitude. Just being grateful. Seeing the abundance in and loving what you have. That moment when it all comes together and I press the button. The happy dance. That’s the closest to joy I get.
Until the next now,