Maintaining my focus on the little things and finding new discoveries is how I maintain an inner equilibrium. At times life may be difficult and confusing to navigate and things out of my control threaten to overwhelm me, but as long as I keep my focus on the small details I come through ok.
When I feel my focus slipping a favorite way to bring myself back is by limiting my vision to what I see through my camera lens. While shooting pictures a sense of calm overtakes me and my breathing slows- my focus becomes solely that of my subject. In between shots while searching for the next thing my entire awareness becomes that of how the light falls and how colors interact. It is my most practiced form of meditation. Capturing Beauty becomes my main goal at that moment. By limiting myself in this way and focusing on (and seeking out) what is beautiful I am able to let go of any negative thoughts or worries that threaten to swallow me whole.
Sometimes what I find beautiful is simplicity...a raccoon print in the mud- it is the stepped on stick- the contrast of the leaf and the mud with the sheen and texture is what captivates me..
The Moon in its fullness and the pull it has on the Earth, oceans and people
My sons walking away and the contrast of their clothing in the colorless landscape
How the wood on my deck echoes the colors and lines of the Chickadee
The startling red of a Cardinal in a landscape of browns, deep greens and greys