When I first began practicing mindfulness, I noticed that colors seemed more vivid. I hadn’t changed the prescription of my eyeglasses, I hadn’t taken new vitamins. I thought I was imagining the experience. After eight weeks of daily mindfulness practice, I realized I wasn’t seeing anything differently. What was happening was a noticing, a clear noticing of color without confusion of object or idea. It was a pure sensory experience. We sometimes refer to all of mindfulness practice as the practice of seeing clearly.
I’m looking forward to seeing the world clearly through my camera lens, with beginner’s eyes and mind at this summer’s Immersion Retreat Workshop on Contemplative Photography led by Joy Baum.
“Contemplative photography trains you to see the world in fresh ways by distinguishing the sensory from the conceptual. It is a practice that brings out your natural ability to see clearly. It allows you to express what you see photographically.” Andy Karr
This summer’s contemplative photography workshops, will cultivate mindful awareness, stimulate the senses and open channels to seeing anew. There is not only one way of seeing, there are many. Find yours.