Wednesday, January 2, 2013
day #2: tree to sky moment & learning to pay attention
the second mindful video. this is from a walk along the fields and forest here.
a different kind of attention
really enjoying the videos - and the way the format makes me more attentive. walking along the path, i looked for possible views to film, and was glad to find this spot, at this moment of light shining through.
a reflection on format: for photos, the movement isn't the key to taking the picture. for film, it is: either the outside movement, or the movement of the camera. and of course, there's the element of sound. like in my first video, the one from yesterday, with the church bells 8 a.m. moment. today is quieter, and more about details. the change of contrast / lightness is induced by the camera automatic, but then, our eyes do the same when looking from darker to lighter views, i realized after watching it again: we are constantly adjusting. just like we adjust our attention / focus constantly.
more than 200 moments
after uploading my video yesterday, it was beautiful to see how more and more moments went online - in the course of the day, over 200 came together at How to begin. small stone Day One.
the last one on the first page touched me especially:
There is only treelight and candlelight and
a wet torrent teeming over the roof above.
As I sit in this semi-silence, I wish for sleep,
and I think, Day One... and how fitting it is,
that it has all begun with the washing rain.
And George Eliot echoes in my head,
"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
this is water & paying attention
and a quote: 2 years ago, i read David Foster Wallace's thought-provoking commencement speach at New Year morning: "This is Water". which now turned into a kind of returning read for the day. included below is a quote that connect to the idea of mindful moments: to pay attention to the small moments that make life, and to be more conscious of the everyday:
"But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.
Not that that mystical stuff is necessarily true. The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're gonna try to see it. This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.
Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship."
( here's the full essay online: This is Water )
seen from that angle, january will be about worshipping small and moving / fleeting moments