Monthly Archives: June 2015

Keats

‘In the dull catalogue of common things

Philosophy will clip an Angel’s wings,

Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,

Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine –

Unweave a rainbow.’

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Entering a New and Better Life

Miracles are everywhere, on every street corner, in every alleyway, in every neighbourhood including yours and mine. They are present in the blazing blue skies, in the tropical verdant forests, in the song of a rain storm and the eyes of a child. “ Where there is great love there are always miracles. “ Willa Cather

Come off auto pilot and just be present in the now moment, fully concentrated, fully attending to what needs to be done. Try to avoid the mind wandering off somewhere else to another place, another time and bring it back, say to yourself:  “ Wish I was here!” and mean it.

Keep alert and receptive to all the new that sweeps into your life. Remaining attached to fixed opinions, beliefs and views is probably the greatest impediment to spiritual growth.

Get in touch with your feelings, especially the deeper ones that your attention often overlooks. We are emotional, feeling human beings and we must never forget this reality although we often do as we go chasing across our lives busying ourselves with all manner of activities. Take time out and relax, ask yourself if there is something within you that needs your attention, which needs to be heard over the din of over-burdened comings and goings?     

No one can really know what you are thinking, what your thoughts are unless you give them expression, unless you share them.

If you are currently getting too many disappointments in your life look closely at your expectations.

Remain open and available to everyone; practice giving them your full presence. Other people are important, with no exceptions; everyone is of value and needs your consideration. Haven’t you noticed that each one of them comes with a label saying” I’m a real person and I need to be acknowledged as such.” 

Negative thoughts can, if allowed, invade and colonize us undermining, over time our confidence and self-worth. When this happens start to challenge their right to be present, consider them as simply representing wrong views, falsehoods that need to be corrected. By adopting this strategy you will soon come into a space of positivity and start to see the world in a kinder light, nicer, better than before.    

Be prepared to reassess your friendships. There does come a time when we might have to let people go because they are in a different space, because they have moved away, because, over time, they have become different people. This is understandable and it always allows us to make new friends, individuals who come into our orbit, who just naturally grow in our lives without us ever really noticing.

We must ensure that we become the very agents of change and not solely the victims of it. Recently I came across some graffiti which seemed to sum this all up succinctly: “ Question everything “ A mind-set that is open and constantly evaluating the inputs from life and its ever changing dynamic. 

Inspire yourself with new, meaningful, self-nourishing thought that can transform your life and make it a better, more fulfilling existence for the benefit of everyone. 

Be more daring; bring experiments into your life to freshen it up, however small. Change things around, do less of one thing and more of another – you decide which. Routine can easily become staid, boring often strangling the possibility of a better life that is waiting for you just around the corner. 

Don’t get caught up in your work so much so that you can’t breathe….

Remember that work should never be that defining – it’s not who you really are deep inside; it’s not your real personal identity so it’s OK to detach from it. Don’t overdue the hours you work, turnoff your work mobile when out of the office, avoid answering work e-mails in the evening and, definitely, avoid the damaging syndrome of holidaying e-mailing.

A life full of awareness, full of consciousness of what surrounds you is the only life to live – evolving, expanding, constantly remaining open to the new. Reflecting, assimilating, fully feeling, experiencing the life we have been offered is the only way to live – there is no other.

You should only live up to your expectations not those of others. For once we commit to our life, our journey, we become more real, we start to discover who we really are and not just some projection that we construct from our own, misguided perceptions of what others think we should be.

Always insist on negotiating the space around your personal boundaries. Always try to push back the tight fitting, anxiety creating perimeter fences that try to hold you in. If you are not free enough to be able lay down your own rules, your own schedules then others will do it for you.    

Immerse yourself in creative pursuits and then happiness will follow you – it has to, it has no real choice. 

Michael Lewin

Photography

“ If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.”

Bruce Gilden

“ Street photographers never switch off. You have to be constantly on the lookout for the unreal moment in the everyday.”

Jesse Marlow

“ Cities can be badly run, crime infested, dirty, decaying. Yet many people think it they are worth living in, even the worse ones. Why? Because cities have the potential to make us more complex human beings. A city is a place where people can learn to live with strangers, to enter into the experiences and interests of unfamiliar lives. Sameness stultifies the mind; diversity stimulates and expands it.”

Richard Sennett

“ I want to address our habitual ways of seeing, our trained eye, our knowledge of culture, film and photography. “

Mirko Martin

“ I believe that the photographer’s job is to cut a frame-sized slice out of the world around him, so faithfully and honesty that if he  were to put it back, life and the world would begin to move again without a stumble.”

Raghu Rai

“ I am weary of stereotypes and aware that photos often perpetuate them. I’d like to take pictures that somehow counteract this. “

Carolyn drake

“ At a time when staged narratives and rendered images are popular, I am excited by the fact that life itself offers situations far more strange and beautiful than anything I could set up. “

Melanie Einzig

“I’m out there looking for photographs and sometimes I reach a point where what’s out there is looking for me. Minor ( White ) used to talk about how that would happen. One thing Minor did, and I catch myself doing, is that when you’ve photographed something and absorbed it, then you bow to it.”

John Upton

“You need to grab the jurors’ attention from the start and hold it firmly through to the last image. Editing is crucial. Each photograph has to be strong and the sequencing needs to make sense, from a story-telling and an aesthetic point of view. Avoid repetitions. You might need to say goodbye to some of your ‘darlings’! A good text with the pictures is short, concise, to the point, informed, descriptive. I find it helps to imagine you are speaking to a smart child who would rather be outside playing with friends: you have very little time to tell the story and explain WHY it matters. The same holds true for captions. 1st sentence: describe the image. 2nd sentence: why and how this image fits into the body of work.”

Daphne Angles
“Remember the world around your frame needs to be in your frame. A great picture actually distills 360 degrees and condenses space and emotion into an experience that registers long after you look away from the image. Think when you photograph and don’t confuse speed with purpose. Finding and capturing these moments means the photographer is always on a path to discovery and this process forms an essential aesthetic and hopefully unique voice. One picture is a piece of a whole and I am forever curious about the many elements (photographs) that create an entire story. Present your work with range and find rhythm that speaks to not only detail in an image but also to an emptiness, one that is full of considerations of consequence. Think metaphorically of the power of music when there is  a beat of silence. Extraordinary photographs know this silent note as well. Remember that a picture is more than punctuation.  Photographs are verbs, active, evolving and always cogitating. What informs a picture is often as important as the picture. When experience and process are powerfully channeled in the photograph(s), the image becomes a portal revealing depth and nuance about moment that reverberates through time.”

James Wellford

The Mandala of Healing

The first question we must ask ourselves is: “ How much  pain and suffering must we endure before we let healing into our lives?”

When we stop fighting our pain and suffering the healing can commence

Healing is not a quick fix, band aid remedy – it’s a way of life

Healing must take us into the depths of our wounds; the very core of who we have become and then transform us

Healing is a rendezvous with peace and serenity

We must be prepared to let healing take us to a new beginning

Prayer is never misplaced in any healing practice. As Emerson

said: “ No man ever prayed without learning something.”

You must cultivate a deeper engagement and relationship with body awareness

Deep within our pain and hurt lies salvation

Feeling loved

Feeling needed and wanted

Feeling our lives can touch other lives

Feeling our lives make a difference in this world

Feeling our lives have meaning and significance

All these realizations will allow a profound healing to come to us…..

How many thoughts do we have in one hour, in one single day? How many are repeating themselves? How many are nourishing us? How many are hurting us?  Pay attention to these thought if you want to start on a healing journey

Fear will hold us back from healing. See fear as a projection, not a tangible reality – unless we decide to make it so…

Meditate often….

Sit with the pain experience without giving it a permanent identity. What is it saying?

Anxiety and agitation are not conducive to the healing process. When they surface in our lives allow them to dissipate in the knowledge that we are on a recovering journey into the very heart of healing…

Healing is our practice, healing is our commitment. It’s what we undertake in order to return to our true selves

Michael Lewin

Susan Sontag

“ For while paintings and poems do not get better, more attractive simply because they are older, all photographs are interesting as well as touching if they are old enough. It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph – only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones. Photography’s adoption by the museum only accelerates that process which time will bring about anyway; making all work valuable.”

Susan Sontag

 

Cartier Bresson

“Composition must be one of our constant preoccupations, but at the moment of shooting it can stem only from our intuition, for we are out to capture the fugitive moment, and all the interrelationships involved are on the move. In applying the Golden Rule, the only pair of compasses at the photographer’s disposal is his own pair of eyes. Any geometrical analysis, any reducing of the picture to a schema, can be done only (because of its very nature) after the photograph has been taken, developed, and printed— and then it can be used only for a post-mortem examination of the picture. I hope we will never see the day when photo shops sell little schema grills to clamp onto our viewfinders; and that the Golden Rule will never be found etched on our ground glass.

Henri Cartier-Bresson