Each morning I pick up my iPad and click on, at least, 7 different news sources over a cup of coffee and then I shift focus to various readings on Buddhism.
The other day, I found myself wondering what is the motivation that feeds this daily ritual. Well…with some reflection, my conclusion is I’m weeding out all kinds of information searching for a seed..or two or three or more…of information that will sprout into a garden that nourishes a respect for the earth, a posture of compassion and loving-kindness for all, and a return to the ideals of a democracy that I became acquainted with, sigh, when I was so much younger and yes, naive.
“When somebody tells us a new idea, our tendency is to doubt it immediately. We look at the sky and the earth, and we look for somebody to consult. And the more we consult, the more unclear it becomes. Because each person puts out an idea and every idea is wrong. Everyone’s idea is the object of his views, and the object of his mind, and is not the reality.”
~Thich Nhát Hanh (Zen Battles)
Moving on from the events of today to revisit…The Beatles, A Day in the Life.
As I was reviewing images taken during a morning walk, this blurry photograph of children, gathered under a weeping willow to escape the summer heat, brought to mind the quote, “the eyes will not see that which breaks the heart.” So with the quote in mind I did a bit of exploring within the Nik Collection, added a couple of layers, and then did a bit of dodging and burning.
Thinking back then…we were just at that age when we knew a few things about ourselves–about who we were, how we were different from…but hadn’t yet understood what any of it meant. …So you’re waiting, even if you don’t quite know it, waiting for the moment when you realize that you really are different…that there are people…who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you…and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past everyday of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.
~Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
This 7th of 15 image submitted for the Seeing Differently challenge is another of a series from the Colorado State University’s Trial Flower Garden taken with a Nikon D750 and macro 40 mm lens. It invites me to ponder, “is my knowing of self and other blurred by preconceptions?”
Please excuse two postings in one day…I’m going to be away from my computer for a bit. Till then, please take care.