Marcie Scudder’s site, Daily Practice – an exercise in mindfulness caught my eye last week.
Lots of people get automatic delivery of beautiful photos to marvel at. My sister’s favorite is the National Geographic Photo of the Day. But Scudder has something more in mind.
I picked up my camera and began what quickly became a daily exercise in recording the world as I view it through my camera lens. The practice, as I have come to know it, is about finding the new in the everyday ordinary. It is about presence and awareness..and recording what ’is’. It is not necessarily about perfection. It is a reminder that there is hidden magic in the details, if we actually stop and take the time to look and see what it is we’re looking at.
There are some Buddhist meditation practices that focus on an object, a photo, a thought, for periods of time. There are some schools that object to the focusing of attention on any object or concept outside “no-mind.” Everyday mindfulness easily encompasses taking the time to examine “the hidden magic in the details.” Try walking along with Marcie Scudder for a few days, and really see what she sees. Try observing carefully without allowing your mind to take on the discursive thoughts and judgements that ordinarily would occur when looking at photos. “I like those colors.” “Oooh, how pretty!” Just look.
You might bring new eyes back to your “real world.”
My hope is to take you along with me as I walk and explore…and to share some of the peace and wonder I find along my way.
All of Scudder’s photographs are available for purchase.