Thursday, January 10, 2019

Seeing Each Ordinary Moment






"The gift of vision was so important that when the world was created,
the first command was for their to be light."

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor

In her book, Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor, Sarah Ban Breathnach states that there are two aspects for each of the seven senses.  She goes on to explain that the two aspects of sight are;

LOOKING

and

SEEING

"One is practical, the other passionate. One aspect is used for navigation, the other for connection. One eye makes an instant judgement the other eye contemplates", and she invites us to experience each ordinary moment as if we were seeing it for the very first time.

When I read that I realized that this is one of the things I love best about photography.  Because in focusing the lens I can bring the details of an object into a sharper and clearer focus.

Up until now I've just been using my iPhone, because the camera is pretty good and I like the convenience.  But my daughter gave me her old Canon when she got a new one last year for Christmas, and I'm thinking about dusting it off and seeing what I can come up with.  I'm not sure I like the idea of lugging it around and I have no idea how to upload pictures, but thankfully she does.  Now if I can just get her to stay home long enough to show me how. :)

I've also recently developed an interest in sketching and in painting with water colors.  I haven't tried my hand at either, but I did purchase some supplies, so if my attempts are not too ghastly and embarrassing, I might share a few of them here and there.

In thinking along those lines, I made up a little printable that you will find and can download for yourself, if you wish.  I have some nice individual sheets of sturdy paper, not card stock really, they look and feel rather like the pages in my sketch book, but for simple sketching card stock might work just as well.  I thought I might print out a few of these and try my hand at some simple sketches and then work on adding more details, looking vs seeing, as Sarah instructed.




The world is so full of beauty, and while I am blessed that I have always been a "dawdler,  as my mother often referred to my knack for lagging slowly behind in "dream land", I've always been inclined to notice beauty and the finer details of life.  But even I could do with spending a bit of time refreshing my senses, and training my eyes to see rather than just look. And I would encourage you, my readers, the next time you are out, to take a few moments to slow your place and really just take in all the beauty you can find.  Open your eyes to truly see the loveliness of this glorious world, as if it was for the very first time!

Until then,
Kim


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