Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Fabric of Earth

The Fabric of Earth - c Lynda Lehmann

This is an old photo I took years ago when flying home from Arizona, where I'd had an extended visit with my family.  It's not a great photo. I shot it with a digital point-and-shoot that probably captured less than 5 mega pixels.  So it's grainy, as well as having been shot through the airplane window.  The funny thing is that when I found this image while cleaning out some Photoshop files tonight, I remembered that very moment when I glanced out the plane window and saw this spectacular view of mountain ridges (which I presume were the Rockies).  I had that wonderful impulse of Joy, expressed by a quiet "Wow!" that we all get from time to time when we see something awesome and beautiful.  We have a sense of its largess and significance, although we might not be able to define why.

It seems that somehow, taking photos not only reminds me of a given moment in time, but that I can also, often remember my state of mind, even that very moment of Consciousness, that fleeting minute during which I was treated to a glimpse of something Profound.  I knew I was seeing something important, because it gave me pause, not only to feel a sense of joy, but to contemplate the Wonder of the Universe, the Wonder of Being.  And so I must conclude that taking photos of the natural world cements my Consciousness in Moments of Beauty, anchoring me more closely to the Heart of Life, if you will.

When I'm lying on my death-bed, I don't want to define myself by my riches, possessions or popularity.  I don't even want to define myself by the highs and lows of my art journey, or by how I assess whatever successes or failures I may have had.

I want to define myself by my relationships.  That means relationships with other individuals,  those outside myself with whom I have chosen to spend segments of my life, and by my Relationship with the Universe.  This will depend on how many Moments of Beauty I have beheld (to use an old-fashioned word) and how many I've taken into my Soul that will forever Enrich, Inspire, and Nourish me, even as I pass from this Earth.

NOTE:  I've capitalized various words to give them emphasis.  Not proper usage, I know...

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  1. i happened to have similar images to this one. The colour of earth can be very interesting

  2. Hi James! Thank you for your visit to my blog. How do you feel about your photography, and how it touches or changes your consciousness?

  3. Beautiful photo!Reading your blog is really a great pleasure for me!

  4. Alexandra, it's good to see you. I haven't posted much in awhile and I hope that I'll find that some of my old blogging friends are still publishing. Thanks for stopping by! It makes me very happy that you have enjoyed my blog. :)

  5. Hi Lynda,

    The rockies reminded me of a soft and cosy blanket.
    I am glad you are one of those humans who do not want to leave earth knowing that they didn't do something significant (spiritually significant, I mean). Relationships of all sorts are spiritual significant and we should focus on that and on the way we connect with the Essence.

    I see you changed your template to Dynamic Views: I tried it last year, but since it was in the early stages of life it was full of bugs and problems. So, please share: how it is now? Have you tried to insert a header? Do you like it?


  6. Max, me too, they remind me so much of cloth and just how malleable our Earth really is.

    My consolation in life is my relationship to nature. I fear that many of us are becoming so removed from the natural world via our creature comforts and technology, that soon we won't care about the environment at all.

    Thank you for your visit, dear Max. As for the dynamic view, I did a stupid thing and changed it without making an updated copy of my template. And now is seems buggy, as you suggested, and a lot of link lists and such, seem to be missing. I have no time to work on it now, or on my header, but I'll get to it eventually.

    I'll be over to visit you soon, dear Max. Our daughter is here until Wednesday.

  7. I think it's natural on your death bed to think about those whom you love. And perhaps should have given more to or appreciated more. I don't think anyone says, I should have worked more or acquired more earthly anything.

    I write some about relationships, love, art, spirituality, travel and from time to time make a social comment. hope you'll join me.

    Linda with a i.

  8. Thanks for your visit, Linda with an "i." I always wondered why my parents chose the "y," not the style in those days!

    Nice to meet you. We blog on similar veins. I'll be over to visit!


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