Moments of Zen
March 25, 2020 • 1 Comment
In my last blog post, I mentioned that I had been posting every day on Facebook and Instagram calming photographs I called Moments of Zen.
I am pleased that the response to these have been wonderful--between 150 and 200 likes for each image between the two platforms! I have been going through my 300,000+ photos to look for those that promote tranquility, peace, positivity, and mindfulness and found quiet a few--I was surprised at how many! It is great that peeps and people I don't know find them comforting and assuring during these difficult times.
Unfortunately, New Jersey now has the 2nd highest number of cases of COVID-19 in the country, so it is no wonder that people are anxious and worried. I am very, very concerned--for my friends, my family, my wife and myself! The virus has altered life in ways that would have been unimaginable just a month ago, and it may stay greatly changed for a long time to come. NOBODY knows when this will end and if we can return to something close to normal.
I read recently that we need to keep in mind that we as individuals cannot change the virus--we can only change how we react to it. We have no control over our destiny--only how we as individuals react to it. This is true for many similar circumstances.
Given this, my choice is to react in ways that I, as an individual, believe are doable. Some are easy--keep a distance from others, washing my hands often, keeping in touch with friends and family, working to eat right and stay healthy, and following the rules. One thing is more unusual--trying to send out calm and positive vibes though my photographs. To help do so, I have, in addition to posting daily, created a new gallery on this site called "Moments of Zen." Here I am offering the daily photographs I have been posting on other platforms.
I do hope these help you achieve tranquility and mindfulness. Anxiety and stress achieve nothing. Calm and determination, together with purposefulness, can achieve much. As I noted last time, I am not a first responder. I can not offer anyone any direct assistance. But if I help people get through this horrible period with my photographs, I am glad to do so.
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Imagery has always been an important part of the Zen experience in Buddhist culture. The tradition of placing calligraphic or artistic objects (called butsudan) in front of statues dates back to early Zen temples in Japan. When a person sits on the floor, meditates and looks at the image, that experience is called zazen.The images are meant to inspire contemplation and meditation on the meaning of life. While the tradition usually highlights paintings, calligraphy, sculptures or ceramics, I wanted to explore how photography could be used as an object for zazen.For me, photography is a way to engage with nature and find moments of inner peace while discovering new places. Whenever I take photos in nature, I feel connected to something bigger than myself — something that transcends time and place.
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