Archives: Capturing the Beauty Around Us
Yesterday, Andrea and I were chatting about taking photos of flowers. I take a lot of nature photos, and while I don’t post or share them all, the act of taking the photos has become a simple but inspiring meditation.
We frequently hear the suggestion to “stop and smell the flowers” and I think this meditation takes that idea one step further: When we train ourselves to stop and capture the beauty that we see in the world around us, and make a habit of doing so, we begin to seek out that beauty.
And the best part? The more we train ourselves, the more beauty we see. The world around us is suddenly full of tiny pieces of art.
As you walk around your corner of this Universe, notice the beauty around you and capture it with a camera, or jot down a few words or a quick sketch in an art journal or sketchbook. Or just take a moment to notice and focus on it.
This meditation need not be limited to nature photos, however, nor is it only for people with fancy cameras. Beauty is subjective, after all, and remember: it’s the act of taking the photo, not the photo itself. My husband has an awesome collection of photos of doors that he’s taken with instagram.
Where do you find the beauty in your life? How do you capture it?