A recent article in the Goshen College student newspaper, the Record, told of one student's discovery of miksang. Miksang, or "good eye" is a Buddhist practice, a "contemplative approach to photography with the goal of paying attention to simple, daily wonders." It's opening yourself to "colors, patterns, textures, and small phenomena that often go totally unnoticed."
I hadn't heard of this before, but it sounds much like what I'm trying to do here. Paying attention, taking notice, and using photography as a way to slow down, to zoom in, to focus (in more ways than one!) on the beauty, light and shadow around me. Using my camera as it, without special gear or much editing beyond cropping. Just discovering what is catching my eye, nudging my awareness, for this day -- the gift of the day, or of the last several days.
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"