Regaining Focus, Heart Over Mind
I've been taking a lot of pictures lately. I've always loved photography so I use a sophisticated camera (don't get too impressed, I don't know even a tenth of what this sophisticated camera can do) so that I can play with the shutter speed and F-stop.
The camera, on automatic settings, decides what the focal point of the picture will be. It decides how dark or light the image should be as well.
What I learned a long time ago is that even the most sophisticated camera is not nearly as sophisticated as our eyes.
Very often, while on automatic, I think I'm getting the image I wanted to capture in the photograph, only to find out when checking afterwards that I had not. Seeing afterwards that the camera had overruled my vision of the photograph and focused and captured something entirely different.
I've noticed that happens in other places in my life as well.
Am I the only one who starts to drive somewhere and goes on automatic pilot? I've driven to my mom's house so many times over the years that I barely think about it.
Leading with the Heart
Here are a few reasons that I've started to think when I go onto automatic pilot.
One, sometimes I forget where I'm going! On a familiar road, is it my mom's house or the ski mountain? Is it Yogaspace (oh, how I love going there!) or is it the grocery store? When I go onto automatic, I sometimes forget to pay enough attention to make crucial decisions about turns and other navigation.
Two, I let my brain take over. I don't notice the unbelievable show the world is putting on if I just use the presence of heart to notice. Not the presence of mind, the presence of heart. The sky is exquisite, the light changing all the time. Even familiar, unbelievably familiar routes, shine with the inevitable changes that occur in every new moment. We live in a world of believable, exquisite changes. Watch the rain sometime. Notice how it gets heavier, lighter, changes direction, the sun peaks through, a bird speaks through it.
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