Getting Started: Contemplative photography is a way of seeing the world around us with 'the eyes of our heart.' Whether we're receiving images through the lens of our camera or gazing upon another's photos, contemplative photography invites us to sink into an experience of deeper presence, and helps us to encounter the divine in the ordinary. Below are a few simple invitations to get you started:
1) Deep breaths: As you begin, take 5-10 slow, deep breaths, inhaling for 4 counts, holding for 4 counts, and exhaling for 6 counts. Taking slow, deep breaths like this helps regulate our nervous system and bring us into the present moment.
2) Be with an image: Allow your gaze to 'land' gently on each of the following images as you scroll through the page. Notice which image stands out most to you. Spend some time gazing upon that photo, noticing its invitation to you.
3) Receive any messages: Once you have spent some time gazing upon the image that's called to you (or rather, chosen you!), think about the following: In what ways does this image speak to your heart? What does it mean to you, right now, in your current life? In what ways does it remind you of your life? Of yourself? Of God?
4) Return to the present moment: Once you have finished spending time with your image, you may want to thank it for its presence and wisdom. Take another few, long, gentle breaths as you return your awareness to your present surroundings.