Tuesday, May 13, 2008
My boss gave me an article from Natural Solutions magazine about a Buddhist practice called miksang, which is Tibetan for “good eye.” It’s contemplative photography -- seeing everyday objects in a new way, without extensive preplanning or image manipulation.
Basically, it’s what I and many of my blogging and picture-taking friends have been doing for years -- I just never knew it had a name!
According to the article, miksang “focuses on what our conscious mind tends to glaze over.” You set out with a camera and allow your eye to wander and notice, without the intention of taking a good photo. One instructor calls it the merging of steady mind, soft heart and clear vision.
“When you’re out shooting miksang, you’re on a mini meditation retreat,” another said. “Something catches your eye, and in that moment, the mind stops thinking. Every second your mind isn’t chattering away, it gets a little bit of rest.”
I identified right away with this article. Bravo to author Anne Ford and Natural Solutions! Read more about miksang here.
(Photo: East Village, April 2008)