While walking along the shore of Lake Ontario, I was struck by what I was able to capture in the photo above; it seemed like I was bearing witness to the entire Universe in one space, in this one moment in time.
There before me was land, water and sky, all present and visible without me having to do anything more than just see it.
I was reminded of this moment as I watched Stephen Wilkes Ted Talk on The Passing of Time Caught in a Single Photo. Stephen is a self-professed ‘relentless collector of magical moments.’ “Why, so am I” I gasped when I heard him say that. Moments like this make me feel a little less alone in the world.
Stephen states that photographs represent tangible pieces of our memories as time passes, and then he asks two questions that were eerily similar to a question with which I have been grappling:
But what if you could capture more than one moment in a photograph? What if a photograph could actually collapse time, compressing the best moments of the day and night seamlessly into one single image?
At the water’s edge, I’ve been wondering, ‘What if a photograph can compress all that there is, all we need to know, at any given time, in one magical moment?’
Yesterday, I participated in a Virtual Soul Caller Retreat hosted by Amy Oscar. In the opening Morning Meditation, Amy shared that every drop of water is its own centre and that each centre impacts other centres. In this way, we’re both part of a collective (the ocean, in this example) while also being separate (a single drop of water).
She went on to say that we are in a constant exchange of breathing with the world around us; the world all breathes together in a natural exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide without us having to put any thought behind it.
I’m reading Becoming Wise by Krista Trippett – founder of On Being. On Being explores what it means to be human, and how do we want to live? These questions are explored in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. They pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; esteeming nuance and poetry as much as fact. There is so much in this book that I gravitate to, here’s an example:
…treat the margins as seriously as the noisy centre. For change has always happened in the margins, across human history, and it’s happening there now. Seismic shifts in common life, as in geo-physical reality, begin in spaces and cracks.
Seemingly disparate pieces of information, yet I feel there is a connection; there is a message that I’m receiving in parts, each with its own centre, the significance still not clear.
Amy Oscar says that we live in a Call and Response Universe; we simply hold a question within us and the Universe responds with what we need to know to take the next step.
I have been holding a desire to share my gifts with others int he form of online workshops; supporting others to experience the wonders of the Imagination, Inner Wisdom and Mindful Presence for healing, self-awareness, inner growth and clarity.
I’ve been wondering how to best serve and how to start.
I applied a Visual Journaling technique to the photograph above and these five concepts emerged: Mindful Drifting, Quiet Centre, Timeless Depths, Sacred Well, Rippling In.
Could these be workshop units asking to be born?
At the Water’s Edge
I feel Time’s message to me
Linger and know more …