Lack of Focus? Not the camera. The Mind’s Eye.

The Mindful activity was in progress regarding copy writing about the two trees Blackthorn and Alder. Words about their spiritual applications in how they, with associated ‘tree’ wisdom, guide you on your way towards self nurture and understanding. Spiritual words involved within the Earth Pathways journal were becoming very logical words. Absorbing, absorbed and focused it was tap tapping into a gentle space within the mind. Then? It was a photograph from the second book, a Mindfulness journal, that disturbed the moment and resulted in my searching elsewhere. The camera in the journal’s photograph reminded me of a Zorki rangefinder I knew was somewhere in the house. I needed to find it.

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Why two journal books? The Mindfulness journal has a section ‘Born to be wild’. Ways to connect with and focus on nature. A tree, flower, bird, etc. Watch how transformation exists in the surroundings. Smells, colours, your own physical sensations felt within nature’s offerings. It was a decent partner to the Tree journal I felt. An added bit of information to simply focus on and take in the treasures it presented. Looking at the advice, then spotting the camera photograph, the mind reintroduced Monkey Chatter or the Dharma of Distraction. It goes off on a tangent again. I, as said, go hunting. 

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Mindfulness is a very difficult discipline at times. A strange affair. Not actually engaging with nature itself. But following the concepts of a theme involving the subject of trees and how they allow a guiding inspiration it became a brief space in time of valuable affinity. Not involving cameras at all. One simple image distracted. The words in the journal guiding your intentions to focus, notice, feel and listen regarding nature’s theme? They fly out of the window. 

The Mindful photography section suggests turning down the volume on your inner critic. Allowing focus and concentration upon the subjects in front of the camera lens. I had substituted my own eyes’ lens for the need to get at a camera I knew was somewhere in the house. Distraction. Lack of true focus. 

The Dharma of Distraction is a very interesting read.

Hunt the camera. The camera that I have only put one black and white film through. A very, very long time ago too. Hunt the camera down. The self questioning put on the back burner. Confrontation and discomfort of addressing deeper feelings therefore avoided. I found the camera. Took photographs of the camera as the second Mindfulness journal suggested and therefore focused differently. Albeit a more mechanical subject to revisit and seek how it works. More external than internal. Avoiding the seeking of deeper understanding of how trees could guide my future well being. Distraction of the external being an easier option than the internal. I suppose, sometimes, life is like that. 

5 thoughts on “Lack of Focus? Not the camera. The Mind’s Eye.”

  1. Interesting read on several fronts. Firstly, I’ve never heard of a Zorki. Which disapoints me as I’ve been using a SLR since 1980. Clearly I need to get out more. I did a littel research on Zorki, most comments point to shutter speed issues plus I found this “shutter speed should only be set after the shutter has been cocked becuase it can damage the camera.” Are you using yours? Secondly, Mindfulness, I’ve often felt it is a fad but after reading your thoughts I am intrigued. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Danny. The Zorki is akin to the more expensive Leica Rangefinders. The focus is seen through the viewing lens as a visual line you bring together and centralise. The speed set is problematic but I never really found it to be so when I took one roll of film through it. Once I used the light meter to determine the ‘f’ stop need for light, that was it. I’m looking at my SLR Pentax LX more for regular use. I never feel the need for anything more than that one for general use. Never use flash at all, so natural light is really thought over. Mindfulness is something Jon Kabat-Zinn has written about as a Western ideal for centuries old Buddhist meditation philosophy. His pain, stress, depression alleviation clinics around America are famous. I taught it, alongside two other nurses, for the NHS. We had two yearly sessions set up for the local community. It was always well attended. I studied ‘pain’ for three years at Masters level. Complementary therapy paramount. I have used a Mindfulness from the 1970s on and off. Sometimes for years on end. Then. Let it go for years and don’t use again.I can pick up and dip in and out of the practice. Helps preserve the little grey cells in the brain. Neuroactivity on Buddhist monks has been researched and it leans towards contributing to the beneficial side of meditation. Look into that one. Quite interesting. Cheers.

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      1. Very interesting read. Never considered there are 2 networks within our brains (extrinsic and intrinsic). I admitidly focus on the extrinsic and my wife is good at telling me I am not paying attention. Soudns like an opportinuity

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