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We have received a mere shadow of what the Northeast is suffering: yesterday brief hard rain and wind, this morning so far only heavy winds. As I sat watching the trees moving in the wind this morning, bending fast and far back and forth, side to side, in nearly constant motion, it struck me how much they reminded me of my mind when I sit in meditation. Always in motion, blown here and there: six years I have meditated nearly every day and still, back and forth, side to side . . .
In much of my reading about photography (and about photography as a form of meditation), I am struck by how often photographers see mountains as (the best?) meditative subjects. But that's not so true for me, perhaps because I have less familiarity with them. Deserts and water--sea or lake or river--are more helpful to me. I find that moments of stillness are most likely to occur in those places--as in the following image: