I created my photography class ‘Intuitive Photography‘ in 2010, as this approach of photography was my primary source of meditation. When I’m with my camera, I forget everything that’s going on in my life and find myself in the present moment – seeing, feeling and sensing where I want to go and what I want to photograph. I turn my thinking mind off, allow the stillness to shine, and listen to my souls voice.
What I realized yesterday is that we can, and should, incorporate meditation into our daily lives. It doesn’t have to be sitting in a lotus position for 20 mins chanting OM. It can be done for just a few minutes as we’re brushing our teeth, riding the subway, sitting in traffic. All we need to do is chant something as simple as ‘I am’ or ‘In gratitude’ with every breath we take. Meditation physically changes us too (Deepak mentions this in the segment). I know I, for one, want to be in a still place when I teach, when I’m with friends and family, or when life just isn’t going the way I want it to.
I will still photograph intuitively, but I will incorporate these mini meditation sessions as often as possible throughout my day.
Yesterday morning at 9:15am I was pinching myself in the middle of Times Square as I just left ABC Studios after meeting and meditating with Deepak Chopra on the TV program Good Morning America. A more accurate, honest description: I was not taking very deep breaths to calm myself as I was full of nervous excitement. I was calm. I was stillness. I was joy. I was peace. I was in utter gratitude. I was.