Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The World of the Small

We saw a butterfly out in the yard yesterday afternoon.
We followed him and watched him and sat with him for a while as he rested, swaying on a blade of grass.

In this morning's email, I received my twice weekly newsletter from Robert Genn. This time the topic is the art of Miksang. Robert writes:
"The art of Miksang was begun as a meditational tool by Shambhala Buddhists, but it has implications for painters and other creative people. The idea is to find joy and awareness by attending to the minor and seemingly insignificant--the colours, patterns and textures that exist in the close-up world. Miksang is a Tibetan word that means "good eye." Shambhalas think widespread use might lead to more compassionate and enlightened societies."

"These days Buddhist instructors in several countries are handing digital cameras to kids. Children seem to take to it faster than adults, and, according to some, get better results.

"Please visit Robert's Page Here to read the full article and take a look at some of the intricate detail in the photographs.
"Miksang makes for pause, reflection and quiet centering. By increasing awareness one builds a feeling of wonder and kinship with the overlooked. "