We are inundated each day by photos of both beautiful people and stunning landscapes. In fact, we purposely seek out these images. But curiously, there is a vast difference between what we notice in a landscape photo versus what we see in picture of a person. When we focus on a landscape, there seems to be endless variety in the elements that appeal to us. The comments we offer reveal a plethora of different ways of seeing. We connect the landscape to other experiences we've had, and our minds and imaginations are stimulated to reflect on the meaning of life. However, when we see a picture of an attractive person, the elements we notice would seem to be quite predictable. Again, the comments we offer reveal this. I wonder if we could expand our mindfulness abilities with people to match the variety of elements we see in a landscape?
Photo: Ice on Lake Agnes, Never Summer Range, CO, January 4, 2015
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.