For us artist types, gratefulness is often linked to our ability to perceive beauty. If we are proficient at recognizing the loveliness of any given thing, gratefulness arises as a natural consequence. However, sometimes we seem unresponsive and incapable of finding the beauty of a particular setting. What then? As a landscape photographer, I'm well aware of the fact that although my eye may be able to pick out the elements in a setting that are stunningly beautiful, the camera - as a rather clumsy and ineffective device when compared to the eye - oftentimes cannot. It is during these times that I CAN find fresh beauty if I simply change my perspective! In the case of my hike up to a subalpine lake the other day, the lighting was less than ideal for taking pictures of the surrounding peaks. However, when I got down on my hands and knees and began shooting the intricate ice patterns of the frozen lake - backlit by a sun that had already set - beauty was suddenly present all around me! The same principle applies to everyday life. Changing our perspective is everything!
Photo: Ice patterns on The Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, November 23, 2015
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.