blessings

“Bless the World with Your Eyes
There is a beautiful practice in Jewish tradition of blessing the day.  In this worldview, each act becomes worthy of blessing. Gratitude is offered for the gift of every moment: upon awakening, when crossing a threshold, eating a meal, lighting candles. The Talmud calls for 100 blessings each day.

This act of blessing is really a special way of paying attention. It is a moment of remembering wonder as our primary response to the world. It is an act of consecrating the day.”
-Christine Valters Paintner
Abbey of the Arts

note: Quotation taken from Abbey of the Arts,

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Visualization

“The first step toward visualization-and hence toward expressive interpretation-is to become aware of the world around us in terms of the photographic image. We must examine and explore what lies before our eyes for its significance, substance,shape, texture, and the relationships of tonal values. We can teach our eyes to become more perceptive.”

  • from The Negative by Ansel Adams