The Power of Listening

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Mom, I look like a pretzel!

Last week (after reading an article about it and kind of obsessing about it, I’ll admit) I entered the lotus pose during the final Ashtanga postures.  I’ve tried before but my ankle ended up hurting, or I could feel my leg bone digging into the opposite thigh.  This time, as the DVD started to describe ‘bound lotus’, a voice inside my head just told me “Try it today. You read that article, Visualize how you will enter it and just do it. It’ll work.” I almost felt like I was outside myself looking down as I did it. I was quite elated and surprised afterward. I realize that every time I enter a new pose or go deeper into one (or without any modifications), that voice calls out.  I don’t know what to call it. Intuition? The mind and body connecting? Some higher power in the universe telling this to me? Either way I listen and I receive.  I focus, imagine, bring myself to the present moment and magic happens.

Listening is a powerful skill that sadly people don’t practice too much of these days. They may hear, but to listen is also to receive what you are given. I think that listening to oneself is the hardest of all. What if you are denying the truth because you don’t want to deal with the emotions that come with it? What if you don’t want to admit fault? Or are simply just scared?

But the thing is, listening has numerous benefits. It helps you improve, move on with your life, grow.  How can you learn if you don’t listen to your teachers, your peers? How can you know if your health (mental and physical) is good if you don’t listen to yourself?

Listen and you shall receive.

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Ruined Shots #2

I love photographing children. I love their smiles and how unabashed they seem, particularly the ones in Asia.  Most of them pretend to be shy until they see your camera (in my case anyway).  They find it curious that you’re interested in what they’re doing.  One of the things I also love about photographing children in Asia is that they seem to be happy playing anywhere, no matter what.

As much as I love photographing children, it’s a bit hard at times when they’re running about and you have a manual focus camera.  If I have my TLR, they normally stop and stare at it, which makes it easier on my part. Unfortunately, with my rangefinder, kids barely notice that I’m there and I can’t seem to focus fast enough. I sometimes get confused between the focusing ring and the ring where I adjust my aperture (they’re literally beside each other). It’s even harder sometimes with my TLR, and worse if I actually get a shot in focus but fail to take the photo like my last ruined shot.

I still like the photo below, but I kind of wish I was faster with my focusing.  I’ll just have to practice more.

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Yashica D TLR

Finally scanned the rest of my film from China, and I must say, looking through shots taken with my Yashica D, I am more and more in love with it. I’m still working around focusing in lower light conditions, and have unfortunately ruined many shots because the focusing screen is not as light as my last TLR, which oddly isn’t built as well as this one. I find I have to be a LOT slower when focusing, and am trying to find other ways of keeping still when holding for shots slower than 1/60.
Shot taken at The Kitchen Futian. I was lucky enough to go inside the tiny cooking quarters of the place and snap some shots. If you happen to reside in Shenzhen, some of my photos might still be hanging up there.

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 I tagged along to a local Sunday School picnic a few weeks ago and it was pretty fun. The highlight of the day was the foam party. The volunteer firefighters blew foam out of a machine using tons of soap and water.  The kiddies slid down the hill as the bubbles kept creeping higher and higher.  Makes me wish I was a kid again! This was taken with my Lumix LX3 which I’m loving all over again. Slightly busy house hunting at the moment so will try to post the multiple exposure images you can take with this camera! so cool!

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