Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of
living is joy enough.
Emily Dickinson wrote all her 1800 poems either in her garden or in the bedroom of her Amherst, Massachusetts home. I believe that if she had been a photographer, she would have done the same. She would find her inspiration in her surroundings and would never feel the need to seek it outside the perimeter of her daily existence.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to
welcome the ecstatic experience.
If one cannot find inspiration, joy and the ecstatic experience near to hand than it is unlikely you will find it in any other place. But if you can take pleasure in how a spot of sun illuminates you bedroom curtain or marvel at the color of grass after a spring rain, then you are well equipped my friend.
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee, And revery.
The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
Today is the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth. For me, Merton is the most important contemplative master. I've created a collage of images of my trip to Gethsemani Abbey in 2013. You can read my post on my experience in my daily photojournal...