Our dreams, scattered
amidst our memory, last night
or the one before.
The dream, the day
the music that plays
in the coffee shop.
It is all noise
cluttering the silence
we think we want to hear.
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A thought du jour, my daily breath includes collected and conceived observations, questions of life, fortune cookie philosophies, reminders, messages of peace and simplicity, unsolicited advice, inspirations, quotes and words that got me thinking. They may get you thinking too . . .
I seem to spend more time reviewing the camera manual than I do shooting with the damn camera.
With my new camera, about six months ago, I have already enjoyed many hours capturing the sights and my surroundings at all hours of the day. There are several images I’ve created over the months, of both people and places, that I’m especially proud of.
I make an attempt, as often as I can, to practice a craft I have spent much of my life studying.
But I want to learn more.
I continue to establish what has often been trial-and-error proficiency in the craft, and art, of photography. It is what I do, and have done.
It is about finding value in what you do and how you live.
Involve yourself in what you can, find the lessons or the learning as you go, in everyday experiences. It becomes a rewarding challenge as you broaden your interests with a new topic, or focus deeply on what gives you pleasure
Not everything is immediately enjoyable, but with a concrete focus you might see greater possibilities.
There are a handful of albums that signified a change in music in the late ‘70s. Many of those albums were British, but you could hear an immediate response — even revolution — from a select few American bands.
Television was one of those bands, and Marquee Moon was one of those definitive records.
You didn’t hear the music on the radio, not in the middle of the Canadian prairies, so I listened to it intently on the stereo at home.
In the years that followed, I could hear the influence of Television’s singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Tom Verlaine on other bands of the time; even on the radio. I still hear it now.
Tom Verlaine passed away yesterday at age 73.
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You will notice your surroundings a bit more during the day as you pay greater attention to what flows through you at night. You will become more attuned to your breath, more cognizant of your body movement, and you will pay more attention to the details of everyday life.
When you devote thought to an issue or idea you have been living with, you will subconsciously begin to infuse the thoughts or ideas that have arrived at night. It may even be possible to solve certain dilemmas because of the added attention the mind has given the topic.
This also opens up your dreams to the power of your will. As you become comfortable with the steps you are now taking to fall off to sleep, you may want to introduce suggestion to your process. This is far from self-hypnosis, but the power of suggestion can do amazing things when channeling your mind.
After you have gone through your deep breathing, ridding your lungs of the remains of the day, you could try a mantra or word repetition during the more regular breathing pattern. By holding your thoughts as you fall into sleep, you are raising the consciousness of your unconscious by subjecting it to your intentions.