Newsletter – February 2012

 

Yoga in Yelapa                 Sky Temple                         February 2012

Perception

Our consciousness is composed of the infinite intelligence of creation combined with all our experiences, thoughts and emotions making up the unique lens of perception through which we view life.

 

Our perceptions not only give us information about the world around us, they also effect us on a physiological level. Studies have shown that responses to our perceptions trigger chemical re-actions in the body which then influence the sense of harmony or dis-ease experienced as a result of that perception.

 

Through practice, we can gain the skillfulness to become stronger in both our ability to pay attention to our perceptions and to interpret our life journey with choice and creativity leading us towards the “Higher Path”. Our filters of perception are so powerful that many times we actually do not fully see what is in the present but instead get stuck in views that come out of the past. Refining the lens through which we view our lives offers an expansively creative and dynamic way to live.

 

All of us have had the experience of witnessing our response to a certain event in one part of our life and responding with a completely different set of responses to a similar event at another time. The options for response are infinite and so closely tied to the way we perceive.

 

Over the last month, I’ve been reminded of the power of perception. In a short period, a number of photographers have come to the Sky Temple. My own experience with photography is limited. I found myself preparing for their visits from my very narrow view of taking photos. Each time a person came, I basically made sure all was in order for what I thought they would be seeing and taking pictures of.

 

To my surprise, each person had a totally different style of taking photos and saw from a completely different perspective. I was pleasantly surprised with each visitor as they shared their vision of what they wanted to capture.

 

In a short time, my own view on what to see and photograph expanded. And even more, my experience with these passionate and creative photographers left me with a graphic and dramatic reminder to continue prioritizing the process of refining the lens of my perception.

 

Thank you to Diego Palmero, Brad Wollman, David Lynch and Steve Johnson who all so generously have captured their perceptions and offered me a library of wonderful photos to share with others. My perception has opened to new dimensions of seeing the beauty around me through their eyes.

 

Below are some photos from my friend Steve Johnson mixed with inspiring quotes to further expand our ability to see.  

 

May we all be moved towards expanded vision.


Judith

 

All the photographic energy up here opened my senses to a new level of seeing. I took the above photo of the entrance altar to the studio.

Shiva Shinning in the glory of the morning sunrise.

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We must not let the limited perceptions of others define us.
Virginia Satir

Reality is what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is what we believe.

What we believe is based on our perceptions. 

What we perceive depends upon what we look for.

What we look for depends upon what we think. 

What we think depends upon what we perceive.

What we perceive determines what we believe. 

What we believe determines what we take to be true.

What we take to be true is our reality.  Gary Zukav

The best and most beautiful things in the world 
cannot be seen nor touched
 but are felt in the heart.
 
Helen Keller

The real voyage of discovery
 consists not in seeing new landscapes, 
but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

 



Miracles seem to rest, not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from far off, but upon our perceptions being made finer so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear that which is about us always.  Willa Cather

We do not see things as they are. 
We see them as we are.

 The Talmud

 

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“Chacalita”  Foto: Brad Wollman