At our May HerSpace gathering we tried a contemplative photography practice called “Noticing Colour”. The women took went outside with their cameras walking slowly and contemplatively, following where their feet led, noticing a colour that drew their eye, and then following that colour as they continued their walk. From time to time they stopped and “received” a photograph. After the walk, they picked two or three photographs that really drew them and spent time in a process of reflection. For some the insights that arose were personally revelatory. For others, their meditation offered up lovely new insights about themselves or God. We all left feeling blessed and inspired.
At the moments colour abounds on the Bield estate. The photographs of the stunning rhododendron bushes accompanying this blog offer a glimpse of the beauty all around us. Nature can reveal so much to us about ourselves and God if we take time to stop, attend and ponder. In this season of late spring/early summer, with colour blossoming all around us, you might like to take your own contemplative walk and notice what colour is drawing you and follow it.
“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small.
We haven’t time – and to see takes time,
like to have a friend takes time.”
“When I gaze with open eyes
at what you have created here,
heaven is already mine.”
Hildegard of Bingen