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In my own case, this practice developed as an easily accessible therapy for various stresses in life. whether it was work, financial instability, coming home exhausted from a day of mindless labor, those beautiful lessons of life that most choose to avoid… .. .
Why do i find myself so often playing with rocks…? for many it’s a little bit of an anxiety treatment.. i’d have to agree.. it is a powerful relaxer.. not to mention I love creating designs with beautiful rocks…
Sometimes I look back through my libraries of old and current creations… observing the evolution of style, both technical and visual… viewing the passage of time reveals passionately woven novels of stillness, magical moments, and zen… each balance, a unique journey. a unique challenge.
here is a full moon balance.. November 2013
A Balance to welcome a Full Moon… <3
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom”
Truth. the trick is shifting your thoughts without too much self consciousness.. the shift is hard to notice moment by moment.. but after a few years, the change becomes obvious. at least in my own experience….. hint: a meditative practice is infinitely helpful ;)
Rock balancing is a perfect way to take the mind off of the mind. through realizing seemingly impossible arrangements, conceptions shift from “impossible” to POSSIBLE…!! at least this is my feeling of the changes i’ve seen in myself over the past few years.. but i guess everything is my teacher, although balancing has sped up the learning, as they are great teachers.. :)
This balance was realized around sunset today before the Full Moon. The atmosphere and scene were exquisite to witness.. not to mention the arrangement of rocks hanging in the balance.. The top rock in particular here excites my spirit more than most… the brilliant earthy orange is hard to dismiss..not to mention the abstract shape. the color and shape perfectly accented by the darker, smaller “bean” rock below… a good way to conceptualize this balance is by viewing the orange rock and bean rock as ONE single system. both balanced simultaneously as the stronger contact is between these two rocks, while the most precarious point is under the bean rock.
One other interesting occurrence of today was the sudden rise in creek water levels at sunset. based on my images and camera info, the water rose at least 15 cm in about 4 minutes… I was slightly scared that i was standing close to a flashflood, which can be dangerous in the creek. but weather conditions were cloudy and no rain… so my only theory is that some kind of smaller waterway or runoff was opened into the creek higher up into the valley…
Either way…the experience was a surprise and slightly discomforting… but as friend once said… “seek joy, not comfort” :)
For the full moon this morning I found myself at a friend’s house about 5 miles up a winding mountain road from Boulder. The view from up here is always a gift. City lights of Boulder in the distance… Louisville beyond that, and eventually Denver. More often than not when I’m up here, the sun rises in brilliant silence. This night was especially calm for hilltop areas like this… I brought my camera gear up in anticipation of a sweet sunrise. Rocks came into the picture when I realized how still the air rested…It feels especially quiet to observe the city lights from an elevated distance.
My first idea was to get the city lights behind a moonlight balance. Check. Then I began to play around upon realizing several interesting angles of the small outcrop of rock. Especially with the Full Moon glow. To get a decent exposure with low ISO, my shutter speed required 20 seconds to collect sufficient light. The challenge was staying still in the pose for a continuous 20 seconds, while noticing a steep drop just below my feet. Even with balancing myself there was a still point, in which balance felt natural and undisturbed. It was much harder to maintain the still point with a dynamic and “wiggly” system like my body.
This is the kind of of colorful sunrise I was hoping for when I initially brought my camera with me into the mountains.. The sunrise built up for nearly half an hour before it EXPLODED with color!! Absolutely breathtaking! I think this was captured at around 7:17 am that morning according to my camera.. As evidenced by the balance, which is slightly different from the night photo, the morning carried an intense calm. Even the slightest breeze would have toppled this balance, but the cool mountain air rested as if in awe of the rising sun.
Moments like these always make me think of a special poem by William Blake..
“He who binds to himself a joy,
Does the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity’s Sunrise.”
There was a group of people at the same house sitting in a hot tub close by… Through making this balance in silence, I acquired the label “Wizard” by the hot-tubbers.. ha… :D