Trying to Calm My Mind
I’ve spent the past week trying to calm my mind. I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed lately, with just about everything.
Our past two art shows have not gone well, mostly because of the weather. Last weekends show at the Wigwam resort started out great. Friday was beautiful, the show was busy, and people were buying. Then it rained all of Saturday and Sunday, and people stayed home. Seems like every show we have had this year the weather has been bad. We are going to Tucson for a show this weekend, and before we committed I checked the weather. (suppose to be nice)
We went back to White Tanks for a few days between shows, it’s so nice there, and a good place to chill out.
I had to get myself off of social media too. (still posting to Instagram and the Tales from the Back Road Facebook page) The current political disaster only angers me, and makes me worry. Mans inhumanity to man, wild animals, and the environment are more than I can handle anymore. Every day, several times a day, it’s a new story about another atrocity towards the environment, or another step backwards in the government. The wild horses in Utah are being rounded up, and the videos that were popping up made me physically ill, and way too emotional. I struggle between being informed, and going crazy over it all. So to preserve myself, I am focusing on the beauty that is around me.
I’ve been wandering in the desert, taking photos, and trying to find balance. When I am behind the camera I am fully immersed in what I’m doing. It’s a good way for me to get myself into “the now”. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has a hard time being in the now. I’m always thinking ahead, or even behind, or of something entirely different than what I’m doing.
But the serenity of the desert, and the focus on photography, gives my mind a much needed shot of happiness and calm.
These two photos are panoramas I created from Wednesday nights sunset. This was the view to the west.
And this was the view to the east. This photo is actually 3 images stitched together, while the one above is 2.
Finding, and then sharing beauty is a good focus for me right now. I still feel the urge to check the news, or see what’s happening, but I’m not ready to give into that yet. The badness will roll on without me in it’s wake, and right now, that’s an OK thing.
What do you do to keep your mind calm, and find balance?