This quote is from a well known book ‘The Power of Now’ by Bryce Courtenay. I had already started creating this photo series when I came across it, but I feel it perfectly complements the images and what I am trying to get across. If you have a quiet moment in your day, I highly recommend giving it a read! It really struck something inside of me and I hope you can really concentrate on the feeling it opens your mind to.
Love Court x
“Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don’t interpret. See the light, shapes, colours, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something — anything — and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now.
You are leaving behind the deadening world of mental abstraction, of time. You are getting out of the insane mind that is draining your life energy, just as it is slowly poisoning and destroying the Earth. You are awakening out of the dream of time into the present.”
I think as a society we are naturally conditioned to constantly analyse and judge our surroundings, thoughts and others without even meaning to. I completely fall victim; but simply being aware of this is so important, and can make remaining in the “now” that much easier.
*All images by Courtney Blythe unless otherwise stated