When making the three exposures which compose this High Dynamic Range (HDR) image, I was struck with the visual analogy for mindfulness-that is, purposeful attention to the current moment, without judgment.
When we are mindful, we observe difficult thoughts or emotions with curiosity, without fusing with them, and as such, they pass. During a brief two day melt, the Black River was torrential below Rainbow Falls. If you were to attempt to follow the current, your visual experience would be so immediately swept away, you would forfeit the beauty inherent in the present ice formations. Getting tangled in our thoughts is a journey wrought with struggle.
"As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. Whatever happens does not really matter.
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life