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STICKY Tell us what Zen means to you!

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Incanto charms is a group administrator Incanto charms says:

The half-retired admin, 8 months after joining this group thinks that Zen is a word, a human construction.

Oh yeah, says the half-retired admin, please refrain from posting large-formatted pictures to avoid messing up the page.

Edit 14th November 2008: Zen is not thinking about what anything is, including Zen. And very soon, we might have to close this thread because of this. (Kidding.)
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Jason Lupi says:

Hi.................Zen is a knowing feeling that everything will be ok........x

6am light
93 months ago (permalink)

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©lint says:

To know that I brought joy to one.
A Beatiful Thing
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suezart (still off designing,miss you! ) says:

Simplicity, connection, beauty
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Old Coyote says:

When asked the meaning of Zen,
my puppy of the same name
sat and thumped his tail.
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pouty_bob says:

zen is a waitress of over sixty
years who feels no abuse
in the ignorance of others...

who teaches her children the balance
between confidence and compassion
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Mike the B says:

Zen is the human construct of unimaginable being.
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Steenjep says:

A Zen photo.... is the photo that does catch your eye, the one the needs an extra close look. It can be simple or complex, it can be nature or construction. It is light and color.....
It is the photo that makes you wish it was yours....

Good luck everyone....
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RobMcA Photography says:

Appreciating the little things in naure. Sitting by a river on a summer evening, walking along a beach during a winter storm ,being caught in the rain and it makes you smile. Zen is a gift.
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Jim Cim says:

As a Buddhist I can tell you that Zen is .............. : )

"Those who know do not speak ........ Those who speak do not know."

Annoying? ........... I know. I better leave it to my pictures to speak for me.
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allcarrots says:

I have read Zen described as the which than which there is no whicher. That works for me.
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socalgal_64 says:

There is beauty and simplicity in all things....it is only complicated and ugly if that is how you choose to see things. The choice is yours, but first you must open your eyes and see. Photos have a way of capturing that Zen quality and opening ones eyes to the truth...simply and beautifully, as you can see from the photographs in this group.
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..Peter says:

To me Zen is when you can see beauty in nature, but you find it when you stumble upon it by accident.

Tree - colour+b&w
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Souvlaki For The Soul says:

For me zen is about being comfortable in the skin you're in, for that is who you truly are.
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doglvr1 says:

Zen is a state of totally relaxation. That is taking a mini-vacation from every day life. You get out what you put in!!
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Liquid Stereo says:

Right now, for me, its about freedom from form - mental and physical.
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gseydoux says:

zen is peace, harmony, respect, silence, one with nature...

niebla al montseny 03963b
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Geese~Unite says:

Unable to post a pic but zen is a moment where you connect with every living thing around you and realize that you were always connected, even when you felt alone. From that moment of realization, you no longer fear silence for you live in silence with all other things. Nameste...
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Ruby Ryan says:

Osho introduced me to to Zen, I fell in love with it. but I have always felt a fool I have no idea what Zen is. It just is!
I completely 'know' it deep down, until I open my mouth, all words are lost instatnly.
Perhaps it is beyond words.
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rchoephoto says:

Zen is seeing the whole while seeing a part of it.

DSC_4227
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Kristi Rasmussen [deleted] says:

Peace....balance...
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stargayzerr says:

Zen is existence unadorned.
Mini-Golf Shapes: Germany
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Colour my world ! says:

Being grateful to a simple and unpretentious way of life, to appreciate the life on earth, connecting a little to the sky too.
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davidezartz says:

Zen is pure enlightenment !
It could possibly be in any state of being, and is the increase of knowledge, possibly towards ' nirvana '.
An absolutely positive state of mind !!!!!
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Wandering~Eyes~Photography says:

Zen to me is finding peace even in the midst of great turmoil... Sometimes it is something you have to create to discover it was already there. I suffer from great physical torture, and sometimes I have to create the moments of Zen that already exist.
Swinging To The Bubble Dance
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pwsonline says:

To me:

Many people talking........
no...
not for me
zen
fully expieriencing my existence.
connecting with creation..
silence is divine
looking up through the branches of a tree...
Summer dreams, the Creator's light...
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♪♫swan_14♪♫ says:

Zen is zen

BROTHERS BROTHERS


ZEN POSE

I WISH FOR BUBLLES

OUR PUPPY (39)
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Steve Greaves says:

Absolute ordinariness
Cluster of Snails on a Grave Stone, All Saints Church, Darfield, Barnsley
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Vionette Torres says:

hmm , ZEN~ centerd tranquil awareness
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Jim Cim says:

I felt kind of Zenned out when I took this photo : )
Centennial Park 21
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Reghi says:

Dreamy@Văliug

peace... also with one's self but also with those around him and all the things in between
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bigmetalemu says:

difficult to describe but reciprically easy to experience

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(f)otto says:

When I 've shot a picture with a total "zen" feeling, I will upload it to this pool. For me this "zen" feeling means a total loss of the outside world in concentration of making the picture.

Fort Lalatte

when taking this picture, I did everything to communicate this zen feeling I had on place. "Zen" pictures always have to contain a lot of emotion. Without emotions in it, the zen doesn't come over.
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JD Fielding [deleted] says:

Still In Thought

Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to suffer, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering.

We tend to look for happiness outside ourself, thinking that if we had the right house, the right car, the right job, and the right friends we would be truly happy. We spend almost all our time adjusting the external world, trying to make it conform to our wishes.

All our life we have tried to surround ourself with people and things that make us feel comfortable, secure, or stimulated, yet still we have not found pure and lasting happiness.

It is time we sought happiness from a different source. Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions.

If our mind is pure and peaceful we shall be happy, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we can never be truly happy, no matter how hard we try to change our external conditions.

We could change our home or our partner countless times, but until we change our restless, discontented mind we shall never find true happiness.

--- J.D. Fielding
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For Keep's Sake! Family Photography says:

Zen is a state of mind when one is utterly calm, at peace and content.


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uberschnapp says:

the magic garden
experiential wisdom
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nickpix2012 says:

To stop trying to control and to become a part of the whole.
This Way Up
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ronaldo.s [ -off - ] says:

To me Zen means that moment in time when you cease to perceive all the movement and stir around you and just focus on the particular beauty of the moment, enjoying to be alive and oblivious of anything else around you.
Don't want to take much of your time, but the perfect example is that old story:
-You are chased by lions until you reach a cliff.
-You fell off the cliff and while falling you see that down there at the bottom crocodiles in a river await for you.
-And at this moment a bee approaches you and let fall a honey drop to your lips.
-You focus on the sweet of it and forsake everything else around you.

Well, sorry to get carried away. I am much honoured to become part of this group. Thanks !!

Joyful sunday - À Dircinha, que enche nossas vidas de alegria no Flickr !
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michelle lafromboise says:

not sure how to post yet so no pics but zen? me and my dogs on a fal afte noon walking in the woods witha hint of woodsmoke and natures last colors.....
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*Gunslinger* says:

Zen to me is finding peace and tranquility in everything. Even in the most violent beauty nature sometimes has to offer.



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summer david [deleted] says:

Zen for me... it's life... itself.
Zen for me ... it's beauty... itself.
Zen for me... it's Love.
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JKissnHug - Busy Watching Osprey says:

Zen to me is relaxation, contentment & inner calm.
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Jim_Higham says:

Zen is not self promotion, so no photo here, just words.

Inner calm, being at one with yourself and nature (one in the same of course), not troubled by anxieties. Not happy, not sad, emotionless understanding and acceptance (even without understanding). Que sera in its ultimate form, but balanced with a desire for good actions and intentions towards nature.
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! Artist - Carolyn Hietala ! (painting) says:

Zen for me is........... discovering inspiration in the smallest of spaces ;0)
Walk In The Clouds..... at least once in a while.
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Loey Felipe says:

Zen = simple, minimal yet beautiful

The Shell
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rooftop65 says:

Zen is being here now. No past/No future. No worry/No anticipation
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heycarrieann331 says:

For me....Zen is about the here and now. It's a meditative state that helps you focus on nothing but the present. It is where I am when I'm looking through my viewfinder and framing an image. It's enjoying that image later on, and allowing it to bring me back to that moment where nothing else could infiltrate my psyche.

LOL And I just read the post above me, after writing that. LOL
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ojodorado says:

Zen for me is mindfulness, not in the English sense of 'mind' as brain, but in the Chinese or Japanese meaning of mind as 'brain+heart+awareness". It is maintaining mindfulness not just when faced with beauty and joy but also with difficulty and challenge. And of course it is being able to let go of all your ideas of 'what zen is' at a momeent's notice.

Through the Fence
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gmayster0i [deleted] says:

Total focus on the subject reflecting its incipient divine light...
all else is superflouous.
magic moment of divine focus.
g
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NYCandre says:

i t i s when I feel totally in the moment, active but at the same time detached.

Blues

Here's one of my favorite quotes - though I realize perfectly well that it may not mean much to anyone.

"To my mind, the idea that doing the dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you are not doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in warm water, it really is not so bad. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to go and have a cup of tea, the time will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity, for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and the fact that I am here washing them are miracles! Each bowl I wash, each poem I compose, each time I invite a bell to sound is a miracle, each has exactly the same value.
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Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane. I must confess it takes me a bit longer to do the dishes, but I live fully in every moment, and I am happy. Washing the dishes is at the same time a means and an end that is, not only do we do the dishes in order to have clean dishes, we also do the dishes just to do the dishes, to live fully in each moment while washing them.

If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable of drinking the tea joyfully. With the cup in my hands I will be thinking about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavor of the tea, together with the pleasure of drnking it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment." Thich Nhat Hanh
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mark.alexander5 says:

Zen? Something to do with fixing motorcycles isn't it?
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andy_57 says:

Calm, serenity, inner peace. The ability to remain unruffled when all around are panicking. Something like that.
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TX Dogwood says:

Enlightenment through contemplation ... beauty and peace. I have much to learn on the subject.
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~chanman~ [deleted] says:

Fully experiencing and appreciating the present, without judgment or attachment.

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rebelxtned says:

To me Zen is discovery of a truth that heretofore seemed an enigma, often communicable only by an experience, but represented sometimes by a visual image.
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Power_Unit says:

For me it's travelling a new path I could not before see nor knew existed.


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nathan_copeland says:

a period when body, mind and sprirt are at one with nature.
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Incanto charms is a group administrator Incanto charms says:

Zen is not thinking about what Zen is.

And very soon, we might have to close the thread because of this. (Kidding.)
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midnteblues says:

Zen is harmony. Harmony in your relationships with others, harmony with the universe, and harmony within yourself. It is a journey not a destination.
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Jim Cim says:

"To my mind, the idea that doing the dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you are not doing them."

NYC.andre: Funny that you quoted that.

A few days ago I asked a friend, "What do you think about when you are doing something that takes no thought, like washing the dishes?" ...... He said, "All sorts of things. What I have to do next, or maybe about things that have just happened. Why? What do you think about?".

"I'm washing the dishes. I'm washing the dishes. I'm washing the dishes".

What else is there to think about? The past, is past .... The future does not exist, except through what influence current actions (Causes) will have on the next moment (effects).

To live ONLY in these moments is what Zen means.
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Molly258 says:

Being right in the moment what ever you are doing in that moment. At peace in the middle of the storm. realizing your connection to everything and everyone and the whole of the universe.
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papahazama says:

Zen is what it is while also being what it is not.

Sunset on the Fins by papahazama

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8 SίMpLe RuLeS *Enjoying Mommyhood :)* says:

Zen is finding solitude amidst the hustle and bustle of a crowded and busy city!

If I were a tree among trees...
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Good Witch of the North says:

lovely sea by Good Witch of the North


ZEN is lo look through a window to an open sea...
an to face the world, peacefully and calm
like the waves of a quiet sea arrive to the shore
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Nautilus 1 says:

Zen: what pops up in us when we least expect to be connected and reminds us that it all is.
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Puma Ghostwalker says:

Spider and Spider Web Project 990



Zen to me…….is…………..life
My space… to be free, in nature…..as it should
A balance of you….one with,…… one nature!!
It brings a self to a consciousness…………Zen!
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Tedje51 says:

To me..
Zen is the wholeness of things... balance.... love for nature and feeling that you belong to it.
Zen is to be conscious of this moment, living this moment, this day!
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AH.Gregory says:

Zen is crossing the river in the morning and then returning in the evening.
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Dream Surfr says:

Zen is total selfless, emptiness yet full of enlightenment.

DIST_018
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Picture Post-its says:

A Zen..ith was my first camera,which led to a lifetime of taking photographs and losing myself in the moments I take/make an image. A sort of enlightenment. Or light moment.
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Gary Burdette Photo [deleted] says:

For me, nature itself triggers a kind of meditation brought about by the beauty, smells and textures I experience while looking at my photographic subject. After the process is over I find my self enlightened more than the day before.
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itala2007 says:

Zen is when we got lost in the past and futur. Its then, when we can go deep inside ourselves. Even if we don't find all anwers, we can get bit closer to our truths.
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Island Light Photography says:

Infinity = 1 = 0


(I'm working on trying to see it as 0 = 1 = infinity but it hasn't happened yet.)
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buddhadog says:

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Deece48 [deleted] says:

I equate "zen" with things so simple they trick the mind into silence...but not for long!
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Debbi Long says:

passionate engagement, in the present, without investment as to outcome.

namasté
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Peter Edmund says:

a centred presence and awareness inhabiting action and being
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Jim Cim says:

No thoughts of past, or future. Only NOW!
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따분한 나의 익사이팅한 인생 [deleted] says:

inner serenity without any interruption of external factors
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Brianog [deleted] says:

Embracing the terror. Rejoicing in demotion instead of promotion. Being content even in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Happy to be thrown off a roof in the knowledge that it will probably produce some good somewhere. Being completely chilled out if buried alive by mistake. Never losing one's focus even when there is nothing to focus on.
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zombiecatfish says:

Zen is... awareness that everything is in a constant flux and change and decay, and that everything will one day be gone. And, despite that, existing, unaware, in that moment of flux.

Dark sunset by zombiecatfish


I mean, this sunset will never happen again, and I will never be under that tree again (you can see an overhanging branch if you look closely) but that doesn't detract from the beauty of it.
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American Peyote says:

Existing in, and not being restricted by the confines of time.

"There is no spoon."

Each moment is as special and unique as any other.

"Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart"
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the incredible how (intermitten.t) says:

zen is like dao.
probably.
unfolding not becoming.
being.
washing up with full intention. washing up as prayer or meditation but always as washing up.
mostly not about taking photographs - sometimes there is a certain something when the camera is between me and the world, that stops it being seperate and me seperate and then it all just is - and sometimes that tells in the pictures.

just read steve greaves above: absolute ordinariness.....yes
this is a long discussion thread. I haven't read them all but random stops are interesting
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LB2556 says:

Zen is acceptance of everything without judgement

Tree Silhouette
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mommylolly says:

Zen to me is being able to see the tree for the forest. Being in a state of mind that allows the chaos and clutter that is around me to fade for a moment or two into the background and allows me to focus on one simple solitary item that refuels my soul and helps me to maintain a balance that accepts the world around me without predjuice or judgement. .
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V.E says:

Zen , imho , would be the state of bliss - when you don't mind the faults world and the people around you , and you enjoy life for what it can offer you.
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artnmotion says:

Zen, in which noise falls away revealing essence.
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barcelona27 says:

Zen to me is to understand there is nothing to be understood. Difficult !!
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PhotonPirate says:

To me Zen is about giving one's self up to the moment, to exist completely in the now, to experience through the senses unencumbered by the clutter of past experience of future hopes. It kind of makes me wonder if you can do this holding a camera in you hand, and the thought that you are trying to preserve the moment instead of letting it go seems to counter the philosophy. But if you count the camera as an extension of your eyes then it becomes a receptacle to capture that moment and to the chance for others to share that moment, hence this is why I find this group so compelling!
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Bret Okc says:

A single moment, that brings eternal joy to all that are present.
Father and Daughter
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artistwright1 says:

Zen in photography to me is where the image provides insight which goes beyond the superficial surface!
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ubababu says:

Zen is everything that we do not seek.
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prairietiger says:

Zen is when I sit... and I am present. :-}
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Visha~~AWAY..VERY BUSY says:

spending time with my family, just relaxing and watching them laugh. My life is my family. i just love them so much.

pink and green by Visha~~AWAY..VERY BUSY

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Spyglass Hill [deleted] says:

The space between our thoughts ... The pause between the notes ...
Yerba Buena Falls
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darrel giesbrecht [deleted] says:

perhaps a way of seeing.......... annie liebowitz once said that a camera is just a tool to learn how to see without a camera................ perhaps living and seeing the present moment............
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davidbr nyc says:

To be mindfully in the moment.
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the cat that walks by herself says:

Enjoying simple things in life, seeing beauty in everything
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dboybear says:

Zen to me does not happen often enough, it has felt like an out of body experience [floating] some where else, or [ the opposite ] your mind clear except for what you are concentrating on for that moment where nothing does or could distract you. 2 events that definately can bring those feelings on are: taking photos and during and after making love. D
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.Rouzeh [deleted] says:

Zen is balance - everlasting and innately serene..


Ripples at Freedom Park
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hey old man says:

Zen to me~~~hmmm~~~I guess being at complete peace with myself and at complete ease with the world around me~~~not knowing is sometimes better than knowing~~~Zen to me is karma~~~I do not try to be good~~~I am good~~~I dot not try to be happy~~~I am happy~~~I will try to bow to the spirit within you~~~If I am not selfishly bowing to my own spirit, I pray that I will not be.
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