Sometimes you want to take a picture, capture how the morning light looks filtering through the trees; your cooled skin; the sound of birds.
But you can never smell the air in that photo. You can't look around to see the rest of the world from that spot you stood, capturing a split second of light.
The only way to remember it is to sit for a while; feel it as deeply as you can; accept that it'll never be as good as it is right now.
Ever hear of a "Merlin Experience?"
It follows from a series of concepts:
- We don't exist in linear time; that's a mental construct.
- All experiences exist in every present moment, or "Now Time"
- To 'relive' past (or future) experiences, step outside of mental linear time and allow awareness of the desired moment.
From that perspective, our day to day lives are limited sequential Merlin Experiences, and our minds are trapped in them.
@mkuriel Hmm I haven't heard the name, but I've heard of some of those concepts in various places. Those are all really interesting together, I'll definitely read some more on it!
Just now. I wanted to capture the late afternoon winter light making shadows in hollows in the sand at the beach, the way the pines lit up green.
I wanted to make sense of the family waiting on the beach for the kid on the surfboard, the way the dad whistled and the kid heard over the sound of the surf, and headed in.
Breathing it in.
@katebowles That's right, seems it's more than just the light, but everything all together at once. But it sounds like you did 🙂
Yes, it was the light that drew me in. So it was looking that made me notice the family, the only ones there. At first I was looking at how they were scattered but near each other. So far, a photograph of sorts.
And then because I was watching I found myself thinking about them, who they were, how they made sense to me. While I was watching them, they were thinking and doing.
This shift from image to narrative, is it always there?
@katebowles I think for a certain number of us, it is. An image alone doesn't capture much meaning, but consciousness added on top creates the depth we're all perpetually experiencing together. Narrative is eternally useful for sharing that, no matter the time or technology.
I walked in yesterday after a long day at work. The quality of light in my daughter’s room was so peaceful. But nothing captured it. None of these images (iPhone with dusty lens) fully condense the way that it felt standing in her empty room, looking out of the window.
I get the general idea and meaning behind this post.
It's always a good idea to soak in the moment you are living. But as someone with a really, really bad memory. No I won't remember it without a picture or video.
@matt awesome post. It brings to mind something that happened yesterday: I am part of a group leading an ongoing documentary story project with 30 high school students. A presenter yesterday is a sound engineer. He talked about his practice of going to a location ahead of time to listen. He walks around, takes in all the sounds he hears. Of course he's doing it for technical reasons, but he says it helps him understand and notice and observe and he does it even when he's not working.
@gg Love that. I find those moments are rare, when I can truly listen to / observe the world without the din of thoughts drowning out my senses. Many times it takes a conscious effort (or even a pretense like some technical work) to get there.
This makes me want to play sound engineer when I'm out in the world, to have an excuse to pay attention and listen more.
@matt truly. The context of the presentation was offer tips on how to capture strong sound, to ensure that the place is right for an interview, say, or ways to capture ambient sounds to define the place, the mood or the story. Which was a bingo moment to me, and the kids, that is that just thinking about location -- where does the story reside? what does it look like? sound like? -- helps focus the story, so rather than "What's the story?" but "Where's the story?" An interesting discipline.