I crept about the flowers and prairie grasses, seeking the beauty of morning light and sun angles, and had a realization. Not only is nature photography utterly meditative for me, it requires careful, measured movements, stretches and positions that I wouldn’t normally attempt. From this day forward, I shall practice the art of Yogagraphy.
Sipping a cup of French Roast, I hear the morning song of Cardinals, Chickadees, and Doves. Sunlight tops the towering oaks, so I trade slippers for a scrappy pair of Birkenstocks and wrap my crooked hands around my Canon camera. Adjust the tripod, and step into the butterfly garden beneath the Crepe Myrtle, which is raining tiny, sparkling dew drops. Maneuver just so to catch the magnificent backlight illuminating oranges, purples, and greens. Adjust the tripod legs higher, no lower, then let the front leg dip. Fussy ankles and toes forget to protest. Crane the neck and dip the shoulders to find a bit of magic in the lens.
As I meander, capturing the texture and structure of nature, I feel very little pain. Creativity does that for me. Since the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis over two years ago, I find that complete absorption in a project nearly erases pain. As soon as I stop the creative project, I am fully aware of the pain that is present. Quite a powerful lesson. Live in creativity, or train the mind to function in this way.
Creativity is different for each of us, as are physical abilities in the face of Rheumatoid Disease. Each of us has some form of creative spirit, and I do not mean artistic ability. What activity captivates you and makes you lose track of time? Or lose track of pain levels?
Yogagraphy provides my greatest moments of peace and pain relief. I am distracted by Nature.