Nature's Place

Meditation – Once More

Every now and again I offer to teach meditation locally and the ad has gone into the local paper and there have been a few calls. One from Dulci, who has been before in years past, and others who are new to me and perhaps this meditation.

When and if it takes place is entirely up to the people who want to take part. I can be flexible on timing up to a point, and because there are no costs involved doing it from home there is no charge. I prefer to leave money out of it anyway.

Anyone who sees the need for peace of mind can do this meditation. It’s far simpler than it reads. So, if you are reading this and are local and want to learn contact me and we’ll take it from there.

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A niche Orb Spider with a web where no fly would find it, between high ridges of bark on a tree.

*Remember to click the pictures for a better sense …

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Nature knows best for nature. Or something’s not right … don’t believe that for a minute.

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An unusual find in the long grass, a Flower Beetle at rest at end of day, at end of season.

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Tiny Jumping Spider, lives and hunts on the vertical, usually found on trees often stalking wandering ants.

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Surprise, a piece of forest fruit against the darkening sky through the oof (out of focus) forest canopy.

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This will be a Ladybird soon, still forming inside her shell.

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A giant Robber Fly resting in the afternoon. Time enough for 2 shots and it was away.

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Larva of some kind, can’t recall now, munching away on gum tree leaf.

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They flick that tail when disturbed. Probably as well not to cuddle it.

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Cockroach, shy and elusive. Not the kind to enter the house and eat your food.

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Mother Shield Bug. Hiding her brood from me. Maternal instinct at work in the smallest creatures.

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And back in the garden, a Harlequin Fly – yes, just made it up.

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Tiny jet black Weevil. Almost too small to shoot and feature.

These pictures are of the odd ones that aren’t often posted these days. There is something remarkable about each, in their way. It’s nature’s common variety of weird and wonderful we don’t often see.

It is a form of meditation to really look at something, an image for instance. If you focus on seeing without thinking you’ll see what I mean. Thinking is in most cases always trying to get in on the act.

See the colour, the form, look into the detail. See or sense the space it all happens in. That’s all sense. And you can do this in any situation, any time or place that doesn’t actually require thinking for it to be or happen.

The way to keep thinking out is to keep coming back to seeing. Focus on seeing. Look, don’t think, by constantly returning to seeing or sensing. After a while thinking fades as a compulsion and in time it becomes a pleasure to do this.

Looking at these images is one form of meditation. Another is smelling the flowers, feeling the breeze, hearing the birds – or anything that requires the focus of attention on one sense or another, that you can exercise ‘not thinking’ in.

This focusing of attention on sense, on the ‘outer’, is the reciprocal of and complimentary to the focus of attention on the ‘inner’ sensation of the body. The tingling or pressure that is always there, which you probably already observe to some degree.

It is this focus on the inner that eventually, in time, amounts to sustainable peace of mind. Peace from the thinking mind and the emotion thinking stirs. What other peace is there a need of, really. If there is inner peace then surely the outer must follow.

Once you get the idea you’ve got it, it never leaves you so you never have to depend on another to be able to do it again. Though, until you master the practise, it does help to be guided by someone who has done it before you.

As in all things …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look


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  1. Shannon Britton said, on 28/11/2018 at 12:59 pm

    I enjoyed looking at your photos so much. Thank you for this special treat.

  2. zcoolw said, on 27/08/2017 at 2:14 pm

    these are awesome!

  3. Athena said, on 26/02/2017 at 1:49 am

    Awesome. Love all things creepy crawly. This site is a great find!! Keep it up :)

  4. bodyandsoulnourishmentblog said, on 05/06/2016 at 3:58 am

    Beautiful pictures! It’s so inspiring to see the wonderful miniature world that shares our planet, to be able to observe them so closely and be amazed by the variety and splendor of nature with all its live forms.
    I also find immense peace and solace in nature.

    • Mark said, on 05/06/2016 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Amira. It’s a wonderful world wherever we look, once the mind is out of the way.

  5. monikasbeautifulhome said, on 27/05/2016 at 5:58 am

    A really great photo!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

  6. Tammie said, on 11/05/2016 at 2:10 am

    well expressed
    and lovely guidance
    all you said brings us present and that is where the juice of life is
    i loved seeing each of these tiny beings
    thank you so much!

  7. afrenchgarden said, on 09/05/2016 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the explanation. Meditation – that is, not thinking, really scared me silly, whereas being absorbed totally in a perfume or a feeling is a pleasure. I understand better now. Amelia

    • Mark said, on 10/05/2016 at 11:57 pm

      There is also the simple sensation inside, as well as the senses. You can feel it any time but especially easy when you sit or lie down at the end of the day, then take it from there …

  8. Tommy Roenningen said, on 07/05/2016 at 3:20 am

    Great collection. Sharp details, perfect dof. Do you use a flash?

    • Mark said, on 07/05/2016 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Tommy. Yes, always … stops the motion and sharpens the image.

  9. standingoutinmyfield said, on 07/05/2016 at 12:41 am

    That’s a rare shot of the ladybird developing! Very nice :)

  10. Jane Lurie said, on 06/05/2016 at 1:35 pm

    Incredible shot, Mark.

  11. David said, on 06/05/2016 at 12:10 pm

    A nice mixed set of wonderful photos.

    “… There is something remarkable about each, in their way. It’s nature’s common variety of weird and wonderful we don’t often see…” So true and well put and probably what draws me to macro photography; both as a photographer and a viewer.

  12. Alexander Lautsyus said, on 06/05/2016 at 5:44 am

    Awesome set!

  13. Lissa said, on 06/05/2016 at 5:28 am

    I love the immense and fascinating variation with insects. Wouldn’t it be strange if the human animal had such variation.
    I need some meditation. It’s finding the time lol.

    • Mark said, on 06/05/2016 at 6:35 am

      First trick of the mind? ‘Haven’t got the time.’ :-)

      • Lissa said, on 08/05/2016 at 5:03 am

        Aw come on have mercy lol. I work M-F 10hr days with travel and fit everything else in at the weekend. That includes elderly parents, grandson, children, pets, housework and gardening – the latter is my sanity and source of food. That’s my meditation at the moment :)

        • Mark said, on 08/05/2016 at 12:35 pm

          If you don’t have time you don’t have the need … :-)

          • Lissa said, on 09/05/2016 at 5:52 am

            I’ll have to be satisfied with that until I have the time :)

            • Lissa said, on 28/08/2017 at 5:30 am

              I can get involved with the meditation in the NY as giving up work at the end of December. Keep us posted about any sessions you run in 2018 please Mark.

            • Mark said, on 28/08/2017 at 12:28 pm

              Thanks for your interest Lissa. This post is over a year old now and I don’t have new plans to teach just yet. But if I do I’ll do another post and you’ll probably see it.

            • Lissa said, on 29/08/2017 at 5:00 am

              Ahh. the post came to my inbox again the other day. Looked like you were organising a session. My apologies.

            • Mark said, on 29/08/2017 at 1:21 pm

              That must be because someone else revived the post by commenting and you were already subscribed by your previous comment.

              But if I do teach again I will announce it and anyone who usually gets notice will get it, as you are.

  14. mukul chand said, on 06/05/2016 at 5:07 am

    what a pic

  15. P. C. Zick said, on 06/05/2016 at 4:54 am

    Thank you.

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