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Wahconah Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

This is the second from a series of waterfall shoots I made the first weekend in March. This stop was Wahconah Falls. Third on my trip.

One of the things that I played with over the weekend was my new Olloclip telephoto lens. It gives me the chance to get a little closer with better quality.  In my opinion, not bad for $99.

The falls are named from a young girl of legend whose fate was decided at these falls.  Wahconah was to be married to one of two men, depending on the course of a canoe set adrift at the falls.  One course would be discerned as the Great Spirit’s election for her to marry an elderly Mohawk and the other a young noble soldier of King Philip.

Choices are funny things.  Our sense of free will and autonomy drive us to make choices carefully. But what control have we over the outcomes of our choices?  No more important to our modern sensibilities is our choice of a mate.  Marrying for love is something that most of us in the west intuit as a natural right. I’m very much in that camp. But it’s not hard to imagine many of the practical benefits of having someone help you decide.

As with everything there is a balance.  With decision making we balance our knowledge, experience, and preferences with the unpredictable nature of karma. Often times the decisions are much less important than how we decide to live with them.

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Minute Meditations is an ongoing series of short videos, poems, and commentary intended as a meditation.  Offered as an opportunity to step back from your cyber routine and settle into a more natural rhythm, if only for a minute.

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These videos are produced for those of us who spend an inordinately large amount of time in the cyber-world.  They are not a substitute for unplugging from your devices and taking a stroll near trees, water, or a patch of unkempt grass.  Getting out into the world - touching, smelling, hearing, and seeing nature is the best way to reconnect with our prime purpose.  

What is our prime purpose? We are feeling and sensing machines.  We are the universe looking back on itself. We are witness to the wonders and dangers of living in this corner of the cosmos.  We are the seekers looking for connection a little further beyond yesterday's borders and boundaries.

But sitting and staring at the screen robs us of the sustenance that we rely upon for wonder and sanity.  These videos are an opportunity to bring the sensations of nature to you, while you're in the cyber-world. Its an opportunity to relax your gaze, resettle your posture,  and regain some depth in your breath.  Listen and watch the video and allow your self to open up and recharge.

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