Updated: Aug 9, 2018
The Simple Art of Not Being Miserable
by Zat Rana
Using the book by Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha, Zat Rana discusses how to find happiness - by stopping. Our unhappiness comes from seeking, always looking, but never finding.
We become fixated on our desires. Instead, the lesson from Hesse's book is to stop looking. Zat acknowledges "Unfortunately, the likelihood that the average person will forgo desire and find enlightenment is a small one. That said, what anyone can learn to do — which is a healthy step in the right direction — is expand their zone of fixation. We all have things we want, and we all have things we look to achieve. But many of these things are far more negotiable than we make them."
In photography, we can become fixated on a certain image, wanting that classic shot of Horseshoe Bend or Cartier-Bresson's decisive moment. In seeking these iconic photos, we can miss the photos that are right in front of us. When we stop moving, always seeking that next great photograph, maybe that's when we'll find it.
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