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Weekly Mindful Photography Challenge – Transition

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This week I thought I would combine our mindful photography challenge with the The Daily Post’s own photo challenge which is Delta; delta as in a place and time that represents a transition or sliver of greater change. A river delta, where the river meets the ocean is a place of tremendous transition, and photography of course captures only a moment …

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The Unruly Mind

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With mindfulness, as we practice – be it meditation, mindful photography or simply being present with the one thing that we are doing – our present awareness develops. As our present awareness deepens, our understanding and appreciation of the moment has room to expand. In this moment thoughts may arise and we notice how busy our mind is. We practice …

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Mindful Photography Courses

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I have recently updated my Mindful Photography Course page to make it a little clearer. There are two course offers, how exciting! Each is 8 weeks in length and can be delivered to people aged 7 to 70 and for any group. Pupils, students, participants, staff and service users will all benefit. ‘Applying Mindfulness to Photography’ covers an introduction to …

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

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“Photography is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis” Henri Cartier Bresson I do love this quote. Not only does it summarise my view of photography beautifully, it has also been an inspiration for my development of a mindful approach to photography. Henri Cartier Bresson was a French photographer who is generally regarded as the …

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Shattered

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Sometimes events arrive in our world and all that we know is shattered. Even if we know that nothing is forever we sometimes imagine that it is. Then in a flash it is gone. Loss, often in the form of death, is one such shattering experience that we all live through at some time. I was reminded of this by …

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Relieved

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Are you relieved to see a bit of sunshine? If you are UK based then you’re probably expressing delight or misery, dependent upon whether you’re enjoying some well earned rest or working in the heat. It is very warm for the UK. And boy do we let everyone know! I was looking for some inspiration to go with the ‘relieved’ …

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Focus

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Friends tell me I have great focus. If there’s a task that I want to do then I will be attentive to the process and the outcome. Job done! You notice I said, “that I want to do”. If I don’t want to do it then I may procrastinate or be focused on methods of avoidance. Focus is a very …

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The last act of your life

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“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations I’m not sure where I first came across this, I tend to jot down quotes I like for future reference in a little notebook. This was in there. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor in the 2nd century who wrote …

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An Ending

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Every ending may be a beginning, but sometimes we find the adaptation to this change beyond comprehension. I was discussing endings and beginnings with my good friend Phil today and he recited a short poem he had learnt on this very topic by Leon Wieseltier, from his book Kaddish. A poem should always be read out loud, so I asked Phil …

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Weekly Mindful Photography Challenge

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Every week throughout the summer I will be posting a photography challenge that is designed to bring you into the present moment. They can be completed with any camera, even your phone. Your favourite photos are posted to our Facebook group, which is a public group so that you can invite your friends to join in. This week’s mindful photography …

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Staying fearless in difficult times

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“ In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t …