Fear 2

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

Many of our reactions to life, our choices and our behaviours are generated by fear. The fear could be fear of not being good enough, fear of failure, fear of a thing, fear of an event, fear of a decision and many more. Fear is the gift of our ego. Fear is the furnace that burns deep in our breast … Read More

Fear 1

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

Fear is very much on my mind. This is a significant week for me and I am aware that there is a considerable swirling of fear swooping in and out of my mind. As part of living through this period with acceptance, compassion and wise reactions I am attempting to lean into the fear rather than run away from or … Read More

Changing your perspective

leeasplandActivities, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

I first thought of this idea as a literal photography activity, actually choosing to create photographs from a different perspective. In the example above, as if I was Monty, a chunky Bijon Frise viewing the world about 12-18″ from the floor. In itself I could see the potential for photographs that felt different. I later realised that the activity and … Read More

Film Style – a mindful photography practice

leeasplandPhotos, PracticesLeave a Comment

I was feeling a little dazed this morning. An early rise and ragged breathing left me with a sense of disconnectedness. As I had to take Taylor to work in Mumbles I thought I would change my routine, drop him off and then do a mindful photography practice to ground me. The ‘Film Style’ practice is a space, time and … Read More

Non Judging

leeasplandMindfulnessLeave a Comment

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the 7 attitudes that underpin mindfulness practice. The 7 attitudes are detailed in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn and are Non Judging, Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Trust, Non Striving, Acceptance and Letting Go. Each post will be a personal reflection about that attitude, both from the perspective of mindfulness generally and … Read More

3 steps to intuitive photo creation

leeasplandTipsLeave a Comment

Much of my photography arises from a response to my environment. Pre planned and tightly described photo creation is something I have to work at. The reason I enjoyed the Photomarathon more this year was that I did not plan each shot beyond a vague idea. Often I didn’t even have a vague idea and just wandered until something stimulated … Read More

Wet and gloomy

leeasplandPhotosLeave a Comment

I don’t have any photos of Wasp Fest for you. Shame. Unfortunately, I had to cancel as my breathing became challenging – I have now embarked on a course of steroids for relief and things are beginning to ease. Instead of driving to Somerset for a groovy festival, I drove to Mumbles to sulk and take gloomy photos. The continual … Read More

Eric Kim on Street Photography

leeasplandActivities, PhotosLeave a Comment

Eric Kim is a passionate street photographer and prolific blogger based in Berkeley, California. I found his blog when looking for photographers who combined photography with a philosophic approach to life. It was probably through some random google search combining photography and zen, and Eric tumbled out. Eric’s blog is a well of wisdom for the street photographer and is … Read More

One thing at a time

leeasplandMindfulnessLeave a Comment

I am often asked what mindfulness is. Yesterday the guy cutting my hair asked. I explained, as he buzzed and snipped, that he should imagine that he was only doing one thing at a time. Only cutting my hair. Not thinking about later, or last night. Not listening to the heavy beat from his music choice. I think the irony … Read More

Lilies

leeasplandPhotos, TipsLeave a Comment

These lilies were collected by Beci from her parent’s garden (at least they get to appreciate them now from the comfort of their Spanish computer). I thought I would try and create some photos that celebrated the lilies flamboyance and delicacy. For those who are interested in these things: I used a 50mm lens with a reversing ring, which turns … Read More

Reflecting

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

This week I have mostly been reading “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. It is a swashbuckling blast through the relatively brief history of Homo sapiens, the branch of the Homo (Human) genus that we belong to. It sets out to explain how we have managed to be so dominant on Planet Earth, in a relatively … Read More

Retreat and reflection

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

Today I have escaped to my in law’s cottage in Mumbles for a ‘retreat’. Normally, when I go on retreat I am avoiding all technological contact, sitting quietly a lot, walking and photographing. I usually stay at a retreat centre in the Brecon Beacons, but they were full. My intention this time is similar but different. I am first spending … Read More

Sitting Group

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

It is all quiet in the house. Beci has taken the hound, Monty, out for his morning walk. Taylor (no.1 son) is off to college and India (no.1 daughter) is asleep in bed, practicing being a teenager who has finished college for the year already. (Ah, the benefits of choosing to study all art based AS levels) So I thought … Read More

Seeing the Music

leeasplandActivities, PhotosLeave a Comment

The Activity This photography activity is inspired by my friend Mel’s ‘Walk/Listen/Respond Project’. I have taken Mel’s base rules and adapted then for my needs! My rules are: [1] Plan an album length walk. [2] Choose an album to match your mood/weather/walk/whatever. [3] Walk. [4] Respond to the music intuitively. Let it play through you. Create photos that reflect how … Read More

General Election and Mindfulness

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

We are beset from all sides. All media streams, from the traditional newspapers to the ground breaking social media streams, are awash with General Election stuff. Opinions, rants and justifications abound. Some of it is entertaining. Some of it is balanced. Much of it is sensationalised or heavily influenced by those who control the message. Immigration and economic planning are … Read More

Mindfulness and Change

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

Change This week I have chosen to reflect on change as I have been both buffeted by the winds of change and I am also making changes to key aspects of my life. It is not coincidental that I used a weather metaphor to describe change. As I started to write this I was considering what simile I could use … Read More

What is Mindful Photography?

leeasplandMindfulness, Practices, TipsLeave a Comment

Mindful Photography is mindfulness applied to the process of creating a photograph It starts with seeing and extends through the technical and compositional choices towards an encouragement to align one’s eye, one’s mind and one’s heart whilst one is completely present in the moment. There is a lot to unpack in that definition, so let’s start at the beginning. Where … Read More

Mindful Attention

leeasplandMindfulness, PhotosLeave a Comment

I use photography as a practice for mindfulness. As mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, creating a photograph can provide many practices that enable us to connect with what we can see, what the camera can see and what we feel or a feeling that we wish to convey. Recently, I have not been well and have been … Read More

London Mindful Photography Practice

leeasplandPhotosLeave a Comment

Here are my favourite photos from a 1 hour mindful photography practice in London last weekend. The anchor I returned to when my mind got busy was ‘seeing colour’. Looking at the photos today I am reminded of how I felt when I was there. The traffic noise, constant movement and speed, merged with iconic ideas of London: the red … Read More

Edges of Life: using visual metaphors

leeasplandTipsLeave a Comment

I do like visual metaphors. During a recent mindful photography practice I was walking from home to Mumbles (a three mile+ stroll) when I took the first photograph in the selection below. At the time I was drawn by the change of tone and texture and chose to represent this (in my mind) in black and white. After the first … Read More