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Hafal Workshop in North Wales

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On Monday I was invited to Snowdonia to deliver a mindful photography workshop for people who receive support from Hafal. The session was part of a whole afternoon that also included creative writing and was organised and funded by Literature Wales. We were fortunate to have the use of Yr Ysgwrn a fabulously restored cultural and historical centre in Trawsfynydd, which …

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Who Am I Now – Week 7

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Week 7, the penultimate week was all about love. Ahh! And all you need is love, don’t you? This week was the cure for the two previous weeks, which focused on Fear. Love is the antidote to fear, both holistically and chemically. Love produces oxytocin which is the natural antidote to the cortisol produced when we are fearful. See, all …

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Shape of Light

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I recently went to London for a consultation with the eminent throat surgeon Guri Sandhu. I am fortunate to get to see this leader in Larynx reconstruction and even more fortunate to be supported on the visit by my girlfriend. Whilst we were there we stayed an extra night and took in a few sights, including the fascinating abstract art …

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Who Am I Now Course – Week 4

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This week was all about the application of knowledge and skills learnt in the first 3 weeks and was an opportunity to get personal. We were all invited to consider a barrier in our life, particularly one that was current. These barriers would generally be things that we are not comfortable with and would like to be different, but quite …

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Who Am I Now Course – Week 2

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Week 2 starts the process of considering how we can represent our thoughts and feelings through photography. The beginning of this appreciation begins with a bit of creative fun; the creation of abstract photographs. This week we considered what Abstract Photography is and I shared some ideas for their creation. We talked a little about metaphor and symbolism as many …

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Mindful Photography Course – Who Am I Now?

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Last Friday I started the first week of eight delivering ‘Who am I now?’ to patients from Morriston Hospital Brain Injury Service. This is the second Mindful Photography Course I deliver and the students had all completed the first course with me last Autumn. The first course’s aim was to encourage students to apply and develop mindfulness to photography. At …

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Prolific

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When I first saw this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge theme of prolific I was stumped. Later as I was looking through some photos I had created at last week’s first session of a new live course with Brain Injury patients (news later this week), I realised there was potential in my favourite form of selfie. I often create selfies that use …

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Waiting

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As I type this I am sat in a cafe drinking tea (of course) waiting for a garage to phone me back and tell me that my car’s brakes are not a problem, or more likely that certain costs are due. The waiting, any waiting, is an exercise in patience and perhaps one that in our fast paced modern life …

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Mindfulness in the Woods Workshop

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I recently took part in a great mindfulness in the woods workshop with Woodland Classroom led by Lea and James Kendall. We were based in Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea and spent 3 hours following a variety of mindful activities. We met in the car park at the re-imagined Penllergare Woods. From there Lea encouraged us to be present with the …

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Mindfulness, Photography and Change

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu Change is inevitable and yet I often hear people say, “I don’t like change.” What is it about change we don’t like? And what opportunities does it present? …

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The space between

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The photo at the top of this post was taken last weekend. The one lower down was created this morning as Monty revelled in the fresh snow. In the space between these photos much has happened. Sometime life is full of events, change and activity. You may call these spells demanding, or challenging. Or you may use more colourful language. …

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Silence

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“There is a love no one remembers” Jon Fosse In his book Silence – In the age of noise, Erling Kagge the Norwegian explorer asks poet Jon Fosse what he meant by the line, “There is a love that no one remembers”. Kagge wondered if he meant silence. “In a way it is the silence that speaks”, Fosse replied. “Perhaps …

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Accepting Difficulty

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Some of your greatest challenges will be in accepting situations that are difficult, situations when the world is not how you would like it to be and there’s a ‘Why Me?’ screaming in your head. I thought it might be helpful for you if I shared my current experience (which in turn will help me) in the hope that it …

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Mindfulness and Creativity

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“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” Dorothy Parker You are creative. It is in your DNA. It is in your soul. Every day you create. You may have a bright idea. You may invent a witty one liner. You may put together a fabulous meal from the meagre ingredients in your kitchen. You may just create a photograph. …

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New Year reflection

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Welcome to the New Year. How are those resolutions going? What do you mean, you didn’t make any? Me neither. However, I do see this time of year as an opportunity to reflect upon the recent past and plan a little for the future. As much as I like to live in the moment, living mindfully does include tuning in …

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Ascend

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Ascend is the WordPress photo challenge of the week. These word challenges resonate when I can relate them to my living practice of paying attention to the world and responding skillfully to events and challenges, rather than simply following old habitual thoughts or actions. To ascend simply means to climb up, or to rise. It is in the latter interpretation …