Boredom

leeasplandMindfulness, Practices, Thought for Today2 Comments

Boredom is an experience that is avoided. The distractions available are numerous: smartphone, TV, work, household chores and friends are but a few. But how would it be to experience boredom by choice? I wrote this post whilst I was on what was planned to be a 3 day retreat in the farmland hills above the Welsh market town of … Read More

Patience

leeasplandMindfulness, Practices, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

I am currently recovering from a cold. Nothing unusual about that, but as a consequence my mind is foggy and writing a blog post is challenging. Patience is the word that lept to mind. Patience Lee, it will all return. Then I had a simple idea. Why not share the excerpt from the Mindful Photography Book I am writing about … Read More

Balance

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for Today3 Comments

Balance is not only a key part of photographic composition it is a key element in life. How do you keep your life in balance whilst the world appears to be going a little crazy? How do you stop it all from becoming a little bit overwhelming? 2016 brought us Brexit and Trump. 2017 is sure to follow up on … Read More

New Year Reboot

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for Today2 Comments

Now that we are four days in I feel I must ask you: how are the New Year Resolutions going? I hope that you are still filled with the enthusiasm (or guilt!) that gripped you a few days ago. If not perhaps this will inspire you. I am going to reflect upon my New Year practice, which is not dissimilar … Read More

The camera with you

leeasplandPhotos, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

In these smartphone days the camera we always have with us is usually the most pocketable one. I do have a high end compact phone and a brick of a DSLR. Sometimes I do have one of them with me. But I always have my smartphone camera. I get it. The best camera is the one we have with us … Read More

The Photographic Flâneur

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

I have long been interested in the concept of a flâneur as it has a relationship to my mindful approach to photography. Whilst the dictionary definition of it as an “idler or a lounger” is of interest, Charles Baudelaire’s interpretation of a flâneur is more relevant. He described a flâneur as someone who is a detached observer of city streets, someone who … Read More

Fragile

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for Today2 Comments

I was reminded today of the fragility of life. You would think that after a few life experiences that have demonstrated that it is a truth, I would have it at the forefront of my mind. But the idea that we are immortal is tenacious. We carry on through our busy lives, racing from one important task to the next. … Read More

Feeling your edge – learning to fly

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for Today3 Comments

The edge is a useful metaphor. Where and when do you feel your edge? Do you notice and carry on? Do you notice and ease back? Or do you not notice and plough on regardless? Feeling your edge implies that you are tuned in, paying attention to your life. In the moment that you teeter on the edge of something … Read More

Still Point

leeasplandMindfulness, Photos, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

There is a still point between the in breath and the out breath. And another between the out breath and the in breath. Each is milliseconds in length. Each is a time when the world is in balance. You may not be aware of their arrival and passing. But they are always there, always available. The in breath requires us … Read More

Mirror of my soul

leeasplandMindfulness, Photos, Thought for Today2 Comments

It doesn’t take much encouragement to get me to create a selfie. Not only is it a genre I regularly explore, I’ve also done a monthly photo project with FB friends (Beyond the Selfie) and I am just about to write the last chapter of my book about Mindful Photography; and that’s all about me! So when I saw this … Read More

Plop

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for Today2 Comments

I have been occasionally following the post topic suggestion from Word Press. When today’s topic of ‘Plop’ plopped into my inbox it was directly after another email, one of rejection, from a public sector provider and the word seemed entirely apposite. Rejection is a common part of any artistic endeavour. When I first started as a photographer trying to gain … Read More

Develop mindfulness through photography

leeasplandCourses and workshops, Mindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

My thoughts of late have been much around how I can share more effectively what I have developed. It has taken me 55 years of living, a couple of years of development, an online course, live workshops and some significant life events to really bring my thinking on delivering mindfulness through photography – or Mindful Photography as I usually call … Read More

Peg Talks – July 2016

leeasplandThought for TodayLeave a Comment

If you are a Swansea resident and have yet to experience the Peg Talks then you have an inspirational experience awaiting you. The Peg Talks are organised and run at the Square Peg, a social enterprise cool café based in Sketty, Swansea. Every 5 weeks or so 3 local people share a personal talk about something that is close to … Read More

A Fearful Decision

leeasplandThought for TodayLeave a Comment

For a man who regularly posts on the topic of fear and its challenging impact in our lives, I could not let the decision to leave the EU pass without comment. I have been dispirited by both sides of the Referendum Campaign. Neither has sought to offer positivity, hope and potential. Each has wallowed in the negative posturing of the … Read More

Transformation

leeasplandThought for TodayLeave a Comment

I thought I would start this morning with a clear definition of today’s Daily prompt: transformation is – to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose. Also to change in condition, nature, or character; convert. That’s clear; we are talking about major change. There is a nice link here to my previous post on Change, one that I will develop upon. Have … Read More

Embarrassing

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

OK here goes. In an attempt to get writing regularly again and enliven my posts I am gonna try responding to the Daily Prompts given by WordPress. As they are US based the prompt arrives at my desk around 1pm and I’m best writing in the morning, before the day’s busy-ness truly kicks in. So I’m gonna be one day … Read More

Disconnected

leeasplandMindfulness, Thought for TodayLeave a Comment

I would like to say that as a mindfulness practitioner I am completely aware of each moment, in tune and aware. Of course it is a practice and this morning has provided rich territory. Before 7am, leaving the bathroom, my phone slipped from my grasp. Despite its protective covering it managed to land on the edge of the bath and … Read More

25 things you don’t know about me (probably)

leeasplandThought for Today3 Comments

My general philosophy for this blog is to be open, honest and authentic. So here are a few facts about me you may not know, unless I am repeating myself (a little) or you are a very close relative/friend. Why not share some of yours? I love Marmite. Always have, always will. There, now you’re in one camp or the … Read More

Not writing a book

leeasplandThought for Today2 Comments

Currently, I am not writing a book. I have written a book proposal on a Mindful Photography/Memoir theme, it even includes two complete chapters, a synopsis, author bio and an outline of all the chapters, but I am now marooned and have been for three months. I have been through a month or so of thinking it was because I … Read More