Mindfulness and photography

I have always loved taking photos and recently have been learning how to take macro shots.

The benefits of this have been far greater than I could have hoped for. Firstly, I get exercise and sunshine walking in the hope of finding the perfect shot. Secondly, I am doing something I love, which brings me a lot of joy and happiness. And finally, I see things that I never normally would notice… I’m looking for the detail in everything instead of walking past things mindlessly with thoughts somewhere else.

I think the focus that macro photography gives me is an example of mindfulness… I am fully in the moment as I search for my shot and carefully focus the camera. And what a series of wonderful moments they are.

Mindfulness

I am trying to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life and have realised how beneficial it can be.

I’m on a quest to improve my photography skills and learn to take good night shots. I realised after I took these photos how completely focused my mind was…. On steadying the camera, on trying to get the best composition I could (which for a complete beginner takes time!!) and on reviewing, retrying and improving.

Two hours went by in a flash and my usual chaotic mind was calm and happy.

What a blessing mindfulness can be. How will you incorporate a bit of mindfulness into your life?