Photography as a tool for mindful living

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Google’s definition of mindfulness is:

The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something, “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition.” A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

When I bring my camera with me, I slow down. Without thinking about it, I become more mindful. I observe my surrounding, I breathe deeper, I enjoy more, I bring all my senses into the present moment.  I was five years old when my grandmother introduced me to the magic world of photography, by giving me my first camera. I’ve been experimenting, and taking pictures almost every day since then. My daughter is about to turn five next month, and I intend to pass on the family tradition to her.

Is photography a tool for mindful living for you?



Ms Zen




15 Comments on “Photography as a tool for mindful living

  1. I like how this is carried on down your family. Even if the equipment and technology has changed, it all begins with the eye.

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  2. I started photography in 2011 as a way of dealing with agoraphobia so it’s been a mindfulness practice from the beginning. Later I discovered the creative satisfaction of taking a photograph that other people consider beautiful.

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  3. I really like your comment about slowing down… becoming more aware of your surroundings. Photography is a ‘family thing’ for us too. My dad was a photographer for the newspapers in our area… I remember when he gave me my first camera… we’d gone ‘train watching,’ so I could practice with my new toy! Now, I carry my camera with me wherever I go… you never know where that ‘perfect shot’ will turn up!

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    • I need the weight of my camera in my purse/backpack/saddlebags, it reminds me to slow down. I’ve purposely left it home for a couple weeks because of the extreme temperatures we’ve had, 105-115 degrees..just not sure how good that is for my camera. I can tell that it has affected my daily life. I’m a little more stressed than usual. It feels like I’m in a hurry to get nowhere. Kind of crazy when you think about it. It’s almost like if I were going out naked, when I don’t have my camera with me. I’m sure I missed many ‘perfect shots’. Looking forward to read more posts on your blog 🙂

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  4. I can relate. When I do a photo walk with my camera seeking out the interesting I am looking at the world differently. This makes me much more present to my surroundings.

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