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




Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

15 thoughts on “Photography as a tool for mindful living

  1. 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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    1. 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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