Being in the Moment

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Copyright Ronn Thwaites 2018

One of the most important things that mindfulness has taught me is how to actually be in the present moment. I’m one of those people who has a mind that is constantly thinking, planning and wandering off into imagined futures and in the past it was rarely present in what my experience actually was as it was happening

Having a mindful photography practice has helped me to slow down, take my time, take in my surroundings. It allows me to have moments when I can capture a brief moment in time that I was experiencing; one that has never happened before and will never happen again

Before I start a street photography session I’ll sit down, concentrate on my breathing and start to get myself present. I’ll tune into the sensations of how I’m feeling, the feeling of sitting down, the feel of the wind, sun, etc. on my body, listen to the sounds around me. I’ll then start to observe what’s going on around me and only when it feels like the right moment I’ll start to take photographs. When I finish my session I’ll sit down somewhere again, tune into my breathing, reflect on how I’m feeling and then bring the session to a close mentally

By getting myself into the present moment I find that my photography sessions are much more productive, rewarding and i get a greater sense of accomplishment. I’ve also found that this approach can help me with my moods, feelings and gives me a general boost to my overall wellbeing

If you use this type of approach or anything similar in your photography I’d be really interested to hear about them and how you find it has an impact on your creativity and wellbeing

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