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mind·ful·ness

mind·ful

[mayhnd-fuhl]

adjective
attentive, aware, or careful (usually followed by of): mindful of one’s responsibilities.

Related forms
mind·ful·ly, adverb
mind·ful·ness, noun

It’s become quite a buzzword in recent years.

To be in a state of mindfulness requires you are in the present. Not in the last minute or the next, but always in this fleeting present moment.

This moment is what passes while we are capturing the perfect selfie or posting it to Twitter. Hey, I’m never going to give up my social media, but I’m painfully aware that mindfulness and Instagram are never going to coexist. We can spend the best moments of our lives looking for the next photo, or we can put the friggin’ camera down and be there.

My days are spent like most people, eating my cereal while I’m packing my lunch, running late for work, and driving brainlessly while I catch up on the news. Life could be much more meaningful if we could be present at every minute.  Let’s face it, it just isn’t going to happen outside of a mountain monastery.

I like to think my camera and I have a fairly healthy relationship.  She comes with me on long walks, showing me things I might otherwise have overlooked. We like to “focus” on little things. Pun intended.

Don’t get me wrong. An ocean is beautiful, but I see it knowing that thousands of other people have seen it too. It’s the single wave that breaks along the shore that moves me. You need to be there to see it. Be present. It’s like a fleeting moment, as quickly as it’s come, it’s gone.

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

Peace . . .

 

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Trying to make sense of it all and . . . for the most part . . . doing it.

3 thoughts on “mind·ful·ness

  1. You fully understand mindfulness. That single wave enjoyed in the moment. I like to photograph the things that capture me as well. They are mindful of my attention to them. Every second enjoyed with a tiny bit of attention is what it’s about. And then we get to share it. 🙂

  2. I love taking photography, but also love mindfulness and practice this often. I enjoyed reading your post, its very calming

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