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Flow in Mindography

Trevor November 19, 2020

Pleasures vs Gratifications

Pleasures – happen when you fulfil a desire. This can be as simple as eating a slice of cake when you are hungry, just to quench the hunger. Or buying something new that you don’t really need to live just to cheer you up if your feeling down. The enjoyment of this is immediate, but it only lasts for a very short time afterwards.

Gratifications – will usually involve using things like our signature strengths and our core values.’’  Because of this, they have much a longer lasting effect on our happiness levels.

Gratifications come in a bunch of different categories and they aid us with motivation. These activities are different for everybody, but include things like exercise, work, helping a loved one, raising a family, solving a difficult problem, achieving a goal or by simply experiencing a flow state. These moments fill you with energy and leave you feeling completely invigorated.

”Researchers have stated that these moments of flow states in our lives, produce a much longer lasting effect on our mood and happiness levels, when compared to simpler pleasures such as material possessions or gifts.”

In Mindography, we aim for flow each and every time. We are achieving this, by exploring and doing an activity that challenges us and our skills the perfect amount. Neither too difficult or too easy. Nobody will ever know everything about photography, so it is the perfect tool to progress with, as your skill levels grow. During your practice, you stop focusing on time, you are distracted from fear, worrying and overthinking. All of this, grounds you to the present moment, where problems and discomforts do not exist. This helps you to achieve a complete state of mental calmness and relaxation.

Flow in Mindography


Flow is achieved by following your simplified practice or the core features which will be available to you soon. They include making the most of your me time and practicing self care, exploring and observing with your camera, being optimistic about what you might see, experiencing what you are doing fully and not being influenced externally, accepting what comes your way without judgement and capturing your full experience in a photograph.

Most people like to experience Mindography while out for a walk in nature, but this isn’t always necessary. Exploring in nature with your camera can allow some people to enter a state of flow a little easier. Nature also has its own health and well-being benefits. We do understand this is not for everyone and these techniques can be used anywhere and at any time. 

Some benefits of being out in nature –

  • Encourages exercise
  • It is stress reducing
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Can improve short term memory
  • Direct sunlight increases our Vitamin D
  • Boosts our immune system
  • May help decrease feelings of Depression & Anxiety
  • Increases energy levels
  • It is free aromatherapy
  • Restores our ability to focus
  • Boosts creativity

When in flow, nearly all the brain’s energy is dedicated to that one activity and we don’t notice the time passing. Any discomfort goes unnoticed, and stray negative thoughts can’t enter your mind because the brain is too busy focusing on that one thing, rather than keeping track of all those other things.

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

See Mihaly’s Ted Talk Video, where he speaks about how flow it the secret to happiness – Click Here

The Glad Technique


Gratitude is something we hope you have been practicing for a while now. At this stage you should really be feeling the benefits of the practice. We suggest you continue to practice gratitude every single day. Now we are giving you to opportunity to extend your gratitude practice. This is where you can learn from your daily experiences and grow your awareness along with our gratitude. At the end of the day or first thing in the morning, we would like you to write down 3 things you were grateful for that day or the previous day, 1 thing that you learned, 1 thing that you achieved and one thing that delighted you.

  • G – 3 things you are grateful for
  • L – 1 thing you have learned
  • A – 1 thing you have achieved
  • D – 1 thing that delighted you

”Personally I find this an amazing way to learn from my experiences and to feel even more grateful in my life.”

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