How to Practice Mindography
The Simplified Practice For Exploring
Mindography practice is about the experience and the process, rather than focusing on the finished product and all the amazing pictures you will take. It’s about letting go of any expectations and being more aware through your senses. Exploring you and your surroundings, being curious about what you might see, rather than being closed minded and judgemental towards what you are seeing. Accepting your experiences for what they are and not what you believe they should or could be. Respect this process and allow it bring you to a flow state as you explore.
”Simply being yourself in the moment.”
Because of the amazing benefits of this practice, we would like you to get started straight away. You may not fully understand the process just yet. That will all come as you expand your knowledge with time and learning. All will be revealed as you go through this course. You will learn exactly how, why and what you are doing during your Mindful Photography Practice and after. The real benefits come from getting out there and doing the practice, so start developing that habit now.
Below is the process you follow with your camera and your mind.
- Remove unnecessary distractions – ”Be fully absorbed into what you are doing”
- Use your camera in auto or semi auto – ”We would not like you to be thinking too much about camera settings so use a camera in a setting that is well within your capabilities and doesn’t challenge you”
- No looking back through pictures until after practice – ”No judging. Trust yourself”
- Use your senses – ‘’See, hear, smell, taste and feel what is around you as you walk’’
- Follow your intuition – ‘’If something feels right to you, we would like you to go with these moments’’
- Consider the shot – ‘’Pause and take a few moments here. Try to really ”SEE” and capture your full experience in a picture’’
- Photograph your experience – ‘’Practice becoming comfortable in your experiences by pressing the shutter button, but only the once’’
- Repeat this process and find your flow – ”Repeat the process over and over as you explore with your camera.
‘’ This can be practiced anywhere and at any time. ’’
As you explore with your camera, you do not always have to use the full 5 senses technique. Bring your focus and attention back to any, or a few of your senses when your mind wanders.
The Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude – is defined as the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for or to return kindness.
A story about Happiness & Gratitude by Rob Dial –
Gratitude is one of many positive emotions we can experience. Likened to magic by many. Experiencing gratitude has benefits far beyond anything you will read or learn. It has to be experienced to be fully understood. Gratitude Journaling is a simple, yet extremely powerful way that you can easily incorporate gratitude into your life. It helps increase our overall happiness and appreciation for what we have.
Everybody has something to be grateful for, no matter how big or small it may seem. Sometimes we simply need to be reminded of this. We can explore ourselves by spending time reflecting and writing it down on a piece of paper, in a journal or by simply paying attention and savouring feelings of gratitude as you experience them.
Focusing on things you have in your life to be grateful for, is a much more productive mindset than focusing on things such as wants or desires, which often leave you unfulfilled and unsatisfied.
For section 1, we would like to set an intention for you. Your intention is to photograph things which you are grateful for in your life. As you are taking the picture try to get in touch with the amazing feelings of gratitude you have for this moment.
If you are not sure where to start, then focus on the big things first, such as family, friends, home, work and what makes your life unique and special. Get a little broader as you get used to this type of practice. Try to see all the little things you have in your life to be grateful for every day. You may be surprised where this type of thinking may lead you.
There are things everywhere in our life to be grateful for once you broaden your awareness…. ie… your tasty morning cup of coffee which prepares you for your day ahead, the energy filled lunch that is going to refuel your body midday, the clothes you are wearing which keep you cosy and warm, the refreshing running water from a tap, which keeps you hydrated and clean and even a previous experience that might have been unpleasant, but helped you to learn and grow as a person…..
After your walk or at the end of the day, we would also like you to reflect on the photos you have taken in a manner to develop gratitude. Look through your photos and pick out some of the ones which stand out to you. Then follow the process below to write what you were grateful for in the image and why you were grateful for it.
Follow this template below and practice some gratitude journaling : –
”Try to get in touch with the feeling of gratitude as you write”
‘’ I am so happy and grateful for ____________ because ______________ ’’
‘’ I am so happy and grateful for the home I am in because it keeps me safe and warm ’’
In section 2 of the course, you will be learning more about your mind. This gratitude exercise is laid out for you, to use both parts of your mind at the same time. You are using your Conscious Mind explaining what you are grateful for & Your Subconscious Mind explaining why you are grateful for it.