What is Mindful Photography/Mindography?
While many might think Mindful Photography is a new concept, it’s definitely not. It can also be known as Meditative or Contemplative Photography and is around in different forms since the mid 1800’s.
Mindful Photography is a tool you can use to achieve a state of mindfulness while also aiding you in developing productive thought patterns in the process. We are all our own teachers in life. You will learn tools here and these tool will help you to learn and become more self aware through your own refections.
During mindful photography practice, you are experiencing a type of mental relaxation which calms your mind and allows you to think positive and productively. By consistently following the core features which are delivered towards the end of the program, you can start to integrate these traits into your life. This can change the way you see and experience the world around you ‘’this is known as clear seeing’’.
Mindography is the happiness and wellbeing teaching we provide which uses methods of mindful photography along with a few other self improvement practices.
Benefits of Mindful Photography
The list of benefits for the things we will be doing such as mindfulness, creative photography and being out in nature, are endless. With all the information I’m giving you, I’m sure you could still find lots more. But I’m sharing what I got from learning and doing photography in this way.
‘’ It’s now scientifically proven that our physical health can be directly linked to our mental state and vice versa. This puts us completely at the mercy of our biology. ‘’
The tools of Mindography are laid out, to reprogram your stress response. You are building better connections between different parts of your brain. This allows you to become aware, and it gives you the power to stay in control of how you are thinking, feeling and acting in your experiences.
Everyone can do this with a little practice. By doing this, it will link directly back to your physical health also.
Practical Benefits of Mindography
- Reduce your stress and anxiety
- Focus on what’s important in your life
- See what’s around you in a new and exciting way. Called ‘’Clear seeing’’
- Develop a positive outlook on life
- Live in the now and not with regrets of the past or worries of the future.
- Helps develop your creativity and imagination.
- Expands your focus and attention span.
- Helps broadens your perception
- Boosts awareness through your senses, clears your mind and encourages us to be more comfortable with yourself.
- Changes your perspective on life
- Practice self care
- Boosts your confidence
- Learn how too enjoy nature
- Improve your well-being
- Become more grateful
- Let go of thoughts, of imperfection and self-criticism.
- Open your mind to new experiences by seeing opportunities and not obstacles
- Create and relive happy memories.
- Helps you understand and control how your thinking make you feel and the actions you take due to your emotions.
- Shows you how to respond and not react to stressful events.
- Improve your life one picture at a time
Benefits with Scientific Research
(Click each topic to learn more)
- Controlling Temper
- Deal with Stress
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Pursuing Goals
- Fights Depression
- Increases Spirituality
- Improves Relationship
- Aids Sleep
- Increases Positive Emotions
- Aids Focus and Attention Span
- Reduces Worry
Methods of Mindfulness Practice
There are two different methods of Mindfulness practices :- Formal & Informal.
The Formal Method is a certain length of time you set aside for yourself to practice one of the many different mindfulness styles.
There are various different styles out there and they all have their own methods and techniques. One common trait that they all share, is they are all guiding you towards similar states of mind and building better connections between different areas of your brain.
Some other types of practices include meditation, yoga, hiking, walking in nature, art, music, the list really is endless and there is something out there to suit everybody.
‘’One of the greatest benefits of mindful photography is that it can be used as a stand-alone practice and/or incorporated with many other mindfulness practices very easily’’
The Informal Method is very different. This is something you live. It is great for people who think they don’t have any time for practicing.
Informal mindfulness practice can be incorporated into your everyday tasks, without having to set aside any specific time. It can be built into your morning and evening routines, daily chores or life in general. I recommend that you learn and use the various tools we provide, in these everyday tasks to experience them fully. When doing these things you will be keeping your mind at ease.
Some examples of this include: –
Getting dressed, showering, brushing your teeth. cleaning the house, ironing, cooking, eating, driving, when stuck in traffic, walking to work, at work or collecting kids from school.
Choose a task and make a choice to complete it in a mindful way. Be aware of what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel. Take note of your emotions, thoughts and feelings in the environment around you.
By doing these things you enjoy these moments more, there is less rushing and stress. It helps you to create healthier relationships and it can also provide you with a break from a busy/stressful day which is flying past you, before you then return to it completely invigorated. The reason for the invigoration and extra energy is a result of something called ‘’Flow’’. We’ll explain this more in later sections.
Mindography is used to help you integrate mindfulness into your life. What starts with a formal practice with your camera which you have set time aside for, can eventually lead to an informal practice or even a new lifestyle or mind-set.
Using photography to achieve Mindfulness is an extremely powerful tool. Visual Art activities have also been shown to have hugely positive effects on people’s health & well-being. Below is an outtake from a recent study by The Welsh NHS Confederation and a link to the full report.
‘’Access to arts opportunities and participation in the arts can dramatically improve health outcomes and well-being, counter inequalities and increase social engagement. As a supplement to medicine and care, the evidence suggests that engagement with the arts can improve a person’s physical and mental well-being. The benefits of arts activities are being seen beyond traditional settings, and their role in supporting communities and individuals who would otherwise be excluded is increasingly being recognised’’
This fantastic article helps explain the effectiveness of the arts in promoting and improving people’s health and well-being.
View the full article here – Click Here
Your five senses are sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. These senses work together to gather information from your environment and experiences, which are then interpreted by your brain. It takes the information you have received and coverts it to language. Language is how we all view and understand the world. You ask yourself a question, give yourself an answer and this is how you develop meaning for everything you see and experience in your life.
The meaning you develop is usually influenced by previous experiences and past knowledge and can also be influenced by external factors, which are often outside of your control.
We all react almost instantly to the information we get. This quick response is something that we have evolved to do and it has been crucial for survival in our environment throughout the ages but it has also made is very reactive at times when there may not be the need to.
Each of our 5 senses uses its own system to receive the different information.
- Sight :- Light and colours are detected in the retina of our eyes.
- Sound :- Hairs in our ear move in response to sound.
- Smell :- Our nose detects different chemicals in the air and also different flavours in our food as air passes through our nasal cavity.
- Taste :- Taste buds on the tongue react to the taste of our food. (There are five different tastes we can perceive. Sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami)
- Touch :- Receptors on our skin detect things such as pressure, pain, temperature and vibrations.
Your senses connect you to your environment every single moment. It’s rare that your brain will make a decision based on the information from a single sense. Your five senses work together to create your perception of reality.
Your senses are feeling sensations constantly. You can choose to bring awareness to your senses like a spot light. By paying attention to your senses, you will be able to experience something new in your environment each and every time. You will be able to develop better situational awareness, it helps you to learn and understand your experiences more, aids you in developing better brain power and allows you to keep conscious control over your mind which we will chat about more in the next section.
Our senses of sight and sound are our two most used senses. Those two along with our senses of touch and feeling are how we interact with each other every day. Using our senses in a productive manner is the very first stage in ensuring you understand what is going on in the experience you are having.
Important Note :-
Looking is a function our your eye through your sense of sight. We experience sensations through all of our senses.
Seeing is something very different. Seeing is a function of your mind and is completely dependent on your perception and how you perceive what is going on around you.
Mindography is an amazing tool to broaden awareness through your senses.
”Changing the language you use, is how you improve and enhance the life you are living”
Photography is a Language
Where are you in the world now? I can guess you regularly meet or see people capturing what is going on around them with a camera or smartphone and then sharing their pictures on social media for the world to see. Taking pictures has become the new normal for most people. The pictures being shared are reflections of the experiences we are all living daily. Photography is not just reserved for hobbyists, artists and professionals. Photography is for everybody. It is how we all understand and connect these days and it is also the way that so many choose to express themselves.
Photography has become The World’s Number 1 Universal Language. A language that is used by every nationality and one which is understood in all cultures and societies. You know the old saying ”A picture is worth a thousand words”. Well this must be true, because around 50% of the world population now own a device that can takes pictures. You’re mind see’s and understands everything in language. You take in information from your senses, you ask yourself a question, give yourself an answer and that is how you develop meaning for every single object or experience that you have in your life.
Learn how you how you can use photography and mindful photography to understand and develop the language you use in your mind to Enhance and Improve Your Life & Experiences Every Single Day.
5 Senses Technique
(This is a Multi-Sensoriality Exercise)
Use this technique to start your practice, as an anchor during the practice or at any stage that you would like to be little more mindful. This puts you into a mindful state of mind very quick and easy. All that you need to do is notice something that you are experiencing with each of your five senses.
- Notice five things that you can SEE. Look around you and bring your attention to five things that you can see. Try to look for things that you would normally not pay attention to.
- Notice four things you can HEAR. Take a moment to listen, and note four things that you hear in the background. This can be the tweet of a bird, the flow of a stream, or the sound of traffic on a nearby road.
- Notice three things that you can FEEL. Bring awareness to three things that you are currently feeling. Things like the texture of your clothes, the feeling of the breeze on your face, or the camera that is in your hand.
- Notice two things you can SMELL. Bring awareness to smells which your mind might usually filter out. If they are pleasant or unpleasant, just notice them. Is the breeze carrying the scent of flowers, or is there a smell of food from the restaurant you are walking past.
- Notice one thing you can TASTE. Focus on one thing that you can taste at this moment. You can take a sip of a drink, eat something or chew gum, but notice the current taste in your mouth. If you are not eating or drinking, you can open your mouth to the air and see if you can taste anything