Mindfulness Challenge Week 1: Focus

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In Stitches

I had no idea how I was going to start.

I’d created this list of themes to help me be more mindful in 2017.  Deliberately abstract, I’d begun to wonder if I’d be able to even come up with a subject for my first photo:  Focus.

It had been on my mind for a few days.

Then, yesterday while shortening curtains for my newly painted master bath, I was focused on stitching a straight seam.  I guided the fabric, and I was literally focused on the moment: listening to the whirr of the machine, watching the tiny stitches draw a row of tiny dashes along the edge.

It occurred to me that this would be a perfect photo the first week of my mindfulness challenge.  It is focus in the moment, focus in photography.

This, then, begins 52 weeks of #createmindfulness2017.

Create Mindfulness

I’ve fallen away from my photography a little lately, so I’ve been looking for something to spark my creativity in 2017.  There are so many 365 challenges (too ambitious for this teacher), and 52-week themes available, but none were quite what I was looking for.

This past summer I began practicing yoga regularly and absolutely love it – and want to benefit even more from the practice to be more mindful.

It’s nearly 2017, so a little late, but I wanted to share what I came up with today:  “Mindfulness Challenge: 52 weeks of mindful themes for photography, poetry, journaling, and creating”. 

Please feel free to print/try/share.  If you’d like a PDF version ($1) – and an editable PowerPoint version, please click on the image below and you will be taken to the link:

52-week-mindfulness-creativity-challenge

Enjoy, good luck, and Happy New Year!  Wishing you and yours health and happiness for 2017.

#createmindfulness2017

Through the Window

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When it’s cold, I often take pictures of the outside, from the inside.

With my zoom lens and some selective positioning, it is possible to create some interesting compositions.  This shrub is actually an odd shape and wouldn’t make great photos standing directly in front of it.  But when looking at it from inside, it worked quite well with the warm colours of the house behind it.

A Strange Beauty

I love finding photos in unexpected places.

Like in the dryer.

When I took the lint trap out to clean it, I noticed how pretty the colours were.  All these little fuzzies were caught up in a wavy line along the bottom of it, looking very much to me like abstract art.

So I grabbed my camera and spent some time photographing it from different angles before I finished doing the laundry.

It was much more fun than housework.

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Knitting Bug

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When fall arrives, I get the bug to knit.

The colours and textures of all the different yarns entice me. Patterns are possibilities.

It is creative and meditative, drawing me into the moment. I love the contrasting feel of the soft yarn and the wooden needles in my hands.

Since I can’t sit still without keeping busy, it helps me to be still.

One stitch at a time, the knits and the pearls come together to make something that will keep me cozy in winter.

Something New

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I have a new project: I am going to teach a kids’ photography class.

I’ve spent the last couple of days planning, finding a location, and getting materials ready. Making the poster and forms has been fun; I have always loved working on computers, and anything to do with photography makes me happy.

It’s the creativity, though, that is the best part: a purpose and an outlet for this head full of ideas.