"We Are Asleep With Compasses In Our Hands," - WS Merwin
I am excited to point out mindful doorways of adventure and discovery for you throughout the year!
It is an honor and a privilege to share my work with mindfulness and creativity, bridging the two into a daily seated or walking practice.
(I will post an audio seated Mindfulness Visualization each week, using a photography focus to take on your nature walks)
The Format of Each Guided Meditation
1. A Mindful Breathing Space Introduction
2. Quotes & Writing from Mindfulness Teachers & Nature Poets
3. A guided Photographic Mindfulness Visualization Walk
4. A mantra to use with your breathing technique
5. Photography prompts to allow the mind to rest & inspire your creativity
6. Journal and poetry writing prompts
7. Photography tips
-On this website and channel, you can listen to mindfulness meditations,
with creative photography prompts & visualizations
to take with you on your weekly walks,
to inspire your connections with nature
-There is also a creative component as we integrate photography as a tool
to sink deeply into our experiences with the natural world
-The only requirements are that you choose to walk and explore outdoors – accessing any natural spaces you have available
You might walk into a small park, or some woods, onto a beach, or mountain trail, or simply explore around your city streets connecting with the potted flowers and trees you find along the way
-The benefits of combining walking mindfulness practices with nature and photography are vast. Science is finding that time in life has countless health benefits that can come from walks in your local park – or wherever nature is available. (Please look into Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku; for more information on these health benefits.)
-A few reasons for a daily mindfulness practice, according to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, is that it provides an overall improvement in the sense of well-being, and it also helps improve overall physical and mental health.
-One of the most accessible mindfulness practices for busy people, especially during this restrictive time is mindful walking; and
adding photography allows many other layers of creativity and joy to fold into a daily practice.
-The Instructions, for now, are simply the following:
As you step into your preferred walking pace; go slow, steady or fast; simply begin to breathe
deeply into the belly and notice the out-breath as well as you let everything go.
Repeat this. As your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath. In and Out. Deep into the belly.
Feel your feet connecting to the Earth & releasing with each step.
-Next, Choose & listen to a focused photography meditation early in the week before heading out exploring. Any camera is perfect; even the one on your phone is ideal.
-You will have a relaxing mindfulness seated meditation to experience, and a visualization and photo prompt to take with you, on your meditative walks through the week.
- The photography focus and prompts help to release the mind’s activity as you sink deeply into the present moments to capture all of the beauty and creativity around you each day with your camera.
Side Effects of Mindfulness Practice Include:
-Seeing Afresh (Wonder Compass) – Beginner’s Mind
-Increased physical and mental health
-Through the week, please share your mindful photography, as you capture, post images on Instagram at @wonder_compass. I’d love to see what you discover while you are out on your walks.
- Have fun exploring, continue to stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and making photographs outside in nature.
Thich Nhat Hanh says,
“When you walk, arrive at every step. That is walking meditation. There is nothing else to it.”
He also stated,
“People ask me, Why do I do walking meditations? I answer, “Because I like it.” Every step makes me happy.
I’ll see you on the trail!
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