Being mindful

Ever since college, I’ve had an interest in photography, but over the past couple of years, I’ve allowed myself more time to develop my skills.

There is one thing that I’ve noticed as a result of taking photographs, particularly landscapes, is the effect on my mental wellbeing. Taking time out, before work or at the end of the day or on days off to watch the sunrise or sunset, really gives you an appreciation for the environment.

Mindfulness, as I understand, is the basic human ability to be fully present in the moment. One thing I notice during my little photography outings is that it is incredibly peaceful sitting in nature, listening to the birds, or waves lapping on the shore and just waiting. You learn to slow down, take the time to appreciate your surroundings while you consider the shot. During the summer, with sunrise in the very early hours, it can often feel like you are the only person awake.

Like many, life is often busy, rushing from one thing to the next. But, even if you’re not a keen photographer, allow yourself some time to consider your environment, and take in the beauty of what surrounds us all. Try and escape the thoughts that clutter your mind every day and focus on being in the moment, be mindful.