Mind Full of Being Mindful

Setauket, NY
Have you ever caught yourself constantly thinking about something? How about catch your thoughts spinning out of control? Life in general can be overwhelming, but when both your inside and outside environments are cluttered...let the hair pulling begin.

I was able to take my work outside, snapping around my old stomping grounds for a client, which presented me with an opportunity for local tourism that proved to be beneficial in more ways than one. Being Easter Sunday, there were tons of people out and about enjoying their day, just like I had done a few hours earlier with my family; but on my drive down to the harbor, my mind was all over the place:

What are you even going to take pictures of? The harbor is empty, it's not the season yet. Dry cleaning. I don't see your directional on there, buddy, where are you going? I could really go for some granola. Ugh, jury duty. What time is it?

On and on and on. Vaya tela. Shhh already!

Your thoughts tend to jump from one thing to the next, even snowball, especially if something emotional is triggered. Michael Singer, author of one of my fave reads, says that your consciousness is drawn to the place that distracts it the most, and depending on what that distraction is, it can shift your entire perception. Your own mind can really bog you down, and what Singer suggests is to do is "simply" relax your heart and mind and LET GO. Just let go. Easier said than done, I know, but you have to take the good with the bad and ride the waves, high tide or low. Don't dwell on the bad and don't cling to the good, yet try to take advantage of your present because in the blink of an eye, it quickly becomes the past.


Throughout my little excursion, I found that it was more about being mindful than having my mind full: the warm sunshine beaming down on my face; the sounds of the golden thistles swaying in the breeze; the softened footsteps of the passersby. I focused my lens on the seagulls perched on the dock--jealous of their siesta--and realized that I hadn't even been thinking, while moments before I was watching my thoughts roll on through, and then all of a sudden I found that I had moved on to what was around me. I was in the present.

Shore Road, Long Island
Setauket, Long Island

Photography is a great way to practice mindfulness because you're drawing your attention to where it needs to be. The best part is that you get to see everything al estilo #nofilter. I encourage you to try it, simply by going for a walk with your camera phone, no fancy-pants DSLRs needed.

What helps you focus on the present?