In general, I avoid magazines because the advertisements inside tend to make me want to buy things and the articles and pictures tend to send me to comparison, and neither of these is a good thing.

But I did find a new magazine, Breathe, that I like. The magazine’s content included articles on well-being, living, mindfulness, creativity and escaping. I was happy to see an article on Mindful Photography and read with great interest about the seven attitudes that help us cultivate a sense of being in the moment (based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn).

Perhaps the hardest attitude to maintain is non-striving. When we begin a task we almost always have an end result in mind: we drive to the supermarket to buy food, we tend the garden to remove weeds, we visit the mountains to take photographs. We are so used to doing things all the time that we forget what it feels like to switch into being mode. By placing too much emphasis on obtaining the perfect picture we spend most of our time living in the future, when all we really have is the present. –Tracy Hallett

I've been a doer all my life, checking off items on a list. And the truth is that I've been highly rewarded for all this purposeful activity. Showing up, trying hard, and doing my best have served me well - in many ways. And yet, they were a way to hide, too.  And now I ask, What if I am already good enough? What if I am my most beautiful when I am making these pictures of my everyday life?

Day 264

Day 264