We’re all guilty of it aren’t we? Spending our lives on on auto-pilot, glued to mobile devices or rushing around doing stuff but not taking the time to really think, rarely stopping to look or savour the moments that make up each day.
‘Mindfulness’ and 'being in the present’ are something I really need to practise when life gets a bit full-on. It’s so easy to carry on as before and rush through days like they’re going out of fashion.
I realise I have to be mindful when I’m with my boys. Homework and family time require my full attention and I catch myself far too often saying 'yes in a minute’ or 'hang on’ when really what I ought to do is stop, get down to their level and concentrate completely on what they’re doing. It’s something I need to get better at.
But I also need to be 'present’ in other areas of my life. Although I make part of my living as a photographer, I realised this weekend I hadn’t used my 'big’ camera at home for weeks. I have been making do with snatched iPhone shots, quickly uploaded to Instagram.
The slow, creative, take-time-to-really-enjoy-them shots have been few and far between so I brought out my gear and photographed stuff just because. Stills of our life. My son’s football match. Light on windowsills. That sort of stuff that I normally rush through.
There’s nothing great about any of these shots but I slowed down, looked and enjoyed taking them. It’s only one small mindful act but it is a start.