Focus by being mindful – Positive Vibes Series

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”Jon Kabat-Zinn

How can you focus on being mindful of the external activities around you while the busy buddies in your head are jumping on different time machines traveling from the past to the future and mostly making long stops at unpleasant stations along the way? At times, your head’s turmoil becomes worrisome that you need to ship magic bullets in the form of sugar cravings or any other substance abuse to quiet them. It is a challenge to be present and mindful, but it will be amazingly rewarding if meshed into our daily life. Remember when you were a child, delighted to look at an object with your eyes wide open without expecting anything from it. You were absorbed in the experience without any preconceived idea. Just a “beginner’s mind,” no clutter, no concept, no meaning, no assumptions, no color, or shape. You were just fascinated. As Psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion said, “being mindful is like taking photos; we learn to see without memory or desire.”

Stephane Barbery Photography

Precisely, a photograph captures a moment in time, and you will see things as they are, and mostly you see something that you usually ignore. This is to be mindful. You are being immersed in the experience without any distortion by your perceptions. By being mindful, you become receptive and see endless possibilities that exist within the world. As Monet said, “to see, we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.”

Stephane Barbery Photography

Focusing to be mindful is to learn how not to rush and wait, which involves letting go. “Great understanding is broad and unhurried; little understanding is cramped and busy.” Chuang-Tzu

Stephane Barbery Photography

So how to focus on being mindful? Imagine you are a photographer exploring and embracing every opportunity. You want to seize the moment and see things around you. Don’t bother about the techniques, the light, or the subject; you adopt a “yes” attitude pushing away the blocking emotions. You just let go! You let go of expectations, perfectionism, comparing yourself to others, and be open! By letting go, you don’t rush into judgment. As in photography, you accept the scenery without labeling or categorizing.
With practice and dedication, you will find harmony between your concentration and being mindful. A process that allows you to be highly sensitive to your surroundings, interested, approachable, and open. Your field of view is expanded, and you become aware of something new. Something that you can zoom in, investigate, record it, and zoom out.

Featured image by STÉPHANE BARBERY

Quote – Kindness

“Being a strong man includes being kind. There’s nothing weak about kindness and compassion. There’s nothing weak about looking out for others…You’re not a sucker to have integrity and to treat others with respect.”

 

Barack Obama

 

 

Quote – Determination

“I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, walk or sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.” 
Nirmal Purja MBE
“Everything in life is possible armed only with a determined approach and a positive mindset.”
Nirmal Purja MBE
Until October 2019, the fastest-known time for climbing all 14 of the world’s 8000-meter mountains was eight years. Nirmal Purja MBE, a Nepalese mountaineer has climbed the world’s 14 highest peaks in the space of just six months. Thanks to his determination and mindset.  

Symphony of Life

Symphony, a vehicle of emotions, discussion & dialogue that moves you from uneasiness and darkness to passion and contentment. From turbulence to triumph the key is harmony.

The understanding, the friendship, the union, and the goodwill are part of life symphony. Examine your intentions, be clear, align your purpose to your goals, rehearse and let the rhythms of your desires score a standing ovation.

Jupilings 

 

Featured image: Julien tabet

Quote – Carl Jung

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

Carl Jung












Featured image is by: Elizabeth Jane Bishop and John Yuyi worked together on this image titled 'Reblog', a mix of photography, transfer stickers and bare skin that illustrates the exposed, hyper-stimulated nature of lives lived online.