Mindful Life: My Life in Photos (Week by Week)

Mindful Life: My Week in Photos

Photography is a mindful practice. We slow down, notice more detail. We frame the shot, a creative process. We hold our breath. We breathe, slowly, deeply. We think through the steps, aware of the effect of each setting. We press the shutter, hold the moment. We are present.

Each photograph is a learning process, the act of cultivating a passion for subject or the practice of capturing images, or both. I love the learning as I love sharing my practice with you each week.

I hope you enjoy my mindful life as much as I do!

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Developing a Healthy Relationship with Time – Mindful Life (Episode #54)

“I am not particularly interested in saving time; I prefer to enjoy it.” ~Galeano Time seems to be my biggest ...
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Mindful Life: My Life in Photos (Episode #53)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #51)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #50)

After nearly a year of taking photos for the Mindful Life series and just for fun, I want to let ...
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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #45)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #44)

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The drooping head of Canada Wild Rye in the morning light - makes me smile. Mindful Life

Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #39)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #38)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #37)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #35)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #34)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #33)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #32)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #31)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #30)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #29)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #28)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #27)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #26)

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less ...
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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #25)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #21)

I felt fortunate to get one big adventure in this week; I got to take a group of youth on ...
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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #8)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #7)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #6)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #5)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #4)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #3)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #2)

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Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #1)

Welcome to my new once weekly series, Mindful Life! I love taking photos. In fact, for better or worse, all ...
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