A couple of days ago I went out for a ride on Ladybird and my Dad came on Dexter. When we were out I decided to take a film of Dad riding using my iPhone.
It was a really lovely morning and Dexter and Dad both seemed pleased to be out. Looking back at it afterwards got me wondering whether it was mindful or not to be taking photos and videos when I was out and about.
Surely if I was living in the moment I would simply be enjoying what was happening rather than seeking to record it to look at later?
It reminded me of a couple we saw on a train once. They were over from America and as they went past a beautiful British sight one told the other to look. He was reading and replied, with out looking up, ‘it’s OK, I’ll watch your recording later!’.
Well, I though about it some more and decided that my situation was quite different. For me it was actually my appreciation of the special time that I was enjoying that led me to record it. I wasn’t blocking out the present moment. I was enjoying the experience so much that it would have seemed a shame not to create a memory to keep from it. Had I missed out on the experience by recording it rather than taking part then maybe it would have been less mindful.
So sometimes I think having the equipment with us to record the moment can make us really mindful. I know that when I am out and about I notice things so much more when I have my camera or phone with me and I am looking for photo opportunities. I notice sights, I notice how people look, I notice their emotions and get a feel for the situation. Having a phone or camera can be your reminder to be mindful rather than a distraction.
See what works for you. If you love taking pictures and films then don’t let mindfulness be a barrier, make it a way to be more mindful. Enjoy every moment and record it when you decide to. The key is to make a conscious decision that it is the right thing to do in that moment. Everything we do in life can be done mindfully, it is just a case of working out how.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could make your everyday life more mindful. Introducing mini moments of mindfulness into your day can make so much difference to your enjoyment of life.
Our day retreats are held in a beautiful farmhouse in the lovely Leicestershire village of Walton on the Wolds. A day retreat is the perfect opportunity to get inspired and renew your commitment to a more mindful way of life.