Mindfulness Challenge

While reading A Flow Book – The Book That Takes it’s Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness by Irene Smit & Astrid van der Hulst, they are also the editors of Flow magazine a Dutch publication that you can find at Barnes and Noble, there were a few articles that got me thinking Take Just One Photo, The Writing Cure, & Celebrate Today which gave birth to this challenge. The first one made me want to grab my 35mm film SLR and shot more with it (Canon AE-1). The second I had been thinking of doing more writing once a day because I want to brush up on my skills as a writer. The third was the moment my brain gave birth to this wonderful idea to do put together a 365 Gratitude Challenge of my own. (I higher recommend if you can pick up a copy of The Book That Takes it’s Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness *sale-$15USD or less full -$30 USD*. It has got me thinking and I highlighted thought provoking things, made notes on post-its and will go back through to use in blog post or when I need to just quiet my mind.)

A Book That Takes it’s Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness I totally recommend buying this book



I’ll be using a cross between my SLR and iPhone depending how quickly I want to share what I have with you. I might start using the iPhone just after getting the shot with my SLR and then once I get the film back I’ll share the images that I feel like with you. Anyways, you don’t have to have a SLR if you don’t already have one and choice to use it. If that is what you do I ask that you limit yourself to only one lens as, I’ll be limiting myself to the 50mm f/1.8 kit lens. I’ll also put up some tips on how to do a photography challenge along with how to keep a gratitude journal over the year.

For those of you who do not have access to a 35-mm film camera or have something more advanced…

These will also work:

  1. Phone or a small point and shoot
  2. dSLR (with also limited to using only one lens)
  3. Polaroid
  4. Any camera really (remember the best camera is the one that you have on you)

One of my favorite images from last year. I was testing out the Canon AE-1 after I got it. I also developed the film myself but messed up. I love it for it’m imperfections.

This challenge isn’t about taking a better photo, still you might just find that you become a better photographer because of it! It’s about thinking about what you are taking a photo of, taking a moment to grab an image of something you are thankful for or something that you want to remember. I might also post some tips on how to use a phones camera.

A few items you might like to consider having for the challenge are…

  1. Journal/notebook and pen… if you want to carry them around make sure they can travel with you.
  2. An open mind
  3. Your creativity
  4. A Beginners mind
  5. Child-like wonder
  6. Just yourself.

Please, don’t think you need to spend tons of money on this. I’m trying to replace “retail therapy” by giving myself something more worth-wild to do with my time.

The prompts…

  1. January’s Prompts