365 Mindfulness Challenge Guidelines
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.)
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:
- Phone or a small point and shoot
- dSLR (with also limited to using only one lens)
- Any camera really (remember the best camera is the one that you have on you)
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…
- Journal/notebook and pen… if you want to carry them around make sure they can travel with you.
- An open mind
- Your creativity
- A Beginners mind
- Child-like wonder
- 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.