After my post yesterday, I decided to do some actual self-care. I bought out my old camera and headed off to the Conservatory at Como Park. If you are not familiar with what the Conservatory is you really need to be. Think of it as a year round beautiful garden. It is by far one of my favorite places to go here when the weather starts to get cold here is the frozen north. There are four basic gardens all with some of the most beautiful plants, flowers and fountains that I have seen here in Minnesota.
While I was walking around I was playing my yoga/meditation playlist in my ear buds as I shot. It was serene. If you talk to many people you may find that almost everyone has a hand full of “happy places.” These are places that they will think of when things get rough in their lives. The Conservatory is one of mine.
Of the four gardens, the one known as the “Sunken Garden” is by far my favorite. If you ever see pictures of people getting married in the Conservatory, This is where it most often happens. There is a long and shallow pond running down the center of the garden. The pond is flanked by walkways and rows of seasonal plants and flowers.
As I walked around and viewed this world through the eyes of a very armature shutterbug, the other guests there seemed to just fade into the background until I felt like I was alone in this place. In that space it was just my camera, all those beautiful creations and me. This trancelike state was broken from time to time but either bumping into someone or others in a similar state bumping into me. I would apologize to the ones I bumped into and the others would look up and we would both chuckle and ask how the other’s shoot was going. We would show some of your favorite raw shots and go back into our own worlds.
In that space I did not think about anything but “what is the best angle/light/distance/lens for this shot?” There was not thought of how cold it was outside of the walls. There was thought of how shitty the world is becoming. There was only the moment that I was standing in and the world that was in my viewfinder. It was mindfulness personified.
The last week in the program that I am in, we have been doing A LOT of work on the idea of mindfulness. The quick and dirty definition of mindfulness is being in the moment. It is being in your body. For me I have fought this concept for so long. The reason for this was mostly because I did not (and still do not) like the body that I am living in right now. By practicing mindfulness, we are to learn that it is ok to be in the body and place we are in. We are to use the practice to be present or in those moments as it unfolds. Mindfulness is the opposite of disassociation.
I have included a few of my favorite picture from the shoot. I hope you enjoy. If you download the picture, please ask first (I promises to say yes, I just want to know who has them) and PLEASE give my the credit form them (saying you did them when you did not is a dick move).
Well, my amazing readers, this post makes number 4 in 4 days! I think that all 600+ words a day thing is starting to be a good thing for me. If there is a topic that you would like to see me talk about or cover please let me know. You can reach me on the FacebookPage. Just add a post and say, “HEY GIRL!!! I want you to talk about XYZ on the blog!”
Ok Off to get this Sunday underway!
Love you all!
Be Good, Be Well and Always BE KIND!