A couple of weeks back, I tried this walking photo meditation I read about in the monthly newsletter from Chookooloonks, one of my favorite blogs:
take 50 paces, and shoot
One of my favourite activities to do when I'm stuck in a rut is a 50 Paces Exercise -- it helps spark creativity and looking at familiar things with new eyes. It goes like this:
Grab your camera, go outside, and walk 50 paces from your front door, in any direction you please. Once you've reached 50 paces, take 10 photographs of whatever you see: from a scenery shot, to getting really close and taking a macro shot. Force yourself to make each shot different from the previous shot -- by changing subject matter, or changing angles. Pivot 360 degrees to make it happen.
For added relaxation, take 5 slow, deep breaths between each shot.
Then head back home. Notice how your head and are your heart are clearer.
I was sitting in a small park, on a Saturday afternoon, while my dog played when I decided to give this a try. Of all the photos I took, this one's my favorite. I like the way the trees frame the bridge.
This one isn't particularly special, but I like the colors.
I was surprised to see a difference in the depth of field using an iPhone camera, but I guess it is possible.
It's such as simple exercise. And, much like a traditional style of meditation, it did leave my head clearer and heart feeling much lighter.