Monday, June 27, 2016

Mindfulness, how to practise it with photography and haiku.

Whenever someone annoys me by stomping on my boundaries I make sure I get out of this mind frame as quickly as possible. 
Being annoyed is unproductive and not good for the health. 
I go to my photographs and I  start manipulating them into double exposures and also making haiku to go underneath them. 
By the time I have involved myself with this practise the reasons for my annoyance disappear or lessen considerably  because I have been mindful while being creative. 
Here are some double exposures and accompanying haiku from a recent trip to Auckland. 
I hope you enjoy them. 

                                        Meditation after a blow out.

sometimes when you're mad
best to wait to count to ten
before you fry them

spread all over walls
pictures of forbidden fruit
K Road, red light zone

nude marble woman
gazes at my warm  jumper
winter garden wind

more nude bronze sculptures
frigid with teal patina
sparrows fluff feathers
winter city wind whips the park
 lovers coldly drift apart

Young arranged marriage
photographer arranges
their limbs near the tree

 motorway driving
woman walking overbridge
stooped against the wind 

cafe pendant lights
shine like autumn  harvest moons 
we stop for pancakes

 black power pylons
transporting cities life blood 
gobbling hungry child

raining for ages
metamorphising to mud
the pylons plough on

 alien pylon
 outsider standing apart 
watching cars go by

The big question to ask is, will the person who is annoying me so much matter to me in ten years time? 
The answer is probably no, so the idea is to not sweat the small stuff. 
But also to let the person who has tread over your boundaries know  there will be consequences if they do it again. 

 Creative Quotes of the Day about Mindfulness
 Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein

In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” ~Eckhart Tolle
 “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ~Pema Chodron
  “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~Amit Ray


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