Among the many things yoga has taught me over the years, I've found that focusing on the present moment is great for my physical, mental and spiritual health. Perhaps this is why photography has become one of my favorite passions and hobbies. It reminds me - like my yoga practice, that there's extreme beauty and fascination to be had in the right here and now if I can just slow down long enough to appreciate it. Life for so many of us has become exceedingly hectic, especially with the proliferation of mobile technology that's brought all the worlds' information right to our fingertips. It's true that as a society we're progressing forward in many ways, but at the same time it means that we're having to move faster and faster just to keep up. Does your workplace expect you to stay plugged in even after leaving at the end of the day? Ugh. What started out years ago as a simple service - the ability to access our email from anywhere, has morphed into the expectation by coworkers and superiors that we will check our inboxes periodically when not in the office. In that environment, it's very hard to leave behind the days projects, problems and concerns or to keep from projecting solutions into the days ahead instead of disengaging from the eight to five work routine.
Because of this ongoing strain on my time, I need all the reminders I can get that this moment is the one to be living. Right here and now is where my attention should be, not worrying about what happened earlier in the day or trying figure out how to resolve future issues. A while back, I literally got to the breaking point where all of this became crystal clear. I hadn't picked up my camera in months, depriving myself of an activity I really enjoy because I kept putting other obligations first. Well, forget that. I've decided to put strict limits on how much I'm willing to give of myself to 'the organization'. The good news is, you'll be seeing me more often at yoga events around the city with camera in hand, helping to capture and share the good times being had by our community - like this picture taken while participating at a recent Yoga + Hiking event. I'm very excited that spring is finally here, that many yoga activities are being scheduled in cool, outdoor spaces and that for the first time in several years there's going to be a wonderful, local yoga festival taking place in June! This would be the Heartland Yoga Festival happening out at Unity Village in Lee's Summit. When I'm practicing my passion for photography and I'm also surrounded by so many of you in the yoga community, time seems to slow way down for me. With that perspective, it becomes much easier to unburden all the other stuff going on in my head and instead concentrate on getting that next great shot of a particular moment in time. Do you have any suggestions on how to slow down and concentrate on the present moment? Please share in comments!