I’m Alison and I’m based in Midsomer Norton in Somerset (UK), about 10 miles south of Bath. I’m an accredited Mindfulness Meditation teacher and I have also trained as a Natural Mindfulness guide with Ian Banyard of Cotswold Natural Mindfulness.
Although I have taught formal Mindfulness Meditation lessons, my passion is to introduce people to the benefits of Mindful Photography as a way of slowing down and exploring their creativity.
I started my mindfulness journey about five years ago when things had become very difficult in my job and I felt drawn to meditation as a way of reducing the stresses in my life. I signed up for an 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course which has an immediate impact on the way I could deal with the worries and concerns.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
Henry David Thoreau
It was during my silent retreat day, when doing some mindful walking outside, that I considered that photographing all the things that I was now seeing, by being mindful, could be therapeutic. By applying the attitudes of mindfulness towards my photography I was able to connect more closely with nature and appreciate the process of taking photos just for myself.
Since then I have sought out other photographers who practice mindful photography, sharing and discussing ideas and practices. There is no one way to be a mindful photographer as each of us works from our own perspective but we all have personal mindfulness practices and can help you find your connection with taking photos in a mindful manner.
I gained my accreditation to teach mindfulness meditation in March 2020 as well as training as a natural mindfulness guide in 2019. It is by combining all this learning that I feel strongly drawn to helping you discover your own creative path and photography is my own chosen medium.