Learn how to relax and be aware of what you are actually experiencing in the present moment, uncluttered by concepts of what you think things look like or being concerned about producing a good image. Being more aware and mindful in the present moment enables us to take far better photos, so we will learn to practise simple mindfulness meditation before and while taking photos. For centuries meditators, doctors and healers in eastern traditions have believed that meditation improves health and well-being. While deriving from Buddhist meditation, mindfulness meditation can be practised in a non-religious way by people of any faith or none. Mindfulness involves being aware of and paying attention to what is happening, as it is happening, in a gentle, accepting way. Mindful Art activities can nourish us on our journey of personal development, self discovery and self expression. This Mindful Drawing Workshop is led by qualified art teacher, life coach, practising artist and Buddhist nun Zangmo Alexander.
You can bring either your compact or DSLR camera, but you must understand how to use the controls on your camera. As meditation became increasingly accepted in Europe and America, scientists began to research its effects, with recent findings confirming the benefits for regular practitioners.

There are many forms of meditation, and contrary to popular belief you do not have to be able to stop thinking in order to learn to meditate!
This includes noticing our bodily sensations and our experiences of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, moving, thinking and feeling. Zangmo has also been on an 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course with the University of Bangor, and has been studying Mahamudra meditation with Mingyur Rinpoche for 5 years.
This group is ideal for those totally new to meditation but also for people who have dropped their practice and wish to refresh or simply meditate with a group. If you don't understand how to use your camera, book a private one-to-one photography lesson with me beforehand so that you come prepared! Significant benefits of meditating documented by medical research have been found for many health problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer, immune problems, stress and depression. Buddhist meditation practices currently being researched include Calm Abiding and Insight, both of which entail practising Mindfulness. The benefits of mindfulness meditation are many and very well researched in areas of stress reduction and management, pain reduction and our ability to cope with the demands of a busy lifestyle. Calm Abiding involves learning to relax, settle and focus the mind, resulting in feeling calmer, more centred and aware, more at peace with a greater feeling of well being.

For Buddhists, meditation and mindfulness can lead to enlightenment: the permanent cessation of suffering, and waking up to the full realisation of who we really are at the deepest level. During her two year Masters Degree in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, she explored ways of integrating her own creative and mindfulness practices, and sees the process of art and photo making as part of a spiritual path.
Mindfulness Meditation is the fastest growing style of meditation worldwide, with its origins in traditional Buddhist practice.
With this greater focus one then has the clarity to begin Insight meditation – investigating the nature of mind itself in an experiential, non-academic way. Used as a healing tool in modern health care and therapy, regularly practising mindfulness and meditation have been shown to lessen suffering and improve physical, emotional and mental well being.

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