Photography – ‘a gateway to mindfulness’

I am a great believer in the practice of mindfulness. It is something I want to increasingly incorporate into various aspects of my life as I find it to be genuinely beneficial. Mindfulness is often described as ‘being present’. Being present in the moment means that we are more focused and aware. Being present to another person is often the best gift we can give. Once we become aware of what mindfulness is, it can be a simple technique that only takes a second but which can bring a host of benefits to our life. Many people attest to these benefits and more and more people are turning to mindfulness as an antidote to anxiety and stress, as well as for general well-being. Recently, as I sat i


Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing. Joanne Raptis I love trees, in particular I love to enjoy their majesty as they stretch skywards, witness their dark silhouettes against the evening sky, marvel at their changing form as seasons change around them or listen to the soft rustle of their leaves swaying in a summer breeze. I love their individuality, their strength and their diversity. Many people remember a favourite tree from childhood. My favourite was a tall oak which provided a perfect hiding place for secret childhood meetings and which even had its own swing – a branch which

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