Posts Tagged ‘calmer’

Blog – Mindful Photography – Symmetry

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hi – I’m Heather and I’m delighted to have been invited by Mind in Salford to contribute a blog to their brand new website.  I’ve been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses here for the last 3 years.  I’ve learned so much and really enjoyed the courses and the fantastic people I’ve met along the way.  I’ve recently started a mindful photography blog, and it’s a real pleasure to be sharing it here.

reeds in water


I noticed this image on a recent walk by a mountain lake in Wales. I was drawn to the reflection of the reeds and the twisted shapes, textures and colours emerging from the water.

Only one problem – the broken reed to the right of the picture.

When I looked at the image on my computer I noticed how frustrated I felt about how it ruined the symmetry of the image. I tried cropping it, photoshopping it, all sorts of things to get rid of the annoying reed.

Feeling curious about my reaction, I looked up ‘symmetry’ on Wikipedia and it offers one possible meaning: ‘a vague sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance.’

I delved further into Google hoping to find a definition, and found that words associated with symmetry include: ‘regularity, evenness, uniformity, equilibrium, consistency, congruity, conformity, agreement, correspondence, orderliness, equality.’

Mindfulness encourages us to welcome and embrace the not so harmonious aspects of our lives as well as the harmonious ones, so that we can move towards psychological balance or equanimity (calmness). I guess this is different to the apparent perfection of symmetry – but it is about balance.

The idea is that the more experiences, body sensations, feelings and thoughts we can allow in, then the more diluted and less intense everything is. If I pour red food colouring into a bowl of water, it will become red. If I pour the same amount into a lake, it will make barely any difference. In other words – we can cope with so much more when we allow everything in, even the difficult stuff. Then, like the lake, we may feel some disturbance at the surface but deep below the surface we can find an accepting stillness.

So I’m learning to love this picture just as it is, enjoying the feel of it, the atmosphere, and most of all – the broken reed.

If you’d like to look at my website – here’s a link to take you there:

Upcoming Mindfulness Courses Updated

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Please note this page is a news item and is now out of date

New news items will be created as more courses get programmed, and/or programmed courses change or get nearer. This page will not be being updated again.

We’ve updated our Mindfulness Courses – see the mindfulness section for full details about the courses.

Free 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Due to our funding arrangements, these courses are prioritised for low income Salford residents, but we will try to accommodate other low income Greater Manchester residents where possible.

The General Mindfulness course is for those suffering from current mental or physical ill health; please e-mail with the filled in referral form to be added onto the waiting list for attendees.

The Carer’s Mindfulness course is run in association with the Carers Centre – to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail

All the free courses are currently held at the Angel Centre.

Carer’s Mindfulness Starts 12th June
For 8 weeks
Thursdays 10-12noon No places available
Contact Carer’s Centre
General Mindfulness Starts 25th June
For 8 weeks
Wednesdays 6-8pm No places available
Contact Mind in Salford
Young Carer’s Mindfulness Start date tbc
For 8 weeks
tbc Places available
Contact Carer’s Centre
General Mindfulness Starts 24th September
For 8 weeks
Wednesdays 1-3pm No places available
Contact Mind in Salford
Carer’s Mindfulness Starts 30th October
For 8 weeks
Thursdays 10-12noon Places available
Contact Carer’s Centre

Mindfulness Drop-Ins

Mindfulness Drop-Ins are held monthly for those who have previously completed the full mindfulness course. Please e-mail to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 9th July 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Cancelled
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 6th August 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 10th September 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!
Mindfulness Drop-In Wednesday 8th October 6-7.30pm @ The Angel Centre Please let us know!