I’ve really set the intention lately to slow down, do less, and focus on what really matters. And honestly, as counter-intuitive as that feels for my nervous system, it’s proving to be beneficial in more ways than one.
To start, since it’s extremely important for me to stay present for the people I’m with, the task at hand, or the moment I’m experiencing, I decided to do less of the stories creation that I’ve loved producing for some time. Just try it on for a while. Change the nature of the relationship a bit and instead of creating a story, capture and savor a few good moments via photography and possibly a live moment from my day with a video clip. That’s it. Fill that space with more attention to my surroundings and the work I’m creating in this world.
Freeing up that hand (and headspace) also allowed me to pick up my camera again. Though taking some time off from photography had unknowingly changed my relationship with it. When I previously was drawn towards landscapes and big picture views (I will always love that expansiveness), I surprisingly found myself captivated by macro photography. Essentially, examining the world up close. Really studying it. Getting to know it on an intimate level and appreciating all of its little nuances.
I think if we’re really paying attention, shifts in the way we are moving through this world at a micro level are really just a metaphor for what’s occurring at the macro level.
Through that lens I realized, since my prior photography days, I’ve developed a deep appreciation and understanding for the intricacies of our brain through the study of neuroscience. I’ve stopped to take a careful look at that powerful instrument up close because I strongly believe that without that knowledge, we wouldn’t be able to reach our highest potential.
The mind is the brain materialized. It’s the brain in action. The micro materializing as the macro. And designing a beautiful life will always be about designing a beautiful mind. It’s as simple as that, at both the micro and macro level.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.