A rare appearance of the sun tempted me out on a mindful stroll today.  Using a camera to tune into my surroundings really helped me to notice the environment – and I just had to stop and admire this flower.

The bud in its move towards the light, had managed to push its way through the fence and bloom boldly on the other side.

It reminded me of practising mindfulness – when we focus on our breathing, our body, sounds or being in nature, all sorts of discoveries can appear in the light of our awareness.

I sometimes use the image of shining the beam of a torch on myself to see what I can learn about my thoughts, feelings and body sensations in that moment.  Looking at this flower brought home to me that I practice mindfulness as a way of moving towards my own light.