If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, what are the photos you share saying about you? Instagram is a powerful tool for sharing with others how you see the world. As with most social media, it's become all too easy to crank out snapshot after snapshot without second thought. But what's amazing about this medium is that each picture instantly becomes a shared bookmark to the past.
Use this meditative visualization exercise to reflect upon the value of these reference points while improving the clarity of your creative third eye.
1. Find a comfortable seated position.
You should be ready to focus on something else besides your back hurting or legs falling asleep. If you travel a lot like I do, you’ll find this is the perfect way to make the most of the time while in transit (as long as you're driving, of course). Smart phones may work better than tablets, as you can easily cradle them with interlaced fingers. A long, slow, deep breath is a great container to set up clear space between all the crazy we normally deal with and all the crazy that will still be there when we’re done.
2. Fire up Instagram & randomly select a photo.
I usually go for the older ones. If you use Instagram a lot, you’ll have to scroll back with a few swipes. Bonus points if you can do this without looking. The surprise can be nice.
3. Observe the picture for one minute.
Blink as little as possible. For the first few moments, focus your eyes on the center and just take in colors and shapes. Try not to read into the story. After 30 seconds, let your eyes wander around the image, following whatever path they choose. Try to see the photo as if someone else took it.
4. Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath and exhale. This is where it starts to get good.
5. Recreate the moment.
Try to remember what life was when that picture was taken with some WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHENs: