The Secret Ingredients for a Good Photograph and a Good Life

45 Calls to Adventure – to give you practice in seeing that ordinary reality can be quite extraordinary.

Mindfulness, for me, is the very simple process of actively noticing new things – that puts you in the present, makes you sensitive to context. As you’re noticing new things, it’s engaging. And it turns out, after a lot of research, that we find that it’s literally, not just figuratively, enlivening.

Ellen Langer

Social Psychologist, Harvard University

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