A series of photo essays depicting people with considerable life experience, as well as places, which are far away from the typical touristy locations.
As a teenager I began exploring the world of mindfulness and self-awareness. When I was 17 years old, I started practicing Soto Zen Buddhism, which inspired me to create a secular meditation path. My journey is not a story of blissful nirvana, New Age, and detachment from reality. It is a tangible, almost physical experience of facing my own body and mind – both during happiness and extreme despair. Working with people and meditating allowed me to understand common problems with concentration, anxiety, and depression – all of which concern even the biggest adepts of mindfulness
I created a performance, during which I practiced meditation in a public place located near the city centre of Warsaw. I sat with my legs crossed and hands folded on my lap in a Hokkai-join gesture. My goal was to create a footprint of transition from chaos to order, from noise into silence, from brightness into darkness, and the other way around.
I conducted secular meditation classes, which aimed at teaching mindfulness in the form of observing one’s breath, conscious eating, as well as mindful walking. Prior experience in meditation or Zen Buddhism was not required.
Set of nine easy exercises and tips concerning everyday practice of mindfulness. The publication was created for the sake of my secular meditation classes. My goal was to prove that being present is not restricted to sitting in a lotus position for hours.