Photography and Beauty. The importance of Beauty in life.

I’ve been reflecting a lot about the importance of Beauty in life in recent days. I found out that Beauty offers calm, serenity. Beauty is like a healer for a mind lost in a daily hustle. When I go out to the park every day, and I’m out in nature, meeting trees and birds, being immersed in the fresh air and experiencing a perfect harmony of the surroundings, I feel almost divine. As I was touching to perfection without an effort.

Also, some of my clients brought the topic of Beauty to our sessions in the last weeks. They spoke about Beauty being important for them to feel happy in life. During a deeper reflection on personal values, Beauty appeared as supporting a sense of meaning in life.

Beauty is connected to our spirituality, transcendence, ability to feel connected to the universe and bigger meaning. It is also connected to the need for Excellence.

Many of my clients take photos. Taking photos of Beauty provides them with moments of joy and hope. They say that they feel connected to their soul thanks to photography.

So maybe the importance of Beauty explains why so many people take photos of nature, nice arrangements at home, or selfies when they feel awesome.

Finally, appreciation of Beauty is about recognizing it in yourself and others.

A photo taken at sunset a few days ago while walking along a river. The beauty around helped me to be present in a moment, head empty without any thoughts or concerns.

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Key ingredients of the Photography in Coaching course!

Yesterday we celebrated the end of the October-November edition of the ONE IMAGE MANY WORDS Photography in Coaching course.

Just to wrap up, these are the ingredient of the course:

This course is about coaching, not therapy. It is also about photography in coaching, not photo-therapy techniques.

All you learn in it, like silence and listening, not interpreting nor advising to the client, formulating and asking powerful coaching questions, or clean coaching questions for session summary, using STOP-START review as well as the specific use of clients’ photos is used in COACHING.

Coaching is focused on assisting and helping clients make changes in life they wish for themselves faster and easier. It is about people future and future starts now, the moment they stop and reflect on what they need and want.

To live as they want, people don’t need to understand the „why” about their past-present. They need to understand the „why and how” about their future-present. And this is when coaching helps perfectly.

In this course you will learn coaching skills, coaching tools, coaching processes with clients’ photos, coaching attitude and the power of coaching.

And of course, the power of photography in coaching.

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The power of the Self-Portrait in the Future

What a extraordinary activity to take your Self Portrait in the Future! The last module of the Photography in Coaching course was dedicated to the Self-Portrait in The Future.

The Self-Portrait in the future is a powerful process that invites you to imagine yourself in the future and live it now..

By arranging and taking a portrait in the future they already move into their future and dreams take physical appearances.

The future already happens. You are already there. You can see it, take a picture of it and look at it.

It is a real experience. The only thing you need to do is to start living it right now.

Self-portraits are a way to look at oneself from the outside in. The process of making a self-portrait, which includes posing and snapping the picture, is a way of getting to know oneself, to make contact, to express oneself. It’s a pursuit, examination and attempts to understand what we’re made of. It’s the start of a continuous internal dialogue, an approach to uncovering one’s secrets and getting friendly with oneself.

A self-portrait doesn’t merely consist of reproducing one’s appearance. It will never be objective in that regard. It is, rather, a representation of our ideas on how we’d like to what we’re about.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more.

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Taking pictures is a source of positive emotions.

Yesterday, we had a beautiful module on photography and creative writing called The Photo-Poem. I’m very moved by the pictures and their meanings that participants created. There were two chairs on the street ready to offer a moment of pause and an encounter of two people. There was a toy calling to do simple but creative things in life. There was a book calling for giving oneself time to do what they dream of.

Spirituality, appreciation of beauty, and hope have been my medicine all my life. They help me today to live through these difficult times. I’m going to the park every morning at 7 am to walk, meditate and watch.

Taking photos is my mindulness practice.

Mindfulness practice is a practice of peacefulness. It improves mental health. It can be yoga or meditation. Photography works the same way because it puts you in a state of awareness of the outside world and your own thoughts, thus:

immediately reduces stress,

stops the race of thoughts,

with longer practice, it also improves memory and concentration.

Taking photos is also a source of positive emotions. It brings satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, because by taking pictures a person stays in contact with themselves, goes out to the world, exceeds the limits of confinement in their own thoughts and, as a result, expresses something from themselves in a creative way.

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The experience of the Life Photo Album can transform our self-perception, raise a sense of strengths, abundance and gratitude.

Hi, this is Dorota :). Again, this week I collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching with you.

Yesterday, we looked at the Life Photo Album made from a selection of 20-30 personal photos as a record of our resources. We discovered:

Character Strengths that we have – such as courage, wisdom, humanity, spirituality, and many others,

Experiences that we can use as case studies to become self-confident about our future goals,

Relationships that support us, ensure belonging, are sources of love

Positive impact on others that we have and how we serve them in life,

Sources of gratitude in life,

Doors to a sense of abundance in life.

It is a completely new way of looking at our photos and comprehending what they truly can mean for us. Those photos collected throughout our lives, stored in parents house, or on a computer.

Usually, our first reaction is to look at old photos as memory of something that happened in the past. But in coaching and especially in the Life Photo Album coaching process we contemplate photos to find elements of who we were in the past and you we are now that we can accept and treat as our strengths, and enablers of self-acceptance and growth.

We can use this process of the Life Photo Album in life coaching, career coaching, relationship coaching, when a person is losing self-esteem, self-confidence, parallel to psychometric tests, when we need to uplift spirits, gain new energy for growth., motivate.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post, please. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more 

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We can find inspirations for the future in our own photos

Hi, this is Dorota :). Again, this week I follow the idea to collect and share valuable insights from our group sessions in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS course on photography in coaching with you. I think it is a great idea to learn from recent experience.

Today, it is about finding inspirations in your own photos. This insight was born during our session on ‘The Most Important Photo’. The point is to choose one photo that you consider ‘the most important’ for you. And then, the coaching session is based on the self-exploration inspired by this photo.

The task to choose ‘the most important photo’ triggers lots of reflections and questions about how to choose such a photo, what does it mean ‘most important’, what is ‘most important’, what criteria to use…

As always, working with clients’ personal photos in coaching that involved choosing pictures before the session, creates additional spaces where people can learn and deepen their self-awareness. I’m fascinated by how the preparatory work is useful and insightful for us.

And this is why I include them in the process and there always happens a lot before even we started our work together.

Anyway, coming back to the initial insight, when we contemplate ‘the most important photo’ that was chosen from our personal photo-album, or a personal collections of photos, we find inspirations for our future in our own past. We learn from that photo something that we can use today to become a change we wish. Memories from the past can be a great source of knowledge that we can use today to make choices and take decisions about us that will shape our live today. And each day, today, tomorrow, next days… is our future.

It’s cool to find inspirations in our own biographies, isn’t it? To learn that we have knowledge, experience, and other resources available here and now! For many of my clients, it makes a good difference to discover something useful in their own photos.

I hope you found this insight useful. If yes, you can leave your comment under this post, please. Thank you for reading this article and stay in touch! There will be more 

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What fascinates me in photography is an immediate connection!

Let me invite to a recent talk with Bara Belova from the Czech Republic. Bara is a coach and mentor, and a yoga teacher. She took part in the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS – Photography in Coaching course in August, 2020. I asked Bara about what fascinates her in photography and how it helps her to work with people in coaching. She shared many inspiring ideas! She also shared with generosity her insights about the course.

I’m grateful for this talk. I’m happy that I can share it with you.

Some inspiring ideas from Bara:

What fascinates me in photography is an immediate connection. Connection to the subconscious. Photography works like GPS for the mind. It allows you to go where it is safe to be. The picture that has so many things, so many stories behind. When I was preparing for the course, I looked at photo albums at home and it was funny to see how quickly I can remember things when I look at old photos. “O! gosh! I have this one. I remember it!” …

I’m a very visual person. I need to see things!

Photos also give you the time to reflect, to think. When a picture is stored in the mind, sometimes, people connect dots after a couple of weeks.

Whenever it is the right time, you connect to the right people and you take the journey. My personal situation brought me to your course right at this moment of time.

Bara joined the Polish taught edition as she can understand Polish very well. We spoke Polish and English during the course. And “we had photography – a connecting language”.

What was also great is the preparation for the course was important: I could answer many of my questions while I was preparing for the course.

A lot of beautiful processes. Great talks.

The answers are just around us. We don’t know. But our subconscious knows that already.

Dears, that you for reading this post and watching the video. Stay inspired. Listen to your inner voice, intuition, wisdom, and soul. Namaste! Dorota

Warsaw, Brno, 10.09.2020

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A few words of gratitude and some ideas for you after the ONE IMAGE MANY WORDS workshop in Warsaw on 26-28 August

😀 I’m happy about these three days spent together with you and your photos. For several years, in the last week of August, I have traditionally conducted the course on photography in coaching “ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS”. It was a very inspiring time 💎 I’m thankful to you for your openness, courage, curiosity and mutual exchange 🔥

Some time ago, I followed my voice, dream, passion. I feel like I’ve come a long way with photography, and I’m still somewhere at the beginning.

One photo hides the whole story.

The Life Photo Album as a technique to work around your achievements, strenghts, supporting relationships in life and to plan next steps.

A photo as a Visual metaphor that helps to explain complex realities within us, such as feelings or emotions.

The Most Important Photo as a technique to work around your identity, values and current moment in life.

Taking photos as a technique to look for a new perspective on a defined coaching topic.

Our souvenir photo together. From the left: Olena, Marta, Joana, Marta, Bara and me, Dorota.

Warsaw, 26-28.08.2020

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One photo is a whole story – a conversation with Tina Ruisinger

With my heart full of gratitude I’m showing a recent conversation with Tina Ruisinger, an artist and photographer, who just completed the ONE IMAGE – MANY WORDS. Photography in Coaching Course. Tina develops her practice of Photography in Palliative Care in Zurich. Our sessions were unforgettable.

These are some of Tina’s thoughts:

“A big power of photography is to keep people alive… In my heart, I still have them with me…. I can see a moment of joy when looking at the old pictures.”

“All people we meet in our lives influenced us. “Influences” – this could be a title of a family photo album as well.”

“You open an old photo album and you have all your friends with you. And you see who you became. I’m grateful. At my home, I have a lot of photographs of my friends and family members and it gives me a good feeling… it triggers many moments, times spent together. …”

I asked Tina about what was important in this course on photography in coaching:

“To realize what a photograph can really do.”

“We stopped time. We focused on a few pictures, on the essence, one image only. It was an eye-opener. A beautiful journey. Talking about things that nobody ever asks me. Today when we have thousands of photos, we talked about only one. A beautiful reduction.”

“And your questions that are so simple.”

“I learnt through you the importance of listening and asking.”

“And how important it is to focus on just one image, ask a simple question and really listen….”

Tina’s message to the people: “Trust yourself, don’t make too big steps, look at each other, trust each other, human connections are precious.”

Warsaw, Zurich, 19.08.2020

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Thank you for joining the webinar on Photography in Coaching

It is so cool to have a dream and vision in life. And to go step by step the direction you want to go. No rush. You will get there if you follow the direction. I feel like I can say these words. Some years ago I started using photography that is my passion in my professional coaching practice. And I had the vision to share and teach about it to other professionals from all over the world. To connect and belong professionally regardless of nationality, country or culture. And I’m doing it. Last Thursday, on July 9th I made something really big. I hosted a large group of wonderful people from 23 countries at the “Photography in Coaching” webinar.

It was very moving to see all of us from so different places and cultures connecting, sharing and exchanging.

“When I read the list with so different countries, I start to cry…” – wrote one woman.

Yes. It was really special, inspiring, energizing. And I felt that my dream is coming true. People connected from Brasil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.

 I’m grateful to all the people who joined the event and co-created it with me.

Moreover, it made me think that one of the strongest needs that we have as humans and which drives us through our lives, is to belong, connect, be together. In the times of isolation, this need prompted us to connect regardless of obstacles like closed borders, no flights or public places open, mental barriers to show up online. We are so creative, adaptive, and open.

May those strengths help us to build an accepting and protecting place for all the creatures on our planet. That’s my dream. 

13th July, 2020

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