How to Use Your Camera to Shift Your Energy and Move Forward to Treasure Your Life Now

Are there there times that you find yourself in a “funk”?
You feel stuck and don’t want to do anything?
You KNOW the answers, how to shift, and aren’t taking action?
You might even counsel others on what to do in similar situations.

I was experiencing such a state last week when I heard my inner voice remind me of the advice I’ve often given AND written about many times here in the past.

“When you’re feeling stuck, take out your camera. Look around and simply snap pictures of whatever catches your eye. By the time you’ve taken 5 pictures your energy will have shifted.”

For me, the element of play oftentimes kicks in which certainly adds to being enlivened.

The photos that follow are illustrative of a recent experience.

Sheila Finkelstein abstract mirror image

I like the initial mysterious quality of the first image. If your eye has not yet gone to the pictures below, can you tell at what you are looking?

Sheila Finkelstei reflection in mirror with iPhone

mirror in cardboard face

As you can see, I was photographing my looking in a mirror, demonstrating maintaining eye contact while doing affirmations. The latter was recommended by a coach with whom I’m working.

At first I did this in the bathroom mirror. Then, as I was doing some decluttering, the above mirror surfaced. The head/face is one I created on a die-cut cardboard form I found years ago when I was teaching art to elementary school students.

I mounted mirrors on enough forms for students in one or two classes to each create their own faces to reflect upon while viewing/mirroring the most beautiful person in his/her world – Seeing, honoring, owning ourselves at any age. The above assemblage is the one I did for myself.

After taking the first sequence of photographs, holding the mirror upright in my hand, I moved on to see how I would look if I laid the “head” down flat on a dark surface.

mirror in cardboard face

I love the overall feel of the cone above with the repetition of textures. The “eye” in the mirror is the reflection of the chandelier hanging from the ceiling.





These  last two photos, obviously, are of me looking down into the mirror, attempting to hide the phone camera, while taking the picture.




Self-Reflecting Queries
I invite you to look into your life. What actions do you take when you are feeling “sluggish”, perhaps in a “I don’t wanna….” space?

Do you ever use a camera, including one you may have on a phone, to refocus yourself as you are honing in on a subject that catches your eye?

This exercise is NOT about the taking a “good” photograph. Although you may end up seeing more interesting things when you look at the picture you captured, either in the screen or once you’ve downloaded it, the intent is to be in action, moving forward in a fresh direction.

Treasure Your Life Now Tip –
Use your camera, phone or digital, to become more comfortable with yourself. I recommend using the video option that’s likely available to you and simply play with talking to yourself and/or someone else not in your space at the time.

Using your camera can be one of the steps in furthering Treasuring Yourself which is the foundation for Treasuring others and being Treasured by them.

Note on Selfies  (photos) – It was not the purpose of this article to discuss, as such, “selfies”, “self-portraits with hand-held cameras. When a piece of it ended up in that direction I went online to read about the term which has become quite popular.

You can see the definitions and history on The term started being used in the 2000s, more popularly so in the latter half of the first decade. In 2013 it was entered into the Oxford online dictionary and also honored as “the word of the year.” The origin of the word is attributed to Australia.

Your thoughts are welcome in comments on this post now in the Comment Box below.


How to Use Your Camera to Shift Your Energy and Move Forward to Treasure Your Life Now — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Sheila,
    With this post I am reminded of when Adela first said to the morning meditation group “Oh you all must check out what Sheila does, she is wonderful!” It was the lilt in her voice “wonderful”.
    This post encourages us to really face our faces. I look into a mirror and smile at myself all the time as I talk to people at while I work. It is not fake per say but it is a means to an end.
    I feel different as I snap my picture here. No goal in mind but to just be okay with myself. I am lovely. My insides shine through the smeared make up and baggy jowls.
    Thank you.

    I gave your name to a woman I met at my job who lives in Minnesota. She was thrilled with hearing about you. Maybe she’ll look at your blog or take your class.

    Kiss hug

    • Thanks so much for the acknowledgment, and the memories, Shayla, AND your own self-reflection. BEAUTIFUL! “I am lovely. My insides shine….”

      Yes, smiles are so important. Give them and they come back to us. I was on a morning call when the leader was talking about the “structural conversation” of a smile. I was slow in getting started and thought, “I could use some smiles.” So I went to Green Cay Wetlands boardwalk walk, about which I’ve written here in the past. I knew, for sure, I could give and get smiles there. And, so the total day altered out of my doing that.

      Thanks, also. for passing my name on to the woman you met.

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