The Consciousness Series – healing through art and mindfulness

Though he doesn’t know it, Australian musician Ben Lee inspired this series. In July 2013 I attended an event hosted by the Conscious Club, an organisation that promotes mindful and authentic living.

In addition to performing some of his music, Ben shared his experience of living more consciously. In fact, he was so charismatic that I was pretty much hanging onto his every word – given my famously short attention span, I must say this was quite an achievement!

During his talk, Ben urged us to ‘make our own medicine’; to go out into the world and make it a better place by doing something meaningful. It was a time of great distress for me so the idea of helping myself to heal while being mindful resonated with me in a big way. Before the evening was over the Consciousness Series was born.

In the weeks that followed, I created a list of twenty-five characteristics and emotions – ones that are important to me and that I want to attract more of. The idea was to interpret what each one meant for me, conceptualise how I was going to represent that in a photograph and then create the image.

I am incredibly proud of the end result, which is bold and sometimes rather raw, but it was the process of really thinking about each of these subjects that helped me crystallise what was meaningful to me and that I found to be the most ‘medicinal’.

The Consciousness Series was my first attempt at using my photography as artistic expression. I look forward to making more medicine at some point in the future.

Wonder (Wander)
Wonder (Wander)
Trust
Trust
Transformation
Transformation
Sorrow
Sorrow
Sincerity
Sincerity
Sacrifice
Sacrifice
R.E.S.P.E.C.T
R.E.S.P.E.C.T
Loyalty
Loyalty
Love
Love
Joy
Joy
Innovation
Innovation
Humour
Humour
Forgiveness
Forgiveness
Equality
Equality
Empathy
Empathy
Discovery
Discovery
Determination
Determination
Desire
Desire
Curiosity
Curiosity
Courage
Courage
Conviction
Conviction
Balance
Balance
Acceptance
Acceptance
Resilience
Resilience
In Your Wildest Dreams
In Your Wildest Dreams
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Melita Caulfield

Melita believes in living mindfully and authentically which is reflected in her writing and artistic expression.

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