John Nordell, 3

Interview with John Nordell

MP:

I have noticed for myself that surrendering to the natural rhythms of the breath is similar to letting go of fear. It is as if thinking (mind) holds the breath or causes it to be short and choppy. I can feel the fear stirring up energy and the impulse to start trying to figure it all out with through a thinking process, and yet to focus on the breath or any organic process allows me to drop the impulse to "problem solve". Do you find yourself integrating your breathing and meditation techniques into areas where fear is stirred up?

John:

I teach at a photography school. I start one of my classes, a creativity workshop, by stating that fear is the flip side of creativity. I quote Fritz Perls: "Fear is excitement without the breath." So yes, I believe getting into the body, into the breath is an antidote to fear. I am on vacation (at home) right now and with less stress, and more being relaxed and in the moment, I realize my need to figure things has diminished and my self-acceptance has grown.

MP:

What do you believe causes us to take stress on to the extent that we are less present? Also, what do you believe is the best method for letting go of fear and moving towards excitement or relaxation?

Letting Go of Fear

John:

Why take on stress? I think some of it is hard wired from the caveman fight or flight days- something about needing excitement, some reason to use our strengths- physical, mental, spiritual. But I think this need for excitement can become habitual. Breath work and meditation thus become the antidote to mindless and usually needless worry.

MP:

I can see how breath work and meditation can make a real difference. Thank you so much. I appreciate everything that you have shared.

John:

Thanks so much for this interview. It has brought me clarity and commitment.


Letting Go of Fear - Breath Work - MeditationAbout

John:

John Nordell grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, surrounded by artists, musicians and journalists. After twenty plus years as an internationally traveled and published photojournalist he now teaches photography. John's work can be found at www.createlookenjoy.com, where as an artist, educator, and photojournalist he blogs about the creative process.

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