How to Develop a Photographic Memory

“Our lives are the sum of our memories”. This quote was said by Joshua Foer, author of the best selling novel Moonwalking with Einstein. The more memories we have, the more experiences we have as a testament to our lives. But with so much happening around us on a daily basis, we tend to forget the little snapshots that make up the film roll of our existence.

Imagine an individual with perfect information about his or her past; they could remember everything about their life. Certainly with such an ability, there would be the opportunities to write so many wrongs, prevent past experiences from happening again and find ways to re-live the good memories and be young again. Sadly not everyone can remember everything from infant stage to adulthood and only a tiny percentage of the whole’s population has this ability.

Training your mind to have a photographic memory is possible. With the exercises and simple tips contained in this articles, we intend to help you live your best life yet.


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    Remember in pictures

    Learn to create an image, develop a visual image you can remember. Most people find it easier to remember events, places or other such when they have a powerful image to back it with. With enough practice, you can learn to do this with just about anything.  The key is making a conscious effort to create these mental images look at everything in life from a picture kind of format.

    Even when you want to remember a book, all you need to do create a series of mental images that feed off each other, the same way each succeeding paragraph feeds off the one that proceeded it.

    But remember to turn life events, a book, basically anything into a picture memory, you need to learn to pay attention before you can visualize. Be in the moment and absorb your surroundings, the book you are reading, whatever it is engage yourself  in it. Remember to pay attention to the important things.

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    Your environment matters in the beginning of this process. The environment of choice should be quiet, for a beginner, an extremely quiet surrounding with no distraction would do. This is because you need to project all your thoughts into what is in front of you and distraction would not help attain that goal. The more you become better, you can practice at environments with noise.

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    In order to get focused, one mind’s has to be relaxed. The mind is constantly trying to process the vast amounts  of data is constantly being feed from our senses not to mention all the thoughts already swimming up there.

    This is were meditation comes in. It helps to conserve your mental energy to focus on the now; releasing those thoughts and not dwelling on them. When you dwell on those useless thoughts, you tied up all your mental energy in useless splintered pursuits, you become tensed and  lack focus.

    Meditation helps to release those thoughts and makes you calm, helps you empty your mind. Constant emptying of the mind helps removes distraction and thus prepares you for the activity at hand if you were to read and practice the photographic format.

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    Laser focus

    Everything about this exercise is how one can focus on the task at hand, with no distraction. Is it possible? Absolutely. All one has to do is take away distractions and focus on what is in front of them as if their life is dependent on, unwavering and relentless, the etc. Every other thing is on shut down mode.

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    Achieve mental balance

    Nothing disrupts a mind, like one that is in chaos and out of place. In order to be able to absorb what's in front of you, you have to be at peace in your mind and control every unnecessary thought or feeling. Having short periods or intervals to rest your mind will be of a great deal to achieving this goal.

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    Take your time

    Learn to take your time. If you want remember a meal, your first kiss, the great friendships, a good book or even your last holiday, you must learn patience. We can go through life at two hundred miles an hour and expect to stare out the window to vividly remember the details, the tiny pieces that make up the mosaic of our lives. Slow down, take it in every now and then. But more importantly take time to experience how those moments made you feel, without associating yourself to these moments, it might as well have been someone else in your place.

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    Practice being self-aware and aware of others. It takes you being able to understand others, and be more attentive to what is around you and how you can capture things quickly. One has to be observant, and detail oriented to get to the peak. dedication is of utmost importance, and patience until you master it.

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