Spirit of Dragonflies

Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self – Begin Your Creative Journey Today


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Winter’s Silence

How would you capture silence in a photograph? Is it a positive image like this one, showing a much-needed break? Or is it the opposite, revealing the lack of communication in a friendship or the dangers of not speaking out? Show us your interpretation in a new post.

 

“Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide, you can find a magic place where all the fairies hide . . .” ~ Author Unknown ~

 

 

“Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.” ~ Guatama Buddha ~

After a nice walk in the silence of winter I love to go inside and pour a nice hot cup of tea and enjoy the silence of my warm peaceful home. I feel blessed and privileged to live this life of mine and to balance the peace and quite of home with times of interactions with friends, family and coworkers.

Love and Light!

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Finding Silence in Nature

How would you capture silence in a photograph? Is it a positive image like this one, showing a much-needed break? Or is it the opposite, revealing the lack of communication in a friendship or the dangers of not speaking out? Show us your interpretation in a new post.

“Silence has a mysterious calming effect, allowing your soul to be at peace with your thoughts.” ~ Anthony Douglas Williams, Inside the Divine pattern ~

I love walking through the woods alone in silence as I make my way to the labyrinth at Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center. Once at the labyrinth I connect with the earth as I slowly walk in silence releasing all that holds me back. Of course the forest is not truly silent of noise – just silent from the mindless chatter. Birds sing, trees swoon, squirrels play, and sometimes the crack of a branch will bring awareness to the deer watching nearby.

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Truthfully I am never in silence. There is a constant ringing in my ears which I don’t believe anyone truly becomes accustomed. Through meditation and a short time wearing special hearing aids I have come to terms with the ringing and now find it comforting when meditating. There are times when it is less intense but never quiet so those who have the ability to enjoy complete silence are blessed. Does one ever really experience silence? For me, it is silent if there are no manmade noises – planes, ringing phones, radios, televisions  . . . There is nothing one can do to stop the ringing of tinnitus so it becomes part of your quiet.

“Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.” Anonymous

In the silence I find peace and reconnect with my inner self. This is the place where troubles are released and creativity rises. Nature is full of color and wonderful scents. It is in the silence of nature that our senses have the opportunity to experience an awakening. Everything seems brighter, happier, joyous. loving when connecting to Mother Earth.

Do you need to have constant noise? Or, do you find peace in the solitude of nature?

Love and Light!

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Bring Your Own Sunshine

How will you interpret weathered? Will you capture a lined, smiling face as you practice street photography? A piece of beach glass worn smooth by the waves? A snow-covered path carved by the wind? Have fun with your interpretation!

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

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“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” ~ Dolly Parton ~

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Tree huggers

Weathered items have their own beauty to share with the world.

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Broken Rosette on fence

We all weather many storms in life. It is what we do during and after those storms that make a difference.

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Love and Light!


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Decisions – Loneliness or Freedom? Choice is Yours

Finding joy and pleasure in your life – no matter your circumstances.

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With thoughts of freedom come choice. If you find yourself alone at the end of the day embrace your freedom – the world is an open book.

  • Turn off the television.
  • Pick up a book or magazine, grab a tea, light a candle and cuddle up in your favorite chair with a cozy blanket.
  • Grab some pens/paint/pencils and a blank page to draw, write, paint, create something new.
  • Take apart some old jewelry and create a new necklace or use the pieces for your painting
  • Open the refrigerator and pull out some vegetables to create a new dish. Pay attention to the colors, textures while creating. Maybe you will decide the carrots, beets, sweet potatoes are a beautiful color and you decide to use the color for a new painting or to die a piece of material.
  • Put on your favorite music and sing at the top of your lungs while you dance around your house
  • Pull out your camera and take photos of your food, shadows, lighting, items you are creating
  • If you have essential oils, create a new blend in a roller ball or a new blend for bath salts
  • Declutter – that is always a great way to release anything holding you back and making space for new experiences

Thinking about the cold nights of winter in New York State, many are not willing to go outside due to freezing temperatures, icy roads, or maybe you want to enjoy winter from within your home. People who live alone, or with others, many times don’t enjoy all seasons and many hibernate when possible during the cold months – why not find a way to enjoy every minute of life.

Find magic and beauty wherever you are.

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It is always present if you open yourself up to the everyday joy in life.

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When brave enough to venture outside, bundle up and get out there and enjoy nature. With enough clothing you will feel so refreshed when you return home. Then you can fill up the bathtub with your new bath salts and enjoy a nice relaxing bath while listening to some soothing music.

What is your choice when alone – Loneliness or freedom? We all need people in our lives yet finding peace in quiet solitude is a great way to explore your inner creative self.

Love and Light!


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2018 – A Year of Opportunity & Growth

In this first week of the year, many people anticipate beginnings, changes, and opportunities for growth. Share with us an image that evokes this spirit of change and newness — the smile of a new friend, a freshly planted garden, an empty journal waiting to be filled. Growth is very personal, and I encourage you to interpret this as literally or as broadly as you like. Happy New Year — we can’t wait to see your photos!

When writing the story of your life don’t let anyone else hold the pen. ~ Unknown ~

What story will you write in 2018. Take hole of the pen and start writing your own story – not someone else’s idea of your story. This can be a year of growth if you just pick up the pen and decide what it is you want to bring to your life this year and ever year thereafter.

Journaling has always been one of my favorite things to do whether home sitting in my chair, at my desk, first thing when waking, or while enjoying a coffee shop. My family is always very encouraging and I have been blessed with some wonderful journals over the years. On the New Year’s Eve, I review my goals from the previous year and count my blessings for all that was accomplished. If there is anything left that wasn’t accomplished it is time to rethink if this should be carried on to the next year or possibly it was something that I thought was a goal and ended up not being that important after all.

This year when I reviewed 2017, I felt very blessed with so many wonderful events:

  • I witnessed two of my children get married – each wedding was very special and magical
  • Spent time with my family (all four of my sisters in one place at the same time is a rare occurrence and saw one of my nieces for the first time in ten years) – blessing
  • Hiked in Pennsylvania with my children, their spouses and two grandsons
  • Spent quality time with my grandchildren on numerous occasions
  • Traveled to California a couple of times to visit my daughter and her family
    • Spent Thanksgiving week in San Diego and Santa Barbara – took a ride along the Pacific Coast.
  • Traveled to New Mexico twice – one to visit my granddaughter and her boyfriend before they returned to NYS and once to visit a blogging friend. It was wonderful visiting different areas of this beautiful state and experiencing Spirit Walk with Mary
  • Visited Innisfree Gardens with two of my cousins
  • Went hiking and snowshoeing
  • Created new jewelry
  • Learned more about doTERRA essential oils and making rollerballs
  • Facilitated my first essential oil rollerball class and did quite well
  • Attended my first craft fair to sell rollerballs, framed photos and jewelry
  • Purchased a Nespresso Machine and Vitamix – both were on my list
  • Spent several weekends at Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center volunteering and attending programs
  • Facilitated bi-weekly meditations at work
  • Visited new places in MA, PA and NY
  • Traveled for work with my supervisor – visiting new locations along the way
  • And, so many more wonderful events

Those are just some of the wonderful growth experiences from 2017. I am looking forward to what 2018 brings.

Growth is not always something we look forward to – sometimes growth comes in other ways that we may not anticipate or request. At the end of 2017 I learned that I was AFib – not something I would have set as a goal however life decided that this was going to be a learning lesson. Sometimes there are wrenches thrown into the mix just to keep us on our toes and helps us appreciate life. With medication my heart is feeling much better.

Guess my growth is learning to listen to my body and follow through with medical care. Physicians and specialists are needed for some health issues and we can still be open to integrative therapies in conjunction with the medical field. I’ve learned that acupuncture, essential oils, and Therapeutic Touch can bring balance to the body, mind and spirit when in the midst of an awakening to the reality of life. Medication, although not wanted, can save lives for certain illnesses. I am grateful for the medication that slowed my heart rate and corrected the irregular heart beat. I realized that sometimes our bodies malfunction no matter how well we think we are taking care of them. It is fine to feel shocked and disappointed for a short time if we don’t stay in that dark place for too long. Once we open ourselves to the fact that this is part of our new reality, we can move forward to make plans to live and enjoy every minute of life. We can release all that holds us back and be ready to jump right into the next creative journey. There is no time to keep toxic people, situations or environments in our lives. We need to remember that everyone has their own darkness and to be kind and understanding to all because we never really know their true story unless we take the time to listen. Be grateful for other’s good fortunes because there is always darkness with the light. Remember when you are in darkness that light is always present and ready to shine upon you once the cloud shifts.

Life is a balance of light and darkness, without one we would not be able to appreciate the other. Until our last breath is taken, we should be enjoying life, spending time with supportive/caring people, paying attention to all of our blessings, and living in a state of gratitude.

Start a gratitude journal today – you may just be surprised at how grateful you become. May 2018 be a year filled with health, wellbeing, creativity, joy, and overall abundance in every area of your life. I am grateful for your taking the time to read my blog.

Love and Light!

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Growth – WPC

In this first week of the year, many people anticipate beginnings, changes, and opportunities for growth. Share with us an image that evokes this spirit of change and newness — the smile of a new friend, a freshly planted garden, an empty journal waiting to be filled. Growth is very personal, and I encourage you to interpret this as literally or as broadly as you like. Happy New Year — we can’t wait to see your photos!

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. ~ Plato ~

When I noticed this little tree growing in the inside of a rotten tree trunk I found it uplifting. From decay – new growth was being supported. This is an amazing environment we live in. Just like this little tree, we need to have a supportive environment to thrive and grow strong.

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What kind of environment do you find yourself living in? Are the people closest to you uplifting or dampening your spirit? This is a perfect time of year to weed out those you are stunting your growth and begin attracting more people who support and encourage you and, in turn, do the same for them.

If we can surround ourselves with supportive and loving family, friends, coworkers, business partners, and home environments imagine what we can all accomplish. It is time to create an environment which allows you to thrive and fulfill your purpose.

Wishing you a year of growth in love, laughter, joy, creativity, adventure, and success.

Love and Light!

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Favorite Photos from 2017

This week, we’re proposing something a little different to celebrate the end of the year. Instead of a specific theme or topic, we invite you to share your most meaningful photo from 2017. This isn’t necessarily the “best” photo you’ve taken this year — feel free to post your most technically accomplished photo of the year if you’d like, but we equally encourage you to think about other parameters.

“Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so.” ~ Robyn Nola ~

There were many photos taken this year which I truly loved however, this year, I would have to select this capture of a dragonfly as one of my favorites. I love how the sun light is captured perfectly by the wings and it was a cherished day spent with two of my cousins exploring nature. Great memories were had by all.

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Another capture of a dragonfly is the one below. This little gem seemed to be following along with me in the Saratoga National Historical Park. When the wind gust came up I witnessed this fragile little body’s strength. She held on tight and overcame the struggle. This is a good message for me at this time as I move through my own health issue. This reminds me to hold strong and know that this too will be overcome shortly and health will prevail.

Another nature memory is the mushroom – I was invited to experience Spirit Walk with Mary in New Mexico this summer. During our walk in nature the little specimens below covered the landscape. At first hidden, this one was noticed from quite a distance away. Then it seemed they were providing a path for us to follow. It was a beautiful experience and reminded me that if we remain open and present in the moment our path will unfold before us. As you can see these beauties break free from the soil that comforts them in their beginning stages of life. They rise up in vibrant colors soaking up the sun and enjoying life.

We can do the same. Break through barriers – take chances, meet new people, be open to new ideas, love everyone, and send peace out to everyone in our world – and especially to Mother Earth as she is the true life support for everyone on this planet. Without a healthy Mother Earth there is no life!

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I found this quote in the response section of What does the mushroom symbolize:

Because they (mushrooms) grow in the dark they can represent activity happening behind the scenes and secrets. There is an element of the unexpected and paradox. Out of darkness comes life. Mushrooms can also signify growth during dark times in one’s life. ~ Paul Wilson ~

This could be true for our current times and I really like – out of the darkness comes life. Also, that mushrooms signify growth during dark times in one’s life. There is always a light at then end of every dark tunnel. Sometimes darkness helps us to wake in appreciation of the light. I think when we have too much of one or the other we become stagnant. When in good health we sometimes don’t stop to appreciate our blessing. When taken away we wish it to return. When financially secure, in our quest for more we don’t always stop to enjoy the preciousness of life. Children grow up and act in the same manner we wish we had slowed down to spend more time with them.

During dark times some people become angry and dangerous as they forget (or have never witnessed) what life is like when filled with light and love. We see this with looting, violence, shootings, politicians wanting more and more from the people without giving back, and war as people fight over invisible boundaries and resources. Darkness and Light are always with us, we just need to discover where our dark side is hidden and welcome it into the light to maintain our balance. We are not in competition with others, we are in competition with the person we were yesterday, last year, five years ago. The only person we need to focus on and improve is ourselves. Are you bringing more darkness or light into your own life and those around you? As 2017 comes to a close it is a perfect time to think about what you want to bring into 2018.

May you find peace and joy in the last days of 2017 and prepare for a New Beginning in 2018. Focus on what you want in life, stand tall, and do something daily to improve yourself, the lives of those around you, and our shared Mother Earth. Smile more, laugh more, dance and sing more, get out in nature, pick up trash even if you didn’t drop it, teach your children to appreciate life and nature, meet your neighbors, lend a hand, give food to the person on the street in need, don’t judge yourself or others, be Kind, be Love, BE THE LIGHT for all to see.

Love and Light!

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