Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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WPC – Windows

Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot. Show us what you see out the window from the place where you usually blog, use a window to give structure to your photo, or make a window itself your subject.

To get more creative, use the glass in a window to add texture to your photo. And if you feel like being metaphorical, go for it! Share an image focused on someone’s eyes (the windows to the soul, dont’cha know), or of a landscape or piece of art that’s like a window to another world for you.

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.


The view from the home windows change with the weather, each with its own unique experience. Sharing the experiences with grand babies make it even more special.

The sun porch is a special place to read, write or play with the little ones in the summer. In the winter the windows freeze over until spring visits once again. In the fall, the tree in the back of the house turns a fiery red inspiring my creative side. I love to sit at my desk to journal or write on my laptop. No matter the season, the windows of my home always look out to beauty – birds bathing in the bird bath, squirrels gathering nuts, snow or red leaves blanketing the ground, or green grass blanketing the earth after the snow melts – it is all amazing to me.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius ~

What do you see out your windows?

Love and Light!

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WPC – Waiting

For this challenge, show us what waiting looks like to you. There are so many angles and interpretations — we look forward to seeing yours!

For this week’s challenge I decided on Mark Twain, sitting on the bench, book in hand, waiting in the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo for someone to arrive.

Is it you he waits for?

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“Don’t wait, the time will never be just right.” Mark Twain

Listen to Mark Twain. Don’t wait, start today. What have you been putting off? Where would you rather be? Isn’t it time to discover what hidden treasures lie within? If you are ready to discover what lies within and need a little guidance along your journey, leave me a message below.

If you would like to see photos for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/waiting-2017/

Love and Light!


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WPC – Lessons from Manmade & Natural Structures

Today, take a moment to notice the structure of everyday things around you. Note the lines, freckles, and tiny hairs on your arm, and imagine the biological blueprint that created them. See the bricks of a building, and realize that they were individually placed there by another person. Then, share with us a photo of the structure of something wonderful. We’re eager to see details through your lens.

Structure (google search result)

1. (noun) the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex

2. (verb) construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.

Some manmade structures build today are not as sturdy as those of the past. All you have to do is check out the construction of some of the newer homes – slapped together with cheap material under time restraints. Nothing can last under those conditions.

Many older structures from the 1900s and earlier are still standing and will remain standing unless a natural disaster or humans destroy them. If you look closely you can see how each piece is needed for the whole to have survived this long. Many people came together, sometimes generations of family members, working for a purpose. There was a pride in creating some of the buildings that remain standing. Some structures, like the ice castle below, are meant to serve a short-term purpose.  They are meant to return to nature. Yet, watching the men and women creating the structure you could see the pride in their eyes knowing the pleasure this temporary structure would bring to all who witnessed their results.

 

I find it amazing how each individual piece balancing with a neighboring piece becomes a support of the whole. If we, as humans, could just do the same imagine what we could accomplish. Compassion, Understanding, Cooperation, Joy, Love, Peace – all building blocks for an harmoniously structured world.

Maybe we could take some clues from these old structures and begin to create our own lives with a focus on mindfulness – creating joy for ourselves and others. Beginning with eating healthy, exercising regularly and meditation/prayer to develop a strong core structure. Mindfully taking steps to develop strong character and strengthen our belief systems may assist in building lasting relationships, careers, and financial security. Imagine not following trends of the day and instead learning to remain true to ourselves by taking positive steps to develop a strong core and community to weather life’s stormy seasons. Now stop to imagine how this change will affect our children and grandchildren. It is never to late to shift your life journey in a new direction.

When nature is left untouched by man, the results are quite beautiful. What if we were to focus more on what is working in life and not fight against everything natural. Maybe we could learn to live in harmony with others as well. We could make better decisions about growing food locally and living with less stuff to allow time for the natural beauty of nature to heal, sooth the soul, and bring peace to our lives.

 

How does a mushroom know how to become a mushroom? Who decides the shape, size and color? How does a seed know to grow into a tall oak? How does the sperm and egg know how to crete a human being? Natural structure is amazingly beautiful. Just look at the skin on the top of your hand, it isn’t just one solid piece of skin. There are many layers some dying off as others are newly formed. Amazing isn’t it?

Is this God’s hand at work? Is there a Higher Power creating all? No one knows for sure but I believe there is an Intelligent Force (Spirit) creating all. That is my belief – not one you must share.

What an amazing Creator. We have all been blessed with our own unique creative gift. Being out in nature allows us to become Grounded and Centered with the Universal Energy – the healing force of creativity. We can see this Creative power in the pine cones, seeds, designs in flowers, and in every human being. No two entities are exactly alike in anything in this Universe. whether that be people, trees, rivers, or planets. What if we embrace our difference and discover how we can all bring balance to a chaotic environment. One need only to look at our natural environment to see the cooperative balance and diversity in life.

 

“I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

Thank you for viewing my post. If you would like to view other photos from this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Unusual (2)

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

Creativity involves breaking out of the established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~ Edward de Bono ~

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Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~ Albert Einstein ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Repurposed

Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use.

Thinking environmentally friendly, I love this week’s challenge. Looking around my home I discovered a few repurposed items. When I owned my own home this was a common theme in my house. Repurposing fences, old sidewalks long-buried under the grass, old stone bricks from my aunt’s home that became a walkway to my backyard. Lately I haven’t really been doing this as much as I like so this has rekindled my creativity. My children are very cleaver in this respect and they have repurposed old doors into tables, dresser with mirror into a chalk board and kitchen cabinet plus many other creative adventures.

 

The seat of the chair was covered in material from a dress I was no longer wearing. Ice cream containers with lids are a great repurposed item. I have reused them in the kitchen for spices and also to hold homemade bath salts. The little stool was a small table I found at a flea market. The top was scratched up so I went home and added the material and studs transforming the table into a cushioned bench. Then on my desk I have repurposed a wooden candle mold into a pen holder. The desk scarf is actually a Pashmina scarf.

This year I repurposed grocery bags and items from my creative box into lovely wrappings on Christmas presents.

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My daughter gifted me with the dragonfly mobile that hangs in my kitchen window and chimes when the furnace kicks on. This treasure is crafted from knives, forks and spoons. I also have a dragonfly stake for my garden made of the same.

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In the village where I grew up, the local library once housed the Episcopal Church. One of my sisters was the last to be baptized in the church and now my niece is the librarian.

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This was a fun photo challenge and it is now challenging me to be more creative. Time to go and find something to repurpose. What are you going to recycle or repurpose?

To see what others have re-purposed, click on Weekly Photo Challenge.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Chaos

This week, let’s embrace disorder and its creative power.

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~ Deepak Chopra ~

When starting to prepare a vision board it can look a bit chaotic. The table was filled with magazines, scissors, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, and poster board. Each individual had the same magazines to select from and would share once they had a chance to look through the letters, words, and photos. Each person had stacks of magazines and small piles of cutout photos or words in front of them.

When preparing a vision board it is always a good thing to think about one year, five-year and ten-year goals. Each one building on the other. Thinking about how you would like to feel once you reach your goal is very helpful. If you want a certain car – is it the actual car or a feeling/emotion you are reaching for. This is important to think about because once we receive the material object, the health, the relationship, the career the feeling is fleeting. Think about when you purchased a car, house, jacket or boots that you really wanted. How long did the joyous feeling last? Many times until there was a stain on the seat of the car, a major repair on the house, a rip in the jacket, water spots on the boots. What we are really in search of is a feeling of love, compassion, respect, accomplishment, knowledge . . .

The process begins with individuals cutting out anything they like. Then, going through the cutouts and seeing if it ‘speaks’ to them. Is there an emotion invoked when looking at or thinking about the cutout? If not, that is placed aside and will not find a place on their boards. Another person at the table might see this and decide to place it on their board.

A vision board can provide direction, steps to take to reach both short and long term goals. Preparing a vision board with others, as we did at the Stillwater Library, can be fun. Others will provide support and encouragement during the process. Paying attention to your language and attitude while preparing your vision is just as important. Others creating with you can bring negating words to your attention. Someone placing health and a picture of a strong body on their board might say “Yeah, as if this will ever really happen.” Well, it won’t if that is the way you feel when placing this on your board. You have already negated the possibility. We all know people who have been able to succeed and lose the weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, relocating and finding new careers, healthy relationships and such. Anything is possible. Once you have a vision, think about steps to take to reach that vision and you’re on your way. Some of the women who participated in this activity wanted a new vision board because they had already accomplished everything on their previous board they had created two years prior.

You can create a Vision Board on your own, in the comfort of your own home as well. However, getting together with others, although a bit chaotic at first, begins to flow in a rhythm as the magazines are divided and everyone has scissors, paper, and glue stick. Playing meditative music also helps with the flow and rhythm. Sharing your vision board with others is a fun experience and brings the vision into a state of reality in the minds of all present. Each board is unique to the individual who created it – no two alike. Here are a few examples:

If you can get together with your vision boards two or three months later it can provide a supportive experience. Each person shares how close they are to manifesting their vision. Others in the group listen and provide encouragement. Plus, you might just develop new friendships.

Have you transformed chaos into something creative and inspiring? Please share your experience.

If you would like to view more entries for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/chaos/

Love and Light!


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Transformation is Part of the Journey

As with life, transformation and growth are necessary parts of existence. So it was time to transform the look of this site. It has been over a year since the inception of this website and as a life coach transformation is part of our journey. Taking time to create a new look and color revitalized this site, in preparation for what is to come next. Creativity allows us to be open and ready for what life has to bring. and brings a breath of fresh air.

In our daily life it is important to take a different road, read new books, learn new ideas, grow, experiment, network, get out of our comfort zones. It is also important to get up and move – walk, dance, run, stretch. Adding in time for meditation brings a sense of peace as well. This makes life interesting and allows our brains to expand through the creation of new synaptic connections.

Just like water we too can be in flow and shine as we transform our lives. Sometimes tragedies or even constant worry can make people hard and unbending. Aging has a way of doing the same for many people as well. Let’s not allow this to happen in your life.

Remember we are all light-beings and can let our light shine at any time along our journey. Just as the light glistens in this piece of melting ice, you too can reflect your inner light out to the world.

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Glistening Ice

In case you haven’t heard, science has discovered a flash of light that occurs at the moment of conception. Yes, we are truly light-beings:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/26/scientists-witness-flash-light-during-conception-say-discovery-could-aid-ivf.html

In my own life shining my light and transformation are allowing me to awaken every morning in a state of gratitude. Everyday I wake knowing that I will learning something new, take a different road, visit a new location, read at least a chapter in new book or check out a new website.

Blogging was new to me over a year ago. I had no idea how to set up a website but was intrigued after viewing my daughter’s site. I watched a YouTube video, read a couple of books, and then took the plunge. I purchased domain names from GoDaddy then discovered that I didn’t need them on WordPress however I am still glad that they were purchased. Then after drawing some dragonflies and playing with words – Spirit of Dragonflies was born. A little more creativity with words and Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self: Begin Your Creative Journey Today was ready to go. Since that time I have learned to add widgets and tags, post weekly, became part of the The Daily Post photo challenge. Now that I have a quality camera I am sure you have noticed some changes in my photography although using my cell phone as a camera was very easy. I have taken classes at Apple to learn how to categorize photos, create iMovies, music on Garageband, and a presentation on Keynote. The goal being to upload an iMovie on this site with my own music.

Looking behind the lens of the camera has opened my eyes to a new perspective of the environment – micro and macro. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world. You may have noticed the change over the last year. Life is a canvas to create the world you want to see.

So that brings me to you and your own creative journey. Is there anything that you have learned or expanded on over this last year? If you have been following my post you might remember that jewelry making has also been part of my creative journey. Have you been finding time for writing, drawing, dancing, singing, exercise, jewelry making, photography, or other endeavors? If not, what’s holding you back?

If you say “I don’t have time. I don’t know how. I can’t . . . I shouldn’t . . .” Then please leave me a message or complete the form below. We can discuss how you can become the creative person you are meant to be and bring some excitement and joy into your life. If you have read my Meet Sandy post you know that I was a single, working Mom of three. Having children does not have to be an excuse for holding you back from creating the life you dream of, neither does working. Life is short and we are only given a certain amount of time to share our gifts with the world. Your children will be better for your creativity and happiness.

Remember, learning something new, being creative, and enjoying life bring not only happiness but increase your health and over all well-being. I hope to hear from you.

Love and Light!