Spirit of Dragonflies

Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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I’d rather be . . . – WPC

Although I am quite content to be doing exactly what I am doing in the moment, whether that be washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow . . . Each daily task brings a sense of being in the moment, enjoying life. This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing, which is a bit hard when I sit here doing exactly what pleases me, so I will think about a nice sunny day and what I would rather do given the choice on such a day.

I’d rather be . . . sitting on my front porch with a glass of iced mint tea reading a book or, if the grandchildren were here, playing with the toys on the other end of the porch. There is nothing better than sun, sheer curtains dancing in the breeze on a nice warm, sunny day.

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If I were not home, I’d rather be . . .

Exploring woods and nature with my children and grandchildren . . . Hugging trees . . . meditating at the ocean, lake or stream while listening to the water . . . walking barefoot . . . Earthing . . . anything outside in nature . . .

I’d rather be . . . creating – taking photos, making jewelry, preparing blends of essential oil roller bottles, facilitating Vision Board classes . . .

I’d rather be . . . Sledding with my family at the golf course . . .

I’d rather be . . . Always with camera, book, and notebook maybe enjoying a latte and treat . . .

I’d rather be . . . Anywhere on the water enjoying my kayak, nature, birds singing, quiet of the evening . . .

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Enjoying simple pleasures – feeling very blessed. LIFE IS GOOD!

Now, it’s your turn. What would you rather be doing? If you’ve got more than one hobby, don’t be shy — you’re welcome to share the myriad ways in which you’d prefer to be spending time.

If you would like to view other photos submitted for this week’s photo challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rather/

Love and Light!


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Conversing with Trees – WPC – Story

Though a single image can tell a complete story, adding photos to a series can even further expand upon a narrative.

For this week’s challenge, do some visual storytelling with your photography.

Conversing With Trees

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I love that my daughter’s neighbor left the trunk of the tree standing and added a face. My little grandson loves conversing with this tree. When done he wanders off as if in deep thought. At the time of the photo he was unable to share his thoughts with us but as you will see in the photos below after his conversation he walked off slowing contemplating what they had discussed. At least that is what it looked like. He is like his Mimi, barefoot in the grass whenever possible.

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson ~

“Children … are shut away in too many instances from a free contact with nature; their needs are so provided for and dangers guarded against, that they grow up with undeveloped capacities and in almost total ignorance of the world of nature.” ~ Harold Fairbanks ~

In his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, journalist and child advocate Richard Louv introduced the term “nature-deficit disorder” to characterize the long-recognized suite of problems that could be attributed to childhood isolation from nature. (https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/magazine/rachel-carson-and-childhood-sense-wonder) This book is on my must read list.

Do you have photos that represent a story of children in nature? Do you enjoy exploring nature with children? Feel free to share some photos.

Do you have photos that represent a story of children in nature? Please share if you do.

Love and Light!

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

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

 


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Story – WPC

For this week’s challenge, do some visual storytelling with your photography. As always, I’m excited to see what you all share.

The Corn Maze

My grandson was enjoying exploring the corn maze in Manchester, VT. That is, he was enjoying until he noticed the scary characters along the path. Once away from them he felt secure enough to venture along on his own again but he continued with wary eye on the path before him.

Once we found our way out he was treated to a cider donut and dish of pumpkin ice cream. Then life was fine again.

If you are interested in viewing other photos or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/story/

Love and Light


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Sweets for the little Sweethearts

What does sweet look like to you? We look forward to your photo submissions this week!

 

It doesn’t seem possible it was almost two years ago that I spent the week before Easter with my daughter and her family in San Diego, CA. We had such a lovely time. One of the special events was meeting up with her friends and their children to see the Easter Bunny. Addy and Tanner were enjoying the window display in the confectionery shop.  Little Addy pulled up her pocketbook to see if there was any money hidden within. Love her expressions. When both Mom’s said I could treat the little ones we went in and picked out the cupcake both agreed upon. They brought their sweet out to the table, cut it in half and enjoyed every bite. If I could eat gluten I would have been enjoying this with them. Look at those sweet little faces enjoying their sweet treat!

Or, you could select a little healthier sweet treat to enjoy.

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I can’t take any credit for this photo – borrowing it from my daughter because it is one of my favorites. This little guy truly lives mindfully – in the moment. Look at the joy on Colt’s little face as he bites into this sweet strawberry, savoring the moment.

That was then – This is now:

 

I made a Mickey Mouse cake for Colt’s 2nd Birthday. He loves wearing masks and decided to wear his new Batman mask and cape for his Birthday Party. Something about wearing a mask and cape seems to make you feel invincible or at least invisible – not really sure which but it was fun watching him sneak a little taste of the frosting. When he noticed I was watching he said, “Mmmmm, Mimi this is delicious.” Then he stuck his finger in the frosting and tried another little taste. What a sweetie enjoying his sweet Mickey cake.

Do you still have the innocence of a child within? Do you find yourself staring in a glass case at a confectionery shop eyeing the sweets? Or, do you still sneak a little frosting from an uncut cake? Go ahead – I give you permission:)

Love and Light!

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

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


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WPC – Through the Window

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.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of the child. There are seven million.  ~ Walt Streightiff ~

Little ones love to look out windows, sometimes they discover new sights such as Holiday Lights when riding through the park or ‘Santa’s village’ out the train window. They wiped off the condensation to see if Santa might be waving from the village.

Tanner never seems to tire of viewing fish swimming on the other side of the large window. The children are in awe as they stand on one side of the window witnessing fish   of various sizes and colors on the other side of the glass.

And, when little ones first notice their reflection in the glass of the window it can appear that another baby is ready to play with them. As I watch them smile, laugh and coo at their own reflection it always makes me smile.

When we slow down and view the world through the eyes of a child we begin to see the world with fresh eyes. Take a moment to look around you and think of what it would be like to view this world through fresh eyes. Would you continue to let little things bother you or would you be able to release and live with a little less stress?

Would you be able to find your creativity? Take a moment and give it a try.

Love and Light!
If you would like to view additional photos or submit your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/windows-2/


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WPC – Transience of Childhood

Drifters, nomads, and even the state of impermanence: this week, share your photos of transient.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.                                 ~ Walt Straightiff ~

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things we don’t expect to see. ~ Douglas Adams ~

It’s a transient moment in time when a child is inquisitive and open to everything in the world around them. Then he/she begins to see through the filtered lens of his parents, relatives, teachers, and society – never again to explore the world through innocent eyes.

My grandson, Colt, noticing his shadow for the first time allowed my daughter and I to experience what it must have felt like to see our own shadow for the first time. The same for my grandson, Tanner, when he was handed a sparkler. It was a treat watching him enjoy the sparks flying in the air, lighting the darkness around us. If you want to see the world anew, witness it through the eyes of a small child.

Childhood is a transient and feels even more so today. So allow yourself to slow down and pay attention when with small children. Allow them to touch trees, walk barefoot, pick up leaves, spiders and worms. Encourage them explore the world around them without sharing your own fears and insecurities about what they are doing (of course keeping safety in mind). See through their eyes and explore the world around you anew.

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

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

Love and Light!


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The Pleasure of Play!

A snapshot of one afternoon with children.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing time with my sister, brother-in-law and their granddaughters, my great-nieces. This was a special treat. The girls live in CT and when they do come to visit my sister, there generally isn’t time for them to travel to my home. That is what made this visit so special.

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Standing tall

 

Play time

Play time

 

Many sisters argue and fight almost constantly throughout the day, especially when they share bedrooms. Just don’t let anyone come in-between them – that’s when their true love rises to the surface. I have four sisters myself and growing up we had some verbal and physical altercations, especially the three youngest of the group. But, let anyone say something nasty or do anything to the other sister and we would come together in a heart beat to protect and comfort one another. I was the youngest of the five girls with a fourteen year span between the oldest and myself. I started Kindergarten the same year my older two sister’s graduated high school. My poor Dad, living in a house of five daughters. It could not have been easy, except it did place him in the position of King of the household and we all cherished him.

Having my great-nieces visit reminded me of earlier days with my own sisters, especially their Nonnie. She and I were four years apart and have remained close throughout the years, sharing time with each others children and now grandchildren. As you will see from the photos, they were captured sharing laughs and hugs.  Poking and arguing are to be expected as they learn and develop relationships with others in their world. It is between sibling rivalry that children practice their relationship skills and release shadows of normal existence to the surface where they can be viewed and discussed. In the end, hugs and love survive.

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Sisterly love

 

Sisters having fun

Sisters having fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When my sister is with her grandchildren she shines and there is always a smile on her face. They can get her to do anything and she doesn’t mind. I think she actually glows when in their presence.

The girls love my old house, the swings, the nearby trails and that I am close to Barnes and Noble. We played outside, took a short walk and then went for a book and snack.

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Em’s pinecone

During our adventure to the woods we noticed several deer trails. The girls were amazed to find out that the sand under foot was originally part of the ocean centuries ago.

Hand prints in the sand

Hand prints in the sand

If you have children in your life or whenever someone visit with children, get up from the table or living room and get outside on an adventure. Children are wonderful and you can learn so much if you talk less and listen more.

 

Both girls picked out a book and then a treat. It was so nice to sit and listen to their likes and dislikes. To watch their interactions and how different their personalities are. Em is very outgoing and doesn’t hold back. Abby is more reserved. Each is unique and wonderful to spend time with. After treats at Barnes and Noble we went into the mall to visit the Journey Through the Body exhibit. The ‘big’ kids were just as interested as the younger ones. Emily thought nothing of grabbing a pair of gloves and pulling them on so she could touch the pig heart. Abby followed her lead. Fun was had by all!!

Looking forward to the girls next visit with Nonnie and having them return for a visit at my house. Possibly the next time we can have an overnight and carry the fun into the next day.

Having grandchildren can be a wonderful experience, having great-nieces and nephews can be the same. For me, having any children around can be just as much of a pleasure. Taking them outside in nature can add to the  experience. Actively playing with them, priceless. Even if we hadn’t gone to Barnes and Noble, the visit would have been fun because you do not need to spend money or have a big house filled with ‘stuff’ to amuse children. Just sitting on a swing or on the grass and letting them tell you their story allows your hearts to grow and connect. On a rainy day having a tea party, dressing up in old clothing, playing games, or making collages can fill the day with a fun experience for all. There is no money that can replace that connection.

Love and Light,
Sandy