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WPC – Time

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Time

This week, think about time and portray it photographically. Maybe you have a photo about one of the activities in the extract from Haig’s book above. Perhaps you have a fascination with clocks. Or maybe contemplating time takes you somewhere else completely. I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge.

I went a couple of ways with this week’s challenge. When taking photos the photographer must be patient and take their time focusing the camera lens, using the correct settings, lighting, and looking for that right moment. We can’t rush the photo and sometimes it takes several shots to get one that we truly love. We must slow down and become mindful of our every move and the environment we are in.

If we move too quickly time can pass a shadow while we distracted. Some people say my time passes quickly, while others with the same time in the day feel the slow pace of time as they enjoy every minute of the day. If you are constantly in a hurry, then time will seem to pass quickly. Your health will deteriorate and you will miss out on the important things in life. If you can become mindful of time and enjoy every moment, life will appear to slow down and become more enjoyable.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”

~ Helen Keller ~

The shadow of time and missed moments

The shadow of time and missed moments

Sometimes we need to stop and take some ME time. Time to reflect, to breathe, to create, laugh, read, dance, and have some fun. This is needed more now that ever. People are always going here and there, never stopping to eat a meal at the table with their family and friends. We see them in restaurants sitting with cell phones or lap tops not conversing with the person they should be enjoying time with and being mindful of the food they are ingesting. They think that is there ME time.

Me time is sitting in nature, reconnecting with the earth; meditating or practicing yoga; getting in touch with our inner being; releasing anxieties, restlessness, anger, fear and past grudges to allow healing energy to flow through us. That is ME time.

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One doesn’t know how long their time on this earth is, that is probably a good thing. So, live as if you have all the time in the world.

The one thing we cannot do is look ahead in time to see what will come. Just like taking a photo, the photographer must focus on the moment, not whether the photo will be liked and kept. Many of us keep out of focus photos from generations long gone. Some we cherish and some we keep for sentimental reasons, wishing they were more in focus for us to see if we have any resemblances to those who have gone before us. When I took the photo below of a marble earlier, I didn’t know in the moment what I would see. Sometimes the camera picks up images that are not visible in the lens. I was after downloading the photo to my computer that I noticed myself holding the camera. During editing I began to feel as if I were trying to capture the past or possibly look into a looking-glass into the future. All I could do was remain in the present and enjoy the photo.

Looking into a marble from my past, I see myself.

Looking into a marble from my past, I see the past and future while standing in the present.

This was one of the marbles from an old mason jar I use to display the marbles. They are a reminder of time past, well-worn and pitted from childhood play. I still have several shooters and remember playing marbles at recess in elementary school. Time hasn’t been kind to most of those in the jar but they are still beautiful even with their pits. Time stops for me when light shines through the glass capturing a colorful reflection on the wall or floor. I am reminded that the passage of time will age us, we may get some wrinkles and pits, but when we slow down and look within, the beautiful light inside us shines out to the world just like it does the marble.

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Be like the marble, shine your beautiful light even if time has left you with some wrinkles and pits!

If you are interested in learning more about marbles click the link below:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/29486/brief-history-marbles-including-all-marble-slang

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Love and light!


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WPC – Optimistic

Although the snow is falling around the Capital District region, I am optimistic that we will have enough snow fall for snowshoeing before the end of winter.

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Snow covered Cross-Country ski trail through Santanoni Preserve

While waiting for the snow I am participating in a new challenge here at my house. My son gave me a Kombucha kit for my birthday. I am very optimistic that the new batches of Kombucha will be just as delicious as the first and eventually there will be enough to share. I might just have to relocate to a home with a larger kitchen to accommodate the growing supply of bottles.

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I am optimistic that life will continue as seeds float through the air planting themselves in their new locations where they will bloom once again in the spring. We will rejoice in the warmth of the spring sunlight as we walk amongst new growth and colorful flowers decorating the earth.

What are you optimistic about?

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Love and Light!

 


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WPC – Weight(less)

This week’s Photo Challenge is Weight(less) – Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week.

This can be interpreted in many ways so I reviewed my photos and decided on flight and balance. Even in our own lives we are constantly in flight, trying to find balance. Once we find this place, it feels as if life become weightless.

How do they do this - seems weightless

Defying gravity.

“You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. 

Let out a little more string on your kite.”

Alan Cohen ~

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/gravity.html#Sch44SyGz8d7iG0F.99

Have some fun! Live mindfully – defy gravity – release what holds you back from living your dream.

Weightless in flight

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Now

Now

Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future visions/fantasy or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it. If you would like to view other photos for this week’s challenge or to join in click on this link:

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For anyone who has visited my site in the past, you know that I can’t seem to add just one photo especially after a day of taking photos. Just too many to choose from.

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas at our home. Love the photo of Olivia. She was ripping through presents without stopping. As she began to open another present my son showed her the clock she had just thrown aside to explain that the ballerina legs are the hands of the clock. Her expression let’s us know her thoughts. She had been moving so fast she never noticed. Sometimes we have to bring children back to the now and slow them down for a moment in time.

My granddaughter was trying on her presents as she went. Having fun in the now of the moment. It was wonderful to have a couple of hours without cell phones or interference. My son was holding my 3 month old grandson, Colt. They were caught in the now while watching Taylor opening presents. Love their expressions. Even the baby was interested.

It was a wonderful day spent with family. Our family, probably like your own, has changed traditions as some members of the family died from year to year, divorces, growing children, new babies, new friends, new family members through marriage and relationships. Remaining in the NOW of the moment allows a family to adjust to the many life transitions.

My oldest sister sometimes stays in the past and the photos seems to capture her in some other place in time, the same for my brother-in-law.

My son is always transitioning from a beard to clean-shaven to beard. This year, beard and the new shirt was quite fitting. His girlfriend is a wonderful person who looks on lovingly.

I think the shirt matches my son with the beard

I think the shirt matches my son with the beard

 

My daughter photo bombing my granddaughter and her boyfriend. My granddaughter has a new boyfriend this year. He is a very nice young man. As I was capturing their photo my daughter snuck in to photo bomb. They both love anything 60s and 70s. She is my hippie soul mate. The little peace necklace she wears was mine when I was a teenager. On Christmas morning as she opened presents it brought me back to the past and how much I would have loved her presents at her age. Once snapped back to the present I went to my jewelry box knowing NOW was the moment to present my own necklace to her. She loved it!

My daughter photo bombing my granddaughter and her boyfriend

At the end of the long day, little Colt gave in to his sleep. With all the noise and festivities he was able to shut his eyes and enjoy a peaceful sleep.

Wonder what baby Colt is dreaming about

Wonder what baby Colt is dreaming about

Oh to be a little baby and be able to sleep when and wherever you are. Always in the now without thought of past or future. At what age do we lose this ability to live in the now every day. I see young children with books in hand at restaurants, parties, and any where they can reading now matter what is happening around them. They are able to remain in the now with an intensity that was never mine as a child. Today I am relearning how to live in the now, living mindfully and enjoying life.

Is there a technique you use to live in the now, mindful of the present moment and the preciousness of remaining there whenever possible?

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

Last month I went to visit my nephew in New Hampshire, USA and he brought us to do a little sight-seeing. One of the places visited was the glass blowing shop. The workers worked mindfully and cautiously as to not make a mistake. It reminded me that many crafts take a mindful approach and the creator must maintain an intense sense of the craft before him blocking out all interferences. Including the crowd that is standing around watching them as they create.

Do you think you are mindful enough when creating? This is a skill that many are lacking but can become part of your every day life.

Try starting today by eating mindfully – removing all distractions to include cell phones, television, radio, newspapers, reading material. Allow the sounds around you to swirl around your head but not enter into your thoughts. Be careful what you allow to enter into your thoughts.

If thoughts do enter allow them to be released for another time. Slowly breath in the scent as you bring your fork or spook to your mouth. Pay attention to the texture of the food on your tongue. Does it crunch when you bite or is it soft? Chew your food slowly a number of times before swallowing – try ten times. Feel the softened food on your tongue and as it flows down your throat into your stomach. Don’t take another bite for a few seconds, then repeat. Do you eat one item at a time or mix several together on your plate? Notice the colors, shapes, sizes, textures on your plate or in your bowl.

Enjoy of cup of tea. First by turning on the kettle to heat your water – not in the microwave. Watch the bubbles rumbling around the kettle and then the steam as it flows out from your cup as the water hits the bottom. What kind of tea have you chosen? A calming, energizing, green or black? Do you add cream, milk, honey, sugar? If so add these ingredients slowly. Watch the milk or cream disperse into the cup in a swirling flow. Is there a design in your cup? If you add honey can you see the honey melting into the tea water? When sitting down to enjoy your tea – sip it slowly. Take your time to really feel the warmth of the tea as it flows from your lips, mouth and down your throat warming you as it enters. Can you taste the flavors? Try not to drink this quickly, allow time for the enjoyment of the moment. Savor the moment without distraction of television, cell phone, computer. Maybe listen to some soft music or meditative sounds like bells or flute.

This is what the two craftsmen are doing with their glass creations. Slowly waiting for the piece to cool, to heat up, for each step to be taken at the right moment. They are living in the moment, enjoying their craft and life. As you can see there are no cell phones, televisions or other distractions – just the audience coming and going. The craftsmen do not stop to chat or even look up at those coming and going. They remained focused and careful of what was before them.

If you can create a mindful life your body, mind and spirit will thank you. Add in quiet time in nature and you will enjoy a well-lived life.

Time to enjoy a cup of tea while sitting outside in the colorful nature of autumn.

Love and Light!


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Finding Your Still Point

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In flight yet the dragonfly appears to be still as the environment gives one the illusion of motion. We can live choosing thoughts that manifest the life we want to live or that of which we do not. If your life is spinning out of control you have lost your still point. It doesn’t matter if you believe in the Law of Attraction or not, like the Law of Gravity whether we believe or not it’s true. Finding the still point within releases the illusion, allows you to manifest your dreams, and sets you free.

When looking at the photo, I think of how people are constantly in motion without realizing that they are missing this inner peace. Many people are searching through drugs, alcohol, shopping, eating for that something they can’t seem to name. That something is inner peace – your still point.

To live in a state of motion while remaining still within, that is the secret to living on purpose.

  • What if, you were able to learn how to remain still no matter what is happening in the environment.
  • What if, you were able to release the meaningless motion and minutia from your life
    • Does your past story really matter today?
    • Does it matter to the person you are striving to become?
  • What if,  you were able to take a little time out of your day for meditation allowing yourself a gift of inner peace and quiet.

There is a peaceful still point within all of us. If you can find that spot, then like the dragonfly captured in the still point while in flight, you will be able to remain in a peaceful state while life happens.

Practicing stillness allows you to remain peaceful while in traffic jams, during meetings at work, during job interviews, while facing the death of loved ones, throughout the aging process, and eventually while actively dying. When visiting patients in what is called the ‘actively’ dying phase, we have found that bringing a stillness to their body brings them peace. Their anxiety softens the creases and strain on their faces. Their hands lie softly at their sides or in their laps and they sleep more soundly. Recently we have also discovered that Alzheimer patients are responding to Therapeutic Touch (TT) and meditation. Families, nurses and physicians are noticing personality changes in their Alzheimer patients and the patients, themselves, are asking for TT therapy. If meditation and TT can bring this peace to them, just  imagine what it can do for you.

Everyone and everything has a time limit. During the in-between lies a peaceful place within – your still point – which can only be found by slowing down, changing your mindset, releasing past worries, concerns, nostalgia, and finding your inner peace somewhere in-between here and there.

If you are ready to slow down, practice mediation and/or receive TT treatment please contact me for a free 30 minutes consultation. I would love to guide you to that special place within that only you can find with a little guidance. If interested please leave a message below or email me at:

spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Love and Light!


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Finding Balance on Your Life Journey

Guiding you on the journey from darkness into the light

Guiding you on the journey from darkness into the light. We need both because the world is a balance – a give and take. Without one we do not seem to appreciate the other. Looking at what you do not want allows you to focus on what you do. As you begin to focus more on what you want, you begin to attract what you focus on into your life.

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Allowing the light to show you the way – see the contrast and focus on what you want in life.

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Finding the messages in nature. This reminded me of a heart and someone left the message to find balance and be open to the beauty in the world and spread love.

If you need some assistance in finding balance and reaching your goals I would love to guide you along on your journey. Feel free to contact me for a consultation.

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

When I read this week’s challenge I thought – this will be difficult because everyday is a good day. Then tonight while visiting at my son’s house I decided today was a good day.

This morning I woke and went to the gym to meet with a trainer and then attended an exercise class. When I returned home I was feeling high vibration and danced around the house thinking I LOVE life. After showering and eating breakfast I headed out to my son’s house. On the way I stopped at a favorite fresh fruit stand to pick up some peaches and a Fruits of the Forest pie for my daughter who is four weeks from delivery of her first baby.

My daughter, her boyfriend, my son and I had a picnic and then played some crochet. As you can see from the one photo my son found his ball in the bushes and had a difficult play. While they were resting I captured some photos. After the third game of croquet we decided to take a walk.

Remember I said my daughter is pregnant, well she is four weeks away from delivery and not able to walk too far so my son suggested riding in the wagon. We thought he was kidding around but a little while later we heard noise coming from the garage. Sure enough he had a wagon and was placing a blanket in the bottom to make it comfy. As you can see from the photos it is a beautiful area and my son takes very good care of his ‘baby’ sister. He is also her God Father and I am very happy that they can have such fun together.

As I followed them down the driveway I thought – this is a ‘good day.’ But then, everyday I get to spend time with my grown children is a good day.

Cassie was a bit nervous when Joe decided to run down a hill with her in the wagon swaying back and forth. He was trying to get momentum to make it up the next hill, she holding on tight worrying about tipping over. There were no spills. She got out to walk for a bit. So Joe decided to take a ride down the next hill on his own. As you can see from the photo above he did make it safely down the hill. We were a bit nervous when he was heading toward the woods but he was able to steer clear. I think he will always be a little adventurous and maintain that child within that comes out every now and then to play. Well, really it comes out whenever he is with us.

Today was just one of those extra special good days.

Love and Light!


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Appreciating Nature and Life

This morning while packing my car for a short trip to Pennsylvania, I was pleasantly surprised on the way out the door by light shimmering on a newly formed spider’s web.

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Natures Art

 

It stopped me in my tracks. I had to grab my camera and capture the moment. As I shifted position, the effect of the light shimmering on the intricate design shifted. It was quite beautiful.

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Then I decided to change lenses to get a closer look at the intricacy of the spider’s beautiful creation.

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Natures Art

Natures Art

When we slow down, we can open our eyes to the world we share with nature. I left the web untouched. It will be there for a while and hopefully tomorrow morning when leaving for work the light will shimmer on the web once again and bring a little joy to the morning.

If we can learn to live mindfully and enjoy the world around us, we will be able to find this beauty even on the days when we don’t think we can go on a moment longer. You know those days – a date with death takes a loved one, when illness strikes, or unemployment knocks on your door. By learning to appreciate living in the moment, we can move through those days still finding pleasure and beauty in our time of loss and need. Nature is always out there calling to us, we just need to slow down and listen.

Last week my friend’s mother, age 64, wasn’t feeling well and went to lay down. When her husband went to check on her, he found her lying on the bed unresponsive to his touch. She had not been ill or even diagnosed with any health issues. She felt some indigestion and went to lie down, that was it.  This beloved wife, mother of two, and grandmother of four died while taking a nap. Her granddaughter asked me “What will we do with grandma’s chair?” I told her she can sit it in and feel her grandmother’s presence if she wishes. She smiled and said, “That’s what I’ll do when I stay with grandpa tomorrow night.” Her concern was over the chair, we know it was what was she going to do without grandma sitting in that chair. It will take them time to move through the loss.

Tell your loved ones how much you love them every day. Give them a hug. Don’t let useless arguments get out of hand. Be true to yourself but release the ego and live in flow. Being in touch with nature and living mindfully will bring more love and joy into your life.

So I ask you — Can you get outside to listen to the trees sing, the crickets chatting, birds singing, leaves rustling, sand dancing in the wind, limbs stretching out, water babbling? I had a tick on me last week and ended up with he red circle on my belly. Now on day three of antibiotics I will not let the fear of ticks stop me from being outside. It is just part of being. Ticks, misquotes, ants, and other insects are part of our world. There is so much to see, hear, smell, and feel in nature that is missed due to fear and the hurry of the day. Slow down, even if only for five minutes. Release fear, for it will hold you back from life. Take a couple of deep breaths and enjoy your life while you can – why rush through it. Live mindfully, and love every one and every thing.

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

The weekly challenge has inspired me to review my photos, delete duplicates and similar photos, and remember events. It has also allowed me to view the photography of others and learn some new techniques. For this week’s challenge I realized that sunsets with water and sky, or land and sky are popular subjects for me.

My first photo seems to fit the half and half with my daughter and her family’s feet on the beach. Notice the big hairy feet to the left and the baby feet:)

Sandy feet

Sandy feet

The next couple of photos have me rethinking my sleeping pattern. Sunset photos seem to populate my album because I am a night owl. Looks like its time to change the sleeping schedule to allow for some early morning walks and sunrise photos. I am not sure if I have witnessed the sunrise since BASIC training in Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri. Here are some of my favorite sunsets from various locations, not all are labeled because truthfully I just pull out the camera and snap as I travel.

And – a couple of more favorite half and half photos. Below you will see one of my favorite scenes from a cruise to Alaska. The whole trip was breathtaking. The other photo is a winter scene of the Adirondack Mountains. Carrying my camera in the car has become a must for it allows for photo shoots along my travels. While traveling for work I visit the Adirondack Mountains quite regularly. The scenery is ever changing and always big and beautiful but not quite as expansive as Alaska.

Please let me know if you have any favorites from this selection of photos or if any ‘spoke’ to you. Many of the chosen photos were prior to the gift of my camera and interest in photography. Each photo lifts my spirits and hopefully they will lift yours too.

Love and Light!