Spirit of Dragonflies

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Serene – In Search of Peace

This week, share a photo that represents your take on “serene.” From landscapes to portraits (sleepy cats, anyone?) to a pleasantly abstract wallpaper pattern, any and all interpretations are welcome.

There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations. ~ Washington Irving ~

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No outward change need trouble him who is inwardly serene. ~ Hosea Ballou ~

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In this silent serene wilderness the weary can gain a heart-bath in perfect peace. ~ John Muir ~

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If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. ~ Dalai Lama ~

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What is your take on serene? Nature always comes to mind for me – the peace, calm, and serene beauty of the quiet can sooth the mind and open the heart.

I find the setting sun filtering through to a quiet space a serene setting as well. I love how the shadows play with the fading light.

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May you find a place deep within where peace and harmony reside beyond the chaos of the noisy world. A place where you can retreat to be rejuvenated and free allowing the turmoil to spin around you as if you are in the eye of the storm – untouched.

During the winter months, when it is too dark to get outside after work, I find using a diffuser with some doTERRA Purify, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Breathe essential oils reminds me of a nice crisp day in the woods and brings a sense of peace and serenity to the end of my day. Would you like to share any tips that bring some peace and serenity to your day?

Love and Light!

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Transformation – Life’s Lessons

This week, share a photo that embodies transformation. As always, I’m eager to see through your lens.

“Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward — get real with yourself.” ~ Bryant McGill ~

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“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.” — Marcus Aurelius

Everything in life is always in a stage of transformation. To understand our own part in transformation, we first have to clear away the fog to find the truth. Sometimes it’s easier to live behind the fogged window but eventually it will clear; then we can continue to hide or open our eyes to face our reality and make a decision on how to move forward. First look within before blaming life’s woes on others. Take action today to create the life you want. Are you blaming others for your life situation? If so, stop – see the part you play in the situation. I am guilty of this myself – it’s getting easier but there are still those times when I awaken to the fact that I’ve been living behind a window of fog. Once it is brought to my attention, I wipe it away to see my own part in creating the situation – whether considered a positive or negative they are all life lessons.

Today, on the day of my birth into this life, I make myself a promise to be more awake and aware, to face my life with honesty and truth – moving forward I will focus on creating a life where I take responsibility for my thoughts and actions.

“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.” Mark Batterson

What decisions can you make today to create your ideal reality? Remember, we can’t change others but we can change the way we think about our situations. Sometimes it isn’t another causing our distress, it is the way we are thinking about it and our own reactions. If you want another to change, change your own thoughts and actions first – then see how everything shifts around you. Be the LIGHT not the darkness and others will follow.

Sending Love and Light to you all!

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Everything is Temporary – Embrace It

For this week’s challenge, share a photo that says “temporary” to you. As always, you can take the theme in any direction you see fit — from the natural world to the human, and from the concrete to the abstract. I look forward to browsing your photos!

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. ~ Napoleon Hill ~

Imagine a world where nothing was temporary – scary right?? Life is just as it should be with everything temporary and evolving. This is why it is important to live mindfully and enjoy life’s every moment. Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Be happy with what you do have and strive to be a better person.

If we are content with life in the moment and slow down long enough to really communicate with family and friends, coworkers, and others in our lives think how rich your life will become. If we slow down while we eat and truly enjoy nutritious food and drink, think of how our bodies and minds will respond and gift us with good health. If we nurture our spirits with meditation, prayer, yoga, walks in nature, laughter . . . imagine how our unconscious will respond in a higher more compassionate vibration.

If you are ill, remember what it felt like to be healthy. If you are healthy, think about what that means and how it feels – cherish this time in life. If you are sad, remember what it was like to feel excited, happy, content. If you are loving life, enjoy and pay attention to how it feels in this moment. If you have lost your job, stop for a moment and give thanks to the job you had then feel what it will be like to have a new position.  If you lose your home, stop to remember what it felt like to enjoy your space then give thanks and be ready for your new home. When in your new home give thanks daily for your blessings. When one door closes another opens – if you are paying attention opportunity awaits you.

Just think about the temporary stages of a child’s life. It seems as if in the blink of an eye their childhood innocence is over and they go out on their own. I feel childhood is temporary so each stage should be honored and cherished by all. The same with adulthood – honor each stage of your life. It is a gift!

Whether temporary stages in a child’s life, stages of nature or manmade items (think telephones-cellphones, telephone cables – wi-fi, televisions, computers, automobiles over the last five decades compared to the last two years) everything is temporary.

Knowing this doesn’t mean we should become stagnated by fear – rejoice in transitions and remain open, each moment in time is temporary. Why let life’s journey frighten and stress you. Take a deep breath in – rejoice that you are alive, breath out – feel love and compassion for the world. The temporary stages of nature are quite breathtaking yet we don’t want to get stuck in any one for too long. The people living in locations where the weather remains pretty constant sometimes take it for granted until someone brings it to their attention or they visit another location. I remember when living in California I would mention how beautiful the flowers were along the walls surrounding communities. My coworker asked what flowers. She had lived in California her whole life and didn’t realize their were colorful flowers growing along every wall in the neighborhoods. The next time she took a ride away from the highway she noticed them as well and enjoyed riding with me to different locations. She was able to see through my eyes.

To visit my location you would want to visit at different times of the year to see all of the beautiful gifts of each seasons.

Today as I sit to write in my blog, it is cold outside and the windows are decorated in frost. Several black ravens are on the ground checking out the grass and flying up to sit in the trees. I sip on a cup of warm herbal tea listening to Enya on YouTube while a blend of Frankincense, Myrrh, On Guard, Breath, and Purify are diffused. It smells lovely.

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My home feels peaceful and calm. I have learned to pay attention to the energy of my surroundings, knowing that I can always shift this energy from rushed to peaceful with a meditation and a blend of essential oils in the diffuser. Some will say the oils are costly. I say, if they can help me maintain a sense of calm and peace it is well worth the pennies per drop. Stress is a killer and although life is temporary, I want to live everyday as if I have forever.

Once we embrace the fact that everything is temporary, it is best to remain active, learn and grow so when one door closes it doesn’t find you blocked. Keep a foot out the door with other interests, keep up to date on new discoveries, remain open to new ideas and opportunities, pay attention to your health – eat higher quality foods, drink plenty of clean water, exercise in nature, hug or sit under a tree, laugh and find joy wherever you are. Do something silly like jump in mud puddles, dress up for Halloween, wear that favorite outfit hiding in your closet, dance in the rain, run along the beach kicking the water into the air, sing loudly while riding in the car, call an old schoolmate, write a letter to an elderly relative, purchase a coloring book with crayons, create something fun, experiment, collect rocks.

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Life is like play doh. Once you make something if left too long without being touched it becomes stiff and dries up. Better to take it apart and create something new so it stays fresh and flexible. It’s the same for our lives. If we sit too long we become stiff, if we don’t  keep in touch with our loved ones the relationship stagnates, if you don’t stretch your mind you will dry up and become obsolete.

Be ready for endings and new beginnings – embrace the temporary as an awakening of your spirit preparing you for a new journey.

Wishing you a life filled with possibilities, movement, laughter, joy, fun, adventure, creativity, health, financial well-being, and spiritual awakening through all your temporary life events.

Love and Light!

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Settings for Glow

This week, share something that glows. Maybe you’d like to experiment with some Golden Hour photography, or perhaps you know someone with a glowing smile. We’re excited to see what you share.

Whether outside in nature or inside with candle light, you can find glow if you stop long enough to enjoy life.

“If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself.” ~ Thomas S Monson ~

While traveling from California to Colorado on my way back to New York State I would see the glowing light from the homes I passed along my journey and wonder what they people inside were doing. Sometimes this inner urge would come up wanting me to stop and knock on the door. Then I would laugh thinking about the response I might get. If my mother, the visitor would be welcomed in and given coffee and whatever she was cooking at the time. She always opened doors to strangers when they stopped. As a child Mom would leave me out on the porch with this passing stranger while she ran up to get him something to eat and drink. She called them ‘hobos’ back then and somehow our house was marked as a friendly place to get a bite. Today we would not leave our small child out to play with a stranger while we went inside. Times have certainly changed. My mother had a glow about her and a trust for others that is rarely seen today.

Life is filled with beauty when you step into your world fully. There is a certain glow that can be found in nature, your home and the people around you if you slow down to take the time to notice. You don’t have to open your door to strangers but there are so many ways to find glow:

  • The glow of a child absorbed in having fun, learning, or experimenting with a new skill.
  • A couple of elderly friends sitting on a bench laughing and sharing stories.
  • Sitting in silence with candles lit on a dark evening
  • On the faces of family and/or friends sitting at a fire whether outside or inside
  • The way light hits the water in certain areas
  • Moon light shining on the water
  • Love the way a child’s face glows in the candle light while thinking of their wish
  • Sitting in nature as the sun sets whether the ocean, river, in the distant trees, in the light patterns on your living room floor – all bring a beautiful glow.

There are so many ways to find glow in our lives. Do you have any to add to this list?

Love and Light!

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Evening Glow

This week, share something that glows. Maybe you’d like to experiment with some Golden Hour photography, or perhaps you know someone with a glowing smile. We’re excited to see what you share.

Evening light, whether candle or electric light allows us to slow down and see the world around us with new vision.

Walking in the evening glowing from candle light or house lights always brings a sense of peace within. The environment is still and few others are venturing out in the night so there is an additional calming presence in the air. You can sit in total peace and take in the world around you. It is a great time to review life and make decisions for bringing more peace to your daily life.

Love and Light!

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God is Watching Us – Prayers of Love and Compassion for All

Let’s stand together – whatever your spiritual, religious beliefs – hold prayers/meditations of compassion and love for all who share Mother Earth. Our shared home until our own candle light is blown out. Standing together we can hold all those in need in a higher vibration. Today I thought of Bette Midler’s song – God Is Watching Us – and wanted to share this beautiful song with you.

Time for everyone to take ACTION in bringing peace to our world. Small actions from each of us will lead to big changes. We are all leaders.

Please, starting today, take a small action daily with friends and family to bring peace to your family, community, country, world.

What can you do? There is an endless list of what you can do to take control of your life – bring peace to yourself and it will shine out to this world. Here are a few action steps:

  • Smile at those you encounter during the day
  • Say hello and ask about their day
  • Take a moment to call someone and let them know you love them and care about them
  • Resolve strained family relationships – even if this means allowing love to shine on those who are no longer close to you – love them from a distance if necessary
  • Pick up garbage from the ground and place it in a receptacle
  • Purchase what you need – not excess that drains you once in your home
  • Get outside and enjoy nature
  • Pay attention to what you eat – some of the food we ingest result in foul moods, anger, sadness, depression . . .
  • Share your excess with others
  • Meditate/Pray for everyone in our world in good times and sad times – don’t wait for a tragedy to pray or meditate
  • Volunteer at a local nursing home, school, hospital, youth shelter, local community center, animal shelter, food pantry . . .
  • Sit and listen to an elderly person and share in their life story
  • Sit and listen to a child letting them share their stories
  • Be mindful of the energy you bring with you to work, travel, shopping . . . Don’t be the spoiled apple that drains others
  • Focus on yourself before trying to correct others – we all have our own issues to address so be kind to others
  • Pay attention to your thoughts – you are the only one who can control negative thoughts playing within your mind
  • Turn off the television, computer, radio and get out in nature – listen to the sounds, take in the beauty, feel the earth under your feet, notice the different bird calls, crickets and other sounds
  • Be still and learn to allow peace to settle within
  • Before reacting – stop and breath – see the others view as they see their situation before reacting – when you do react do it with compassion
  • Pay attention to all the beauty, compassion and love in this world and share this on your blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social sites.
  • Give thanks everyday for all of your blessings

Please feel free to share steps that you take to bring peace to your own life that is reflected out to others. The world is a mirror of our combined thoughts – fear or courage – anger or compassion – hatred or love. The choice is ours.

We can hold a loving vibration which is stronger than any negative vibration. Be the Light in the world and Light the way for others to follow.

May the Light of PEACE and LOVE shine on our world and let it start with each of us!

Holding you all in Love and Light!


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WPC – Layered in Nature

This week, share with us a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like). Strata of clouds, a shirt collar peeking through a sweater, a cross-section of an onion: you can keep your interpretation as literal or as figurative as you wish.

 

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

We succeed in life by repetition of new ways, new thoughts, new actions that lead in the direction of where we want our journey to take us. See the world with fresh eyes, like a child, and your world will open up to new possibilities, adventures, discoveries of what you are truly capable of accomplishing. Get in touch with nature, open your senses and experience the mental, physical, and spiritual healing properties of nature. Sit still in a natural environment and listen to your inner guidance – you know the way – you just have to be still, listen and then take small action steps.

If your mental pathway is deeply set and leading you in the wrong direction, start today to take the first step along a new path. One small step everyday in the direction of your dreams will begin to open new pathways to reaching your goals.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~ Thomas Jefferson ~

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Love and Light