Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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Return To Spirit of Dragonflies

Sometimes we need to step back and reevaluate our direction. For a while after the closing down of the Photo Challenge site I was unable to access my WordPress website. Word Press staff are very helpful and it was determined that I would have to switch to Chrome in order to access my site.

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After missing several weeks of posts, I didn’t return very often. During my absence, I even slowed down taking photos. Many of you are familiar with similar time periods – life changes, interest change and you are pulled in a different direction. I wandered off track for a bit while discovering new ideas, going on adventures, reevaluating priorities. It has been an interesting experience.

Some things in life change which we have no control – maybe areas of our life that we loved have to release – other interests come and go in a short time period and take us in a different direction from where we wanted to travel. It is at that point we should stop and take some time to prioritize, decide which activities are raising our vibrations and making us feel light, which are weighing us down, costing money, ill health, returning us to a past that wasn’t working. These are the growing times, recuperating times when we slow down, allow ourselves to say no to people or activities. This is where I have been for the last couple of months – discovering, learning, experimenting, growing, healing.

Today I return, revitalized and ready for the next chapter. As I woke at my son’s home this morning, I noticed some mushrooms near a tree outside his front window. After making a cup of coffee I headed out to the woods with camera in hand. He has paths through the woods in his back yard with some treasures hidden throughout nature. It is a very peaceful location and I am always grateful when asked to house and cat sit.

Once back in the front yard I checked out the mushrooms. First the one which can be seen from the window, then noticed there is a circle of varying size and color mushrooms around the cedar tree. There was a slight drizzle that didn’t stop me from getting low to the ground to check out these beauties.

“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.”
~ Thomas Carlyle ~

Update: After posting I went to a second  hand bookstore nearby (it’s really a house filled with books) I shared with the bookstore owner about the circle of mushrooms and she said “Oh you found a fairy ring.” Having no idea what a fairy ring is and had to Google this. Sure enough this is a  fairy ring. There is a scientific and mythical description so I’ll go with the mythical as it is more fun. Glad I didn’t step into the center.

“If you see a fairy ring
In a field of grass,
Very lightly step around,
Tiptoe as you pass;
Last night fairies frolicked there,
And they’re sleeping somewhere near.”
William Shakespeare

When I arrived last night I noticed how the light was hitting the flower planters and loved the playing of light and dark. The night was filled with the sound of frogs and other insects singing in harmony with an occasional call from the coyotes.

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This reminded me of my walk in Thatcher Park a week or so ago. As I was walking along the path from the light into the dark, unknown it reminded me that this is what life is like sometimes. We are walking along enjoying life and then either by choice or circumstance we move into a darkness – unaware of our new surroundings, environment, situation. Whether this be the result of a loss of employment, new job, new home, death, illness we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory.

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~Aristotle ~

Just knowing the light is always present, waiting with open arms allows us to move through the dark moments. Last November, my otherwise healthy heart, began waking me in the night as it danced and beat like it was trying to find its way out of my chest. After a few weeks, and a week’s vacation, I finally I decided it was time see someone. To my surprise, I was experiencing atrial fibrillation. For someone otherwise very healthy this was a shock and a wake up call to take action.

Since that time I began visiting an acupuncturist, using my essential oils, eating more fruits and vegetables, meditating, saying no, having monthly massages, walking regularly and spending even more time in nature. Yes, I visit my cardiologist and take my meds as prescribed with the goal to one day no longer need them. Also, I have been delving into my creative side in new areas. Wire wrapping, using nature with beads, drawing, and experiencing nature in new ways and even taking classes – The Language of Nature, Listening to Trees, Meditative Walks, Forest Bathing.

After taking a local wire wrapping class I went home and wrapped some stones. My granddaughter and I had a fun time at a wind chime class. We enjoyed it so much that I made two more and then facilitated a diffuser wind chime class. Adding the essential oils was a nice touch to the project. This week, I’ll be facilitating a wind chime class at the local library.

My check up with the cardiologist went well this week. He said keep doing whatever I am doing and he will see me in six months. I believe once you can get your mind off the darkness lingering over your light, you begin to see the beauty in the everyday no matter what is happening around you. Become proactive, take charge of your life and how you want to feel about it. Whether that be meditating, breathing, creating, singing, dancing, laughing, walking, sitting in nature, hugging a tree, eating healthy, volunteering – all are good for the soul and carry you through life in lightness.

If you feel stuck and would like some guidance, please comment or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Let’s prepare for 2019 now and make it a year of creating a new life adventure for you. Learn to flow through the darkness – find your still point no matter what challenges you face.

Love and Light!


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Variations on a Theme

 

This week, use your camera to discover the endless variety that one thing can contain. It can be a single photo featuring some visual play on repetition and variation — ducks in a pond, each swimming in a slightly different angle, or a wall of stained glass in a church, each panel echoing the other. You could also opt for a series of shots showing the same place, person, or object in slightly different light (literally or figuratively, as the case may be). If you’re not sure how to approach this topic, just let your daily life guide you: every day, you probably repeat several actions, movements, and rituals without even noticing. Choose one and show how even within this repetition, there’s a wide diversity of experience.

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” ~ William James ~

Slow down and pay attention to the world around you. Breathe and enjoy every moment noticing the subtle changes in the world around you, this will allow you to notice the subtle changes occurring in yourself if you take the time to connect with nature all the beauty in our lives.

Love and Light!

If you would like to view additional entries for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, please click on the link below:
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/variations-on-a-theme/


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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!

If you would like to see 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/transformation/


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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 ~

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

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

Love and Light


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Changing Weather – Changing Life

They say pictures speak louder than words so here are a couple that I would like to share.

Nature's Vibrant Red Beauty

Nature’s Vibrant Red Beauty

This is a picture of the tree in my yard as it was when I left on Thursday morning. I had to travel to the Adirondacks for training on Thursday and Friday.

Snow in the Adirondacks

Snow in the Adirondacks

This is the view while traveling south of Keene, NY in the Adirondacks on my way home Friday afternoon. The snow covered trees were breathtaking.

One day of wind and rain - covered the ground in red

One day of wind and rain – covered the ground in red

This is a picture of my yard this morning. A few leaves remain on the tree. Apparently while I was away over night there was a wind and rain storm. The view changed quite a bit between Thursday and Friday. The ground covered in red was quite breathtaking.

This is the same for our own lives. We are always in the midst of change whether it be aging bodies, changes in the weather, job loss, birth of children, children leaving home, marriage, divorce, hair and clothing style changes, manufacturers changing your favorite products, or ultimately death of a loved one. Change is a constant in our daily lives.

This makes me question our response to changes. We fight it, become anxious worrying about it, but mainly fear it.

Let’s learn to embrace change, even look forward to it. If we don’t like the weather today, don’t worry it will be different tomorrow. If we are having a beautiful day, don’t worry about the rain or snow in the forecast, just appreciate the beautiful day you are having right now. If your children are leaving home for college or moving to their own place, don’t sit and worry about the empty nest, enjoy every minute that you are together today. Sell the nest, remodel the bedroom into an office or workout room, or sell the nest and purchase a new home. When my youngest was leaving home, my older daughter was relocating to California, and my son to Missouri. I was faced with a decision to make about my own life. My children were my life up to that point. I saw them all often and was too young to sit in a home that no longer housed a family. My decision was to stay and mourn my loss or sell and move to California. It had been a dream of mine since I was a teen to travel cross-country to California. That is exactly what I did. If I said I wasn’t anxious, that leaving a good paying job with benefits and a home near family and friends wasn’t stressful I would be lying. It was very scary and yet exhilarating. I would travel cross-country with my youngest daughter then put her on a plane to Florida where she would attend college. I knew for me, changing the bedroom to an office or repainting would not relieve my sadness. It was time to take the challenge and make big decisions about my own future. Today, ten years later I am back in New York State near family and friends but never regretted my decision to take the big step and break free. Relocating and living in California taught me that being proactive in my own life allowed me to flow through changes and enjoy each day no matter what that day might bring. When I didn’t like my first job, I sent out resumes and found a better job. I didn’t know anyone so my coworkers became like family and I joined groups. As a result I  met some very wonderful people who are still my friends today.

Living in the moment, appreciating what we have with a hope of working toward something better or possibly receiving more of the same can take away the anxiety, worry, and fear. If you can let go of fear you can learn to love life to its fullest. Change happens, it is our reaction to that change that makes all the difference. Embrace it and see what you can manifest!

Love and Light,

Sandy