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WPC – Well-Rounded – Living Mindfully

This week, share your take on “rounded.” it’s a broad theme, so I look forward to your personal interpretations, whether you choose to focus on a curving street, limbs caught mid-way through a dance, a bowl of fruit (think of all the round shapes!), or any other object, landscape, or texture that fits within your definition of the theme. As always, less-literal takes are equally welcome.

“When you live on a round planet, there is no choosing sides.” ~ Wayne Dyer ~

Today I challenge you to slow down and notice the shapes, smells, size, taste, color, and texture of everything you come into contact with. If you have children, help them slow down long enough to ‘see’ the world. The energy in your home, car, or wherever you are will change to a more relaxed and enjoyable environment. If each one of us learned to slow down and enjoy living in the moment – while taking small steps to reach our goals – others in our lives would also be able to feel the shift and bring that energy into their own interactions.

Whether in the field picking blueberries or enjoying a latte, round shapes can be found everywhere if you stop to enjoy. Love being able to slow down and ‘see’ the world through the camera lens and through the eyes of my small grandchildren.

 

The Round House Bakery in Cambridge, NY has delicious food and wonderful treats along with a perfect latte. If you are ever in the area I would recommend stopping by whether on your own to read a book or with family or friends, it will be worth the visit. On one visit I enjoyed capturing photos of the reflection of the house across the street captured in the glass of the frame on the wall. On another visit, it was watching the small children deciding on a treat and tasting the Maple water they were sharing with guests.

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My glass of water is sitting on the round table. There was a slight taste of maple but mostly refreshing water and the owner shared some information on how this water was collected. Slowing down allows you to connect with others and learn from them as well. While visiting the Round House take a walk down the block to view the interesting architecture of the historic buildings and the little shops that share this block. Walk around the village and notice the wonderful historic homes as well.

On another adventure, I captured two photos of round treasures in nature. In the garden or hidden in the woods, Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center is the perfect place to slow down to enjoy peaceful moments. If you visit the Retreat Center a walk in the woods to the Labyrinth is a must. Such a peaceful location to get in touch with nature, spirit and your inner self. A very healing experience.

For today, take some time to live in the moment. Here are some ideas to try:

  • When preparing meals and eating notice shapes, colors, textures, taste and smell of your food. If you have children, share this with them and ask what they see, hear, smell, taste, feel . . . as you share a meal.
  • When outside look at the ground and notice the shapes and colors (if you live in an area with changing leaves it is a perfect time). Pick up a rock and look at it closely. What do you see?
  • Walk barefoot in your home.  Notice the sensations on your feet as they touch carpets, hardwood floors, socks and/or shoes.
  • Rub your fingers along your clothing. Pay attention when zipping or buttoning clothing. Notice how the zipper works, how the button slides through the hole depending on the usage of the item you are wearing. If you have children, slow down while helping them dress and have them share what their clothing feels like. Maybe they enjoy a certain fabric and you were both unaware before asking them.
  • Pick up a leaf and examine the lines. Do the veins of the leaf resemble the veins in your hands?
  • Turn off all sounds in your home and sit in the stillness. Is your home still noisy from the outside environment? Do you notice the sounds of the purring refrigerator or the humming of the furnace/air conditioning?
  • When walking, pay attention to the way the weight of your body shifts from one side to the other with every step. How do your arms move – with the rhythm of your legs or do they remain still? If still, move them as you walk. If moving, see if you can hold them still while walking.
  • Breath in and feel the temperature of the air as it flow into your nostrils and/or mouth. Breath out and do the same. Is it the same air? Whose air are you breathing in?
  • While traveling in your car instead of focusing on the traffic, notice the different colors, shapes and sizes of the vehicles traveling along with you. Look out at the sky – are their clouds, sunshine, rain . . . Notice the sounds inside the car. Turn off the radio and listen to the sound of the car engine, tires hitting the road, noise from other cars.
  • Visit your home as if you were a guest. What smells do you notice? What you would say about the person living in this home? Look at all the belongings and where they are placed. Does anything pop out that you hadn’t noticed in a while. Visit each room as a guest. Would you want a guest seeing your bedroom? What does this room say about your beliefs, mood, life, energy? It should be a reflection of you – the inner you – the person you want to share with the world.
  • Add to the adventure above by having another family member visit your home as a guest with you and ‘see’ your home through their eyes. Home is your sanctuary – a place to go to reenergize. Shouldn’t everyone in the home be able to feel uplifted in their shared space.

Do you have other ideas on living mindfully to add to this list? If so, please share.

Enjoy your day – live mindfully – share your adventure with others. Learn to become well-rounded and connected in your own environment.

Love and Light!

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WPC – A Moment in Time

This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

“Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” ~ Corita Kent ~

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Zip lining in Juneau Rainforest Canopy in Alaska

While on a Miracle Cruise to Alaska with my sister, I had the opportunity to zip line through the Rainforest Canopy in Juneau. I experienced zip lining once in the Adirondacks however it was a small line set up to help build self-confidence in foster children visiting the retreat center. In the Rainforest Canopy, as I stood on the first platform, my legs quivered under me as I have a fear of heights. Tears of joy filled my eyes and it became difficult to breathe – I was witnessing a dream manifesting before my eyes. I took a deep breath, pulled my shoulders back, and prepared to fully experience a special moment. Three of my favorite things coming together – a rainforest, zip lining, and Alaska.

As we continued through the forest with the platforms increasing in height and the lines stretching further through the trees from platform to platform my fear lessened. By the time we reached the last line I released my hold on the safety bar and allowed myself to sail through the trees unencumbered by fear.

The cruise allowed me to experience new adventures and allowed me to release some of the fears that held me back. It was truly a miracle cruise.  An adventure captured in a photo and forever in my mind.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Reflections

You can find similar reflections and changes in perspective just about anywhere. From water and glass to metallic surfaces, share a photo that captures something reflected back to you in a way that made you look at your surroundings differently.

While traveling for home from a training I stopped to stretch near a small pond in the Adirondacks. We had just had a rainfall and as I stepped out of the car I noticed the reflection of the red Porsche in the puddle so I snapped this photo.

DSC_0800.jpgIf you can train your senses to perceive the movement of the minute hand of a clock, what is to stop you for training them to ‘slow’ down when you look at the tree or a puddle? ~ Colin Wilson ~

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I love photographing reflections in puddles, windows, lakes, droplets, and wherever they may appear. When looking at the reflections it reminds me how important it is to stop once in a while and reflect on my own life and the direction I am taking, to stop and look at the world with fresh ways.

“Life is Only a Reflection of What We Allow Ourselves to See” ~ Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky ~

Take time to stop and enjoy the moment, open your eyes to the beauty around you. It may be hidden in a window, a puddle, a lake, glass, counter top, or someone’s sunglasses. Learn to see the world with the eyes of a child finding beauty in everything and enjoy living in the moment.

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“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ~ Camille Pissarro ~

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Love and Light


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Kiss the Earth with Your Feet

 

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh —

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

I love walking barefoot, it is a way of connecting to the earth. I believe this is a step toward living mindfully, connecting to that which supports you. Many people I know are afraid to walk barefoot outside as well as inside. This is so foreign to me because I have walked barefoot my entire life except in situations where shoes are required of course. Kicking off my shoes at the door allows me to keep the floors of my home and the knees of little ones crawling on my floors free from being soiled. It makes me wonder if by releasing this one fear it would open the doors to releasing other fears.

As a teen mom, I was pretty observant. After visiting some friends or family members homes with my little son I would become upset that his little knees and the tops of his feet were filthy. Sometimes the filth was so embedded that his new clothes could not be cleaned. This prompted me to set a sign in front of the door to my home “Please Take Off Your Shoes.” Some people complained but it was my home and I didn’t care. At the time I didn’t know that this is the norm for some cultures. My little son was more important and we didn’t have money to replace his soiled clothing. Little ones in my home could enjoy crawling and toddling around without worry of what they would pick up or soiled clothing. This is still a practice that I continue even though my own children have been out of the home for over ten years. When you visit my daughters, know you will be asked to shed your shoes. We do provide slipper socks.

That being said, most of the time when outside we don’t wear shoes either. My children learned to enjoy the feel of mud squishing between their toes, soft grass underfoot, coolness of a stream of water traveling along the walkway after a rain storm and the enjoyment of jumping in puddles. Our feet want to touch the earth below us, to sense the temperatures, textures, and connect with that which supports us.

When inside the feel of the cool hardwood floors or the softness of carpet under foot can keep us present in the moment. My little grandson, in the picture above, is shoeless as well. He is learning to enjoy the same freedoms that his mother enjoyed. When teaching mindfulness to my clients, one thing they do is take off their shoes and walk purposefully so they can learn to live in the moment connecting to the world around them and get in touch with their senses.

I am not sure if this is what Thích Nhất Hạnh was speaking of but this is how I interpret this quote. When walking, whether barefoot or not, be mindful of the movement of your body, the way your arms swing out, the stretch in your stride as you walk, and take in the beauty around you. Open your senses. For a few moments be present, live in the moment and connect with the Earth.

Love and Light,

Sandy