Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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WPC – Edge 2

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau ~

Take a seat at the edge of the water, release anything weighing on your mind, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy Mirror Lake. Some run by quickly, others drive by, and some go into their houses never to notice the beauty. On this bench one only has to sit and hear the call of the loons, look to the right and left to absorb the beauty of the mountains. When its time to get up you will feel like a new person.

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Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein ~

If you wold like to see other posts for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own please click on the link below:

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Love and Light!

(I submitted this photo for WPC – Mirror however I thought it was a perfect fit for this week’s edge as well)


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WPC – Edge

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.” ~ Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water ~

The first time I stood at the edge and looked out at the frozen lake I didn’t really notice the house. The house is built at the edge of the rock formation and made with stone to resemble the natural habitat. The occupants must have a wonderful view of the mountains and lake below. Across from the home a tree grows on a rock, almost in competition with the home as it shouts out, “Look at me.”

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If you would like to learn more about Minnewaska Preserve click thee link below: http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/minnewaska-state-park-preserve/

In winter the Preserve is quiet. The roar of the waterfall could be heard from quite a distance while hiking through the woods. Once you get a little closer your heart beats a little faster in anticipation of seeing the rushing waters. As you walk down the stream you will first reach the edge of the falls. The water is so powerful that you don’t want to get too close the edge.

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A trail that leads down the mountain to the bottom of the falls. The photos above are a mix of two visits. As you can see one is later in the year when the I’ve has thawed and the other is in the midst of the freezing weather. It was breathtaking.

This location is a perfect place to slow down and enjoy the winter weather. Sitting on a rock listening to the falls is a great place to meditate, get in touch with nature, and just allow your mind to quiet for a short period of time. Time seemed to stop for a while as we sat enjoying the sounds of nature.

We spent hours at the edge of the waterfalls capturing ice melting, green life poking through the snow, leaves caught in the rocks and other amazing gifts of nature.

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods ~

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

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Love and Light


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WPC – Mirror

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~ Ernest Holmes ~

This week’s topic – Mirror – is one of my favorites to capture with my camera. Whenever I see a mirror image it makes me stop to admire this phenomenon. It is a miracle that occurs right before our eyes.

My first image is of my grandson. While visiting him a couple of week’s ago I noticed his reflection in the counter top. If I had turned the camera upside down and only captured the county photo it would have been the same except the background would look as if he were in a dark room. Thankfully he was so involved playing with his new car that I had purchased, he didn’t even pay attention to Mimi.

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Lakes are another love of mine to capture when there is a mirror image. Fortunately I was visiting Lake Placid when the water on Mirror Lake was exactly that, mirror like. It was a perfect day for taking photos and reflecting.

Glass windows are another way to capture a mirror image. In the photo below my son and grandson were looking at toys in the window. My favorite part of the photo was their hands. Tanner’s hand on the window and the reflection look like two children touching hands. As my son’s face is a little distorted due to the toy on the shelve behind the window it made the photo feel like another person was pointing back at him. Notice Tanner’s other hand with is right index finger, pointing down mimicking his uncle Joe. Wonder if that was unconscious on his part.

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Another fun way to capture mirror images is on the wet sand while walking on the beach. My grandson, daughter, her husband, sister-in-law and mother-in-law were walking in front of me jumping and being silly with Tanner. They were having such fun and their mirror images were interesting captures. Notice in the one to the right, Tanner is actually in the air. If you look close you can see his little feet in the mirror image.


Still rivers are also perfect for taking mirror images. This is the railroad bridge located along the Hudson River between Mechanicville and Stillwater New York. It is a popular spot for photographers who come from miles away to capture this bridge. On this day we were riding by and I had my daughter stop the car so I could capture this beautiful shot. One of my favorites.

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The dock on the Hudson River in Stillwater is another popular spot for photographers, especially in Autumn.

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We can’t have mirror images without some wildlife included. This is a photo from a little stream in Congress Park in Saratoga New York. The ducks were enjoying some family time bathing in the water.

Adirondack Lake in Indian Lake New York has become one of my favorite places to visit and kayak. The lake is like a mirror, the loons sing to one another, and it is very peaceful.

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Autumn is a perfect time to capture the beautiful color of nature. When mirrored on a lake it can take your breath away. Autumn is my favorite time of year. If it would only stay with us for several months instead of a such a short period of time. Every weekend and during the week while traveling for work I love to stop and take in the scenery, smell the freshly fallen leaves while enjoying a cup of pumpkin flavored coffee and an apple cider donut.

And, we can’t forget the beauty of winter snow and decorative lights. I love to capture photos in the winter just before sunset, that little lull between sun and darkness which is short-lived and earlier than we would like during those cold nights.

“We constantly wait in anticipation for a miracle to happen in our life, unaware that the miracle is actually life itself.” ~ Daniel Chadiac

Everything before you is a miracle – YOU are a miracle. Just think about birth – no one can yet explain why we are alive, where our thoughts come from, how one is conceived or how our bodies actually work – it is a guessing game with new ideas and discoveries occurring daily.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my entries for this week. If you would like to view more photos for this week’s challenge or would like to enter your own photos please click on the link below:

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Love and Light!

 


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WPC- Frame

“A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation… is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.” ~ George Matthew Adams ~

Try looking at objects from a framed reference point to see the world a little differently. IMG_5594

Try looking through something to see objects through a new frame of reference. I discovered looking through an opening in a cross on a cemetery stone allowed me to focus in on the engravings on the cross. Framing the deer within the trees provided a nice photo of the deer peering back at me.

If we learn to slow down and see the world around us through new eyes we can change our life by enjoying every moment a little bit more.

If you would like to participate in this week’s photo challenge or would like to view other photos please click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Morning

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

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If you are interested in viewing other photos for this week’s challenge or submitting your own click on the link below:
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Love and Light!


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Living Simply and Enjoying Life

For today, think about what truly makes you happy. Is it really hanging out in the stores in the mall spending money that you don’t have on items that you don’t need? Or, do you vibrate and feel wonderful in the garden, sitting in a swing hanging from a tree, walking down a path in a wooded area, sitting by a pond, lake, or ocean? Do you find pleasure listening to the sounds of nature, instrumentals or playing an instrument – watching children play, someone dance or dancing yourself? What is your pleasure??

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Give your mind, body and spirit a break from the material world and enjoy the moment. Enjoy breathing in the air, seeing others smile, laughing, smelling flowers, feeling the the breeze on your face, sitting near water, listening to bird songs, the feel of dirt or grass underfoot, swimming, walking, or sitting still.

When your are overcome by mind chatter about what you don’t have, bills, responsibilities, health, choices to be made – allow the thoughts to flow without reacting, without emotion view them as you would a movie you are watching. Remain in a peaceful place allowing the thoughts to flow through the unconscious mind. As you sit in peace, you will realize that mind chatter is a mindless waste of time and useless for the betterment of yourself or anyone else. Living simply and enjoying life does not mean being useless or lazy. It is those who understand this lifestyle that learn to live in a peaceful place no matter how chaotic the world around them seems because we live in a world of flux with good and bad occurring every moment of the day. What you see depends on how you view and react to the world around you. We all have a choice, choice wisely and change your life.

If you are unsure how to bring this peace to your life contact me and we can discuss daily small steps to take until this becomes a natural part of your experience.

Wishing you a peaceful day filled with simple pleasures.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Details

For this week’s challenge, try to look past the big picture and take a more intimate approach. Zoom in on details in unexpected places — it can be something from the natural world, or it can be human-made. We’re excited to see what you find with your lens.

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. “ ~ William Morris ~

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” ~ Charles Eames ~

Live in the moment. Pay attention to the details that make up the design of your life. What are you paying attention to the most? Is it the chatter in your own mind or the drama in your environment?

For today, take time to breath in the beauty around you. It’s every where. Not only in nature, look around your home. There are designs in the shadows dancing on the walls, floor and furniture, and on the ceiling from a candle or light. Looking at a marble, table setting, food, pets . . . Open your eyes and notice a new world. This world is peaceful, beautiful, loving and compassionate. If we begin with ourselves to see the world in a new light, then we will begin to share this with our family, neighbors, community and the world. Love and compassion spread like wildfire. It is after the fire is put out that people forget. Let’s not forget.

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” ~ Ernest Hemingway ~

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

See beauty in everything and everyone. Sometimes it is hidden right in front of your eyes.

If you are interested in viewing addition posts for this week’s challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below:

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Love and Light!


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Transforming Lives One Day at a Time

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If you are ready to step into that river and transform your life, make a decision that today is the day!!

Mindful living and gratitude journals are not just something that I talk about, it is a daily part of my life now. Let me share how living this way has changed my life.

Two weeks ago I participated in a challenge to post 100 things that I am grateful for. Some people said it would take too much time, they needed the whole day to think of 100 things to be grateful for. It took me around 15 minutes. It didn’t take any time to think of things to be grateful for, just the writing it down took some time. Once started I could have continued on beyond the 100 things. This is due to my waking with gratitude every morning for almost a year now.

After that challenge, I decided once again to transform my life. I facilitated a Vision Board class at the library and the women who had participated two years prior brought their Vision Boards from the previous class to show how they had accomplished their visions. My boards (I have three) have visions of at what my life will look like in six months, a year, five years. A week ago Sunday I felt a little sadness floating over and around me. At the time I wasn’t sure why I was feeling that way however by the time my evening walk ended I was feeling great, like walking through a new door.

Tuesday morning I met with two women whom I thought were meeting with me to share our experiences with the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking course. My class was in 1985 with my sister. When we first stood up to introduce ourselves to the 42 other participants I had no voice, couldn’t even share my name. My sister stood and introduced me. During the weeks of training I began to speak and was able to give one and two minutes speeches. At the end I was nominated as the most changed over the course. From shy introvert, to someone who could give speeches in front of a class. The red face, racing heart, and embarrassment were no longer a part of my experience. Speed up to 2016, sitting in the coffee shop with these two women chatting and laughing as we learned of each other unaware of what was to transpire. The one woman, was the owner of the Dale Carnegie franchise, asked if I would like to join their team. A dream since 1985 just came to fruition. Starting in September I will join the Dale Carnegie team of motivational trainers. I prefer – inspirational leaders.

During the last two weeks I was approached by a coach from the Quantum Success Coaching Academy regarding this upcoming opportunity for coaching those suffering from PTSD. I missed two of the informational calls and then last Wednesday listened in and spoke with the woman from the Academy on a Zoom conference call. By Thursday my flight was booked and a roommate found for our Seattle, WA training.

Two major changes in one week and there is no looking back.

But wait, that isn’t the end. On my vision board there is a group of people with children in the woods. They are dressed in long flowing dresses, flowers in their hair, a bon fire, tables with candles, little twinkly lights. Saturday I was invited to a Summer Solstice party. I wore my dress that had been sitting in the closet for two years awaiting such a party. While walking along the trail in the woods it felt magical. I had no idea what to expect, they just said wear a dress if you would like.

When I saw the candles on the clothed tables, little girls in dresses with flowers in their hair, white clothes hanging between the trees lit by twinkling lights, it felt like I walked into my vision. Quite a magical week.

Now as I move forward to work with those suffering from PTSD – many who feel that there is no reason to move forward in life, those stuck in their minds due to a trauma that they can’t let go of  – another door is opening. This is a dream career – to guide them along the path of mindful living, helping them find the way to living full and productive lives. Prolympian Coaching will provide methods for ending the cycle of harm starting with the individual and working with families without blame or shame. What a wonderful opportunity to guide others along their path to freedom, joy, and hope for a better future. Once they enter in the new waters there will be no looking back, they will be changed forever. If you know anyone suffering from PTSD or are a coach looking to join a team please check out this website: http://prolympiancoaching.com

Life is something to be grateful for and guiding others along their path to love, joy, and living mindfully is where I have found myself. Stepping into the flowing river of change, I shall not look back and will continue to be at peace knowing that I am transforming lives along the way.

If you are interested in private coaching sessions, please complete the form below, leave a message, or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Life is a river and sometimes we have to flow around or over obstacles to get to the place we wish to be. When we decide today is the day, we open the door and transformation becomes possible. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That will make all the difference.

Love and Light!

 


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WPC – Curves

Find inspiration in the curves around you.

One never knows what they will discover when searching for photos to meet the topic for the week’s challenge.For this week’s challenge, Curves, I decided on nature photos. To find the perfect photos one must slow down, becoming mindful and discover nature once again through snapshots in time. As in life, nature is not straight and narrow, there are curves thrown in to make it more interesting. Whether viewing a clover covered in morning dew, branches decorating a pond, flowers, birds or trees nature provides a variety of beauty. I hope that you enjoy my selections.

Viewing the photos and thinking about curves, nature and creativity makes me think of children. There is a world of wonder in nature that many children are missing as they sit inside in front of the computer, cell phones, television or wander around the malls. This quote seemed fitting for where my mind went.

Stress reduction, greater physical health, a deeper sense of spirit, more creativity, a sense of play, even a safer life—these are the rewards that await a family when it invites more nature into children’s lives.

— Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods

 

Many of our designs in furnishings, sign posts, and art are created through our interaction and awareness of nature. If our children are not introduced to nature how will they learn to the natural designs or learn to naturally reduce stress, or maintain their physical and spiritual health. How will they find joy and develop a sense of creativity as they mature into adulthood? Isn’t it our responsibility as adults to share in nature with our children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other children in our lives. If we walk in nature with children they open our eyes to the wonderment many of us have forgotten. In the woods, we become aware of our child within whether we are walking with a child or not.

When you are taking a walk in the city, town or village be aware of the designs you find around you and remember where those curves originated and how they have now found home in the manmade settings. Below you will find some manmade items with curves incorporated into their design.

The one statue located in San Diego which was designed from a photo taken in NYC after World War II ended. That was included because of the curve in her back and leg. Plus is was fun. I hope you have enjoyed my entries for this week’s challenge. Please share if you have any thoughts on any of the photos.

If you would live to view other photos or post your own photos for this week’s challenge click on the link below:

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Light and Love!