Spirit of Dragonflies

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We Have a Choice Every Morning – Make It The Right One

We each have a choice every morning when we wake – will this be a wonderful day filled with miracles or this will be a day of sadness, regret, and/or anger at the world. It is your choice.

You may wonder, what can I do to start my day off on the right path? What can I do to share positive energy with others?

This morning I woke up on time and decided this was going to be a day filled with love. I pictured the meeting at work going well, everyone sharing in discussion and being respectful and sent out love to everyone ahead of my leaving home. I ate a nice breakfast, packed a healthy lunch and filled my water bottle with lemon and watermelon.

On the way out the door I grabbed my camera because I wanted to capture the beautiful flowers my landlords mother had planted years ago without knowing who would be enjoying them in the future. As I passed the first bush I noticed a little rabbit who had come to say good morning.

After work I took a walk around the local park and chatted with two women while petting their dogs. Smiled at other walkers and wished them a peaceful evening. As I walked into the yard I was in awe over how welcoming my little old home appears when the flowers are in bloom. I am not even sure what kind of flowers they are but they are magnificent and I wish the scent could be shared as well as the photos.

It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, trailer, or home – you can plant some flowers and greenery to enjoy. If you have a yard or even a planter, add some colorful flowers to enjoy every morning. Place some flowers in a vase near your bed – dandelions from along the road are a nice morning treat for your eyes as well.

Bringing joy to our morning allows us to start out the day with a higher vibration. This higher vibration can be shared with others throughout the day. Remember, the energy you bring with you is the energy that is shared. If you start out angry, that is what you are sharing. If others seem angry, it is just your own mirror reflecting your own image back to you. Anger is a lower vibration and not one to continue if you wish for health. What can you do to share some sunshine with others? This is important because in return they will shine more sunshine back to you. As you raise others they will in turn raise those they come into contact with. The same is true if you are sharing negative energy. So why not consciously share some high vibrations.

What can we do to continue to share a high vibration with others?

When we plant bushes, perennials, and trees we never know who will be enjoying them in the future after we have moved on – whether to a new location or death. Whenever I plant a tree, bush or perennial flower bulbs deep inside I wish them long life so they continue to bring joy to all who see them in the future.

At my last home I planted 106 white crocuses around the roots of the big tree in the back yard. They rise in the spring and look like snow covering the ground around the tree. It is a beautiful sight up close and especially from the house. The blueberry and raspberry bushes, and strawberries plants provide my ex-husband and his family with delicious fruit every summer. The pear trees are beginning to share their fruit as well. The flowering Dogwood and Magnolia trees brighten the yard in the spring and provide much-needed shade during the hot summer months. The lilac bushes and peonies out by the big tree fill the yard with delicious fragrance while in bloom. The peppermint plants in the front yard near the garage provide enough leaves for fresh mint tea and the bee balm continue to grow as covering for the compost bin placed at the end of the large garden. Even though no longer enjoyed by myself, it gives me pleasure knowing that they will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

As I have left behind the joys of nature, my landlord’s mother has blessed me with the same. During the spring months different bushes bloom for a short time then as those fade away others will begin to blossom. Every year I add a few more perennials knowing that the next tenant will be able to enjoy them as well.

So, what can you do to change your mindset every day?

  • Wake up and see the beauty in your life
  • Open yourself to the simply pleasures
  • Write in your gratitude journal
  • Spend time in nature
  • Set up your day ahead of leaving home – send love out to everyone you will be in contact with
  • Visualize the kind of day you want to have
  • Be aware of the energy you carry out into the world
  • Look for the beauty in nature and in people you come into contact with
  • Smile and talk to people you meet throughout the day
  • Wish others a blessed day – or a peaceful day
  • Laugh or sing in the morning before walking out the door
  • Place a flower or two near your bed to see first thing in the morning
  • Read something positive – affirmation, prayer, joke, spiritual quote
  • Eat breakfast sitting at the table without the television or news
  • On the way to work listen to a motivational speaker or song
  • Bring your own lunch and pack something healthy to eat
  • Bring a large bottle of fresh water to enjoy and replenish your body
  • Treat your body as the gift that it is and maintaining a high energy is the best gift you can give in return.

Do you have any other ways that you have used to raise your vibration in the morning?  Sharing is caring – we would love to hear them.

Love and Light!
Sandy

 

 


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WPC – All-Time Favorites

Welcome to the final installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge.  Happy photographic trails!

I shall miss the Weekly Photo Challenge and feel grateful to have met so many photography enthusiasts over the years. Eventually things change and people move on, so it is a sign the time has come to begin a new journey.

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Capturing my daughter and her son walking on the boardwalk in San Diego, CA. A precious moment in time.

Capturing my grandson conversing with the neighbors tree. Another precious moment in time.

Exploring New Mexico with my granddaughter and capturing a photo of her hugging a tree. Another precious moment.


And, of course, my favorite insect must be added for the last entry of The Weekly Photo Challenge.

Farewell to all of those who have taken the time to view and leave comments. Many I will continue to follow your blogs and look forward to reading your stories, viewing your photos, and enjoying your new journey. It has truly been a pleasure.

Thank you to all who have shared in the adventure!

Love and Light!

 


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Twisted – WPC

In this week’s photo challenge, show us something twisted. You can be literal in your interpretation — show us the coils of your hair, a winding woodland path, or a gnarled tree trunk. Or, be more abstract, and show us something that represents life’s inherently twisty character. We’re looking forward to it!

When the topic for the week was shared these are the first photos that came to mind. The vines twisted like rope up into the trees. I thought they were wonderful specimens of a forest left on its own for a couple of decades.

If you would like to view additional submissions or would like to submit your own photos, click on the link below:

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

Love and Light!


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Place in the World – WPC Challenge

For this week’s photo challenge, explore what it means to find your place in the world. Where’s your safe space? Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up? Do you prefer to feel cozy and comforted in a smaller town or do you thrive on the buzz of a big city? If landscapes aren’t your thing, you can even explore portraits by playing with scale or fashion.

Nature is not a place to visit, it is home. ~ Gary Snyder ~

My place in the world is anywhere outside in nature. If I could find a way to live outside all year I would. Maybe one of those round glass houses where you can see nature all around you even during short winter days.

In the meantime I live as close as possible for now – trees standing tall outside the windows, birds play in the bird bath, listen to leaves rustling in the wind as the sheer curtins dance in the windows, wake to the birds’ morning songs and listen to the owl’s story in the evening hours. Whenever possible, I am outside and barefoot weather permitting.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your barefeet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil  Gibran ~

It is important that my grandchildren learn to love nature as my children have before them. All three are tree huggers, sun gazers, prefer walking in barefeet, and the newest additions will be as well.

Nature – Our Home

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“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” ~ Mahatma Ghandhi ~

Do you enjoy spending time outside in nature? If so, where is your favorite place?

Let’s all do something to preserve and protect Mother Earth. We will only ever have one and as Mother Day approaches let’s take some time to appreciate the Mother that gives life to all.

Love and Light!

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

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


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WPC – Lines

This week, share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape. We look forward to seeing your interpretations!

At the Saratoga National Cemetery the tomb stones are lined up right to left and front to back. Depending on the angle they will appear in a straight row or sometimes line up in a V. In the photo on the left, can you find the V shape of the stones and trees in the background. How many V shapes do you see?


Boardwalks, piers, store fronts, picket fences, grocery shelves, and clothes lines – if you disregard the object and just notice the lines you will find interesting models to draw. In my youth drawing lines of houses, hallways, and arrows were some of my favorites. I would practice drawing straight lines without using a ruler until perfected. It has been many years since and, although no longer perfected, lately arrows are once again finding their way into my notebooks.


There are many shapes found in nature which are also interesting to draw. The shadows of trees and all the shapes they create on the ground are always interesting. While walking on the beach in Santa Barbara we found a structure someone had made of sticks they found on the beach. It was an interesting structure and as we were leaving I wondered how long it would stay on the beach before the ocean waves came to claim it.

As a child I loved drawing trees. Our Art Teacher, Mr. Notke, taught me how to draw trees when I was in grade school. I began drawing them daily in my notebooks rather than taking notes on Math, Science, and English. The photo above would have been one I would have loved to add to the notebook because there are so many different shapes captured in the branches.

Pulling all of these photos together reminded me how much I loved drawing in the past. So this weekend I will gather my drawing pencils and sketchbook once again. You may see my drawings in a future post. Maybe you will be inspired to create this weekend as well. Whether you have ten minutes, an hour or an entire day take some time for a little creativity – drawing, photography, writing, knitting, crocheting, wood working, painting, dancing, or whatever your pleasure. Finding a little creativity time is a healthy way to live and relight that spark within.

Do you enjoy finding shapes in ordinary objects? What about in tree canopies or shadows on the ground?

If you are interested in viewing more photos or would like to submit your own, please click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/lines-2018/

Love and Light!


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Earth Day Celebration at Kripalu

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Earth Day should not really be celebrated one day a year – it should be something we celebrate and give thanks to every day. Mother Earth is our home – we should honor and care for everything she blesses us with knowing life would not be without her blessings.

Feeling grateful to have shared in The Language of the Earth program at Kripalu. We spent the weekend exploring nature, hugging trees, learning how animals interact with nature, and planting a tree.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~ John Muir ~

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”  ~ John James Audubon ~

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  ~ John Muir ~

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In the center of the tree you will see markings on the tree from squirrels. It was interesting learning how to read the animal signs in nature.


There were so many places where people visiting Kripalu stop to meditate, relax, and hold rituals. Such a peaceful location to visit and spend a weekend or week.

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” ~ Thomas Fuller ~

We each wrote a note to Mother Earth and buried them with the tree. Can’t wait to return to see how the tree is growing over the next few years.

The view of the lake from Kripalu was beautiful and the two little birds came to visit me this morning while I was drawing a tree while sitting at the table.

DSC_0818.jpg“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” ~ Anonymous ~

During our last adventure in nature today I noticed this tree growing out from a fallen tree. This is why it is important to leave fallen trees as they continue to feed other trees in the forest. Old growth forests should be left alone and unfortunately they have been destroyed over the years due to ignorance. It is time to pay attention to the message of nature. Trees are sentient beings – A sentient being is one who perceives and responds to sensations of whatever kind – sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell. Sentient ultimately comes from the Latin verb sentire, which means “to feel” and is related to the noun sensus, meaning “feeling” or “sense.”

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Did you get out in nature on Earth Day? Do you feel peaceful and relaxed when walking in nature?

I am planning a sharing of Forest Bathing with a small group of people in a local wooded area in the near future. If you are interested in experiencing this wonderful event please send an email to spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

Love and Light!


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Awakening – Spring is in the Air

This week, show us an image of an awakening. I’ve chosen a photo of a fiddlehead, the structure that rises from the ground, eventually to unfurl into the leaves of a fern. Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are headed into autumn, and your environment is preparing for a winter rest. Your interpretation doesn’t have to be botanical in nature. I’m eager to see what you all share.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Spring and new awakenings. Love witnessing plant life reaching out from Mother Earth ready to greet the sun. I feel the same way. Awakening from the winter slumber ready to reach out to the sunlight and connect my bare feet to the earth once again.

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the whole wide world’s joy.” ~Henry Ward Beecher ~

“Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.”  ~ Gary Snyder ~

And, this little guy with a lightweight coat ready to try out his new wheelbarrow. He is ready to get outside and hug trees, make mud pies, and enjoy the renewed greenery of spring. I am sure he is ready to go barefoot once again as well.

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Looking forward to some more warm days with windows open, sheers dancing in the breeze, sunlight decorating the floor, and long walks in nature.

If you would like to view additional photos or would like to enter your own, please click on the link below:

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

Love and Light!