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WPC – Shadow (work)

For this week’s challenge – Shadow – You can completely change an image with a shadow. Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

“If you can touch your shadow—within form—and do something out of your ordinary pattern, a great deal of energy will flow from it.” ~  Robert A. Johnson ~

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This is one of my favorite books by Robert A. Johnson – American Jungian analyst and author.

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Sometimes the shadows are long and entangled within us and we don’t even notice how they manifest themselves in our outer life. Once we acknowledge our shadow we become aware of how it affects our lives and from there we can either accept it as is or intentionally shift our direction. Just think of a negative thought that continuously pops in your mind: “I’m not good enough.” “I’m overweight.” “I can’t do that.” “I’m not smart enough.” and on and on as the shadow increases. What about shifting to “I don’t know how to do this now so I will practice until I do.” or “I’m not my ideal weight so I will take steps starting today to achieve the body and health I deserve.” “I can’t do this today so I will find a way to learn how.” Somewhere in the middle we are living and balancing our lives so why not proceed intentionally and enjoy the process. Don’t be afraid of the shadow.

“The message is unmistakable; our own healing proceeds from that overlap of what we call good and evil, light and dark. It is not that the light element alone does the healing; the place where light and dark begin to touch is where miracles arise. This middle place is a manorial.” ~ Robert A. Johnson ~

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

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/shadow-2017

Love and Light!


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WPC – Shadows

You can completely change an image with a shadow. Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

Once again, this week’s challenge – Shadows – is another favorite. The way the shadows decorate the walls, floors, furniture, and in nature always amazes me. It is like natures art on display for all to see if they only open their eyes.

“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.” ~ Junichiro Tanizaki ~

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Charles Dickens

“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” ~ Leo Tolstoy ~

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“I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.” ~ Martha Beck ~

“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?” ~ Desiderius Erasmus ~

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“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ Francis of Assisi ~

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“There’s something about shadows because you make your own mind up about what’s lurking in them.” ~ Richard O’Brien ~

“To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.” ~ Carl Jung ~
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“The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.” ~ Ram Dass ~

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“Both light and shadow are the dance of love.” ~ Rumi ~

The best part of life coaching is guiding people from their shadow of self-doubt into the light of their true self. Knowing our shadow exists and facing it head on allows you to release the fear that holds you back from a whole world of possibilities. May you face your own shadows and turn toward the light to find your way to living on purpose.

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

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/shadow-2017

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”

The first thing that came to mind for this week’s challenge – Muse –  were the shadow photos. Upon waking or walking into a room to witness light dancing across the window shades or sheers onto the walls and floors, stories begin to take shape in my mind. Wonderful stories of women living normal lives – similar to those of my mother and aunts – normal yet heroic. Raising children with little resources, caring for husbands, ironing shirts, hanging clothes on the line in frigid temperatures, caring for the sick and elderly at home, cooking meals that stretched for days, aging before their time. I am not sure why these play out in my mind but entire scenes flash before my eyes within seconds taking me to a time far away. I feel comforted and surrounded by love during these flashes and leave the space ready to conquer whatever is before me. When I see these shadows with light of varying sizes and shapes, I also feel creative and try my hand at pencil drawings and plan to try painting in the shadows with different colors in the near future.

Do you ever sit and enjoy the shadows and light playing across your windows, walls and floor? Check out this last photo:

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Do you see it? The shadow of the leaves appear as a face to me – as if someone were peeking in the window to check on me. Maybe trying to tell me something – probably to write down those stories and to return to my love of drawing and painting. I didn’t really notice the shape of the face until after I snapped the photo and looked at it. Well, did you see it?

Shadows and light playing in my home are my muse. They cost nothing. You don’t have to travel. This can be enjoyed anytime of the day if you change the natural light for the shadows that play in the evening lamps or lit candles. I love those as well. Your financial situation does not play into this – light and shadows can be enjoyed no matter what your income or location. They can be enjoyed by all through mindful living – if you are willing to stop and take notice. Are you?

Love and Light!