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


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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:

The face in the window

The face in the window

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!

 


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This week’s challenge was a challenge for me as I am not a morning person. I did catch some early morning sun shining through my windows while getting ready for work.

Early morning sunshine

Early morning sunshine

The other morning when I woke I noticed lace shadows on the wall. It was a wonderful way to start the day. In the dining room, I was pleasantly surprised to find a rainbow of color on the wall with the shadow of the dragonfly. There is a crystal hanging in my kitchen window and the sun was shining through perfectly but vanished quickly.

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Shadow Lace

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


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Adjusting Our Lens – Seeing With New Eyes

Happy Saturday morning!!

While reading this poem on a blog this morning, it hit home and reminded me of previously shot photos of ice on the windows obscuring the outside view.

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“Periodically a shadow may hover over our lives,
but don’t allow it to shut out or hide
the beauty beneath.”
~ Francine Gassette ~

As I read these words, this is what I visualized.

The photos were taken using various settings while focusing on the same view in front of me. The first was taken early, the other two one after the other. Even as I shot the photos, I was thinking when the shadows in life distort our view of the world if we slowly adjust our lens, eventually the shadows begin to fade and the beauty awaiting outside comes into focus. When standing back looking individually at the photos, all have their own beauty. It is just how we view and think about them that gives it meaning. The same occurs when looking at the world around us. Our thoughts are what we attract into the world around us. If we can step back and look at the whole of any situation there is always beauty within the shadows. Adjusting our thoughts can refocus the picture we see in front of us.

May you adjust your lens and refuse to see the beauty in your world today. Raise your vibration and attract more beauty into your life.

Love and Light!

Sandy


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Finding Beauty Everywhere

Today, while walking in the park near my home just before sunset I thought about all the beauty in our world and how much goes unnoticed. No matter whether inside or out, whether in the city, suburbs or country we are surrounded by beauty. If we could learn to find the beauty in everything around us and focus on what this brings to our lives there would be less time to focus on what we don’t want in our lives. This is my goal for 2015 – only focus on what is working well and attract more of it. See the beauty in everything and that includes all of the people I come into contact with. Let me share some of the photos that I have taken over the last several months that I think are perfect examples of everyday beauty.

Shadows are everywhere, making patterns, allowing the viewer to open their perspective and wonder. How do the straight lines of the rail become zigzagged when light shines through? If we stop and question we can slow down and become conscious of our surroundings.

Designs in the shadows

Designs in the shadows

How many times when you wake in the morning do you take time to just lie and look around your room. I love waking to witness shadows on my window shade, sometimes dancing and other times stagnant. Dancing tree limbs occur a little more often in the summer and fall. Sometimes the patterns of the leaves form as faces, lace or many other designs. When the shade is open and I have lace sheers I will look for the patterns on my walls which look like artistic lace drawings.

Shadows on the shade.

Shadows on the shade.

When flying I am always surprised by the number of people who close their shades and ignore the view. This is such a shame because the clouds put on a beautiful display below and when the sky is clear the beauty of the earth below is amazing. I especially love when you can see the shadow of the plane on the ground below. One time while flying we were above the clouds and there was a beautiful display of lightning traveling across below us. Although a little frightening it was a breathtaking display.

Walking on the clouds

Walking on the clouds

I think a tree filled with magnolia blossoms is fascinating. The color, the texture and look at the pink lines rising up and fading into the white of the petal. When they first open if you are patient and view them daily you will see the magic of them opening for their short blooming period. I’m always sad to see them go at the end of the blooming season.

The pattern of the magnolia blossoms

The pattern of the magnolia blossoms

When near a swimming pool or any body of water watch for the patterns. The beauty of the sun shining on the water as it swirls results in wonderful designs and colors. I think this photo resembles an artists canvas.

Patterns in water

Patterns in water

Seeing the baby’s foot peeking out, especially this little foot that just left the sandy beach, also reminds me of a little piece of art. Look at the little tiny lines, the round little balls of the toes, the somewhat triangular shape of the foot. Is this not art? This little foot would be perfect as an art students model.

The lines on a baby's foot and their tiny toes

The lines on a baby’s foot and their tiny toes

When I viewed this photo after returning home from a hike the first thing I noticed was how the white resembles a painting more than an actual photo. I remembered how I loved watching the patterns flowing behind the duck as he paddled across the pond but hadn’t noticed the white waves until I stopped to look at the photo. This makes me want to get back out there to see what I hadn’t noticed while taking the photo.

Patterns in water behind the duck

Patterns in water behind the duck

The other day after I returned from the hike, I turned on the light to my new Scentsy Decanter then left the room. When I returned to the living room after showering darkness had settled in but there on the wall I noticed what appeared to be white hearts. It was such a beautiful sight in an otherwise dark room and brightened my own heart at the site.

Light Hearts reflected on the wall

Light Hearts reflected on the wall

As you can see there is beauty all around you, an artist canvas waiting to be explored. The next time you walk out your door, or when you wake tomorrow morning, please slow down to take in the beauty around you. If you have children point this out to them and ask them what they see. They might just surprise you.

Love and Light,

Sandy