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


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WPC – Rise/Set

For this week’s photo challenge, share your favorite photos of a sunrise or a sunset. If you’re an early bird, try to capture what dawn means to you. Is it a symbol of hope? A reminder to get going? Do you have any special early morning rituals that you do as the sun rises in the sky?

For night owls, share a snapshot of the day coming to an end. Show off the vibrant colors of sunset and the peaceful calm as the moon rises or any twilight rituals you may have. Get creative and show us the sun in all of her fiery glory.

I am a night owl and love watching the sky fill with vibrant colors as the sun sets over the horizon. Sometimes the night sky looks as if it is on fire and other times it sets slowly filtering rays of light through clouds and trees. There are never two sunsets that are exactly the same so one never gets bored watching this amazing natural event. Every night when the sun sets it reminds me of the fragility of life and to always end the day in gratitude for all of our natural blessings.

 

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again. ~ Ram Charan ~

Sunset off the coast of Skagway

Sunset off coast of Alaska

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Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps. ~ Sharon Draper ~

When in California a favorite activity to experience with my grandson is watching the sunset. It is a wonderful experience and one that he enjoys as well even at the age of 4.

 

When I lived in California, after work I would sit on a bench south of Laguna at a beautiful location called Treasure Island. Many people would visit the same location to witness the sunset. We would sit quietly waiting patiently for the sun slowly slip beyond the horizon. Once it made it’s decent, we would clap and enjoy the moment. Some would get up and leave as soon as the thin line along the horizon disappeared others, like myself, would sit and wait until darkness filled the night sky and then we would slowly make our way back to our cars.

Sitting with strangers enjoying the same natural event was quite moving. It cost nothing and actually gave more enjoyment than any expensive amusement park. No one had to say a word, when eyes met we communicated at a deeper level as we shared the same life experience. I can still feel the loving compassion and joy.

My grandson is naturally drawn to sunsets. When he was two sitting at dinner with his parents he said, “Look at the beautiful sunset.” My daughter and her husband looked out and had to agree – it was amazing. Sometimes in our busy lives we ignore the natural pleasures we are blessed with daily. Children can help us slow down and open our eyes to ‘see’ our world anew and become grateful for those daily blessings.

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Love and Light!


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Settings for Glow

This week, share something that glows. Maybe you’d like to experiment with some Golden Hour photography, or perhaps you know someone with a glowing smile. We’re excited to see what you share.

Whether outside in nature or inside with candle light, you can find glow if you stop long enough to enjoy life.

“If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself.” ~ Thomas S Monson ~

While traveling from California to Colorado on my way back to New York State I would see the glowing light from the homes I passed along my journey and wonder what they people inside were doing. Sometimes this inner urge would come up wanting me to stop and knock on the door. Then I would laugh thinking about the response I might get. If my mother, the visitor would be welcomed in and given coffee and whatever she was cooking at the time. She always opened doors to strangers when they stopped. As a child Mom would leave me out on the porch with this passing stranger while she ran up to get him something to eat and drink. She called them ‘hobos’ back then and somehow our house was marked as a friendly place to get a bite. Today we would not leave our small child out to play with a stranger while we went inside. Times have certainly changed. My mother had a glow about her and a trust for others that is rarely seen today.

Life is filled with beauty when you step into your world fully. There is a certain glow that can be found in nature, your home and the people around you if you slow down to take the time to notice. You don’t have to open your door to strangers but there are so many ways to find glow:

  • The glow of a child absorbed in having fun, learning, or experimenting with a new skill.
  • A couple of elderly friends sitting on a bench laughing and sharing stories.
  • Sitting in silence with candles lit on a dark evening
  • On the faces of family and/or friends sitting at a fire whether outside or inside
  • The way light hits the water in certain areas
  • Moon light shining on the water
  • Love the way a child’s face glows in the candle light while thinking of their wish
  • Sitting in nature as the sun sets whether the ocean, river, in the distant trees, in the light patterns on your living room floor – all bring a beautiful glow.

There are so many ways to find glow in our lives. Do you have any to add to this list?

Love and Light!

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

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WPC – Relax

This week, share a photo that relaxes you.

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.”  ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

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The Pacific Coast at sunset is one of my favorite places to relax when visiting my daughter and her family in San Diego, CA.

When home in New York State, I find sitting in my kayak on a lake at sunset relaxing during the summer months.

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During the winter months I relax along a trail in the woods while snow shoeing. Sometimes I’ll just stop along the trail and lay in the snow. It is so quiet and peaceful.

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“I go to nature to be  soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”  ~ John Burroughs ~

If you would like to view other submissions 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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Finding Peace in Nature

Sunset on Adirondack Lake in New York State

Sunset on Adirondack Lake in New York State

Spending time in nature always brings me peace. To see the mirror image of a sunset on a still lake is one of the most beautiful sights and inspires me to think about life. It doesn’t cost money to enjoy a sunset. Wherever one is located you can see a sunset, even in the city. To watch as the last bit of a thin line of pink, red, or orange slowly descends across horizon makes me take a deep breath as I anticipate another day of life. No matter what life brings my way, the setting sun provides hope for chance of a new day to experience living.

Becoming one with nature

Becoming one with nature

I am a tree hugger, literally. I love to touch and hug trees and large rocks. Both provide a vibration that energizes me. I always feel blessed when I can be in the middle of a forest. Especially a wild, overgrown forest. I love to sit and meditate to the sounds within the forest.

The Adirondack Mountains in New York State provide this experience for me. It is only a short drive from where I live. Having this ability to visit such a place makes me feel abundant, more abundant than money could ever provide. Once in the woods we are all on equal grounds. Trees tower above you, leaves crunch under foot, a well worn path is shared by all and money will buy you nothing because there are no stores, no product, no cell service, and no televisions, media, or other unnatural sounds. What we all can share in the forest is the sounds and feel of nature. Birds sing to one another, crickets chat back and forth, leaves rustling, water rushes over rocks on its way to the larger rivers. You can hear the crack of a stick breaking as a squirrel, deer or other critter scampers through the land. Trees lie fallen with new trees and flowers sprouting out of the remains. Roots grow up and around rocks displaying their survival skills. As the darkness of night covers the land we are all left to the mercy of the animals and land. No money or power will save you from the depth of the untamed forest.

Nature overcoming

Nature overcoming

I love this photo. The tree roots grew over the rock and into the ground. I always amazes me how trees can grow on the side of rocks, through abandoned houses, out of the window of abandoned cars. They have the power to overcome harsh conditions and survive. It is simply amazing.

What do you love about nature? Let me know how you feel about wild, untamed nature.

Love and Light,

Sandy