Spirit of Dragonflies

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


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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.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Partners

Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another — show us partnerships.

 

When my granddaughter was small we were partners in crime. Whether having a tea party, exercising, or visiting special locations such as the one in this photo we had a great time together.

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Rafting at Ausable Chasm located in the Adirondacks in New York State

Two of our favorite places to travel were to visit Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville, NY or Ausable Caverns located in the Adirondack Mountains. Being a very young grandmother ‘Mimi’ at the time made our time play dates even more special and fun. Being a grandparent at any age is a blessing.

At my son’s gallery opening I caught these two young ladies in sync with one another both deep within their own thoughts as they contemplate the painting before them. Any guesses on what they were thinking?

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Partners can be found everywhere. In nature, families, work . . .

What about the partnership between the light of the full moon and darkness of the evening sky. They complement one another. While walking in the woods I spotted a pair of Turkey Vultures and both landed in the same tree. That was quite a treat because it was the first time I had witnessed seen them. There size is quite impressive.

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What about a partnership between two people whether that be in a couple holding hands walking in nature, a partnership between uncle and nephew watching someone open presents, or my grandson, Tanner, and Olivia riding on a train at a carnival. Check out their expressions. Now I wonder what they were looking at, neither one looks very amused. They both did laugh while riding on the train however this one shot caught them in a moment of what looks like possibly uncertainty about what they were seeing.

 

Watching people having fun and enjoying life raises my own sense of joy, happiness and love. Capturing this extends the feeling because you can return to the photos to witness them enjoying life in the moment. I remember my son and grandson on Christmas morning at my daughter’s home. They were watching my granddaughter open her presents and trying on all of her clothing at the same time. Even baby Colt seems amused.

While you were viewing this post we were in partnership. Some partners last a lifetime while others are fleeting. I hope that you have enjoyed this partnership.

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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.

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Light and Love!


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WPC – Alphabet

AlphabetTake us to school with your photos this week, and show us some ABCs.

For this week’s challenge I decided to search through my photos to find some letters and surprisingly found many. We are surrounded by ABCs in the signs, store fronts, locations, and even on the school desktops. Words are everywhere so slow down and take a look around. What information is being shared through letters strung together and given meaning? Alone each letter may not hold any meaning but when placed together in a certain order give meaning to those who take the time to notice. Here are my choices for this week’s challenge.

 

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Weight(less)

This week’s Photo Challenge is Weight(less) – Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week.

This can be interpreted in many ways so I reviewed my photos and decided on flight and balance. Even in our own lives we are constantly in flight, trying to find balance. Once we find this place, it feels as if life become weightless.

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Defying gravity.

“You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. 

Let out a little more string on your kite.”

Alan Cohen ~

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Have some fun! Live mindfully – defy gravity – release what holds you back from living your dream.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Gatherings

This week’s challenge is gatherings and I have chosen a family gathering. During the holiday season my family gathers together for games and laughter. Every year there is a new game introduced and we return to some favorites. Last year, this is what we looked like.

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Do you gather with family and friends to play games? If so, which are your favorites? We love Apples to Apples, several card games, Life with the younger children and Memory with the little ones. This is always a special time of year in more ways than one. Some of our family members do not always get home for the holidays so when they do we spend a lot of time together having fun. Wish this could happen several times a year instead of just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For those who do not celebrate Christmas do you have any special games or activities you share in for your holidays?

Sending Peaceful Love and Light To All!

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WPC – Trio

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This week’s challenge is trios. You can find trios in many of our daily activities. When picking strawberries, kayaking, walking my grandson, and while traveling. Each trio photo holds special memories of days spent in nature. Whether with others or on your own, find pleasure in your surroundings as you slow down and live in the moment.

 

The Stained glass windows are remnants from a time past. This building was an Episcopal Church prior to my birth, the location of my sister’s baptism. Currently this is the location of the local library where my niece is the librarian. A dream from her youth that has come to fruition. The Buddha and trio of candles are part of my alter and meditation area. Both places hold a special place in my heart.

Love and Light!


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

 

Releasing fear behind as I zip through the forest

Releasing fear behind as I zip through the forest

This week’s challenge reminded me of a personal victory I had while visiting Alaska. First it was a personal victory to even visit this massive state – it was a dream since my youth.

Zip lining is something I was familiar with and had an experience with once when I brought a foster child I was working with to Adirondack Experience for a reunion visit. There were a dozen girls who were at the reunion, many from the urban areas and attending the week in the Adirondacks was taking them out of their comfort zones. Add in the rope courses, zip lining and climbing poles was even further out of their element. The youth I brought wanted to climb up the tree ladder and experience the zip line but fear overtook her. I, with my fear of heights, hadn’t planned on participating but decided to show her that to overcome her fears she had to experience this, that day, for she may never have this experience again.

I slowly climbed the ladder, looking upward for fear if I looked down I would freeze. While in BASIC training with the Army I froze when climbing the various obstacles along the obstacle course but pushed forward because I wanted to lead the young girls who were in my company. I was 32 at the time serving with girls as young as 17 year olds old. So, climbing this tree with this young girl’s future in mind put enough pressure on me to climb to the top but this time I was in my late 40s. Once at the top, I sat and slid over to the guide. He locked me in to the harness and I scooted to the edge – feet dangling as I continued to look out and up at the trees. I leaned back and whispered for him to shove me off because I would never willingly jump off. He said lean forward. I asked for him to repeat. He did and added that I should look at the trees and lean forward. The girls were shouting encouragement from below and then I leaned over to look down at them and, I was flying in the air down through the trees so quick that it was all a blur. At the end the rope snapped tight and my feet continued onward out in front of me, then back behind me a few times until the weight of my body and gravity brought my body to a slow swing. The guide met my feet with a ladder and once my feet were secure I released the lock of the harness from the rope. The girls were cheering and I was still in disbelief. It was a wonderful feeling but my body continue to shake in response to the experience.  I wasn’t ready to try again.

A decade later, my sister and I were checking out the excursions on the cruise ship and I decided zip lining in Alaska would add to my experience and fulfilled a few dreams – Alaska, temperate rain forest and zip lining. My sister declined the invitation so I went off on my own.

We road a boat across the bay to the island. Having an island of trees was pretty amazing to begin with. There were several zip lines throughout the adventure. The first wasn’t too long or too high – higher than the Adirondack Experience but compared to what was to come in hindsight it wasn’t. The trees were further apart as well. When I climbed the platform tears of joy filled my eyes – I was in Alaska, in a temperate rain forest zip lining. It was overwhelming. My knees were not quite as excited as they wobbled under me and my heart joined in with a little extra thump now and then. I was not going to let this stop me.

They buckle you up and off you go into the trees, sometimes not even knowing where you will land but I continued onward with others in my group.

Getting ready for my turn

Getting ready for my turn

I received my certificate and medal to show that I was victorious. Might have even stood a little taller and straighter that day. What better way to experience Alaska!!

Love and Light!


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”

Today I traveled for work and forgot my camera. Having the camera in my car is always a fun way to travel because it makes the trip pleasant and allows me to live in the moment when slowing down to click. Also, it allows me to see things from different angles as I move around the subject being photographed to examine it. Each photo can seem very different due to the angle, lighting, whether it is a macro or micro shot. For this week’s challenge I decided to take the camera with me tonight when I traveled to my home town for a book club (really just getting together with friends and my niece).

I began with the railroad bridge that spans the Hudson River. People have come to this location since my earliest memory to photograph the bridge in different seasons. My favorite being autumn however every season has its special qualities.

This bridge has been a large part of my life and my family’s as well since my father, mother, their friends, my sister, aunt and uncles have all worked for several railroad companies. We passed this bridge everyday since I was a small child but this was the first time I actually got out of the car to take photos up close and personal. Love the lines, colors and entire structure of this old bridge which recently had some repairs made. I don’t think this bridge will be retired for a long time to come.

Sometimes we pass structures and never give them a second glance or even acknowledge their existence. If you live near structures and never really think about them, maybe today or tomorrow you will allow yourself to slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. Visit your hometown or where you currently live as a visitor and enjoy all the blessings that are part of your daily life. Take your camera with you and really see your environment closer and at different angles. You will be glad that you took the time to notice and become aware or your surroundings. If you have children, take them with you and teach them to slow down and appreciate all that is around them on a daily basis. Sometimes the best vacations are those in which we learn more about ourselves and our own community.

Please share if you have noticed anything in your own community through this week’s photo challenge. I would love to hear about your experience.

Love and Light!


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

I don’t really take creepy photos but after searching through my photos I found a couple that might be considered creepy.

Now I will pay attention when taking photos to see if I notice anything creepy. Looking forward to seeing others photos and what they captured for this week’s challenge.

Love and Light!