Thursday, February 27, 2014

Glass Half Empty

lately i have caught myself a few times going down the glass half empty road.  you know the one, don’t you?  something in your life hasn’t met with your self-imposed expectations… and the disappointment starts to spread, picking up everything in its path.  suddenly nothing is immune and unless the virus is stopped by some intentional effort, it can spiral into a dark, foreboding place, affecting not only your creative output, but every aspect of your life.

fortunately i have been done this road before and know the signs.  that alone can make a difference.  i mean it’s all a matter of perspective.  it seems so simple, but once that exact same glass is viewed as half full, everything changes.  (it can be easier said than done, of course!)

“live in gratitude (ALWAYS)”

it’s a line from my own personal manifesto and i feel very strongly about it.  but i need a lot of reminders.  as oprah says in the oprah/brene brownecourse i am taking, “gratitude is not just a feeling, it’s a practice.”  done regularly.  whether we feel like it or not.  i like it.  i’m practicing.

 (hope you enjoy these images from torrey pines state beach)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snippets of Sedona

when you're in a new place, there can be a whole lot of "mind chatter" going on.  all the details of packing and getting there, anticipation of what you're going to do and trying to make the best of the time.... it can really be a sensory bombardment.

so soon it's all over and sometimes it seems like a bit of a scattered dream.

it's not until we can stop all of the overload, concentrate on breathing, feeling our body in the new space, and be totally aware that we begin to experience being there in a way that will stay with us.

those will be the moments that we look back on..... and draw from when it's all over.

fortunately, sedona lends itself very well to this process

our little house with a very big view

thanks ever so much for visiting!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rocky Energy

sedona is special in many ways….. no doubt about that!  i’m having so much fun reliving the experience of being there as i go through my photos.

one of the highlights of our trip was visiting crescent moon ranch.  it’s one of sedona’s main vortex areas (defined as “swirling centers of energy that are conducive to spiritual healing, meditation and self-exploration”), directly in the shadow of the spires of cathedral rock.

i have a ton of pics from this beautiful area, but the thing that really blew me away were the rock cairns.  they were everywhere!  the more we walked the more we saw.  different sizes, shapes and configurations.  what a fabulous outpouring of human energy!

we tried our hand at making a few….  it’s not as easy as it may look!  finding rocks that perfectly balance on each other can be a bit of a challenge.  they say that the special energy here holds the rocks in place.  i don’t doubt it.

grateful for this opportunity to experience not only the spiritual energy but the energy of human endeavor and creativity!