About artmusedog

Renegade photographer, poet and artist still learning and creating.

an artist reflects

Clouds over Cape Ann MA

Artists like to ponder and mull over their thoughts, I guess. Using the left side of the brain is a little bit different than the right side where creativity is expressed. So here I am again reflecting. 

Life is a gift. To live each day well. Find the sacred in the ordinary. It is where most of us live if we are not in power positions and or extremely wealthy. Each path is filled with the positive and negative, yin and yang, hills and valleys. Like the boat in the distance in my photo, keep a steady course and eye on the destination point. Ride the waves and enjoy the journey. Know when to find a safe port in the storm. That safe place is always within the self no matter where you are on your journey. You are the one who is in control of your direction.  What will you choose today?

Love and light,

C & Z

 

an artist reflects

 

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A haiga for you from Cape Ann MA

Time in each day is needed to ‘rest’ and I don’t mean sleep time. Always doing, doing is what our society seems to promote. I got caught in the ‘race’ too and now I am more aware of what my body, mind and spirit needs, gratefully. There is an adage ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’  Perhaps, some early wisdom might help. Yet, it takes time to learn, live and develop knowledge and skills and wisdom.

The haiku above is just one example of how I tune into my soul and listen to the wisdom my ‘higher self’ to tell me what I need at any given moment. I also meditate, do qi qong exercises, go for a regular massage, and simple walking with my Yorkie. I also find humor to be very nurturing and so very good for the soul. To laugh at life, situations, and most importantly, myself. It really is a ‘cosmic chuckle’ sometimes. There is also a rhythm to life. Just when you think ~ that was a great day ~ be prepared for the energy to change and have a not so good day or a plain out miserable day. Change is the one constant in life.We are all a ‘work in progress.’ Nothing is ‘fixed’ until the your body is six feet under and your spirit has moved on to the next life. Where is that? It is anyone’s guess. There are many religions that attempt to explain it and no one religion has a market on how to live and die. It is always your choice .

I spent a good deal of my life trying to be what I thought others wanted me to be. Now, I just don’t care. I am me and if you can not accept me that is fine. I pay my own bills, put bread and butter on my own table and on and on so I try to judge no one ~ especially myself.  Let it be.

Love and light, C.

 

an artist reflects on perspecitve

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Perspective ~ Always trying to keep my life in perspective. Is it easy? Sometimes. Other times I feel my brain is ‘out in left field somewhere. It has been a journey like most people’s a road with ‘bumps’ ~ other times a smooth ride. 

Right now, I am dealing with some difficulties. I was given medication for a voice tremor over 20 years ago and now my body seems to be rejecting the medication. Detoxing is not a fun time. Combine that with the ‘aging factor’ and being single I try my best to rise above any fear and or anxiety. I practice morning meditation, walk, create, write haiku, do photography, do yoga as ways to alleviate any stress factors. Keeping it all in perspective can be difficult. This photo helps with linear perspective and could be a metaphor on the road of life. Step by step reaching goals with the knarly gremlins being the trees to the side of the bridge. Nothing in life really goes in a straight line. It is all about change. Every moment is change. Learning to ‘go with the flow’ as they say. I do have a tendency to forget that I am a ‘work in progress’ ~ only will be fixed when life is over. 

So onward and upward soaring through the skies of life. Gather the strength and courage to work through my fears and  live each day well. Keeping my perspective.

Love and light,

C
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an artist continues to reflect

Follow Nature

Life in a photo

 

Well, here I am again reflecting ~ Life is good in my immediate world. In the macrocosm, politically they seem to worsen every day. One of my main thoughts, is surely there  is a means to get this ‘chief’ impeached. What is the hold up? We are being ‘held up’ by a serious mad man who continues to do more damage to the United States of America as well as the rest of the world. He seems to have no empathy for anyone. Puerto Rico is in dire straights and I see him doing very little. That is just one example and there are many more.

It is a waste of my time and energy to dwell on this issue; yet, I care about this country and its people. Change begins within and so I begin to change my attitude and try to live in the now, plan for the future and hope for the best. Like my photo above ~ I believe the light will purge through the dark times and this country will get its world back. The big question is when? I hope in time.

 

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Love and light to you.

 

Reflecting on Life continued

Version 2Chaos in the Sky

 

Chaos in the sky, rather symbolic of the state of our country right now. Out of control like a toddler with no discipline. We have all been there, a toddler that is,  and at times still may experience our lives being rather erratic. Fortunately, most of us have had caretakers that helped us walk through the maze of this planet Earth. We now, as adults, know how to manage our lives in an adult like fashion. If you look at how the average population lives you may find that many are still ‘stuck’ in adolescence but at least have basic skills to live life as an independent adult.

Stuff ~ material things, surface appearances and status were important in the teen years. There was ‘peer pressure’, so named, that influenced the choices young adults made or didn’t make. Rather, they floated along with the crowd and allowed someone else to make those choice unconsciously for them. I do believe that if you look at the average population, in whatever age group, they are still ‘following the crowd’. It is easier.

Yet, Eastern philosophy, indicates that out of ‘chaos’ comes growth. Yes, reality, though, is that one has to learn from that experience and expand their perceptions and move on to a better path so as ‘not to jump in the same hole twice’. Are we there yet? Certainly, there are populations of people that have and are doing so. It is not the ‘masses’. They are still drawn to the ‘trends’ the glib talkers, the glitter, the promises that someone will make life easier for them.

I think not ~ Life is cyclical and one must deal with the good and not so good by their own accord. Yes, one can still be part of society yet not be consumed by it.  Be their own person, be responsible for their life ~ no one can ‘get sick enough to save anyone.’ Help, yes, but not save. Only the individual can save themselves. They have the power and give it away to many of the wrong people.

Are we giving ‘our power’ away to the wrong person?

 

 

an artist reflects on living ~

critters83Bird in the tree outside overlooking deck

I love watching the birds and nature and reflecting on how it all makes so much more sense than any societal creation. There is balance in the wilds and yes, perhaps, it is the ‘survival of the fittest.’ In many ways this is true of society.

Right now, though, everything feels out of balance in our society from the top down. Nature continues its way ~ yet ~ if something isn’t done about climate change there just might be no one surviving. I go day by day and make some future plans personally. I have stopped ‘being on top’ of the ‘craziness’ as I do believe it will play itself out and am trusting that ‘our best and brightest’ will fix it.

I am on the ‘downward spiral’ of my life and not a lot of time left. So I am always trying to discern what is the best use of my time. Of course, if I don’t take care of myself, then I will not be able to take care of anyone or anything else.

Healthy selfishness, I suppose, you could describe it. Have found it to be a ‘truism’. So I am being responsible to myself which is all anyone can do. Responsible  ~ the ability to respond ~ grateful that I have the ability to choose how I respond. Not always accurate responses but all part of the human condition. Mainly, ‘to do what is right for me and for the highest good of all concerned.’

Imagine how lovely life could be if everyone found their niche like this little bird in the above photo and lived peacefully with each other. I can only hope.

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DO TAKE A MOMENT TO COMMENT ~ THANKS, CAROL

 

an artist reflects on life

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LIFE ~ as it is ~ I have learned to work with ‘what is’ . That does not always mean I am  ‘resistant’ or ‘passive’. What it does mean is that I try to find a way to ‘be in the moment’ do my best with it. I and all of us have that choice. We can choose to be miserable because our leader is so frustrating or we can live life well despite the situation. We can also ‘resist’ and be a bit more proactive if that is called for with some situations.

The photo above was the catalyst that initiated my thinking about life and  a phrase from Alcoholics Anonymous ~ an acronym ~ F E A R ~ translated to ‘False Evidence Appearing Real came to mind. What appears most real in this photograph to me at first is the very fine branches that appear to not be bearing fruit and do not seem very attractive ~ yet I find them beautiful. Juxtaposed with the thin branches is the full frilly white leaves appearing more healthy and, perhaps, is like a ‘gestalt’ ~ what do you see first?. My grandmother frequently had another phrase ~ ‘All that glitters is not Gold’ so I learned at a rather young age to see and hear the beauty that was real despite what might be the most shiny or loudest around me. 

In life I see the beauty in both the thin brown branches and the frilly golden like branches. Yet I would prefer the simplicity of the ‘thin brown branches’ over the other. I find in life I am drawn to the beauty of ‘simplicity’ whether in words, photos, clothes, people or any object or situation. I look for the real, the solid, the truth, especially in a person. As I ageI am  becoming more and more selective in how I spend my time, my energy and who I spend that time with is significant to me as well.

When the United States election results came out the next morning after I had gone to bed with the thought Clinton would win, I was appalled ~ I still am. The difference is now I don’t waste my energy on his verbiage by reading everything that is reported. It all seems so unreal that I have my own conflict of the ‘need to know’ and the need to have a peaceful day.  I do what I can to resist this ‘nut case’ and his cohorts and am deeply concerned with it all. Yet, I am going have hope that ‘this too shall pass’ and quickly. Hopefully, a real leader  will arise and America will be healthy again and real ~ not perfect ~ real. Definitely not ‘frilly’ with no substance.

 

 

 

 

Reflections on Democracy

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When I reflect on the man we call ‘president’ of the United States, I am very disillusioned and wonder what is happening to the United States’s democracy. The man talks, sounds and seems to think like an autocrat. After the election, an acquaintance, I see when taking a walk on the boulevard by the harbor, was thrilled and began a rant ~ my response ~ ‘Well, I hope he doesn’t ‘sell us down the river’. Hmm ~ now feel,  in less than 1oo days, that just might be happening.

Have done what I can ~ contacting senators, state representatives, sent letters ~ next is a post card ~ yet I feel alone floating on top of an iceberg and constantly feeling the ‘need to know’ and then flipping to ‘I can not stand any more of this man’s inept behavior.’ The latest being barring certain medias from one of his conferences and allowing in others. This is America? Land of the Free? Home of the Brave? Can this be happening here. Yes, ‘Dorothy’ it IS happening. 

I want a new President one I can respect, believe, to guide us down a healthy democratic path. What do you want? What do you think will happen? Could happen? The ‘Emperor has no worthwhile clothes on.’ Even little children are reflecting and asking questions. What will be the answer? I am still reflecting.

‘Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on is the superhuman achievement.’

~ Albert Camus

 

 

 

 

Reflections on Mother Nature

Feb 1st Storm – Version 2

I sit here in the midst of a Winter storm about to arrive and am reflecting on experiencing the power going out for 10 secs and then returning. I do have a generator, gratefully, as I am not fond of being in the darkness alone with my Yorkie and with a major pending snowstorm due to arrive tonight. Amazing how storms can be a ‘great awakener.’

I rather enjoy my solitude most of the time. Especially, when I have been out socializing. I once read in a book entitled IDLE THOUGHTS OF AN IDLE FELLOW that ‘idleness is only good when it is stolen.’ How true, as I am not a hermit and don’t want to be. Yet, life has ‘dealt the cards’ and I must work them and continue to make a life of my own. Fortunately, gratefully, I have arrived in my later years having had 3 major loves in my life and a son  as a product of one of those relationships and much else to treasure. All three are in the ‘nether world’ and yet their memories warm my heart. Now, I am enjoying the peaceful life I have. I choose what I want to do, with whom I spend my time and where that time is spent.

Yet, when the power went out it gave a jolt of ‘oh, no’ not this and then generator kicked in or power came on itself ~ Relief. It is one thing to choose to meditate with eyes closed and let the thoughts come and go; quite another to have it forced upon one for hours and have to sit in darkness, read by candlelight or find others things to do.  So hopefully, that generator is working properly. How spoiled we have become with all the ‘toys’ we can entertain ourselves if we have electricity? Don’t you think we might need the Environmental Protection Agency to protect our electricity and natural resources?

‘Change is the one constant in life.’ You can count on it. With the USA election results, I do believe as Betty Davis said in her movie NOW VOYAGER’ ~ ‘Fasten your seat belts, we are in for a rough ride. Enough major change for now, thanks.

‘The happiness of all lives is a busy solitude.’ ~ Voltaire