REFLECTING

Reflecting ~ shadwp

 

Me, Myself and I 

 

Wondering ~ I am one with myself ~ need few people in my life. I am not anti-social as I do socialize with groups, friends, family. My main companions, though, are myself and my Yorkie. I wonder, I wander, I create yet, detaching more and more at times from society’s shoulds and invitations. I rely more on Tao and trusting in what nature offers. Society is that ‘normal curve’ to me where clusters or wolf packs of people gather and behave more like times of ‘high school’ than ‘adult hood’ ~ offering me little in depth of relationships. I have had 3 significant long term male relationships that I experienced love and learning from each time. They are deceased now and it is difficult to find the sophistication of those relationships. Have also reached a point in my life that I have ‘been there, done that’ ~ fulfillment at its best. Not sure that I need another ‘significant’ one.

So I wonder ~ what is next? Well what is next is ‘Now’ ~ moment by moment.’ Being and doing and always keeping in mind ‘simplicity’ ~ Essence of anything is simplicity and it is beautiful. 

 

 

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Essence of Simplicity

Haiku 

I see you there

Our world is no different

mother nature rules.

© carol l mckenna

Again, I choose ‘simplicity’ of the moment whether in words, poetry, painting or living.

I wonder what do you choose, friend?

 

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Reflection on Strength

Reflecting on strength brings to mind this tree below ~ Trees are rooted and grounded and whatever the weather brings to it ~ it maintains strength and flexibility. Taoists write about the need to be one with nature and to be  aware each moment and be still within despite the chaos around. Nature offers  many examples of how to be ‘one with your self’  and nature ~ as society is not the only answer ~ being your own best friend, yes having friends as well, yet to be truly comfortable within your own body, mind and spirit. My strength comes from my life experience with nature, life’s issues, family, friends and my little Yorkshire Terrier. Like the tree I love to take time to be out in nature in all seasons; although autumn is my favorite ~ Hope you are enjoying the golden, orange and red leaves surrounding us these days as the wind whips them around us. Embracing us with the universal energy of nature. Standing tall like the tree ~ strong and one with nature. Till next time; savoring the moments in nature.

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I have known this tree since  a young child and it still speaks to me.

More Reflections from an artist

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Calm before the Storm ~ Cape Ann MA harbor

Reflecting on nature’s messages when one is aware ~

 

I have learned to watch the sky and the ocean and find that they are great predictors of what weather is to come soon. Now, wouldn’t it be great if I could be so aware of my mind, body and spirit and be able to predict what is happening and about to happen soon.

Sometimes I am able to do this ~ As Taoism indicates with the ‘wheel of life’ concept, one can usually expect to experience a low after a high ~ maybe not immediately. As life consists of cycles ~ Ever changing moments ~ Key is to prevent the highs and lows from being too dramatic ~ detaching and just being and doing. All coming back to ‘balance’. Sometimes, I feel I am ‘right on’ and then suddenly I get into an old habit of ‘negative’ thinking with my ‘monkey mind’ taking over. At that point, I have learned to take a deep breath and be grateful for where I am and that I have all I need or want. I am where I am suppose to be ~ Not in yesterday, not in ‘missing something’ and feeling inadequate ~ but feeling ‘good enough’ ~ accepting me for me. Ah, yes, it is good to be me. Grateful for all ~ the yin and of it all. Life is good. I exist ~ I am ~ I am wise, love and peace. Let it be.

 

Reflection: Balance

Change is the one constant of life. Balance is the harmony derived from being centered and grounded within one’s higher self, despite the upheavals in daily life.  At each stage of life one is required to respond to whatever the Universe delivers. Nearing the final stage of life brings with it spiritual, mental, emotional and physical issues. Hopefully, one has become wise and will know how to accept or change what needs attention. Trusting, listening to  in the higher self not anyone else. I am ~ I exist ~ I am wise, love and peace.

 

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haiku

medical world rules

yet the body knows its self

mother nature plays.

~ carol l mckenna

Returning ~ to Reflect

 

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Returning in my ‘vintage truck’ to continue further reflections on life.

Been Awhile ~ this blog has been sorely neglected as ‘life happens’ ~ So here I am sailing on to continue reflecting. What am I reflecting on today? How to live life well and to do  my best. Perhaps, some of you have reached that stage of ‘the other side of the hill’ and wonder what to do with time, which is the gift we have been given. We start aging at ‘birth’ and then in a ‘blink’ time has flown by and now it is the ‘final act.’ How to best play it out. Anyone at this time of life? I wonder what you are doing and hope you are healthy and able to do, as well as be ~ in a much more mindful and gentle way. Would love to hear what you are doing each day ~ each week ~ partnered or alone? Grand children or not?  Will return tomorrow with some more reflections. xox

As for me ~ I am healthy, walking with my dog, Zoe, meditating, doing yoga, journalling writing haiku, doing photography, some painting, seeing friends, family (very small) and taking care of the house which always needs attention, enjoying nature and reflecting on what else I might be doing to enhance my creative soul. Maybe I am doing enough and need to ‘be’ more? ~ Namaste. Carol

 

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Fall pumpkins at local apple orchard. One of nature’s gems.

 

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My ‘gem’ Ms. Zoe ~ little adventurist on the beach ~ one of our favorite places.

Hope to hear from you soon ~ enjoy ~ xox

 

Reflections on the Holidays

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The lone fishing boat heading out of port in order to be home for the holidays looks cold and alone; yet, the fishermen do love their work. 

Another day ~ a new day ~ yet dreary and cloudy here in this little seaport town. Winter tends to be grey or white ~ It is ‘the way it is.’ So have lighted the candles in the window, along with our little tree, with the ‘fairy lights’  so powerfully beautiful for the Holidays to bring the light into our  home to brighten our day.

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Candles are always bring an added pleasure to the house day or night. Electric candle, yet serves the purpose. Did you know scented candles are not suppose to be unhealthy? 

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Wonder how your holiday is coming along? Are you into the ‘mad rush’ or serene and at peace, which is what the holiday is about really. ‘Peace on Earth’ ~
we can only hope.

Peace and love to you all.

More Reflections

On the New Editor in Word Press ~ another new adventure ~ Oh Boy! Can’t wait to learn more technology ~ ‘ I am too young for all this.’ So why I am doing this? If I am not learning, I would be dead. I am alive and want to develop my potential to the best of my ability. Precious moments that fly by in a ‘blink’  What do you think? 

What do you think about?

What do you think about?

Reflections

Winter on Cape Ann MA ~ Brrr ~ Too early!

Winter on Cape Ann MA ~ Brrr ~ Too early!

Right now I am reflecting on Word Press and whether I like this approach or not ~ Always a learning curve ~ yet always good to be learning ~ learning is creative as well as the arts such as photography, painting, music, writing ~ Creativity is in all of us and many choose to not see it, I guess.

Moving forward ~ writing allows me time to reflect and be. Flowing with the now and enjoying the music in the background and the warm cutie dog beside me. After I have been out a bit for the day she is always so happy to have me back home and wants to’snuggle’ close. I enjoy her company and love her so much. Sometimes, especially in winter, I have to really push myself out the door to do things with friends, family and fellow artists. Then there is always the usual ‘errands’ we all need to do.

Life can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Do you enjoy complexity, simplicity or an equal balance of both or do you get bored with simplicity? I think Simplicity is beautiful ~ also enjoy a healthy dose at times of complexity.

Enjoy ~ xox

Reflections on Thanksgiving Holiday

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And the Snow came!

Gratitude for Each Day

I find myself reflecting on this recent past holiday. The United States is big on holidays and sometimes they become too commercially focused. Things, stuff, rather than the importance of people, pets and nature which is really what is important. Without the people, pets and a healthy environment, life loses its richness.

Consequently, I am grateful each morning for my good health, my dog, my family and friends. Because of death of loved ones, I have cleaned out one too many houses and thus, now wonder and reflect on, ‘why did I or someone else’ think they needed so many ‘things’ in their house, apartment, townhouse. I can’t take anything with me when I leave this planet and don’t really need much to live ~ Pets, people and nature.

Wonder what you think? Or does it not matter to you? Maybe you are busy shopping and that’s okay too.

Sharing with: Friday Finds with Kim Klassen

Grateful for today ~ the ‘good, bad and the ugly.’