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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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.

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

REFLECTING ON NATURE

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Precious Moment

Reflecting daily and this photo speaks to me of the balance of light in my life, the subtleties of life, the depth of each moment. I am a human who is being ‘in the light’. Sometimes I am very conscious and ‘in the moment’ ~ photography certainly allows me to be in that ‘moment’ and realizing how fleeting the moment is. To meditate on what I see through the lens and then to ‘click’ and have a visual to reflect back to me. Life, the gift of precious moments. 

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REFLECTIONS OF THE ARTIST:

 

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 TODAY’S REFLECTIONS ~

Seem to be in a ‘transitional state’ ~ reflecting on moving forward, yet, before I do so I need to be more like my ‘little assistant’ below and explore the territory and weed out what is unnecessary (like her dry food ~ she will eat the cooked chicken and then literally toss the dry food out of her dish). Much like weeding the chaff from the wheat, I think. It is all an ongoing process. So I continue to explore with my photography and haiku. Painting on silk is what I have just started to learn and am sure it will also teach me much about myself. Ever experience these types of feelings? I bet you have. Want to share?

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Friday Photo Journal

Black and White Weekend

‘You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give’. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Through the Lens 30

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THROUGH THE LENS 30

Through the lens provides me time to enjoy the beauty of the moment. Always a wonderful feeling to ‘be’ in the ‘now.’

(scroll down for link you want as I add photos and haiku frequently all week and weekend) thanks!

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‘O’ for On the Hunt ~ my little assistant on the beach doing what comes naturally : sharing with:

Mrs. Nesbitt’s ABC Wednesday

 

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Haiku ~ ‘prompt’ ~ ‘longing’ sharing with:

Carpe Diem Haiku

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This is exactly how the trees were growing ‘over’ the Ipswich River ~ sharing with:

Black and White Wednesday

 

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W for Wood ~ Look closely and you will that this is a log of wood and the white part is nature’s creation of ‘old wood’ on the log ~ sharing with:

Alphabe Thursday

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‘On the Beach’ ~ Artmusedog, my assistant, (not her real name) leaves her signature on her favorite beach, sharing with?

Little Things Thursday

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My blog is lacking a little color so am adding this for one of my ‘sharings’ ~ I always love the old dead tree still standing amongst the healthy growth. Of course ~ the ocean is a deep blue and the sky another shade of beautiful blue. Sharing with:

Our World Tuesday

We are wishing you the best in each day.

Your posted comments always add delight to the blog and us. Thanks!

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QUOTE TO PONDER: ‘The journey is the reward.’

~ Chinese proverb