Functionalism Versus Gentleness

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    1. Thank you, Sreejith, I thought I would spend some time with my flowers yesterday and these are the ones I chose to edit. I deliberately edited them to make them look like paintings. Happy Sunday!! 🌹

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  1. Beautiful flowers, Amy. When I do woodworking or home improvement projects, my hands get very rough. I don’t usually notice until they are very bad. I don’t like the feel of hand cream, but I have been using a variety that my wife found for me. I use such a little bit that she laughs, but it does help.

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    1. I thought it would be nice, Dan, for everyone to see some of my flowers today. I understand about the woodworking for when working with wood it seems to leech the moisture from my hands. I am a firm believer in hand cream yet I can only put it on usually at night. When I touch my cats I am very aware of what I have on my hands. Have a Blessed Sunday! 🌹

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    1. Erika, I spent a lot of time writing this with the Intention of clearly stating what I wanted to. THANK YOU for affirming that I did that very thing. As for my flowers …. another thank you! I thought it would be a nice break for everyone to again see some flowers. Happy Sunday!! 💞💞💞

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  2. It is amazing when one suddenly shifts from autopilot to being fully aware…It kind of reminds me of my old days when I once tried LSD and my world changed forever it seemed. Suddenly everything around me became noticed, grabbed my attention and took on new meaning. When we break the spell of autopilot and fully connect with the life we are living everything shifts. Like noticing how roughly you have been washing your face. Much of society has disconnected from being aware of the life they are living and have fallen into the convenience of autopilot. How could we not? And we wonder why the world seems so crazy! We have all been disconnected. Welcome back AR ! Have a great Sunday and beyond. Hugs and love…VK ❤

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    1. Yes indeed, VK, it is amazing. I took a LONG detour when I first picked up a cellphone. In hindsight, since I have put it down, my “thinking” has improved. My “connection” to ALL has returned stronger then it used to be. I now “see” even better then before. It is shocking how the cellphone waves numb you, dumb you, kill you little by little. You don’t know how good it feels to be back, dear friend. I had NO clue why I was feeling like I was. Tired, exhausted, so out of it, just so disconnected, with almost my every waking thought focused on my phone. I’ve drawn the line in the sand! Unknowingly I had begun to be on autopilot and to a point, still am. I am breaking these patterns right now to get back on track. You have a great Sunday too! Bless you! 💝💝💝

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      1. We are all still mostly on autopilot AR….We spent a lifetime learning how to maneuver it and now we must learn how to get off that train track and on to another. I truly think we conquer it by practicing being aware as much as we can remember to be and eventually it becomes a way of life as the old way of autopilot wears away…Glad you are feeling better since disconnecting and I hope it continues to get better every day. Sad to think what has been done to a whole generation of kids who don’t know anything different! VK ❤

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      2. The whole point to all this, VK, we are learning. We are seeing through the plasma of deceit in order to put things right to order. The more we practice what we are learning, the easier that becomes and then morphs into our new normal. Perhaps those of us who know differently will effect those kids who don’t know any different. Just keep on shining your Light and following your Heart …. 💝💝💝

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  3. Touch is very important! I have been learning a little about it at the place I work with children and how a gentle touch can be all they need when they are upset. I also have a book I was given as a gift from my mom that is about helping headaches, etc. through “touch” points on your body. I am just not good at pulling out the book. I should work on that. 🙂

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    1. LeeAnn, I as an RN learned just how important touch is. I made sure I always touched my patients gently. Working with cats, it has come to my attention especially lately how much they respond to very light touch and gentleness. I have a way of holding them, for example, securely so they feel safe, yet even while holding them firmly I make sure my hands are lightly resting on them while my arms hold them close to my chest. I believe touch heals. My husband has a Gift in his hands and knows acupressure. It’s just incredible how his fingers seem to know exactly where to go. Our cats line up at times waiting their turn with Daddy’s hands. True story!

      Whatever your Heart leads you to do, don’t question. Don’t do something because you “have to”. That never works out. If that book you mentioned is meant for you to read you will do so. Big (((HUGS))) and a huge thank you for commenting. Your words meant a lot to me! Bless you! 💞

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  4. I love your beautiful soul!!! One, I can see you scrubbing your face off! And two, I can see your beautiful, graceful hands bringing love to all they touch!! This is a beautiful and IMPORTANT post, dear Amy. I dare say, yes!! I believe a loving gentle touch if practiced throughout the world could change the energy that is rampant now!!
    Your photos are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them…thank you for being you!! ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh, Lorrie. Bless your Heart! My hands get caught up in so much “functionalism” that I seem to be on rote. Catching myself like I did … that to me was a huge a-ha Moment. Yes I agree with you that this IS an important post, especially seeing how so many people are afraid to be touched. Gentleness and Love very well could change this world several times over if only people would concede how important Loving Touch is. Thank you also for enjoying my flowers. From me to you. (smile) I know of no other way to be, dear friend, then me. Most of my family just do not get me. I am laughing out loud because I choose to find that funny, not sad. May you have a glorious day!! (((HUGS)))!!! 💞💞💞

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    1. Oh, Rob! Thank you SO much! When I’m with my camera I am in my “happy zone”. I have so many responsibilities in life that due to weariness, boredom or rushing, I forget to be gentle with my hands. I am always aware of gentleness with my cats. With me however I went on “rote”. When I saw what I was doing, I immediately am now reaffirming my actions of my daily life activities with gentleness and LOVE for me. In doing so, my entire body is loosening up and becoming more flexible, more supple. Amazing how these things work. I hope you are having a truly Blessed Sunday!! Your words meant a lot to me, dear friend. Thank you! 💞💞💞

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  5. wow wow wow AmyRose not only are your images stunning the revelation you had while washing your face is life changing as you said. Sometimes we are so rough on ourselves. I know I am with myself. I love your photos in this and what you shared it’s a great reminder to be gentle and tender with ourselves! ❤ I love that you don't use your cell phone anymore. I'm slowing heading that way myself! Bravo for you! ❤

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    1. Something as simple as being gentle with ourselves is not even seen until we catch ourselves, MM, not being gentle. And then it comes as a shock! I have so many responsibilities that demand the use of my hands that it is so easy to fall into rote. Today however is a different day altogether as I practice mindfulness in all I do. Kudos for you about your phone. I encourage you to keep at it because when you do put it down, you will not regret it. That phone takes so much of our lives from us! I also thank you so much for the wow’s (LOVE!!) and your compliments on my photography. Something very primal and deep within me is changing thus bringing a new dimension to my photography and how I edit those pictures. Bless you from my Heart. Your words meant so much to me! Be good to you! Remember, everything first must begin with you then others will mirror what you do for you. (((HUGS)))!!! XOXO

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  6. I just love your daily stories, Amy! Hands. Ok, did you know that Agatha Christie used to get great ideas while washing the dishes?🤣😉 Your photos are stunning, your words inspiring, and the remark of Jewel amazing song made it for me!💟💟💟🌺

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    1. I did not know that about Agatha Christie but to me that makes sense. When I wash dishes by hands it is very relaxing and my mind tends to wander or I slip into my “bliss zone” as I watch the birds at our bird feeder. Thank you so much about my photographs. And yes the comment George made about “Hands” deeply moved me and something I will not forget. I’m really glad you read that comment too! Much Love to you!! 🌹🌹🌹

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  7. Oh, Amy, your photos are exquisite. I had to pause and absorb the beauty of each one. I love your awareness of the power of touch and how you have become intentional about how you use your hands. Our hands and the way we touch is so representative of our feelings and our approach to others and the world. Beautiful post. 🙂

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    1. It brings such great pleasure to my Heart knowing how much of an impression my photography left with you. Feel the Love, Diana. Mother has allowed me the privilege in so many ways to walk Her World so I can truly “see” and then share Her Treasures with all you come here. Yes yes! Our hands are vehicles of Creating Love. I’ve been so conscious of my hands even while, say, washing the dishes realizing “oh my precious cats just ate off of these.” It takes awareness in order for us to see all the barriers blocking us from living Love, our True Way of Being. Bless you for this comment! I’ve got a huge smile on my face!! Thank you from the bottom of my Heart!! XOXO

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  8. That ‘touch’ is what I use for all my healing Amy, from literally a gentle touch on someones shoulder to the touch of words. They hold more power in their love than any other thing.
    Just like the touch in your photo’s, they all begin with that touch from within that you now come from as you aim, focus and click. The universe has realised you are now ‘open’ and you are now attracting from that place, hence the beauty you can now see and are able to capture. I suppose it is like being ‘blind’ for a long time, and suddenly someone gives you some glasses and suddenly the world is a whole new place that you can now see ❤
    Speaking of which, your flowers and sunset above are very beautiful kind lady, they are 'glowing' from your 'touch' ❤

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    1. I understand about the healing touch, Mark, for I’ve employed it many times as an RN and now with my cats. I was just so shocked to realize how rough I was being with myself! Over and over again I just asked …. WHAT??? as a memory of my Mother’s hands came into my Mind. Gruff, functional, rough even, without a trace of Love. What I didn’t say in this post is I’ve been mirroring my Mother all these years pertaining to myself! Since I have realized this my every movement is done so gently. When I catch myself again not being so gentle, I resume what I was doing gently this time. There is so much power in Loving Touch! Lately I’ve been truly seeing and I will even go so far as to say my photographic “eyes” have seen the Truth as is reflected in my pictures before I myself (Mind) realized how void of Love my life was in so many places. And now that the blinders are off, just wait and see what I can do with my camera. THANK YOU for noticing the glow in my flowers. You and one other mentioned the “light”. Bless you, dear friend!! 🌹🌹🌹

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      1. An interesting thing happened to me a couple of years ago Amy. Friends pointed out to me how much I was like my father, and I use to loath my father and the last thing I wanted was to have it pointed out that I was similar to him.
        But by facing my fear (rejection from my dad), and understanding what drove it, I was able to forgive him, and myself, and in realising the ‘why’ behind it all, I could let it all go. I realised the similarities is my upbringing was by those that I loved and looked up to at the time and it is only natural to take on some of their mannerisms. Now it no longer matters.
        And I was glad to feel you touch base with your mum Amy, and finally be free of that inner torment also dear lady. Now being that open with no more fear…you can ‘see’ very clearly, no longer blinded by that inner turmoil.
        May your heart, and your camera, always be in focus and have the lens cap off ❤

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      2. This insight for me was a whopper, Mark. Yes, in facing that which we “fear” this is the only way to heal. When we tear the blinders off in order to see, that is the only way to change that which has been hurting us. How amazing that I unconsciously carried this “habit” instilled in me by my Mother until one day bam! I saw. There are more insights unfolding from this one. How intricately and complexly the threads of life are woven!

        I am on a hiatus from my camera at the moment as I focus on that which requires addressing in my home. I also have one cat who turned for the worse which leaves me scrambling on doing all I know to help him and to try to “hear” if it is necessary to take him to our Vet. In most cases, dear friend, medicine has failed me as they have no answers for many instances. If my Heart leads me to take him in, I will. For now, I attend his needs and “ask” for understanding regarding what is occurring. Much Love to you!! 💝💝💝

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  9. Hi Amy! I don’t use my phone much either, and have the wireless off at night. I know exactly what you are talking about with the roughness. I’ve caught myself doing the same thing. It wasn’t easy for me to be gentle – it still isn’t. Sometimes I brush my teeth like a trucker!! Almost like I had to learn self love but it felt weird. Could be from the heavy hand of childhood? Anyway, still allowing it to keep showing up. Thanks for your share!! Much love, Donna

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    1. Good for you regarding your phone, Donna! If you understood the health risks involved, you would be extra happy you don’t use your phone much. And yes, dear friend, you unconsciously have been mirroring what you were taught as a child but now? You SEE! And now you can change! I have this memory of my Mom as touching all of us without any thought to Love, just doing what she had to as though we were machines or something. Here I am gentle with everything, yet when it came to myself, I was not. Now not only am I being gentle with me, but with everything I do with my hands. What a huge insight! And! I am thrilled you see this pattern of “heavy handedness” from your childhood relating to it in your present day. These patterns are deep and SO darn difficult to change, yet they are not impossible to overcome. The more we do everything with gentleness and NOW awareness the more we instill that New Pattern in our psyche and in our DNA until one day we just do gentle as our norm. Cool? Comments like yours put a huge smile on my face knowing you are now walking into another realm, that called Being Kind To Donna. Much Love to you!! 💞💞💞

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    1. You are welcome, Eliza. Yes all too often we are on auto pilot and don’t even see what is in front of our noses. Thank you regarding my flowers. Spring is coming!! And then I’ll be saying “I don’t know where I don’t hurt from all this gardening!” LOL Much Love to you! 🌹🌹🌹

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      1. I recommend a yoga practice, I’ve been doing it for 5 years – it has made me able to garden beyond what I have ever imagined, as it builds core strength and balance. Not to mention peace of mind, always a good thing! 😉

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    1. Aw, Nico, you are the first to comment on the “light” seen in these flowers. Bless you for seeing! I also thank you for leaving me feedback on what I said. This was a very important post for me and your words meant a lot! Bless you, dear friend!! 🌹🌹🌹

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    1. I almost did not hit the publish button this morning, Phoenix. This post was very challenging for me to write clearly and, this is a very personal subject for me. I am so thankful I listened to my Heart and did hit publish because when I read your comment, immense Gratitude came over me. I am not able to adequately describe how deeply I am touched that I was able to assist you in your life. Amazing isn’t it when we SEE? How we do things without even realizing it until we SEE? I know when I was standing in front of that mirror how shocked I felt as I understood how rough and tough on me I was. Beautiful that you obtained an a-ha moment. Brava, Phoenix! Your eyes SEE and now you can bring change to you!! Another huge thank you on my photography. BIG (((HUGS)))!!! XOXO

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  10. Enjoyed my visit here today, as always. LOL! Had a good laugh over your dentist post, and although I usually only leave one “group” comment, I couldn’t resist an extra trash hands comment.
    Seems like you are growing daily.
    I think I need to go a bit backward, to go forward.
    I used to study Tai Chi…. The Gentle Hand. How did I forget to remember the wonderful things I learned?
    Thank you, Amy. It’s always a wonderful trip here!

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  11. Because my hands are in a very poor state, and have been since I can remember, they’re weak. The result is generally a light touch. That being said, I waste no time in practical endeavors. I like this idea of being gentle and I love the way the photos are softened to go with your post.

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  12. Loved your images you chose to go with this post Amy.. Truly showing softness and gentleness which all of us should be extending towards ourselves..
    I had set some time to be gentle with myself too, to just be, and create. When I decided to come back to blogging on Monday of this week after a week away from WP altogether, the Universe thought to extend it by my internet connection to my home not working.. Which proved to be beneficial in that my TV cable also connected broke as well LOL..
    So Hubby had no TV for four days either, and started reading a book. ( Something he hasn’t done in years )
    You know what I think of the WiFi Amy already my dear friend.. Its good to nurture ourselves and be gentle with ourselves.. Funny you should mention nurturing skin, I had a Christmas present of skin products which I decided to open only this week. 🙂
    We are in tune dear sister..
    If we do not nurture ourselves who will 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend Amy… It is blowing a huge gale outside at the moment, and I am thankful I am snug and warm indoors..
    Take care and MUCH love ❤ ❤

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  13. I would most certainly like to join you in this great endeavor. Your comment about washing your face reminded me of the time a few years ago I was brushing my teeth, thinking of a ‘million things,’ as you say, not being mindful. My toothbrush skipped my mouth and poked my eye! Seriously. I was afraid I’d injured my eye badly. I called my eye doctor and after I told her what I’d done, she told me to text her a photo of my bloodshot eye. She then assured me that my eye would heal just fine, but to be more gentle with my toothbrushing ….and myself. Ever since, I’m more mindful of even the small everyday things we do in grooming. So, I believe in gentleness with ourselves and others, and I love how you describe it here. Thank you!

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    1. See how unaware we are in our daily routines? They become rote. We pay no heed to them while our Mind wanders everywhere. I am so determined now in all I do that I bring my awareness to that Moment making sure I instill gentleness in my hands. I don’t want me to touch me functionally but on the other hand, I do want me to touch me gently. Journey in progress ….. I keep catching myself with my Mind drifting …. I’m just so glad I could reinforce what you already found out, unfortunately, the hard way. Good luck, Pam!! 💝

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  14. I so understand what you are saying. For too many years I have neglected my skin altogether, leaving my makeup on all night. In recent months I realized I am not nurturing all the parts of my body. I make sure my mind is stimulated and soothed, my stomach is well fed, and my artistic vein recognized. But my actual temple has been overlooked too often. I get in a rush and forget the soothing comfort of rubbing lotion or coconut oil onto my skin. And since I began cleansingmy face at night and putting on light moisturizer, it looks and feels refreshed. I also began forcing myself to use my left hand more. I am so right brained and yet my right side is so in charge of all I do. When I began acknowledging my left hand more, an untapped creative energy seemed to open up for me. I am not quite ambidexterous but am working toward cohesion at least.

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    1. Good for you, Cheryl. I really mean that. It’s a learning process to become more aware of us and to treat ourselves better. I use both hands a lot yet still my right hand is the dominant one. I think you are on to something when you said that by using both hands, you are becoming more creative. You are opening new channels in your brain.

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