Sunday Stillness

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    1. Beautiful!! Yes oh those lessons we learn! I’m going to the forest today, VK. And I will be surrounded by stillness, something my heart and soul and spirit are in need of. Much love to you and HUGS!!! xo

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    1. OH believe me I was for years, Dan. Nothing is about to change with my complaining. So I’ve opted just to let the matter go. I’ve got more important things in my life to focus on other then what is going on next door.

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  1. So true, it is all in the perspective. As soon as I stopped resisting against fall and winter I began to discover the beauty it brings. It is interesting how much we discover once we decide to look at it. Beautiful shot, Amy. A picture like a story.

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    1. Thank you, Erika, regarding my picture. There is a lot in this picture and yes it has many stories to tell. And it is so rewarding when we stop banging our heads on brick walls, isn’t it? I’m still working on those trigger buttons a certain someone I live with can do so well. As soon as I stop “reacting”, those patterns will poof disappear. Or, they may still be around but I could care less. (smile)
      I bumped into the nicest people today in my forest I go to. I usually do not stop and talk, in fact, I can count on my one hand the times I have. But, it seemed as though these people came to me as though drawn by a magnet and the most incredible conversations occurred. Perhaps people are really ready to start TALKING again instead of having their noses in a cell? Brings hope to my heart, especially one conversation that involved 2 young people, both 21. Some of our youth are amazing! I pray they can help this planet as so many I’ve spoken to recently wish to. xo

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      1. Yes, those are awakening moments when we realize that I banged my head, no one else… But sometimes it takes quite some bruises until we notice that. Such liberating and rewarding moments indeed.

        Yes, I notice the same thing. Also, I put my phone aside and mostly silence it when I am with others or when I am having the chance for some rejuvenating moments. There is a shift in the collective consciousness happening 💖

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      2. Erika!! She exclaims with excitement!!! Again today! Conversations all over the gym, something that NEVER happens! And me again talking talking talking! Say what? I caught this guy’s eye who off and on says hello to me, and makes comments like “It doesn’t get any easier does it?” referring to age (LOL), and I said, “We both worked our jaw muscles today!” He laughed as I did, and he said, “Yep, and let me tell you, mine is really big today!” Unreal! People are TALKING!! WHOA!!!

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      3. That is really awesome! I noticed that I have been smiling all over my face while reading your reply, Amy. What a wonderful sign that people are more receptive for each other again 💖

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  2. I love that first shot. Often the first shot I do with a new camera is a photo of my programmer who sits catty corner to me in the office — I have most everything shipped to the office. Autumn and winter offer a lot for photographers. But I understand all the bone aching, stiffness and other issues that come with colder seasons. An artful attitude helps a lot.

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    1. My first shot was actually a casual shot of our backyard, Timothy. This one shown here was actually number 8. I’m up in the thousands on my other 5D and to be at the beginning again feels so cool. Winter for me brings out my most creative side. You really have to look and to dig at times to get anything good. That is when I also like to play around in editing rooms for effects. As for the cold, let me just suffice to say, I’m bundling up more and making sure my fingers stay covered. I can no longer bear cold or cool on my hands or knees. Layers is key and also, on days it is windy + cold, I stay indoors. I had a glorious day in a forest today. I captured a Pileated Woodpecker! I couldn’t believe how this guy just stayed. I will be showing him here soon. SMILE

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  3. It would probably drive me crazy, too … then again, it is what it is because it is a matter of perspective. But it’s also complicated because the owners should also be aware of the effect of their actions on others … so the wheel keeps on turnin’ no matter of the perspective.

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    1. I know, Frank. Very astute of you for catching on. The man who is doing all this does not consider what his actions do to his neighbor nor to his daughter and husband either. His son-in-law every year tries his best to clean up when this man goes to Florida. Yet in speaking to the SIL (bless him!), every mess he cleans up, his FIL when he returns from Florida begins to collect “junk” again. Very frustrating for all involved. That is why I have chosen to disconnect and just let sleeping dogs lie. You cannot change someone else. But you can change how you view that person and what that person does. (smile) LOVED your comment by the way. Thank you!

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      1. Just had a conversation with SIL today and I told him about how I view the “view” now as art! He outright laughed! He’s always imagined a grand estate and it irks him to no end what his FIL does. He told me he’s so embarrassed when they have company over. Oh no, I told him, this is not on you! It’s on your FIL. But, he told me, he feels responsible. I wish he didn’t. My heart goes out to him and his wife. They both work so darn hard and then this man (FIL) collects this junk all the time. You should see the inside of the barn. Again today SIL said he wants to make the horse stall bigger for the horse but he doesn’t know what to do with all the endless junk.

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      2. Oh I can completely relate to your SIL……..my grandparents had a HUGE pole barn and 2 car garage full plus the front, side and backyard completely full of stuff………unbelieveable. I am sorry your SIL has to go through all that mess.

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  4. Those camera’s sure do teach us about perspectives Amy ❤️
    Speaking of which, would you like some of my 43 C that we are supposed to get in some ares of Australia tomorrow? Might help warm some of those images a bit too 😀

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    1. Actually, Mark, it’s life itself that teaches me about perspectives. I have so much other that is above and beyond more important then fussing over someone’s mess. Fussing over someone’s messes is a waste of energy …. I’m not able to change the situation but I can change the LENS of my mind.
      As for the heat ….. it’s actually mild here today. So no, dear friend, you keep that heat. Keep cool! Much love to you! xo

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    1. Oh cool, Donna!! I’ll have to go take a look. I thought I “liked” a new post of yours yesterday. I’m off to the gym this morning before I can change my mind so I’ll stop by this afternoon. Great minds are usually on the same page. (smile) Much love!! xo

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  5. I’m a complainer and have to make massive efforts to avoid the habit … A few years ago one of my (very nice) neighbours put up a large plastic structure that projected out from his garden over the wonderful view of the valley (one of the things we love most about living here). I felt like somebody had stolen something … For a week or so I could see nothing but that horrid bit of plastic whenever I looked out from the garden or balcony. Then I taught myself to look past it and I don’t notice it AT ALL now. Although, if I make myself look again, it actually looks worse, because the plastic is all torn and flapping in the wind! Wonderful to read your story of your walk and the people you met – our attitude changes everything, doesn’t it?

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    1. My husband is a complainer, Cathy. Drives me nuts to be truthful with you. Yet, only we ourselves can change our perspective. I say good for you for looking in a different way so you can still see the view. I’m doing the very same!! Kudos!! xo

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  6. Amy, you’re just awesome. I don’t know how else to put it 🙂 You always make me smile my friend!

    Indeed, a shift in perspective can take anger to an aha moment! It goes back to what you & I were discussing recently – we have zero control over what others choose to do. It’s all in how we respond (or don’t). Not always easy to accept that change, but when we do, the real beauty begins!

    What a beautifully serene photo this is. I know people aren’t always a fan of the winter snow but it’s so very calming to me. It’s like a blanket of fresh beginnings – pure and white. The stillness is appreciated.

    I love this Amy. Thank you for blessing my day yet again with your creativity and wisdom! All my love to you dear friend 🤗

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  7. So true Amy! Its all about perception. The wiser is our perception,we are at peace.
    I can feel that you must be beaming with joy to take first photograph from new camera!!
    Sometimes stillness in life is good. We wait eagerly for a new beginning like a new leaf on a bare tree.

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    1. Oh yes …. peace, something I aim for every single day. I focus on my breath a lot and tend to gaze outside as I go about my day. There is a story coming about my new camera ….. soon. (smile)
      Story very briefly about stillness. I went to my acupuncturist on Friday. As I described to him, I felt as though I had been screaming across the sky as a jet and he brought me in for a nice smooth landing. What I didn’t tell him, when my body just let go, I seemed to break through to another realm, hearing a man speaking, and in that moment, I was so startled I came back to this consciousness. Stillness ….. countless times things have happened to me in that state there is no explaining. I have to learn to not startle and to stay wherever I am in that moment. Much love to you!! xoxoxo

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      1. Will be waiting eagerly for your story through your camera!
        Amy, have you ever tried yoga? To gain mental peace and healing at emotional, spiritual and physical level yoga is the best therapy. It doesn’t work like an allopathic pill,that we pop up now and tomorrow we will be fine.Yoga is a slow process and but the result will be permanentl!!!
        The only condition is that you should get the right person who can teach you.

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      2. Hi, dear friend. I saw this comment this morning and wished to answer while I had the opportunity.
        Yes I have tried yoga and I love it. I also know of the perfect instructor. The problem is that time is short these days. I have three girls right now not eating and requiring hospice type care as they begin the slow journey downhill. That is emotionally stressful and physically exhausting. I’m relying on CBD oil for both inflammation and stress, the gym which I have chosen to strengthen muscles in order to get my legs and lower back working properly again, and I am seeing an acupuncturist who is amazing! For the first time that I can tell you, I can actually feel the weight of my upper body settle into my hips, as it is supposed to. When my back is not in place, it plays havoc not only with my physical body, but all other of my bodies.
        And let me not forget my therapists …. my cameras. When I am out in the forest or taking pictures and then editing them, I drift into a realm all about the NOW.
        When more time becomes available for me when my girls have passed, I plan on returning to yoga. I know the benefits of yoga. I can only focus on one day at a time right now and make sure I show each of those girls (our cats) how much I love them. Bless you for your concern!!! xo

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      3. Yes, sometimes 18 hours a days seem too short. Take your time to balance out things.You are the best judge to decide when and what works best for you. I am so glad to hear that things are going on well and you are feeling better and convincing.
        Keep your camera in action.We all love to see beautiful photography!!

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