“It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
This life is so precious and the wonders are astounding. That is what compels me about photography. You must be fully present to acknowledge these wonders, then make a choice as to what to frame, what moment to capture. We’re doing that continually of course – making choices of what to focus on, what to acknowledge, what to see and remember.
I’m choosing to remember and focus on love, truth, energy, small and large nature wonders, life’s grace…
“When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.”
Really enjoying getting to know The Lewicki Agency and the posts there… Previously I shared a post from them about “lower case art” that I loved. Their take on individual creative forms gave me courage to continue my humble expressions here… my dialogue of the wonders I find in the world.
To continue this creative endeavor requires devotion and boundaries and I’m finding more and more that making time for these connections, devotions, deepenings and gratitudes is rewarding and fulfilling time spent.
The Lewicki Agency’s site posted these words as they relate to devotion and boundaries.
(Here’s their site link to explore more of their writing: http://thelewickiagency.com/devotion-looks-like-boundaries/)
“Devotion looks like boundaries.
It’s not devotion if you are fully available for everything that asks for your attention.
Let us know you by showing us what you are most devoted to. Actively represent your priorities. Take the option to compromise or diminish your devotion off the table.
Reserve the space in advance and you’ll always have it.
Consider the freedom that comes with having a standing reservation for your creativity. Or anything else you’re devoted to. It’s the freedom to experiment. It’s the freedom to explore.
It’s the freedom to take a creative risk today because you know you have another reservation to try again tomorrow.”
-The Lewicki Agency – website, inspiring writing there – see link above!
Today is White Buffalo Day, a celebration of unity and healing based on a legend or prophecy of the Lakota that is 19 generations old.
“All life is Sacred. We come into life as sacred beings. When we abuse the Sacredness of life we affect all Creation”
-White Buffalo Proclamation 2014
The link below provides info about the world wide celebration:
Here is their website:
Hear Chief Arvol Looking Horse speak of the legend here (10 minutes):
Walk in Prayer…
Drum, Dance and Pray for Peace!
I love these words from other languages that can’t be translated in a single word to English. They each evoke a deep feeling and connection – not a mental abstract. They speak of our intimate and interrelated chemistry with Nature… our partnership, rapport and love.
I found these words on a blog called “Mother Tongues” and the Tenalach Irish word mentioned on a Facebook page called “Discover the Forest”.
Tenalach (Irish): used to describe a relationship one has with the land, air and water, a deep connection that allows one to literally hear the Earth sing.
Komorebi (Japanese): The scattered, dappled light effect when sunlight shines through tree leaves.
Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds of spring sing.
Aloha aina (Hawaiian): This phrase means “love of the land.” Hawaiians are the land, in the sense that the land provides food, water, clothing, and shelter. Showing care for the land, while visiting, is a wonderful way to show care and respect to the people of Hawaii.
Dadirri (Aboriginal Australian): An ancient word that combines contemplation, deep inner listening, and quiet still awareness of creation and the Creator, Dadirri is like a crystal clear water hole that calls us to be replenished and revitalized. To embody Dadirri, is to be at peace with yourself, with others, in nature, and with the Creator. Be patient with yourself, with your neighbor, and wait upon the seasons. Become aware of the sacredness that surrounds you. Hear creation breathe and follow her rhythm.
Oh yes, a luxuriant cleansing forest bath. A total immersion into the very soul and heart of the experience of being in and with the forest. A pleasing, rejuvenating, captivating, engaging absorption of Life and of communion.
There is a Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku that in translation means “forest bathing”. In this practice participants are asked to fully engage with nature using all five senses. The only mission is to be with the forest in a mindful and focused way with your sight, taste, hearing, touch and smell.
Not only is the experience pleasing and stress reducing there are other reported health benefits.
From the article “This Japanese Practice Could Transform Your Day” by Nicole Frehsee (Huffington Post):
“A study conducted across 24 forests in Japan found that when people strolled in a wooded area, their levels of the stress hormone cortisol plummeted almost 16 percent more than when they walked in an urban environment. And the effects were quickly apparent: Subjects’ blood pressure showed improvement after about 15 minutes of the practice. But one of the biggest benefits may come from breathing in chemicals called phytoncides, emitted by trees and plants. Women who logged two to four hours in a forest on two consecutive days saw a nearly 40 percent surge in the activity of cancer-fighting white blood cells, according to one study. “Phytoncide exposure reduces stress hormones, indirectly increasing the immune system’s ability to kill tumor cells,” says Tokyo-based researcher Qing Li, MD, PhD, who has studied shinrin-yoku. Even if you don’t live near a forest, studies suggest that just looking at green space — say, the trees outside your office window — helps reduce muscle tension and blood pressure.”
Find your forest and go inside, your senses alert and your mind open. Focus on the experience itself. Feel it. Absorb it. Enjoy the cleanse and the rejuvenation from your forest bath.