Mindfulness Challenge Week 27: Letting Go

Dreaming of White Picket Fences This topic was a challenge to photograph. How could I show “Letting Go” in an image?  The only thing I could come up with at first was capturing petals dropping from flowers, or the typical dandelion seeds picked up by the breeze. But I wanted something different, something more. ThisContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 27: Letting Go”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 26: Stillness

Life is never truly still. Slight movements surround us, always.  There are interruptions to our meditations, sounds and distractions.  Breath means movement. While practicing using my neutral density filter, I left my camera focused on the pool for a few minutes to go help my son clean the car.  I had just tripped the shutterContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 26: Stillness”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 19: Change

The first “flowers” of spring:  dandelions. They pop up along foundations, between crevices in sidewalks, bordering curbs.  They are the first splashes of colour, and then they, too, disappear.  Seemingly overnight, they change into fluffs of white, pompoms dotting the fields.  A breeze picks up the pollen and sends it on to new destinations. ChangeContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 19: Change”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 18: Nature

Forsythia and Other Garden Discoveries Until very recently, I had no idea what grew in my garden. We moved here in the fall, when I was starting a new teaching position and spent all my spare time unpacking and planning.  There was no time to explore the yard, and soon the plants were buried inContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 18: Nature”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 16: Patience

Testing my Patience April is the ultimate test of patience: Shivering in spring jackets, because we can no longer stand to layer ourselves in winter wear; fingers icy because we refuse to wear gloves for even one more day; wiping snow off the car with our sleeves because, frankly, we are fed up. Watching theContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 16: Patience”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 15: Awareness

Art Everywhere There is potential for art in so many places. In the winter months (and in Northern New Brunswick, it still looks very winter-y outside my window!), I find this most challenging.  Gardens and beaches and backyards are my go-to for photography.  While there are plenty of beautiful possibilities in the snow, I muchContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 15: Awareness”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 14: Connection

Connecting the Years In my daughter’s collection of doll clothes are a few items kept from my childhood. This tiny embroidered dress is one of them; I can clearly remember dressing my own dolls in it when I was her age. I’m happy I kept it.  It somehow connects her childhood with mine, the yearsContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 14: Connection”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 13: Beauty

Beauty, Unexpected Fresh flowers are beautiful, without question. There is a certain allure that comes with age as well.  Forgotten flowers, with their papery petals and crinkled edges, are no less beautiful.  Faded hues turn sepia and thin  veins become more evident.  Their layers are compressed, holding on to the last drops of moisture, the lastContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 13: Beauty”