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 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”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 12: Perspective

Salt Photography is all about perspective (as is life). Mundane objects can become surreal art through a macro lens.  Tiny details, normally overlooked, take on new possibilities when studied and appreciated. The morning sun on the kitchen table changes colours, creates reflections, and lights up salt shakers.  Suddenly, salt is art. Salt is also anContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 12: Perspective”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 11: Balance

Balancing Act My daughter wanted to do a photo shoot with her American Girl Doll, Rosie.  In one of the shots, the doll is literally balanced on a bicycle. Life and parenting are a lot about balance:  Time spent between work and family, between taking care of the house and taking care of the children,Continue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 11: Balance”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 9: Touch

The Things We Touch Every day we put on clothes, we pick things up, we cook, we slide our fingers across our keyboards and our phones – mindlessly.  And yet, in each of these is a touch, a texture, a temperature.  The fabric we wear is stretchy, silky, or soft; the dishes are cool andContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 9: Touch”

Mindfulness Challenge Week 8: Simplicity

This is Simplicity This photo was taken a number of years ago.  Rather than making a new one, I chose to use this one as it represents simplicity to me on many levels. I’ve always taken pictures, but this is one of the first photos I took with my DSLR.  Even though the camera becameContinue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 8: Simplicity”