Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

  The best things in life are unexpected because there were no expectations.

~ Eli Khamarov ~

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Wind surfing with a twist on the Pacific Coast.

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Earth Harp
What a treat to have the pleasure of learning about this instrument.  Invented by William Close in 1999, the Earth Harp actually uses architecture and the landscape as part of the instrument.  The physical architecture becomes the instrument and the sound it produces is amazing. What a treat to have witnessed this event. Then, back in 2012, he appeared on America’s Got Talent. I am not sure who the gal is playing it in this photo and at the event we attended, but she was amazing as well. The sounds magically resonated around us .

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Unexpected?  Yes! Definitely outside a car detail work place.

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And the most unexpected of all …. someone with a sense of humor during the Holidays. I had to stop and photograph it.

Here’s more unexpected photos.

Feeling Alive!

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Conscious breathing is a way of releasing fears and anxieties in our daily lives. It brings us into the present moment, centering us and clearing our heads from all the negative self-talk. Using breath as a tool to transform us into another state for the body, mind and spirit allows us to let go of all that does not serve us in that moment.
By inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply, we allow ourselves to relax and be calm.  Each breath brings us into a deeper stillness.
Take a moment to breath deeply and consciously. Feel its’ cleansing power and let go of any controlling thoughts, gently feeling how the body feels after several deep breaths. Begin a practice of doing this several times a day, perhaps by setting an alarm as a reminder during more stressful times of the day. Every time you stop at a traffic light or waiting in line, consider that the time to practice conscious breathing. Get out into Nature several times a day, being aware and grateful of all that surrounds you. Give yourself permission to do this.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

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When everything in our lives is flowing with ease and joy, it’s easy to feel we are living in harmony. But when the complicated layers and gaps come into our lives, we tend to get caught up in our thoughts. We begin to self talk ourselves right into a reactive mode.
That’s when it is time to settle our thoughts and detach from them.

Shift!

There is no such thing as a success or a failure in our lives, only the present moment which, if we are aware, is filled with endless possibilities.
Every day gives us a chance to start over. However, we need to be still for a few moments, breath and find what gifts are here for us to enjoy, savor and experience. These are the gifts of grace and abundance.
Find the gift and connect to the truth.
Clear the space and tap into your resilience and true potential.
What is the universe unveiling for you?
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About the photos:  Obviously Sedona.  Breathtaking and beautiful everywhere the eye looks. 

And while you are here, stop over at Tree of Life 4 You and check out the Pendants.
Adorn your body!  Calm your mind!  Energize your spirit!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

I recall, as a little girl, my Mom calling us all into the living room to look at the sunset and enjoy the beauty together.  I still find myself doing the same …. calling anyone around me to enjoy its’ beauty and say farewell to this day.  Why, I’ve been in conversation with a complete stranger and realized that Mother Nature was creating a painting for us and the show would only last a few moments.  Stop. Take in the beauty. Be present!
And of course, I’m almost never without a camera.  Here’s a few photos I’d like to share with you . . .
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One of my favorite photos.  No PhotoShop here. A 360 view, in Alaska, of course!

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California sunset with tree silhouettes.

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Back in Alaska, watching the tide come in and enjoying the view.

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Sky on fire!  Amazing!  I watched this sunset until the last bit of color vanished into the darkness.
What a show!

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I am always amazed at the different shade and hues. No two alike.

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Sunset during forest fires.  Ominous and eerie.

My habit …. to enjoy the sunset in the present moments it is available to us and be grateful for the beautiful colors, shapes and textures, then, to capture it on film for future moments to remember its’ amazing beauty.

“It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark)
that whatever you say to them, they always purr.”

~ Lewis Carroll ~
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There 

AND

Just in time to fit in with my post and the theme Habit ….
along comes this great article from fellow blogger
Eric Tonningsen’s “Awakening to Awareness”

A Valuable Ally: Intuition

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

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In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.

~ Aristotle ~

We walked this way many times on a local hiking path but this day we noticed the face-of-a-man-rock lurking along the path.  Its mysterious shadows yet stalwart gaze gave us an eerie feeling.  Was this Mother Nature’s way of watching us?  Maybe it was the way the shadows fell across the face of the rock from the setting sun that we hadn’t noticed before.  Or perhaps it was Mother Nature’s way of letting us know we were protected or maybe she was just being humorous.  Either way, it was something to marvel at.

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What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.
~ Werner Herzog ~

Or how about this sea monster located off Peratrovich Island in Southeast Alaska?  The tides draped him with ‘Pop-weed” or more officially Bladderwrack, which, by-the-way, is mineral and iodine-rich when used in cooking and some of the best garden fertilizer around.  None-the-less, an eerie creature indeed as we slowly paddled by on our kayaks.  Once again, another marvel of nature.

Check out more “eerie” stuff here.