Spiritual Gardening and Saw Sharpening

Start of my Willow Tree Stump Garden

This past week has been a time for taking time out from making and editing photographs to spend most of my time gardening and learning new Photoshop skills. My spirit feels so full and expanded from the combination of garden time and intensive new learning. As I gaze out the window at my green green back yard I feel a pleasant buzz from all I learned and accomplished in the last 4 days. The week …

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Photo of the Week — Belonging to the World

THE FOURTH SIGN OF THE ZODIAC (PART 3)   I know, you never intended to be in this world. But you’re in it all the same.   So why not get started immediately. I mean, belonging to it. There is so much to admire, to weep over.   And to write music or poems about.   Bless the feet that take you to and fro. Bless the eyes and the listening ears. Bless the tongue, …

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Pretty Pictures Aren’t Enough

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Pretty pictures aren’t enough to make me satisfied with my work any longer. And photographing what I love in the same old way just doesn’t excite me like it once did. As we grow as artists and people, I think our reach always exceeds our grasp. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t be growing. Think of the infant learning to walk. The desire to stand upright and walk comes before the ability to do so. It …

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Photo of the week ― The beauty in things

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The beauty in things… When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.” ― John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

The Heart Knows

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When I first fell in love with photography I realized how many years of my life I had spent doing things that I did not love. At first I was angry that I had “wasted” so many years. And then I realized that the timing was perfect and that nothing is wasted. Although I didn’t love my work as a software engineer the way I love photography, I enjoyed my work and took pride in …

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My Job is only to be human

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Accepting that I am only human is a regular necessary practice for me. Despite my mindfulness, joy seeking, and gratitude practices, I often forget the being part of human being and get obsessed with doing (what I want to do right now dammit!). When I am unable to do what I want to do because of physical limitations or even skill limitations, I often forget to be present in the moment and get lost clinging …

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