In our "Be Still" class we are practicing stillness as in
Be Still - breathe just prior to taking a photo. Our photos should be better if we take the time to be still first.
Take a breath when we feel overloaded or stressed. It interrupts that pattern of crazy thinking/feeling.
As an introvert, I relish my time alone. Don't get me wrong….I love getting together with friends. I like to laugh and talk as much as the most social people.
I just can't do it as long.
For a long time I was concerned that I might be bored or lonely after I retired. I had a crazy, stressful job in sales for 30+ years. You see, for many years I did not realize I was an introvert. Go figure….why would an introvert be in sales? Who knows. I guess I did not think of it as sales. I loved what I did - interviewing companies and potential candidates for their jobs…..matchmaking! It was a great career but I was ready to have some quality alone time for me!!
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I collect Buddhas, and I believe it's because they give me such a feeling of serenity. I learned to meditate years ago. I still don't always find the time nor am I disciplined enough to sit quietly for a length of time every day, but I find that art and photography/image editing are meditative for me. I get cranky when I don't have the quiet time to do these things. I think I shot these images knowing they would give me that feeling of quiet stillness just as the Buddhas do.
When I do find that time, I feel just like I've had a day at the spa. These activities refresh me.
What refreshes you? What do you do that gives you a blissful feeling? Maybe it is going to the spa, or maybe it's music, or maybe prayer?
I'll be linking up to Texture Tuesday on Tuesday as well as The Studio and Be Still.
May you have a blissful week!
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