"Shell Vortex" by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/shell-vortex

Magnificent Shell Vortex

"Shell Vortex" by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/shell-vortex

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As I was walking along a beach mid-winter on a blah, gray day I was looking for any bits of color I could find.  What I found were shells full of color virtually leaping off of the sand.  Once I found one, then others popped out at me, then another and another.  Swirls of glorious color bringing sunshine to an otherwise drab day.  Each one kind of drew me in as if being absorbed by a vortex.

What can I learn from this “Magnificent Shell Vortex”?

Even though things might seem gray, dull, blah, boring…sometimes just looking a little closer I can find the colorful, interesting and exciting.  Just like finding that one pop of color from that shell on the beach.  I found that one and then – to my surprise – many more started appearing.  When I focus on the “colorful, interesting and exciting”…then it is easier for me to find (or attract) more of the same 🙂  Likewise, if I choose to just see the overview of gray, dull, blah and boring then that is all I would have seen – I would have totally missed the small but magnificently beautiful gifts at my feet.

Blue Leaf Mandala Kaleidoscope

Image by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/blue-leaf-mandala "Blue Leaf Mandala"

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To create this Mandala/Kaleidoscope I used a combo of:

Here is the original image I started with:

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Flight of Tranquility and Peace

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A single seagull glides on the ocean air of a deserted beach – tranquil and peaceful.

What could I learn from this “Flight of Tranquility and Peace”?

There are places we can go to find tranquility and peace.  A beach in the middle of winter, for instance.  A less traveled path in a park or woods.  A tucked away bench or tree stump off the beaten path.

I can also choose to turn inward to find peace at times when I might feel like lashing out at the world – or times when I allow the chaos to overwhelm me. I can choose the less popular option of looking within.  I’ve learned that when I feel like loosing it during a situation I benefit from going to that spot of tranquility and peace.  For me that special place can take many forms – sitting silently in meditation, listening to music, taking the dog for a walk – even a quick walk just around the block, wandering through nature.  All give me the opportunity to detach from the hub-bub going on and re-connect with my true tranquil and peaceful self where all is well 🙂

Tall Twin Pines

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I enjoy looking up into the trees.  These two really caught my eye.  They are almost twins!  If you were to look at them from a far off distance they may even appear to be one tree.

I find it interesting how they share the same space so nicely.  From a scientific perspective their branches grew the way they did so each could have optimal light.  It would do no good for them to grow their branches into each other. Interesting how they just “know” what to do.

What could I learn from these “Tall Twin Pines”?

Even if surrounded by a forest of trees growing the “normal” way (branches stretching out on all sides) – it is ok to branch out in the direction that is best for you.  I’ve been working letting myself be guided by what feels good.  The challenge, for me, has been actually allowing myself to be open to and aware of that good feeling.  I’m going to think of that good feeling more as…where do I need to stretch towards to feel the warm glow of sunlight?

 

Seagull Overlooking Atlantic City

The cold, cold weather has finally broken (for a few days at least) and we headed down to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  It is just across the water from Atlantic City.

This Herring Seagull was enjoying the 50 degree sunshine while keeping an eye on Atlantic City across the way.

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Image by Beth Sawickie www.BethSawickie.com/seagull-overlooking-atlantic-city "Seagull Overlooking Atlantic City, NJ"