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morning walk

I still wasn’t early enough, it was a beautiful start to the day, the radio said, cooler than expected, but to me, it was heavenly. Already the kayakers were inflating their rafts, the joggers were started on their morning runs, dogs were being walked, it was busy enough. I had hoped with a long weekend coming up, people would be waiting for the week-end, no such luck. It was alright, still too early for it to be “crowded”.

There is something about being out in the early morning with the sunshine making its appearance casting shadows that play against the trees and leaves that make me want to catch it … just the right place to be can elude me, but I keep trying. I saw two birds that thrilled me, I didn’t know them, I prepared to take a picture while the two looked back at me.. and then.. it happened, one flew off, as I heard the sound of running footsteps behind me. A runner was on the path and coming up to where I was.. by the time I got the camera up to take the picture, I was looking at empty branches.

Although I scanned the skies, and tree tops during the rest of my walk, I didn’t see one other bird, not a one. heard them, but I didn’t see a feather or outline at all. What I was looking for were signs that the leaves were changing, I did catch a glimpse here and there… but alas it is still too soon.

Being attentive makes life more enjoyable. Live life paying careful attention to every detail, be it big or small. By doing so, you will be able to experience the subtle joy in things.

Perfect Liberty 2018.15
Oyashikiri

interlude in Arnprior

With one thought, “the world” will change. changing your way of thinking will make a difference on how you perceive the world.

Perfect Liberty 2021.24

What a joy filled day. A friend came by, she drove, we went to Arnprior, I got to just sit, enjoy and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. There are no words for how much I enjoyed visiting the retreat we went to. There was a private beach that I got to visit and bask in the sunshine while she conducted her business. How far out fantastic was that! No one around, just me and the waves gently rolling into shore. Heavenly!

I will admit the climb back up from the beach to the retreat area.. tested my stamina. Going down was easy, the climb back up, LOL its called exercise….

I am a happy camper.. hope to sleep soundly this evening.
Oyashikiri

my space

enter the serene landscape of Dewberry

The further you walk into the quiet of the woodlands, the more serene it gets. There are places along the way where one can sit a spell. I have found a fallen tree to sit on, where I can hear the sound of a babbling stream, as it merrily makes its way through the dense forest carpet, some days I m may hear another traveler off in the distance, but that is rare. (week-ends it might be different)

Each season brings a different decorated theme. Each passing day there is something new to discover. the landscape is forever changing.

Please let me explain that the quiet while in the woods is not without sound. There is a constant singing and chatter of the birds and other residents of the forest community. Their voices blend to create a soothing lullaby to the ears of an urban traveler.

In PL when we are faced with a problem, we work at resolving the “issue” by looking at how we, ourselves can change , what we need to do, to change our thinking to redirect negative energies towards more positive vibes. For me, my daily time spent in or near the woodlands helps me to focus, to listen to my inner voice. To replay and consider conversations with my friends. God (Nature) will always provide. We have to learn how to “hear” “be receptive” mostly, we have to “let go and let God”

There are 21 Precepts in the PL Philosophy, each one is a guide, or a “key” to help us through our journey. The first one, Life is Art.… is my mantra…. I am the artist, and life is my canvas.

PL Precept # 2… To live is to express one’s self.

I share my world with you, why, because, I see and feel love when I am in Nature, and we all need love.

Oyashikiri

yellow sunshine

Express your appreciation with enthusiasm. Appreciation is the driving force for progress and development.

Perfect Liberty 2021.21

>> perhaps we make a lot of noise, because we don’t want to listen <<

>> happiness is a state of mind that I enjoy, I like being happy… <<

Happiness is…. sharing kindness, and genuinely caring.

Monday

some mornings there are no words for just how the day begins

It’s okay! God is watching over you. Things turn out for the best. Don’t be captured by momentary troubles, but continue doing everything with sincerity.

Perfect Liberty 2021.19

Each moment is a new beginning. ” this is where the changes take place, right here and right now, in your own mind!” Only YOU can heal your life!

Now is always the start of something new. Leave the past in the past. What is important is “What you are going to do now”. Using the present as a starting point, move forward on a path towards improvement and progress.

Perfect Liberty 2014.24

Oyashikiri

photo is from an SL installation back around 2015? (Second Life)

Textures 18

characters of aging

Thinking I’d find some respite from the mosquitos and still get my outdoor and photo fix, I headed out of the city towards a wonderful little cemetery I’d visited before.

I lasted less than 20 minutes – the little beggars come from all directions,

Do everything willingly and joyfully. Your upbeat attitude will make things more cheerful and enjoyable.

Perfect Liberty 2021.18

Short visit but i was able to get more pictures for my “textures” collection. I’ll be back in the fall or winter when I can get different lighting as well.

Give your best effort with a prayerful mind. Even if you’ve given your best effort, you may still have missed something important. Continue to have a prayerful mind even after you have completed the task at hand.

Perfect Liberty 2012.8

Enjoy today, whatever you decide to do, “be true to yourself”.

Oyashikiri

fuzzy but

This is what I can do at the moment with the current camera.. is it clear enough that someone can tell me what this little bird is?

Because I had to get Keeper to the vet for 9, I hurried out of the house for my walk and grabbed the first camera that came to hand. I don’t usually try to get a picture of the birds when they are high up in a tree cuz I know I don’t have the distance yet. (new camera on order) This little beauty was “flirting” with me as walked the bog, so I stopped and tried to capture her/him when he perched on a tree where I had clear access. Pretty song too.

We are all wonderful in our own way. Although results are important, your effort is what is truly precious.

Perfect Liberty 2021.13
Oyashikiri

alone on shore

because I stand alone on the shore

looking out, waiting and watching

does not mean I’m lonely

I stand alone, because it is early in the day

and in my own way

it is a time for me to pray

to stand alone looking out into the vastness of your wonders

encourages me to be strong

to embrace the distance of tomorrow

and to live today, like the waters in this river

allowing the currents to gently take me

with each wave, gently and resolutely towards

whatever shoreline you guide me to.

I know I am never really alone, for always you find a way to let me know you are listening

It is true, sometimes the world takes on a different hue

But…. always, and this is true…. always, I see the wonder that is YOU

I know I am never alone, for YOU are always with me

whether I stand, sit or lie, you are by my side

you take me where I need to be

like the tree, I am rooted in YOU

I extend my arms into your infinity

with the knowledge that

I am a but a part of the whole


Along this same shoreline, where I had been standing musing, I had moments before been along this stretch of the island, and to my wonder and joy had an encounter with a blue heron. To awed to grab for the camera, I simply drunk in the moment, as he/she up and flew away.

PL Precept # 1 – Life is Art.

PL Precept # 2 – To live is to express one’s Self.

Every day is a new canvas, on which we can express ourselves in our own way, We are all different, each one of us is unique, yet we are all connected, we are all ONE

Three years ago, I would never had been up and out walking like I am now.. I would never have had occasion to meet the wonderful people I meet now as I wander the woodlands, rivers and parks…AND I would not have reconnected with Nature the way I do now, or known and seen the wildlife that I am now. NOW is a powerful moment in time.

Much love from my heart to yours.

Oyashikiri

Rabbit in wonderland

Most of us have read or seen Alice In Wonderland, how she dropped down a hole, and found herself in this wonderful colourful and wacky world. Remember the rabbit, always on the move, always late for a very important date. Once retired I hoped not to have such moments any longer. No more deadlines, no more meetings, no more planning committees….. life has a way of presenting us with options, how we accept or deal with these little surprises goes a long way in how we get through our days and manage our day to day activities.

The heat and humidity we have been having, has simply thrown any plans I had for “acitivities” into pending mode. I have no desire to really do much. Even the thought of getting out for my walk is a chore to deal with. I say this, yet yesterday, I went out several times to try to cut down a branch on a tree that I feel needs attention. My tool for cutting is an old rusted saw. Need I tell you how successful and how efficiently that task went. After several attempts I left it to look at (deal with) today. I did saw through over 3/4 of the limb. I want to tackle the one beside it too.

I asked myself as I lay in recovery mode on the bed, under a ceiling fan and another rotating one that I have that blows towards the bed (from the dresser) (yes of course, I have AC I wanted and needed more!!!) “Why do I do such things” of course my inner voice, wisely kept silent. I act when the “need” hits. I had looked out from the deck while standing there with Keeper (9 yr old whippet) who was watching me with curiosity, since I’m not usually out with her, just standing or sitting on the deck in the heat…. I wanted rid of the vines I saw choking the tree, so i took action, I grabbed the pruners, put on my gardening gloves and marched off the deck to cut and pull down the offending vine. Never mind that the tree is taller than my garage and I no longer hit the 5’3″ mark.

A bag of vegetation and branches later.. much of the one vine was down, but now I could see that I had dead branches that needed to be cut down. See that is the problem when we tackle one “project” another rears its head. I could hear male voices over the fence and was tempted to ask for help.. but. I knew they were working on my neighbours backyard project.. so listened to my now pacing dog (she wanted in, she was smart, she wanted back into the house) and went back inside.

Nope, no ladders were used in the project, I stood on tip toe, I reached, I pulled, I used a garden implement to hook and try to pull down branches & vines to where I could grasp them. No one said that as I got older, I would necessarily think smarter.

You’re happy, I’m happy. Have the mindset of “good for you, good for me” Express yourself in a way that makes others happy.

Perfect Liberty 2021.7

Oh.. and of course Nk, I was not dressed to be outside doing that. I had already prepared for bed and had been lying down when I went out with Keeper. Another reason, I would not involve or ask for help at that time of night!!! I am considerate if not always too bright. Sigh.. I love life.. I do.. I make my own “messes”… and yes, I do my own cleaning up.. (LOL well ok, sometimes..)

Be safe everyone, the heat is happening in many places.. be prudent, let the rabbits and squirrels do the running .. **even they stay out of the heat of the day..

soon

Life is to be lived.. sometimes we do it much like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, we need to chill more!

Be Positive

Don’t think “I can’t” from the start. Begin by taking the first step, then you’ll be able to see what comes next and a path will open.

Perfect Liberty 2021.6

Visualize or imagine yourself having or doing or being what you are working towards. feel, see, taste, touch, hear. Notice the reaction of those around you…. but.. make it all ok with you. No matter what other people may think or how they react. YOU matter!

Every day is a new beginning..

PL Precept #1 Life is ART (your art)

Oyashikiri

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