new year, NEW perspective …

We always have a choice. 

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chasing FOG …

I chased the fog today, literally. I was driving home and then turned the opposite way when I exited the parkway (I know, crazy, right?!). Toward less homes and more forest. Less cars and more trees. Less congestion and more clarity. Less in my head and more in my heart … at least for a short while …

There was some snowfall yesterday and all of the turnoffs on the roads were covered in 4″ of snow. Something a Ford Focus is not cut out for. So I kept driving until I found a road to turn on, parked and ran across the street to admire and photograph the foggy forest. This was one of the first photos I took, and within a minute (for real) the fog started lifting. How quickly things can come in and out of our lives … So, I ran down the hill (felt more like a skip as I was in good spirits at the time) chasing the fog for more photo ops. Then I realized I should probably get back to my unlocked still-running car pretty much parked in the road. So, I excitedly ran back up the hill, floating through what was left of the fog.

Look at how the fog beautifully highlighted the depth of the forest! It was such a dreamy peaceful feeling for me (hence the skipping and floating). I am so grateful to have been up and out that early to catch this natural beauty :)

even if you have to FAKE it …

Your brain doesn’t know the difference between fake (or faux) and real smiles/laughter. So when you do these things, your brain releases endorphins and other happy hormones throughout your body. And then your body will want more and more of this happy feeling, cause we all know it likes it better than the opposite emotion, so you’ll start to “automatically” feel happier in your life. Smiling also reduces stress and improves immunity. So come on, show me some of them fake smiles, or laugh your ass off for no reason at all!!!

shit, I really need to take my own advice on this one ;)

new and old, AS ONE …

I took this photo from the top of Hook Mountain on the morning of my birthday. It was a gorgeous day, a perfect day really, and not just because I was born on that day. (Although, let’s be honest, the world became a better place when I joined it.) The weather was glorious. As you can see, the sun sparkled on the Hudson River, the sky was clear blue and there was stillness all around me. And this view, OMG. I could sit here for hours, however, on this day, my desire was to move my body around outside! The bridge in the background is the Tappan Zee Bridge (this description is of course for the many non-New Yorkers that follow my blog). There are actually 2 bridges there, one old and one new. The new is currently under construction and makes for really fascinating, and dangerous, site-seeing when driving across the old bridge. It is pretty damn cool to see this 3 mile long bridge go up though!

Might seem weird to compare my birthday to this bridge, but this is what came up for me around this observation! As I view the old and the new together, I think about my life and my being. Per the numbers, I am getting “older” … yet I feel “newer.” Newer is a better adjective, for me anyway, than younger. When I came into this world, everything was new. I was innocent and observant and fearless and open and loving. I knew no different and had no way of knowing any different … YET. I am still that person, that is all still inside me. However, I am having to relearn it all and reclaim my beautiful open self. I am aware of it and work on it in some magnitude every day of my life now. So, each day, I really do feel newer. New to how I view things. New to how I accept and embrace things. New to how I feel about myself. New to how I feel about others. When you live in the present moment, every moment is new. Doesn’t that sound way more exciting than living in the painful past or having expectations for a future that may never come? Trust me, I know it’s not easy, but it’s absolutely possible for all of us. And it starts with awareness. Come on, let’s do this together … can you say TEAMWORK!?!?

i got THIS …

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA : mid-abdomen : personal power, will, confidence, autonomy

*My apologies for stating the incorrect location of the sacral chakra in yesterday’s post. As I was typing it, it didn’t feel right but I did it anyway and didn’t look back…until today. So, my bad. The sacral chakra is just below your navel at your sexual goods obviously, not at your mid-abdomen. Silly Dawn.

traveling CHAKRAS …

Following my reiki session tonight, I had the idea to post photos from my recent trip alongside each of the 7 Chakras. I suppose it’s no coincidence that there are 7 rocks in this photo I happened to also take on my recent trip. Nor is it any coincidence that there is a very contemplative, explorative, adventurous fella journaling or sketching on 1 of the 7 rocks. He and I were energetically in sync, obviously. I am grateful to you, fella to which I don’t have a name. You made my photographic creation complete – in its meaning and in its composition.

The first Chakra will arrive in your inbox tomorrow …

2-dimensional SCULPTURE …

I wasn’t going to post these last few photos (as you may have figured with my 3 day hiatus!), but then I said, fuck it, why not?! It’s not like people will comment with “Enough already, could you pleeeease stop posting these awesome photos of inspirational art in beautiful nature?!” But after these, that is seriously it. No more Storm King pics. So soak ’em up.

There are so many fabulous things to see so close to where I grew up. I’m grateful to have made my way back here to experience them at a time when I can actually be grateful for and appreciate all of it. I did not feel that way as a kid and also had no idea that most of this beauty actually existed here. I couldn’t see it, and I don’t know that I even cared. I was too focused on getting away from New York as soon as acceptably possible. I suppose now is my time to experience the wonder of upstate NY … it was just a matter of time.

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”  -Albert Einstein

2-dimensional I-BEAMS

I have no clue what this sculpture is supposed to be, but the COLORS, seriously??!? Such a beautiful complement to the perfectly blue sky and lusciously green grass and trees. This guy definitely stood out in the crowd ;)