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My baby steps in the field of Contemplative Photography.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. ~ Dorothea Lange

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2 images for Nancy’s A photo a week challenge this week.

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Nurturing Thursday: Pause

Practice the Pause!

When in doubt, pause.  When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause…pray ~Unknown to me.

On Thursday a very sad and unexpected news reached us. I decided to take pause. I feel sad for the family and pray for them.

For Nurturing Thursday would like to share this wonderful poem by Max Ehrmann

Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,                                                                                          and remember what peace there may be in silence.                                                                  As far as possible without surrender                                                                                             be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;                                                                                          and listen to others,                                                                                                                       even the dull and the ignorant;                                                                                                  they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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Sad but true!

Trolls on internet fly high.

They chase the genuines.

Squash, squeeze and crush them with dirty tricks.

They conceit in their ideology and their masters.

For they have full support from

the community and political parties.

Oh the poor souls don’t understand,

they are neither the king nor the queen

but pawns on the board.

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A troll from Scandinavian mythology!

Change is inevitable

Yes indeed and Nature,  the greatest guru teaches us this important lesson of our life in a simple way. The key is to observe nature.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new ~ Socrates (a character)

“the quotation is from a character named Socrates who was a gas-station attendant in a book published in the 1980s by world class gymnast Dan Millman called “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”. The quote was not from the renowned Greek philosopher.”

Here is my contribution to this week’s  lens artists photo challenge.

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Hope you enjoy the images.

Weekend 65: A walk in nature

To stop myself from overthinking

Wrong things happened in the past.

Wrong things happen somewhere right now.

Wrong things will happen in the future.

Not all in my control.

I control my behaviour.

Not others.

I want peace for others.

I am responsible for peace with myself.

I learn to pacify my mind.

I walk in nature.

Thursday was recorded as the warmest day in October til date. October was never so warm before. I am presenting  vibrant autumn colours captured on Thursday despite a super windy day. The time I spent in nature helped me to calm my agitation.

Have you ever tried capturing leaves or flowers when it is windy? Then you understand my efforts.

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For Dawn’s Festival of  leaves: week -3

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Nurturing Thursday: Relax

Many suggested that I should take some time off. I should relax. I told myself. Yes it’s time to relax. But how…

I ordered two books while dreaming about “cosy autumn setting” and me. The first book I got was “the handmaid’s tale” by Margaret Atwood and the other was “Uncle Tom’s cabin; or life among the Lowly” by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

The story in the first book is set in modern times where as the latter was first published in 1879.

The stories revlove around a particular class (though different in each book) of society subjected to/destined to serve others. These people are denied any right and are not considered as humans what so ever.

No need to say that I forgot the word relax when I started reading these books. I just learn one thing, I need to be a better person.

No two leaves are alike, and yet there is no antagonism between them or the branches on which they grow ~Mahatma Gandhi

Nurturing Thursday:  treat others mindfully and kindly

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If you are interested in knowing more about these book. Check the links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Tom%27s_Cabin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale

I would like to thank a fellow blogger who suggested Uncle Tom’s cabin to me a couple of months ago. I ordered it then, but something went wrong and I didnot see the book then I reordered and made sure that my name is in the list. I was fourth on the waiting list.