Welcome to Moments Photography by Sandy's blog about photography and creativity. Always on the prowl for ways to keep learning, trying, inventing and shooting pictures. I will share my adventures, addictions, and antics below. Come visit often and share what you will. Live abundantly, giving, sharing and loving. . .
In the breath,
in the sunshine,
in a luminous
alone near a
in the tears
of your care....
- Francesco Sinibaldi
Taciturn takes no turn. And yet there is much to take in from Mother Earth if you find yourself in the pose above. It was written in the Guestbook portion of this website. I wanted to share it here as it was a timely expression needed for my turbulent mind today.
Love yourself. Just do it. Love everything about yourself. You can dislike an attribute you have. But then I would think you would be actively trying to improve that part of yourself. For example, I don't like it when I'm having to race Father Time to get somewhere. So I've learned to get dressed first. If there is anything else that I want to do before I leave the house I allow it up to a certain time. I then get my keys and purse and I'm out the door feeling fine. But if I only give myself a certain amount of time to get dressed and then out the door, I get to feeling stressed and inevitably something out of the ordinary happens and I'm out of time, pushing the limit. But I still love myself. It's a must but it's not a given for most people. So many people look to the outside world to validate them, to give them some feeling they're looking for. It's a bottomless pit. It's like going shopping to give yourself a "treat" or "you deserve it." That's what Amazon shopping app will tell you to do. But the good feeling won't stay. It is only when you can recognize the voice in your head and teach it to be nice to you that you know you are winning. Love is a powerful emotion. It means that you support yourself. You forgive yourself. You take care of yourself. And you don't let other people who judge you get into your head. So what if that person says something about you that you don't see as your truth. Anyone who makes a judgement is only showing you something they have not healed in themselves. Just because someone says something about you doesn't make it true. So just go on. Know yourself. Spend quiet time with yourself. If you can't do that then I'm going to say that you do not love yourself enough. You are enough. You were made that way. Maybe life didn't affirm that for you but now you know that you need to do that for yourself. No one else can love you any more than you love yourself. That in itself should be enough to make you want to learn to be kind to yourself and love yourself through it all. When you take full responsibility for yourself and make the change to take care of your needs in a healthy way, joy is the side effect. You become happy. And you will embrace the wonder and joy that is truly your birthright. And in doing all of this you'll embrace the unique journey that is yours. "Live the highest ideal now. See a future based on the belief that you are cared for in the universe, that you are growing toward higher consciousness, that love, truth, and self-acceptance are already yours. You do not have to achieve these states in order to live them now. Living them now is how you will achieve them." Deepak Chopra "The Way of the Wizard"
If you answer the question, "Who are you?" most people would begin listing words that describe what they do. Like I might say that I was a teacher, photographer, photo artist, musician, singer, mother, Christian, sister, wife, friend, neighbor, etc. But I have become aware that those are only temporary "hats" that you wear as you exist and interact with life. Who you are lies much deeper in the essence of your being. We are all spirit or soul at our essence. Some healers who work with energy say that they have felt this essence and it takes their breath away every time. The magnificence that is at your core comes from the spark of God that you are a piece of. Everyone is. And everything is. We weren't taught that in school! This is something that you find for yourself when you find a way to love all of yourself. Love is the way. "Love takes you. Love keeps you. Love never leaves you at all. It's a journey called home and once you find it you're never alone. Love stays with you forever and from now on." -Lizzy Pearl. And that is who you are. You are love. The more you love yourself, the more love shows up for you. "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." - Beatles
Put a lock on it and throw away the key, forget the combination or bolt it. But the truth will still prevail. In the world of light and love that honors and stays in constant contact with the Creator, God, Source, or All That Is will prevail. If in doubt put the power in your hands by using prayer for your intentions. Or be at peace with these words from Jesus, "Do not concern yourself with the folly in the world. It is more important for you, as a light worker to expand your energy out. Focus on the good. Focus on the light. Be the calm in the storm. Pull strength from me for I am your strength and your redeemer. It is good to be outside on a daily basis. Mother Earth and its inhabitants are healing in their essence as you are but your mind takes you far from its center off and on during the day. I remind you to know how you breathe. Focus on that breath when you need to calm the body so in turn it can calm the mind. I am with you always. You are part of me and I am part of you."
And on this day we place the final date for this man, my music mentor and friend, Tony Yardley. We had a lot of music lessons in the "dash": Tony Yardley 1952 - 2021. He was patient and kind and otherwise when he needed to be. I would not be where I am in my musical journey without him and I have no idea where to go now. I would look online for some of the music to learn but he would always and I do mean always have a better way of doing it. He could hear the difference. He could find it on the guitar. When he composed music on other instruments like the piano, he had to find it first on the guitar. I am just the opposite. I hear a melody and go to the piano. I then have to write it down and transpose to the guitar. And then I would play it for Tony. Many times he liked it as is. So there is always that hope that I learned enough to sustain my journey. And then there were those times that he suggested a different chord or strumming pattern. If I didn't use it exactly as he gave it to me it was because his suggestion inspired more. Sometimes at guitar lessons I would not be ready to add on to what I was already working on. .I would ask him to play for me. He might be working on something he was recording at his home studio or he would have a tune he wanted me to hear or he might pull something up on his handy ipad that was hooked up to speakers. Tony was always ready with a story to tell. In the nearly thirty years I was his student, we never ran out of things to talk about. I'm going to have to find new ways. He is in love and grace. Until then...
Here's a URL to a song on Tony's You Tube. Highlight it, copy and paste it into your browser. This is one of my favorites. He has a few singles listed if you click on the link below the song - "Tony Yardley - Topic" it will also give you the two CD's in full version. Go listen to his genius playing music with his friends. You'll be glad you did. Even if you don't like every tune as I do, you will recognize his superb ability to play guitar and compositions.