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Looking at the place where you lost your happiness

Stop looking for your happiness at the place where you lost it.

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zoek je geluk op de plaats waar je het bent kwijtgeraakt

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Deeper Call

 Mountain road in fall. In background larch trees and the snowy peaks of Mont Blanc - Courmayer, Val d'Aosta, Italy, Europe.Mountain road in fall. In background larch trees and the snowy peaks of Mont Blanc – Courmayer, Val d’Aosta, Italy, Europe.

Highways might get you to your destination sooner, but you will get to see more scenery if you travel on a winding road.

Todays guest-writer finds that

Each of us is injured by the hard things in life. Some of us have less serious wounds, while others have very severe ones. In a way, the degree of trauma and injury doesn’t matter because the process of learning new truths to replace lies, forgiving and healing is the same.

With Life helps she hopes to bring a blog with heart; a place where people find inspiration, encouragement, new ideas or just a good laugh, whilst on her Healing for hearts she brings A Journey to wholeness, in the hope to share a journey from survivor to success, from victim to victor, from brokenness to wholeness.

With such writings perhaps seeds may be sown to bring blessings tomorrow.

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I will reach higher;
If I happen to fall,
I will get up,
Dust myself off
And try again.

I will look farther;
If I don’t see at all,
I will grow still,
Quietly wait,
Carefully attend.

I will hope stronger;
Obey the deeper call
Of my own heart;
The soft voice of
My inward friend.

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Not looking

Not looking / not wanting to tend to anyone’s every need. / Just doing me.

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It sometimes may sound nice to be ‘not looking’, but the danger is we can miss out a lot of things by ‘not looking’.
We do not have to be looking for prince charming or nice princesses as long as we did not find ourselves. But we best not wait to long before going to look for ourselves, to find ourselves and to be willing to share our selves with others, so that the right ones may find ourselves.

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Preceding post: Look with your eyes. See with your heart!

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I’m not looking
For a prince charming
Because he will not love me
Just say pretty things.
I’m not looking
For a night in shinning armor
Because armor should not be
Without a scratch.
I’m not looking
For a princess
Because I don’t want to tend
To anyone’s every need.
I’m not looking.
Period.
I’m just doing me.

– Writingdilegently

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Look with your eyes. See with your heart!

Look with your eyes. See with your heart!

Apples.jpgYou are in the supermarket pushing a cart. You are in front of the shelves with apples that are neatly stored according to taste, kind and variety. It is fruit you need for your health and you buy it, whether the price is good or not. You look at the quality label and then put a pack of six in your cart and go to the till.

It is not because you look that you see.
Your biological eye sees shapes and different colours. But do we actually ‘see’ what we are ‘looking’ at?
‘To see’ is only possible by standing still in a special way, by consciously looking at  and by being present with mindfulness. To see is always the result of looking with our inner eye, because reality has a tactile outer side but also an invisible inner side.

What if you would pick your apple yourself in the orchard ?
When choosing the apple that you pick yourself, you invariably begin to smile because of what you see, feel and smell. Your eyes admire the shapes and colours ,while your hands handle the apple as a piece of live food. This apple , ‘your apple’ is not any more just merchandise, but one of the wonders of life that you want to cherish.

Very often we ‘look’ without ‘seeing’, because our heart is not in it.
Phil Bosmans once wrote :

There are so many wonders around us that are waiting to be discovered. When you look at someone you love, when you look at flowers and butterflies and birds because you find them beautiful, you always see so much more than only your eyes can see.Then you discover daily new miracles”.

You start to think more with your heart than with your mind.

– Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Kijk met je ogen zie met je hartBzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_EN

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The Blues Can Make You…….Happy!

Lots of people have forgotten how to look at nature. We only can be happy such marvellous photographers like the retired psychotherapist/mental health director Cindy Barton Knoke can bring the incredible beauty and richness of the world back onto their doorstep.

Perhaps because she now can take lots of time and can not be disturbed by cell phones, because they do not work out there where she lives: the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home she calls “the holler.” People perhaps also are better to forget their GPS, because it misdirects. Looking at her pictures I can believe you quickly can be taken away far far away in the countryside, forgetting time and other people. Sometimes I even think she got caught up in a paradise on earth.

I would love she would be one of the persons not minding to share some beauties with us. Because she herself presented herself not yet, I take the liberty to already share and direct you to her pages, where you might find liberating animals, and see where the odd or unusual, becomes something magic.

Even when she gives us the advice best not to wander too much out there, in heavenly Appalachia in rural California she allows us to have a look at the wonders of her world, which also can bring the peace or the wonders of the creation to others living in cities and other rural environments where weather conditions may not be so nice.
At her place the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy, but they may perhaps be still more connected with each other and with their environment, than by those living in the more industrial and economical parts of the world, where many have lost feeling with nature.

It looks incredible that she has the blessing to be able to see all those lovely animals. Nice that she can capture them also so beautifully, and bring lovely pictures of woodpeckers, redwing blackbirds, wren, yellow finches, robins, doves, hummingbirds , kestrels …

Enjoy the beautiful world of the hidden imagination of natural reality, which if people would closely in their garden can be hidden also somewhere there, be it different, but also so magic. …

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If you’d like to follow Cindy Knoke elsewhere, please check out the following links:

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  • Cindy Knoke: With an Eye on the World (becausewerepoets.wordpress.com)
    Today’s feature is a photographer whose work is as beautiful as her own humanity.  In fact, it is not enough to say that it is merely beautiful.  Infused throughout her work is the unambiguous rawness of her passion for nature and her love of life and all that the natural world has to offer the patient observer.
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    Since her retirement from serving her fellow human being in such a demanding way, Cindy takes about 3 months out of each year to travel.  Her focus, as you will see, is photography, a focus that began as means by which she could document the experiences of her travels.  And Cindy has documented such travels as her self-drive trip through Kruger National Park in South Africa, her adventures through the Amazon, and an excursion to Antarctica.  For those of you that don’t know, the lowest temperature ever reliably recorded in Antarctica is -89.2 degrees Celsius (-128.6 degrees Fahrenheit).  Most recently, Cindy enjoyed a tour Patagonia.  For details of the trip, check out her blog entry Lodging Options In Southern Patagonia!
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    Cindy Knoke, a beauty through and through.  While she would not regard herself as an artist, I must, and will, say that she is a photographer that I look up to, personally; not just for her talent and skill, but for the love that she expresses for what she does.  It is honest, it is pure, and it is purposeful.  It is real.  What can I say?  That she is an example of what we artists may do when we set not only our minds to it, but our hearts.  With an eye on the world and her finger ever on the shutter button, Cindy Knoke captures moments in vivid color stills just as we poets capture the very same in black and white.  And while we will not all call ourselves artists, even stilling time itself, that the moments we cherish or the moments we abhor may be immortalized, living beyond our natural lives, is an act of creativity.
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When Samson waves high five at you!
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Or the variegated Pride of Madeira blooms~
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The blue morphos dips her azure wings?
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And Samson flashes his hues of blue~
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The blue headed lorikeet can do it too!
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When Morphos lifts her wings……
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These hues will drive the blues from you!
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Cheers to you from nature’s beauteous blues~

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