At the center of your being

At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.

~ Lao Tzu


This afternoon I received the notification email about October’s NaBloPoMo theme.  I find it intriguing.  I’m not sure I’ll officially sign up because I’m not sure I want to commit for a month, but I might use some of the prompts.  You can find the opening post here, and the prompts are over here.  The theme for October is Mask:

This month we’re going to throw off our masks and speak frankly with one another, opening up on a wide range of topics.  Don’t worry; it won’t be spooky and scary:  it will be freeing.

Light hidden in the grass

Coincidentally, just prior to reading the email, I was pondering this:

As long as we are holding on to the thoughts and symbols of the false self, we are blocked from the sunlight of the spirit.

~ Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison, Meditations From The Mat

Masked, a self-portrait

I think it might be interesting, even a little fun, to pull back the mask.  It will give me something to write about too.  There are days when my mind is a complete blank when it comes to writing up a blog post.  This happened to be one of them until I read the email regarding NaBloPoMo.

Sunlight and waves

In other news…

It is a windy, rainy day here in the Bogs.  I have not yet been out for my walk because it has been a good day to get caught up on indoor chores.  I’m heading out soon.  Here’s what the trees along the side of the pond looked like earlier in the day:

Windy, rainy day

That should do it from here in the Bogs for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Wear your rain gear if you decide to go outside.  It’s a little blustery and the misty rain tends to sneak up under an umbrella, making it difficult to stay dry that way.

Light, reflections, and waves

May you have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.


37 Comments on “At the center of your being”

  1. Kathy says:

    Robin–it’s YOU–masked just a little bit. 🙂 I love that picture. Thank you for posting it…and for honoring the center of our being.

  2. dadirri7 says:

    fascinating images today, love the mask, and the idea of coming out from under it, we are all so splendid in our centers!

  3. Phil Lanoue says:

    Great seeing you in the mask photo Robin! That last image is really outstanding as well!
    Beautiful color!
    Well it’s sunny, warm with temps in the 80sF here today. A beach day. 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    Photos are so poetic! Beautiful mask photo!

  5. My favorite today is you!

  6. The mask is terrific! Nice idea. Lovely waves in that last one.

  7. Love the masked photo and the last one,as well.

  8. Karma says:

    Your self-portrait is adorable! I find myself intrigued by the NaBloPoMo theme. I’m sure I couldn’t keep up with daily blogging, but I may have a look at those prompts. My September blogging was a bit woeful both in number and in topic!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      They have some interesting prompts. I look forward to what you come up with if you do decide to try a couple of them. I’m not committing to the daily blogging (even if I do blog almost daily), but will probably play with a few to spice things up around here. I feel like I’ve gotten into a rut.

  9. Bo Mackison says:

    The Masked Meditating Photog! Yes!

  10. Val says:

    I love your mask photo! 🙂 Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Myself I find these things that need a commitment inhibiting rather than freeing.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Val. 🙂

      I used to feel the same way about commitments, but have learned over the past two years that some commitments actually are quite liberating. Knowing I *must* step outside every day or *must* practice yoga, I just do it. No excuses, no arguments in my head. It’s refreshing. That said, blogging commitments don’t always work well for me because I tend to want to go wherever the day takes me. I will do the official NaBloPoMo in November because I’ve been doing it since 2006 (I think), but probably won’t commit to whatever the theme is. I’ve done a month of themes a couple of times. It can get annoying, frustrating, even irritating, although I have to admit the experiences taught me to stretch a bit when it comes to interpreting a theme.

  11. dearrosie says:

    Nice to see what you look like even if it’s behind the mask.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Rosie. I step out from behind the mask once in a great while, but prefer self-portraits that keep me somewhat hidden. I seem to have that in common with a lot of photographers. We’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it. 🙂

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Although I appreciated the self portrait 🙂 … love the last one! Today could be the final day of this stretch of the much-needed rain.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. 🙂

      Still raining here, but we may be getting lake effect. Looks like rain is in the forecast for this corner of the state for the next few days, although the chances are slight.

  13. LOVE the self-portrait!
    Hope you got a little outside-time before bed last night. Rain was promised, but never arrived at our place.

  14. LOVE your self portrait… too cute! 🙂

  15. Joanne says:

    This is such a special post, because YOU are in it! I just love your self portraits, although they are few and far between. 🙂

  16. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I like ‘light hidden in the grass’. Jane

  17. […] my wishful thinking continues), I hope to rejuvenate my blogging habits.  Robin, over at Life in the Bogs has provided links to NaBloPoMo’s blogging prompts for October.  While I am sure I will not […]

  18. Christine Grote says:

    I love your self portrait. I can’t figure out how you did it.

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