At the center of your beingPosted: September 26, 2012 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, beginnings, Bicycle Adventures, Earth, Fire, home, Meditation, Mindfulness, NaBloPoMo, nature, Outside of comfort zone, Photography, Quotes, Spirit | Tags: Akron, BlogHer, cycling, Lao Tzu, MaidinSun Photography, meditation, NaBloPoMo, nature, October, Outdoors, Photography, quotes, Summer, trees, woods 37 Comments
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
May you have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.
- Join Us for October’s NaBloPoMo and Take Off Your Mask (blogher.com)
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.
It IS, Kathy. Me. 😀 I don’t usually like photos of me, but I had fun with this one. You’re welcome, and thank you. 🙂
fascinating images today, love the mask, and the idea of coming out from under it, we are all so splendid in our centers!
Thank you, Christine. 🙂
Great seeing you in the mask photo Robin! That last image is really outstanding as well!
Well it’s sunny, warm with temps in the 80sF here today. A beach day. 🙂
Thank you, Phil.
A beach day sounds nice, but then I’d miss the fall colors so I guess I’ll just be happy where I am. 🙂
Photos are so poetic! Beautiful mask photo!
Thank you, Amy. 🙂
My favorite today is you!
😀 Thank you, Colleen.
The mask is terrific! Nice idea. Lovely waves in that last one.
Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂
Love the masked photo and the last one,as well.
Thanks, Kathy M. 🙂
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!
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.
The Masked Meditating Photog! Yes!
lol! Sounds good to me, Bo. 🙂
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.
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.
Nice to see what you look like even if it’s behind the mask.
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. 🙂
Although I appreciated the self portrait 🙂 … love the last one! Today could be the final day of this stretch of the much-needed rain.
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.
LOVE the self-portrait!
Hope you got a little outside-time before bed last night. Rain was promised, but never arrived at our place.
Thanks, Marie. I did. 🙂
Hard to believe some of this rain didn’t make it to you. It must have gone south of you…?
Must have. Now, they’re saying rain for tomorrow…It could wait another day; we’re supposed to go apple picking.
LOVE your self portrait… too cute! 🙂
Thanks, Michaela. It was fun. 🙂
This is such a special post, because YOU are in it! I just love your self portraits, although they are few and far between. 🙂
Thank you, Joanne. 🙂
Hi Robin. I like ‘light hidden in the grass’. Jane
Hi Jane. Thank you. 🙂
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I love your self portrait. I can’t figure out how you did it.
Thanks, Christine. 🙂
I did it at Pixlr.com. They have a variety of effects, textures, and things you can add to your photos.