Reflections – Shifts- Openings and Possibilities – Picture to Ponder – V8- 9

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 2, 2012

It’s been a very busy, interesting and productive week here. I hope it was the same for you.

Sheila Finkelstein reflected in 3 mirrors I spent a lot of time in response to Jan Lundy’s invitation to submit an article for the March Issue of BUDDHA CHICK LIFE, topic: “Celebrating the Feminine”.

My knee jerk response, in my head, was, “Thanks, and that’s doesn’t describe me.”

Paying attention to my reaction, I decided it would be a good thing for me to write about, to work my way through it to see what, if anything, was at the root.

You can see my article by clicking on “Celebrating Owning Ourselves.”

Today’s Photos  are in the form of a short “Photo Essay.” Jan Lundy’s suggestion of an added “Photo Essay” for my article in BUDDHA CHICK LIFE probably was the subconscious catalyst when these photos popped out for me as I was searching my files.

Today’s Photos – Photo Essay

Electrical box on outside wall at San Marco

Locked Up…
What is there to be Revealed?

poolside ripples - reflections in the water

This Way or That?

reflections in pool water - all over ripples

Opening Up…
Still a Swirl…
Endless Possibilities!

The three photos were presumably taken on a neighborhood walk. I do not know what the top image is. The bottom two are of reflections in our community pool with the water moving to the rhythm of the motor of the filter pump

Self-Reflecting Queries –
As I finishing writing today, I’m feeling like the bottom photo, all over the place – inside responsibilities and out – time pressure constraints and more. I want to pop up into the top photo and feel focused and secure.

The irony of this is that when I was looking at the photos the other day, the top one was a little disconcerting. I did not want to be “locked up.” And, I suspect when I took the water reflection photos I was feeling very calm and peaceful and viewed the scenes from the same perspective.

The reminders here are that at any given moment our perceptions are often colored by our immediate thoughts and feelings. I could say “head games.” If we consider them as games, we can more freely play with creating shifts, while looking at the same situation.

So coming back to you.

1. What is your initial response to each of the photos?

2. Can you relate them to things happening in your own life?

3. What kind of shifts, or different interpretations, can you put in place, if you so choose?

4. Lastly, I invite you to have fun with your own images. Look around. Find something that catches your eye. What is it that had you respond to it? Could be different? If so, would you want it to be and how would you create it as such?

As always, remember to have fun with the photos and queries. Please share your experience on the blog.

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I am in awe of what the participants experienced and contributed. And I continued to be impressed with Jan as I observed her gentle, insightful and supportive comments, as well as those of the participants.

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