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Contemplation

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Most of our days are spent in doing some kind of work and involves many tasks. Some of the work and some of the tasks are ones we enjoy and get pleasure from, but others can be tedious, repetitive, and dull. Or even worse, we may not like many of the events of our days at all. There are things we can do to alleviate the tension, anger, or feelings of disconnectedness, but many of these involve efforts in other ways that can work wonders, but it doesn’t quite get us to where we’d like to be in terms of feeling content or relaxed. If you can find a place, a place that you like and that means something to you, a place where you are completely  at ease, and can spend an hour alone there you may find yourself revitalized.  The point to being there and being alone is to let your mind cleanse itself. The point is not to concentrate on anything in particular, not to consciously meditate, not to empty your mind, not to strive for anything. It is to let the past week, or however many days it’s been, run through your head. To allow the frustrations, worries, and angers expression and let them go. You don’t need to feel any of those feelings, nor your tiredness, any longer. Once they’ve been expressed they can go and bother someone else for a while. This is not a cure and certainly won’t keep those feelings from building up again, it is a way to have a new start on a regular basis so that small problems don’t become larger ones with no relief. Contemplating the cormorant’s contemplation, as I was doing in the picture, has been of great value to me. Would you rather bottle up negative feelings or let them go to find another home, away from you?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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