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Being enclosed in a cage is generally considered to be a negative thing and for some, for a variety of reasons, it is a bad thing. We all are glad that some, people or other species, are confined to cages. Some are glad to exist in a cage. And some aspire to keep others in a cage. Having a cage around you can sometimes be a positive thing. It can convey a sense of safety when one knows that they cannot be attacked. It can convey a sense of comfort when one has been battered by circumstances outside one’s control. It can be a way to rein in desires and actions that one knows are harmful to oneself. But aside from physical cages, we can put ourselves in a cage that then allows us no freedom of movement, no clarity of thought, or no control of our own emotions. The key to avoiding this kind of confinement, though some do not want to avoid it, is to recognize that we are not really caged and to recognize that we can make a choice to free ourselves from the perception that we are caged. This can be difficult but with the development of insight, it can follow. Wouldn’t you feel better having a choice about your cages than create another by limiting your choices?  

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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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