Friday, November 2

photo friday :: strength

swirly girl, canon digital rebel xti

this morning i realized that my weepiness has not all been about sadness.
i've been releasing, cleansing, purging.

i went to yoga yesterday for the first time in a long while.
my teachers name is Banoo. isn't that lovely?
i felt grounded and rooted and centered.
i breathed deeply.
my body felt strong.
my heart felt strong.
the remainder of the day i felt lighter. i laughed.
must. go. more.

when i gaze at this portrait of Swirly, i think of the paths we are all on.
at times it is a struggle to move forward but it is always towards something richer.
along the way we pick up gems and tuck them in our boots.

today i am taking a moment to sit in the grass and pour out all my gems.
i will hold them up to the light, kiss them and feel gratefulness wash over.

these gems have strengthened me and will continue to do so as i take them on my journey.

edited to add: omg...talk about strength and cajones. you MUST see this video of one of my dearest friends that she posted on her blog today. i am laughing & crying at the same time. she totally rocks my world in so many ways. i have the coolest gals in my life.


Blogger Swirly said...

That is such a gorgeous image...colorful gems falling through your fingers, twinkling in the sunlight. Loving you dear one...you are SO strong!!

November 2, 2007 at 10:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Oh darling what a gorgeous photos and message.

kissing each one-hmmm glorious image.

Love you

November 2, 2007 at 10:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Vivienne said...

what a beautiful realization!

November 2, 2007 at 11:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When i saw the photo, i thought, YES!!! that is Boho girl!! All strength...i'm so proud of her for posting her own photo...and then saw it's actually Swirly Girl (which is great as well)...maybe I must post a photo of you Boho girl, on my site for 'strength'...because whenever I hear that word, you jump up in front of me...would like to wait, to be able to take a photo of you myself....yummie!!!!

November 2, 2007 at 12:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

aw, look at our gorgeous girlie - this is such a gorgeous photo, hon! proud of you for going to yoga (i gotta do the same - kick my butt if i don't soon, k?)

(ps. there is a character in the Mighty Boosh caled Banoo... *giggle*)

November 2, 2007 at 2:59:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny. Yoga works for me too, so much so that it should be regarded as precious and necessary as water and oxygen. Yet... I seem to never prioritize it.

This is a complete aside and a totally randome segue, but have you seen the movie Water by Deepa Mehta? For some reason it surged into memory just now, adn I feel compelled to recommend it. It is stunning and I think you would love it.

November 2, 2007 at 3:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Keely Van Brocklin Emery said...

Wow! I loved that video! I'm glad you have a friend like her, everyone should. :)

November 2, 2007 at 9:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Marianne said...

The paths feel a bit windy and uphill this week, but there are loads of gems along the way. Thanks for knowing, for remembering.

Love you. x

November 2, 2007 at 10:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger all over the map said...

I *heart* the photo. It does seem to say move forward, keep pushing, march on.
That video made me want to get up and twirl. You are blessed with such lovley ladies in your life.

November 3, 2007 at 11:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

i love how you articulate so beautifully the clarity that comes to you as you continue to move forward...journeying onward.
that is one of your greatest strengths, i believe.
i certainly appreciate your wise words...they are to me little gems i collect with gratitude.

this is a gorgeous photo of swirly ;-)
and jen's video is truly inspired!!!

love to you,

November 3, 2007 at 2:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Marc said...

I loved this, you have a beautiful way of expressing yourself.

November 3, 2007 at 4:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger bluemountainmama said...

was guided here from a friend's blog... and i must say...what a great little space you have here! i'll be exploring and reading more.... i have a little boho lurking underneath my country gal exterior... wink! :)

November 3, 2007 at 7:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lady Prism said...

hee! hee! hee! hee! hee!hee! hee!

( I watched the video..laughing alone..but seriously needs to get back to work..lovely post!)

November 4, 2007 at 11:01:00 PM PST  
Blogger Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

this is such a beautiful portrait of miss swirly!

November 5, 2007 at 11:17:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful reminder and I love that you are pondering and embracing those gems in life....

....and oh my goodness that video...that is the most awesome thing I have seen in some time!!!! he he


November 5, 2007 at 12:08:00 PM PST  

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