Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fall Focus

So, without going into a long story, I've had a lot on my mind. I have a potential opportunity that will take me, this time next year, to another land, people, culture, ideas and experiences - for the next few years! I'm very excited about the possibilities that are out there, especially since I've started this blog - which is all about going beyond...

Well, as I said in a previous post, as a Capricorn, I like to plan. So...*sigh*...this potential opportunity has my brain going at 150mph. And I needed to give it a break. And as I've begun to learn, hiking is a great way to get away from everything, and just be. But this day, I knew trying to "clear" my mind was NOT going to work. I had to put my brain to work on something else...something specific. So this hike was going to be about focusing on the details along the trail. I've already learned that the more you start looking for the details, the more you find. This was perfect for what I needed that day! Now, it's still fall, so bear with me as I have more "fall" pics...But still, so beautiful!!!

I chose to go to Beaman Park - about 10 minutes from where I live. Unfortunately, I only had about an hour to do this, but that was ok. The hike today would not be about was about focusing in on the details of Mother Nature. I definitely will be back for a regular hike thru the trails....

I didn't make it very far on the trail...due to the time constraint, and the fact that I kept stopping to take pictures. But I didn't care. And even though I was in the woods, there was lots of sunlight shining thru the trees...which made for great picture-taking. This sun allowed me to really play around with the angle at which I was taking pictures....and found out very quickly that it has to be AWAY from the sun. I know, sounds stupid, but I remember hearing photographers talk about whether the "lighting" was good enough to get a good shot. So, yes, I had to make sure my back was to the sun, so that whatever I'm shooting at is "lit up"...otherwise, it's just shadow that you'll be shooting...and that doesn't lead to brilliant colors and details! I know, probably a simple concept, but I guess I had to find out for myself....

I used, again, the Hipstamatic and Retro Camera apps on my phone, which I am slowly beginning to master. I also wanted to take "normal" camera pics. The iPhone really takes a good picture, but since I've found a TON of other camera/photography apps, I decided to use some of them to enhance the pictures' colors, brightness, etc. more thing about my day that I have to share! This is under the category of BEYOND!
I had my first visit to an acupuncturist (East Nashville Community Acupuncture). It was amazing! The girl had me lay down in a recliner in a room with other patients...very quiet and serene (one guy was even snoring!). She put the needles in, to help the problem I was having, and I ended up lying there for about an hour. I could feel some pressure at times at the points where the needles were, but eventually, I felt a sense of balance - all over. Apparently, that is when I would know my treatment is over. I was soooo relaxed! And even noticed I had a smile on my face when I left...weird, huh? She told me that my Heart Meridian was blocked. Ha! I could have told her that! It's funny....the last few times I've had a health problem that needed some attention, it had been after a period of stress (a break-up and a job, the first 2 times). This time...well, you can make your own guess...from my "diagnosis" from the acupuncturist. It's amazing how internal stress, etc. can eventually lead its way to the outside, creating physical, health problems. I'm even more of a believer now, of the impact of stress in our lives, and also the healing power of acupuncture (of course, along with other medical treatments, exercise, massage, and so many more!).

I guess the reason behind this blog has become even more apparent, and important, to try new things...beyond what you're used to...with the goal of getting everything out of this life that you can!

Below, is a slideshow of the pictures I attempted to take....trying to capture all the details!!! Enjoy!! (Can also be found in my Picasa Web Album)

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