Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tranquility Along Country Roads

“I long for the countryside. That's where I get my calm and
tranquility - from being able to come and find a spot of green.”
- Emilia Clarke -

Sometimes I get tangled up in life’s worries, demands and frustrations, and become slightly, um...how should I say it?...unbalanced.


When I am in that state, I am literally drained of positive energy, and it leaves me feeling exhausted. Overwhelmed. Stressed and anxious. And so on...


Being mentally, emotionally and spiritually at peace is important to me, so when I become ‘unbalanced’, I seek to restore my inner peace.


There are various ways that I accomplish this, but one of my favourites is heading out to the countryside with camera in hand.


The tranquility along country roads chips away at the toxicity that has taken up residence inside me.


The sights, the sounds and the smells of nature liberate me from the tensions that weigh me down.


The underplayed and modest beauty along country roads that waits patiently to be discovered has the power to heal what plagues me.


Whenever I return from exploring and photographing the country’s mellow and modestly beautiful offerings, I feel whole again.


How do you restore your inner peace?


Happy August, everyone!

26 comments:

  1. Ok - going to have to go a little pin crazy with this post girlfriend!
    I don't know how you do it - but you restore calmness in me just by posting these photos - seriously -
    XXX

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    1. I'm glad I make you feel that way, Suzan! Sure beats irritating someone...LOL...

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    1. The quiet of the country probably works for many!

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  3. I hear you loud and clear, Martha!
    I think this is why I embrace photography so much. It forces me to live in that moment/second it takes to capture that shot in front of me and makes me think about nothing but what is now happening.....not all those 'things' we store up in our mind.
    I can see that this works for you too.....these photos are wonderful.

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    1. I know you understand how it feels. Photography does force us to live in the moment, and to view the world in a different/special way. And by making us focus so intensely on what we 'see' through the lens, our mind is cleared of all the clutter that builds up to toxic levels. It's the best therapy around!

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  4. Something I find interesting about these photos is that I think I could tell that they weren't taken in Iowa,[1] even though they depict the same sorts of things (trees, barns, hay bales, etc.). I can't quite pin down what exactly is (or isn't) in your pictures that wouldn't (or would) be in their Iowa equivalents. It's kind of weirding me out.

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    [1] Though I'm less sure about the 1st, 5th, and 6th photos: it's possible that I could accept those as being Iowa shots, if I didn't know that they weren't.

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    1. I think I understand what you mean. When I look at photos, sometimes I immediately know that they're not taken somewhere in Canada. It is very weird.

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  5. Your beautiful photos calmed me down too! I like to go for walks in the neighbourhood.

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    1. I'm glad they had a positive effect! Walks around the neighbourhood are always fun.

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  6. Beautiful pictures! I'm impressed by your photography skills :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon, and for your lovely comment!

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  7. That countryside is gorgeous and looks perfect for a picnic. I try to meditate more when I feel unbalanced.

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    1. It is really beautiful out there. And a picnic would be great!

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  8. Totally understand, Martha. I go walking in the Short Hills. It's my soul work. (Lovely photos)

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    1. Walking is a fantastic way to relieve stress. I love that term 'soul work'!

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  9. Living in the city drains me. I also love to be outside and away from it all to find balance. I also meditate, read and practice Reiki on myself. It all helps.

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    1. I used to live in the city up until 2009; then we moved here where the population is less than 150,000. Best thing we ever did. The pace is slower, and life is not as stressful.

      At least you find ways to detach from the day to day frustrations. Every little bit helps.

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  10. So many amazing barns in your area.

    A daily 2-mile walk in the morning and focusing on healthy eating helps to keep me grounded. Photography helps to keep my sanity as well. :)

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    1. It astonishes - and thrills me how many barns there are nearby. There is no end to how many photographs I can capture every time we're out in the country areas.

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  11. Pretty much the very same way, Martha.

    Toxicity...great word for this state....the countryside just softens the mind and your view of things.

    We took off the other day to do that very thing of rejuvenating...that is why Sophie swam in the canal and we took many goldenrod pictures. That's all it took with the fresh air and laughter.

    Ron

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    1. Oh, I know the three of you understand exactly where I'm coming from. The camera actually encourages and motivated me even more to get out there and seek that tranquility. After being out there and snapping photos, I return home completely rejuvenated. It's the best therapy for the soul!

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  12. I go to Yoga. Today August 2 was a lesson on inner peace! I read this post yesterday and today there it was again--inner peace! Both helped me a lot! Thanks, Martha!

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    1. I am very curious about yoga. I would probably enjoy it, and should think about giving it a try. Photography is the mind's yoga; very meditative!

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