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When my eyes land, my mind labels.  This morning my cat Kit-Kat was licking my dog Phoebe, and I had the thought “Kit-Kat loves Phoebe”.  And the Now said, “what would you see if you look without labels?”.  I think I will try that today.

All Necessary Ingredients Of Paradise Included In One Package

Happy Earth Day.

If you would like to learn more about Earth Day, click here.

all photos compliments of NASA.GOV

Abundance

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I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams. My kitchen has more food than I could eat in a week. Outside my windows is a symphony of bird song. My bed is soft and warm. Art is in my home and in my city. Books abound. My dog wags her tail when I walk through the front door. My cat curls up under my neck when I am trying to read. I have more jeans and T-shirts than I can wear in one day. The love of my life smiles when I surprise her in the driveway. She thanks me for every small task I accomplish. She respects my boundaries. She looks forward to our time together. I’m surrounded by evidence of lessons I have learned and reminders of lessons I have not yet learned.

I believe in abundance. Our Creator has given us imagination, and a vast universe, awesome power of thought, and magical intuition. We are capable of the most intimate compassion. We have created music that transports us. We dance. We make love. We yearn for meaning. We suffer in sorrow for others. If our hearts are built for sorrow, then they were made for love and compassion.

We are powerful beings, and we fear our power. Imagine yourself as an author, a composer, a sculptor, a gardener, a dancer, a teacher, an architect, an artisan. Imagine that the universe will provide everything you need to manifest your intent. Is this frightening? If it makes you quake, which dark corner hides your doubt? I doubt my wisdom, compassion, patience and faith. I fear that my past choices of Self will manifest in my Creation. Will it be ugly due to lack of compassion? Will it collapse due to lack of wisdom? Will it be shoddy due to lack of patience? Will it remain unfinished due to lack of faith? If my creation reflects who I am, will it be a lesson to me, or will it be a thing of beauty?

The infinite Now is my servant. Do I even dare to say such a thing? Yes. Does that frighten me? Yes.

The infinite Now will manifest whatever I choose next. Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God. He said to look at the birds and flowers, and to realize that they do not worry over tomorrow. They live only in the Now. I think he was reminding us that the infinite Now will respond to our choice and our need and our intent.

My job is to be in the heart of Love right now, and to be always in the Now.  That’s my job. Stillness in action. Lao Tzu called it wu wei. To do without doing, the way of non-action.

In The ‘Hood

My dog took me for a walk this morning. I love this neighborhood. Am I crazy to want to get out of Los Angeles?

Spring

 

 

This past weekend at the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Below The Surface

DSC_1439_edited-2Oil rigs are all along the coast in the drive north from Los Angeles. I think I counted eight while sitting on the beach this day. Meanwhile, a pelican is about to have lunch.

 Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Today and Tomorrow

DSC_8395_edited-2This morning was a walk through the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Sure, I Can Do That!

DSC_4276_edited-1L.A. Breakers performance, Venice Beach, November 2013

(I could see myself doing this, just before someone drives me to the orthopedist’s office.)

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Nervous

DSC_8350_edited-2This lizard stayed motionless all evening as I first noticed him, then took his picture, then chatted with my neighbor, then finally went home when it got dark. Poor little guy, I am sure he didn’t enjoy our company.

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Film: Finding Vivian Maier

This is a striking film about the street photographer Vivian Maier. It opened here in Los Angeles on Friday. Well worth your time.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

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This week’s photo challenge is THRESHOLD.  “A threshold is a point of entering; that point just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in time, full of anticipation. All the hard work is over; relief is palpable.” Click here to see other photos of THRESHOLD.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life (2)

DSC_0443-1_edited-1On the streets of Dublin, just outside Trinity College.

“For this challenge, document the movement (or stillness) of a street: tell a story with your snapshot, capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place, or simply show us where you live — or a path you often take.”  See other submissions for “Street Life” here.

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

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After the rain is when Los Angeles is prettiest, and it rained last night.  Here’s the street I live on.

“For this challenge, document the movement (or stillness) of a street: tell a story with your snapshot, capture a scene that reveals a bit about a place, or simply show us where you live — or a path you often take.”  See other submissions for “Street Life” here.

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

Really Big Ant

DSCN0155_edited-1Today’s excursion was to Big Bear Lake, elevation 7,000 feet, about 85 miles east of Los Angeles.  There was a bunch of these busy ants, and so large that I feared setting my camera bag on the ground! Am I seeing teeth here?  My best guess is that this is a Mound Ant. Perhaps you can tell me?

Kelly 2014 © all rights reserved

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