Don’t Stress About Stress!

This video may save your life … stress does not affect the body the way we’ve been led to believe and the belief that ‘stress’ kills, is in fact the culprit!

“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience. … Stress gives us access to our hearts. The compassionate heart, that finds joy and meaning in connecting with others. And yes, your pounding physical heart, working so hard to give you strength and energy. And when we choose to view stress in this way, you’re not just getting better at stress, you’re actually making a pretty profound statement. You’re saying that you can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges and you’re remembering you don’t have to face them alone.”

Kelly McGonigal

For the first time in my life I get how I managed to make it through so much ‘stress’ and have such a BIG heart … I literally believed that final statement, with all my being. Funny thing is, I’ve been stressing about how much stress this coming year is forecasting … I’ve made choices in order to literally limit the stress in my life. Now I get to embrace it with all my heart!!! Whoooo Hoooo! Bring on the Year of The Wooden Horse … this is going to be an amazing ride!!!

Love.

Graceful Landing

“The artist is a receptacle for the emotions
that come from all over the place:
from the sky, from the earth,
from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape,
from a spider’s web.”

Pablo Picasso

This graceful landing was hard won for that little spider. While doing my best as a photographer to preserve the experience of standing on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with the Tillamook Lighthouse out at sea, and capturing the beautiful sunset… it was dancing in the wind, dangling several feet from a safe resting place, but slowly gaining web, getting closer and closer to the branch. I kept a close eye on it and was honored to bring to life it’s success in the final rays of day.