Cultured Reflections


Culture swirls in layers around us, and we catch sight of it from the corners of our eyes.

What we’ve been exposed to in our younger years seeps into our creative unconscious, and little threads of culture are woven into our unique take on life.

This vintage display speaks to my love of the past, and to days when time ticked more slowly, and textures and sounds were savored. The clothes are beautifully tailored, works of art in themselves, and all crafted with incredible attention to detail.

Music is available to us at the tips of our fingers, but nothing can compare to the sound of live music, pouring from the strings of an instrument sharing air with you in the here and now. That’s my take on culture. Click the link to see lots more.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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36 Responses to Cultured Reflections

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  2. frizztext says:

    hi Seonaid,
    I like: “What we’ve been exposed to in our younger years
    seeps into our creative unconscious,
    and little threads of culture
    are woven into our unique take on life…”
    thank you for your comment at

  3. colonialist says:

    I agree about the music, but would add one thing to it. Unless one has persevered to the point where one can at least play a single piece of music, even on the simplest of instruments and no matter how badly, and know that YOU are making it come alive, then one has missed out on a sublime pleasure.

    • Can’t disagree with that…creating music is a wonderful pleasure, and it involves a slightly different part of the brain than anything else…I can feel that part working hard when I’m learning a new piece…but then it slips over to finger memory and its as though my fingers are working bypassing my brain!!

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  8. That shot is set up beautifully and looks like a painting by Escher or someone like that. Our younger daughter and I visited the British Isles some years ago and spent a few days in Edinburgh. Loved it and she had a kilt made for her. 🙂


  9. pommepal says:

    That is so poetically seen and caught in that display. To go slowly through the day can bring so many rewards in things seen that you would hurry by with out appreciating

  10. I have been reading the book “In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed” by Carl Honore, this past week. It goes hand in hand with your image and interpretation, Seonaid. The mindfulness involved in allowing our senses to take in one thing at a time, savoring it fully, rather than rushing onward to the next thing, and the next.

    • That sounds like an interesting book, I’ll take a look at it. Love the idea of challenging the speed culture, all it does is whip us up into a frenzy of never being satisfied with the moment we’re actually in. It’s such a release to let go of striving forwards and to enjoy where we’ve actually reached right now.

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  12. What a lovely way of articulating what culture is and how it embeds within us. As we think of our individual cultural dispositions, can we see how that serves us to go forward?


    • Thanks Shakti, I’m glad you like my way of looking at culture, and yes ever forwards with our unfolding experiences, weaving in new threads from our life’s adventure….

  13. ladyfi says:

    So true. Sometimes, thoughts of what I learnt before in my cultural-rich youth come back to me now in the actions and thoughts I have.

    • Its amazing the way our minds work isn’t it. All those layers we loose sight of, and yet they persist in the shadows, just patiently waiting for something to connect with. No experience is ever truely lost….

  14. Paula says:

    Beautifully captured!!!

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  16. umashankar says:

    That is a lyrical piece. Psychology in poetry.

  17. Amy says:

    Wonderful take on! Well said.

  18. werner says:

    very nice post…a time travel
    have a good day…:-)

  19. I had those same thoughts this week as I walked to and from work. I have been driving that same path for years, day after day. I realized his is the first time I’ve really had a chance to see what was along that path. I actually slowed down time; I stopped to listen and to see. The sounds and the images were as sweet as the songs and the sounds that were heard all so many years ago when time seemed to not move so quickly, and sometimes almost not at all. I think the trick to make that happen then is the same trick that is required to make it happen now; it is to grip on to each minute and not let it pass, to squeeze it like a berry until the juice runs out of it and you can collect it and consume it.

    • Charlie that’s so beautifully put. I love the imagery of squeezing time like a berry, to extract every sat drop of her precious juice. The choice is ours when it comes to the pace we live our lives…and for me slowly is definitely more flavoursome.

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