Good Habits

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There are habits, things we do everyday, which nourish our soul. These good habits are ways of bringing joy and goodness into our lives, no matter what might be going on. Good habits help to centre us in the heart of our lives, and to ground us in reality. For me, my dogs are one of my daily good habits which I don’t like to do without.

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One of the best things about having dogs are the daily walks, which happen whatever the weather, whatever the season. Walking with my dogs is another of my habits, which I wouldn’t like to break. The exercise and fresh air nourish my body, and the company of my dogs nourishes my heart with fun and smiles. I always feel better after our daily walk.

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I’m also addicted to being in nature, immersed in her moods and shifting colours, and her wild generosity. My habitual daily dog walks take me into nature and her soothing comfort. It’s a regular habit which helps me manage the stressful things life has a habit of throwing under my feet.

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Whether it’s by the sea, in the woods, on the hills or by the river, I’m also addicted to capturing what a I see with my camera. Almost everyday I will take photos while out in nature with the dogs. The way the light falls over and through the world captures my imagination, leading me on into natures heart. The light changes with the time of day, and the time of year, never the same from one moment to the next, reminding me to savour things just as they are in the moment I find them. So as you can see I have quite a few habits, which thankfully are good for me.

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Tumbling out of all of these habits, comes another, the habit of blogging about where I’ve been walking, of sharing my photos, and of following others in their daily adventures and habits. It’s such a lovely way to connect with others, and it’s definitely addictive.

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So here are a few more shots of my wonderful dogs, who are the driving force, the muse, behind all these other good habits. They make me smile, and they take me out into the world on new adventures everyday.

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Oh and did I mention I’m addicted to sunsets, especially if they fall over the ocean. Well that’s enough of my confessions for today, but if you want to see what habits others are sharing click here to the weekly photo challenge.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like 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 run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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88 Responses to Good Habits

  1. vastlycurious.com says:

    You have happy dogs Seonaid : )

  2. Glorialana says:

    Hi Seonaid! Your blog is brilliant! Please, allow me to nominate you for the ABC Award.
    http://glorialana.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/inspirational-alphabet/

  3. Looks like lots of fun. Dogs are a wonderful excuse for getting out in all sorts of weather. Yours look wonderful.

    janet

  4. You are spoiling us with such a stunning selection of images – your gorgeous dogs, the light, the forest, the seaside. Just lovely, Seonaid

  5. restlessjo says:

    Lovely relaxed photos of your dogs, Seonaid. πŸ™‚ They look to be having such fun.

  6. icelandpenny says:

    Wonderful photos of your dogs in nature. I particularly like the gold-washed dogs on a golden beach in (I’m guessing) late afternoon sun, and the preceeding one of dogs ankle-deep in leaves on the trail. I walked and hiked a lot with my husky, and felt more in tune with nature as I watched her alert eyes, pricked ears and quivering nose.

    • Penny that’s so true, watching the dogs explore with their deeply curious nature deepens my connection with nature too. Willow in particular spends a lot of time looking up into the trees for squirrels, while Maisie like sniffing for rabbits…..Molly just copies the other two πŸ™‚
      You were spot on thinking the beach shot was taken in late afternoon sun….the light was starting to drop into the sea, and it turns beautiful colours as it does this. The shot at the end was taken about 40 minutes later slightly further along the same beach!

  7. londoncab53 says:

    Amazing! Love the dogs and the stunning place you inhabit:)

  8. aekshots says:

    You’re certainly in the right place to feed your nature addiction…beautiful shots.Seonaid.

    • That’s so true, I’m not sure how I would cope with life deep in a city……I love to be in Edinburgh, but it’s a very small city….and very pretty, with lots of textures and history ( another of my addictions!)

  9. What wonderful companions … lovely animals with such obvious personalities which are clearly reflected in the image you have provided. You are a lucky woman to have such lovely beasts as muses and close friends. I’ve enjoyed the way in which you suggest they provide the motivation for some of your best habits … keep in mind that you provide the motivation for some of their best habits as well. A very healthy synergy for all. D

    • That’s a great way of looking at it David….we encourage each other and everyone’s happy πŸ™‚ connecting with life and nature is such a great way to stay as healthy as possible…..especially good for our emotional and mental health! We are lucky to have such great fun companions.

  10. You have some beautiful photos of your lovely habit πŸ™‚

  11. You were nominated for the Sunshine Award.
    Have a nice day!

  12. What will we do without our pets? They become such wonderful companions. Beautiful photos

  13. twoscamps says:

    Oh such a lovely post, Seonaid! Your canine companions are a joy to behold!

  14. There are no better habits, are there? They give and give and give…and love them back we do. It’s impossible to be without those beautiful friends – I tried for one year, and that was the most miserable year in my life. Always one dog at a time…but after that devastating, lonely year I had to have two…

    They are really gorgeous, your dogs. After I had lost Amanda, my beardie, I bought Mille and then Totti. My boys…

  15. They’re beautiful dogs and you photograph them so well too! I grew up with dogs and really miss having them. I’m not well enough to give a dog all the care and activities they need! I’m lucky to have my cats though πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the great comment Sarah, and I’m sad to hear you can’t have a dog, but cats are great too. We have two boys, but they don’t get much of a look in with photos, as the dogs steal all the glory πŸ™‚ Both cats and dogs are great for our health, with the bond we make and the fun we can share together πŸ™‚

      • They are very good for our health! Animals have great empathy. I did a bit of Riding For The Disabled and would love to do more as I’ve always loved horse riding. Some elements of my Crohn’s made that impossible, at least for now! I always love meeting dogs when I’m out by the local canal. Some owners are so worried about their often damp and muddy dogs coming over to say hello, but I love it πŸ™‚ We’re certainly having great fun getting to know our new kittens!!

  16. zark66 says:

    Wonderful! πŸ™‚

  17. Hanna says:

    The dogs are so cute.
    You can put them on an action and sell ​​them very expensive on an action after those pictures of yours πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€
    All the best and have a nice sunday, Seonaid.
    Hanna

  18. Beautiful photographs and I can so relate! πŸ™‚

  19. Oh I’m so envious. I wrote about the fact I can no longer do exactly this. Your dogs are divine!!!!!

  20. kz says:

    beautiful post, as always πŸ™‚

  21. Amar Naik says:

    great posts.

  22. Anarette.com says:

    I am like you addicted to nature…

  23. Beautiful shots especially the reflections.

  24. Paula says:

    Seonaid, these are definitely good habits πŸ™‚ Thank you for being such a positive influence πŸ™‚ Your dogs are beautiful, and if I could ever afford one I would like to have one of your puppies πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  25. blueberriejournal says:

    I totally agree. Having dogs gives you habits, that are good for you.

  26. So good to see your dogs again – I love ’em πŸ™‚

  27. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh Seonaid I really enjoyed walking with you this mornng, your furry people are adorable. You have some lovely places to walk, are they nearby or do you have to drive to get there? I especially love the dogs on the hillside and of course your words are a perfect match. Happy weekend!

    • So glad you enjoyed the walk, it was lovely having you along πŸ™‚
      These shots were all taken on local dog walks, within maybe 15 mins of driving. Some of the woodland shots are just a 5 minute walk away. Oh and the hillside shot is taken on Aurthurs Seat, but at the back….where not many visit!
      I always feel lucky to have hills, sea and woodland so close to us. it gives a lovely choice each day of where to walk πŸ™‚

  28. colonialist says:

    The dogs are to be thanked for developing such excellent habits! A delightful trio, inspiring trips to so many places of enchantment.

  29. pommepal says:

    What a beautiful world you live in Seonaid and the light in your photos is exquisite. I love the photo of your dog walking among the trees such a peaceful setting and the golden light on the beach is stunning

    • Thank you, and I do feel blessed to live in such beautiful surroundings. So glad you like the light in the photos….light is the thing which fascinates me most. If you look closely at the woodland walk through the tree avenue, you’ll notice the other two hairy hounds in the distance, quite a bit further down the track!

      • pommepal says:

        I agree about the light aspect of photography it is a constant challenge and fascination. I had to go back and look again for your other 2 furballs. Great photo

  30. Suzanne says:

    This is a great take on the challenge. I especially like the photos of the dogs on the beach.

  31. I LOVE beardies:) They make those walks funny too!!

  32. adinparadise says:

    What wonderful and nurturing habits you have confessed to, Seonaid. πŸ™‚ I so enjoyed your photos.

  33. Mike says:

    Lovely post. Beautiful dogs, wonderful words.

  34. Brenda says:

    What a great way to start any day! And end it, too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your fluffy pup photos. What charmers. πŸ™‚

  35. Daily walks in nature with dogs and camera – can’t think of very many better addictions (ahem – good habits) to have.:-)

  36. I love to see your dogs again. So sweet. I totally agree with the importance of that type of habits you mention. I don’t know if I manage to ground in reality with my drawing habit :D, but… it feels also great to have that escape. Thanks for sharing once again.

    • Oh I think painting is definitely grounding you in the reality of the here and now….as you focus on the paints and the water and the sweep of the brushes. It’s pulling your creativity down into reality…and then we all get to see your lovely creations πŸ™‚
      I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing the dogs again.

  37. adeptula says:

    Your dogs make me smile; they’re so adorable. And I bet they are good walking companions. πŸ™‚

  38. cynthiamc1 says:

    Gorgeous! I felt as though I was right there with you. This is one of your best posts yet.

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