On Stillness

As the days shrink ever smaller sometimes she seems to hold her breath as she rolls out towards the last light. Everything pauses for a moment as the sky fills with warm pinks, and the light folds itself into the clouds. Utter peace rolls out across the earth and the ocean in silent waves of stillness.

Some of the light settles in reflective pools, shimmering liquid gold among the velvet shadows of the gathering night. Still water mirrors perfect undisturbed reflections soothing the mind and soul of all who see. As above, so below, and the old magic spills out across the world.

Otherworld forests pour up out of the still lochs, bringing the colours of change into ours. From the heart of stillness comes change.

Even our breath pauses in its beauty, filled with wonder about what might follow. After the pause comes motion, rolling out once more in the opposite direction. Only on the threshold, between two directions, is the balance of stillness possible. Whenever you encounter it, drink it in, nectar from the Gods to feed our souls.


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 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 Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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36 Responses to On Stillness

  1. twoscamps says:

    Winters, cold and bright! That’s how I like them as well, Seonaid. As always, a lovely post with breathtaking photos….

  2. Dilip says:

    Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures.

  3. restlessjo says:

    The colours and descriptions are so rich, Seonaid. I especially like the first two photos and the stillness of the sea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Amy says:

    This is such a special post! These are all so beautiful.

  5. zark66 says:

    Wondeful light! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. wisejourney says:

    such peace…such beauty…without the golden hues of now they could almost be summer shots

    • It’s so true, beach shots are almost timeless….it’s just the light quality which changes with the passing year. They are also surprisingly universal….beaches can sometimes be hard to place geographically as well as in time ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I so look forward to your posts Seonaid, they never ever disappoint. Tha last photo is my favourite, in fact its one of the best ive seen for a good while, thank you.

  8. Hanna says:

    So exciting a topic stillness. For as you put it so well, Seonaid: Stillness is Nectar from the Gods to feed our souls. Beautifully written.
    Some of the images are almost identical to the pictures I took last Thursday of my beach forest ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best,

  9. poppytump says:

    Ah what *magic lies deep beneath in those reflections …
    Just so beautiful Seonaid .

  10. A lovely set as usual Seonaid – is that the ExxonMobil Mossmorran ethylene plant pumping out steam in the first picture (not very poetic, just trying to get me bearings ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    • It is indeed, and if you look very closely you can see the Forth rail and road bridges miles up water, centre right.
      That shot was taken very near the tee which over looks the sea on Gullane golf course……that might help your navigation ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’ve been thinking about how to capture “stillness” and it seems that nature always wins out in mirroring it back to us. These images do carry that very energy and calm our inner busyness just by looking at them.

    • It’s a beautiful thing, to come to that stillness within, and as you say nature offers us lots of help when she’s in a calm mood herself ๐Ÿ™‚
      I find the longer dark evenings help me too, I’m less inclined to feel I need to rush here and there. I can just light a candle or two and pause for a little while.

  12. Once again, your photos and words have woven a magic spell, Seonaid. Lovely indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Oh, wonderful photos and beautiful words. What a great post!

  14. Leya says:

    Beautiful, beautiful…just what I need this stressful time in darkness. Thank you for always being there!

  15. ChrisPage says:

    The reflections in these Shots are beautiful, awesome pictures.

  16. Paula says:

    You have had some gorgeous weather lately. Absolutely love these shots: the colours, stillness on the beach and that intriguing reflection….

    • Thanks Paula, it’s been mixed weather….lots of grey warm days, and then sometimes the gift of a clear crisp day. I think Monday will be a good day for photos, but we’re in the middle of another wind and rain storm at the moment!
      I loved the way the reflections of the trees on the left make the tres look as though they’re made of autumn leaves ๐Ÿ™‚

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