Self Reflection

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Self reflection is a beautiful gift which can help to ground us in our own reality. By pausing and wondering for just long enough our minds can become beautifully smooth, like the surface of a perfectly still pool, and we can make out our own faces and hearts shining back at us.
The tendency is of course to keep going, to strive forwards towards an imagined goal, a goal which will bring fulfilment….but of course we never actually reach the goal. It teases us, always leading us on into the perfect future, like a rainbows end. Pausing and reflecting on how things actually are in this moment will release us from the eternal hunger of imagined future happiness. That happiness is here already, smiling back at us from the reflected depths of our souls.
The true magic mirror lies within each of us, allowing us to see our own beautiful truths. Enjoy today and yourself just as you are, because that’s already enough and brimming over with infinite beauty.

Take a look at more reflections at the WP 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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  4. Reblogged this on The Wilderness Pharmacist and commented:
    Reminds me of the story of the Ugly Duckling that turned into a beautiful: “Swain Lake”

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  6. LB says:

    Wise words and stunning photo, Seonaid!

  7. Lynne Ayers says:

    Stunning image Seonaid, and beautiful words.

  8. Leya says:

    Perfect beauty in the swan, the photo, the light and the water. And the wisdom coming with your words. Perfect.

  9. So serene, but paddling furiously underneath. Like many of us, sadly. Lovely post.

  10. The light in this image is stunning!

  11. ladyfi says:

    Wow – stunning shot! And yes, self-reflection is good – even if uncomfortable sometimes when faced with our own truths.

  12. The swan Narcissus? Lovely photo and perfect for the challenge. But I always enjoy your photos.

    janet

  13. Suzanne says:

    A truly wonderful photo. You are very gifted. Your words are inspirational. Thank you.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Your photo is so lovely, it’s like a painting. And your words are great as well. But it’s very difficult to be like that, living in the moment, being happy in the moment. Sadly only few people live this way.

  15. restlessjo says:

    That’s as magical an image of a swan as I ever saw, Seonaid! And you’re right- always reaching for tomorrow doesn’t enhance today. Sometimes I can’t see the wood for the trees. πŸ™‚

  16. Jo says:

    This is beautiful πŸ™‚

  17. dorysworld says:

    That’s so beautiful

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  20. LightWriters says:

    Reblogged this on l i g h t w r i t e r s.

  21. icelandpenny says:

    So wise… “that happiness is here already.” I read somewhere, & wish I had noted the author along with the observation: “The way to get what you want, is to want what you have.” The idea is to live with gratitude not greed, isn’t it.

  22. simonfalk28 says:

    Always willing to support those engaged in self reflection. Just referred to this post of yours in my latest on ‘cold anger’. πŸ™‚

  23. Julie says:

    Beautiful photo and such true words. Beautiful swan, too! Thank you, Seonaid.

  24. poppytump says:

    Such calm serenity in your words and your swan is very dreamy … a lovely way to begin the week Seonaid …

  25. Beautiul, the light, the colours…….πŸ€

  26. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Thanks Seonaid, I’ll try to keep your wise words in mind today.

  27. Tina Schell says:

    Absolutely wonderful capture Seonaid, and love your thoughts as well. You definitely made the most of this week’s challenge!

    • Tina, I had some other shots of oak trees reflected in a rippled pool which I was going to use, but then I came across this one which I took back in January and knew I had to use it…..perfect for reflections πŸ™‚

  28. Beautiful colors in this reflection:)

  29. Amy says:

    Truly a beautiful post, it’s filled with wisdom!

  30. Liana says:

    that is a Dream swan…a Dream

  31. Uncle Tree says:

    I love this photograph! πŸ™‚ And your attitude, Seonaid!

  32. Yup … if only most of us could. I do try! I wonder … how does one distinguish this state of ‘beautiful truth’ from complacency? How can one know when enough is enough? When is the current status good enough? And where do we find motivation if not in pursuit goals? Am I being too introspective? Perhaps so. Your point is well taken Seonaid … if I could only be OK with being OK … I truly think I’d be much better off. D

    • David I don’t think of complacency as the same thing as acceptance. Complacency to me feels as though I would be saying that what there is now is as good as it gets, the end point from which there is no further growth or change. Acceptance on the other hand always leaves me feeling that there’s more to come, another day filled with yet more wonder. I don’t see acceptance as giving in or resting on my laurels, but as a vibrant ongoing challenge to truly enter my life as it unfolds before me. Acceptance is about being real with ourselves and entering the reality and truth of our lives…..with all of our bumps and warts……allowing ourselves to feel happiness and sadness right now, and being open for each new moment that life fills to bursting and rolls towards us.
      Constantly living towards a future goal can become a habit which robs us of the here and now wonder of our lives and of ourselves…..but it’s not an easy habit to break πŸ™‚

  33. Loads of true wisdom. Love to read your posts.

    • Oh thank you Rosa….and I’ve just been catching up with your beautiful paintings. Somehow your posts haven’t been appearing in my reader, so it’s lovely to catch up on all your recent work πŸ™‚

  34. Beautiful image πŸ™‚

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