Meeting Boundaries


We stand in the middle of a world we feel we know, and within the known we can relax and soften. It feels relatively predictable and safe this known world we inhabit.  Yet pushing in around the edges of this comfortable world is the unknown, the new, the yet to be encountered. This boundary or edge between the known and the unknown presents us with choices and opportunities, but can also bring fear or unease. It marks a line between the firm ground of certainty and the shifting waters of new states and possibilities. 

When we find ourselves at the boundary of the new and unknown, we usually pause, at least for a moment, to asses what we might be stepping into. Sometimes the shift feels like too much of a challenge and we might prefer to stay on the firm dry earth of certainty. We plant our feet firmly and refuse to move forwards. Learning how to cross these boundaries with confidence can allow us to grow and expand our awareness, and prevent us becoming stuck in old outdated patterns. 

At other times we might plunge in happily, full of excitement and expectation. Usually when life has been going well and has been fairly predictable, crossing into the unknown will feel like an exciting adventure. However if life has been throwing us some unforeseen curve balls, crossing the boundary of the known will feel far more of a challenge, and might even be met with a refusal. How are you feeling about the edges of the unknown in your life at the moment? Are you ready to get your feet wet and allow your world to expand?

Find more about boundaries at this weeks WP photo challenge. 

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 Meeting Boundaries

  1. pommepal says:

    Lovely meaningful words and images to match. Stepping across boundaries can bring all sorts of excitement

  2. Sharon says:

    Oh such beautiful dogs. One is autumn and the other is winter………

    Really lovely post as always, Seonaid.

  3. Great images and beautiful writing – love it! sometimes I dare myself to jump in to the unknown ๐Ÿ™‚ Scuba diving is one of them and now I am addicted to it ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely walk today with your dog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Indah, sometimes it really pays off to jump right in with both feet! I used to scuba dive, and had thought I would find it scary. It was the opposite and so relaxing๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’•I haven’t kept up my hours though and now restrict myself to snorkelling whenever I get the chance๐Ÿ˜

  4. Leya says:

    That is so, yes. I think most people want to try…go further, open up, not being afraid. But then again – as you say – what people do depends much on what they have experienced before and in what mood they are. Thoughtful as usual and lovely pictures.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I knew you would do a brilliant boundary post Seonaid. Yes, I try to be as open to each new boundary that I meet.

    • Aw thanks Gilly๐Ÿ’• Staying open can be such a challenge when life isn’t going smoothly… That’s mine currently๐Ÿ˜€ but here’s hoping for calmer waters and more fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Robin says:

    โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ I love this post. โค I'm not sure what else to say right now because I feel as if I arrived at the right words, the right images, the right questions, and the right moment. A convergence, maybe. Thank you. You have given me a gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. gwynnrogers says:

    Your photos are so magnificent and they depict boundaries so well. For me and my friends, the unknown boundary that we deal with is Aging. We all think we are 20 until we look in the mirror; or we try to do something we used to love and find we no longer can do it. Accepting us for our limitations is really hard right now… but we have to forge ahead into the unknown anyway. Boundaries are interesting and sometimes not easy to cross. Thanks for your lovely post!!

    • I think that edge of ageing is a big Unknown for most Gwynn…although quite a few have walked along its path ahead of us ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
      Changes in the body and its capacities are always challenging, whatever the reason, but there are many ways of having fun!!
      Delighted you enjoyed the post, and as always it’s lovely to read you’re reflections on it๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  8. restlessjo says:

    I wish I was braver sometimes. Love the reflections, Seonaid. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Wonderful answer to the challenge, Seonaid. “He who dares, wins.” I love your photos, especially the second one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Suzanne says:

    This is very well written and insightful. Your photo add another layer.

  11. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    I like boundaries for their clarity of structure but seeing these magical borders between the elements, I’d venture more than a toe!

  12. Amy says:

    Great post for the theme! We should get our feet wet…

  13. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post Seonaid, and yes indeed we definitely found the same wavelength this week!

  14. Colline says:

    Your dog certainly doesn’t allow boundaries to stop him from doing what he wants ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This post is wonderful and yes I am ready to get my feet wet and allow my world to expand. Thank you for this.

  16. Interesting you should ask those profound questions. ๐Ÿ™‚ The last couple of years, my life has taken a few u-turns. Some I resisted and some I actually grieved about. But I’ve arrived at a place where I see and smile at the light of the new day every morning and embrace whatever forks in the road I arrive at. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Judy that sounds like a wonderful rich place you’ve arrived at. It sounds as though you’ve spend some time and effort in negotiating your boundaries, isn’t it great when we begin to feel relaxed and confident with life’s flow ๐Ÿ˜Š

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