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Shifting Into Wabi Sabi

October 17th, 2019

Shifting Into Wabi Sabi

Being a wonderful fall morning, I walk into my writing sanctuary and crack the window open just a tad; there is something very invigorating that swirls in the air on Autumn morns.

Through the blinds of my sunlit window I notice the leaves blowing in the wind. In no time at all I am greeted with shadows of leaves dancing on my sanctuary wall. I watch in awe as they have now captured my full attention. They seem to be dancing in sync with the relaxing melodies that are coming out of my sound bar in my living room.

As I sit and type,I can feel the sensational warmth of the morning sun. A smile broadens, my once expressionless face, as my heart is awakened with luminous radiance.

Through my expansive and wildly imaginative mind, I can smell and taste the crispness of the Autumn air.

From a distance, I watch my chest rise up; with each deep breath, I look and feel as though I am riding an ocean wave. Taking it all in, my heightened sense of awareness is soon accompanied by feelings of happiness and inner joy rising up from the depths; rejoicing in this magical moment.

I look and feel exuberantly light, like a feather, free falling from the sky.

As if they are real; I see myself reaching out to touch the flickering leaves on my sanctuary wall; The feel of the textured walls on my fingertips, throws me back into the present moment.

Often times when I am in a state of flow, whether I am writing, drumming , creating art or just being; I find myself shifting into a detached state of mind; where my higher consciousness or inner witness takes over.

From that point on I am an observer; observing myself, relishing in the magic of my own experience. It's one thing to experience the present moment.

Yet, there is something magnificently magical about observing yourself going through the motions of your own experience.

Once again, I am reminded, about the magical invitations that are abundant in our journey of life. The everyday extraordinary moments, filled with magical invitations that can stop us dead in our tracks, sweep us of our feet, and carry us to a place of oneness and inner joy.

The Japanese call this. 'Wabi Sabi'. It is about bringing the quality of attention, to the moment. Being mindfully aware of life as it unfolds before our eyes. I call it, 'Oneness with the moment'. Others, call it 'Grateful living'.

I love the description offered in the following quote by Loenard Koren.

"Wabi-Sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace." — Leonard Koren

LEARNING TO LIVE THROUGH OUR SENSES...

Learning to live through our senses, opens us up to a spiritual path that is simply magical.
As you walk through your everyday moments. Remind yourself to look with a fresh new set of eyes.

Listen for sounds that you may have never noticed before. Feel the feelings as they rise up inside of you; embrace them with loving kindness, the same way you would offer support and love to your best friend.

See if you can identify a taste and last but not least don't forget to touch. It's that simple!
Trusting life as it unfolds before our eyes is the cornerstone to living a life of gratitude and inner joy.

Remember you are the creator of your own life; seize the moment and awaken your life to the magical invitations that line your path.

Experiences like this are what I refer to as, 'Magical Invitations or, Aha Moments! Aha Moments are filled with the richness and beauty of the moment, they are full of wisdom and often times profound, powerful insights.

Thees type of experiences are rich in meaning and validate our being. I have always been grateful for these moments. I have learned to cherish each and every one.


SHIFTING INTO WABI~SABI'....

When this practice of being mindfully aware becomes second nature to you. Try going even deeper. Try detaching and shift into, 'Wabi-Sabi'.
Picture yourself as a witness sitting on your shoulder; observing yourself going through the motions and thoughts of your experience.

Being mindful is essential to our mind, body and spirit's connection to the universe. When we trust life and live mindfully moment to moment, our life is enriched with inner joy and happiness.

Remember, living mindfully, trusting life and being open is a lifestyle choice that you can make. Learn to embrace life, living moment to moment as it unfolds before your eyes.




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In The Stillness Of The Morn

October 17th, 2019

In The Stillness Of The Morn

IN THE STILLNESS OF THE MORN - Fine Art Photography by Mary Lou Chmura

There is something so alluring that happens when I stumble upon moments where all is still. It's almost as if I am transported to another place and time.

The stillness has a way of bringing me home, being one with myself and all that surrounds me. I am elated with feelings of joy and deep connections.

Just being has always been one of my favorite places to be. It's a quality of presence where the rhythm of the Universe flows through me.

In this quality state of presence, time seems to stand still.

Although, the absence of movement is illusory, my being remains unaffected.

Our natural state of being is what I refer to as, “Grace In The Moment.”

This fine art composition, “In The Stillness Of The Morn,” was taken at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages, Florida.

It was one of those moments where I felt deeply connected and in sync with the Universe's natural rhythm of life.


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Migration Of The Soul

May 8th, 2019

Migration Of The Soul

In my morning writing,I decided to ask the Universe for a writing prompt or topic to write about; without hesitation, a title, 'Migration of the Soul' was mirrored back to me through my stream of consciousness writing.

I immediately fell in love with it. I already felt I knew the content as I live it every day.

Migration of the Soul,” is about taking us from one place to another accompanied with the guidance of Nature and the Universeal Life Energy.

So there is no coincidence that this title came to me at a time when my conscious mind is aware of the daily increasing humidity and rising temperatures in the South. Fleeting thoughts of heading North are on my mind. A perfect example of mirroring thoughts.

As a Nature photographer who is always out in the elements; I am constantly reminded, that my body is losing it's ability to insulate me from the minor nuances that accompany the rise in temperatures; as the sweat pours down my face and into my eyes, blurring my vision while trying to look through my viewfinder to capture natures' marvelous wonders.

On the other hand, one of the many rewards of being a Nature Photographer is that I am constantly reminded about the abundance of gifts that Nature and the Universe have to offer.

“It's the simplest acts of nature that we all take for granted that seem to draw me in; observing a small ray of light, or watching a flower as it gracefully unfolds to the morning sun, has a way of speaking to me on a soul level."

There always seems to be something that catches my undivided attention. I call these magical invitations. I love these magical invitations that cross my path. To me they are like a mirror of my life.

Like nature's reflections, the mirror of my life is exactly what it says. It reflects my inner landscape back to me. My beliefs, thoughts and perceptions etc.

The Universe speaks to us in so many ways.

As your soul migrates through it's natural process of life always remember, although we are all one; You are the creator of your life. You hold the key and the power. Use it wisely as the mirror of your life will always shine, reflecting back to you May you experience the one ness of the universe and may the mysteries of life be abundant for each and everyone of you!

If you are interested in learning more about these magical invitations. Please click on the links below to my fine art compositions and read the descriptions of each of these magical encounters.

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Limited Time Promotion - In The Stillness Of The Morn

April 29th, 2019

Limited Time Promotion - In The Stillness Of The Morn

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In this Fine Art Composition, “In The Stillness Of The Morn,” it was the alluring stillness of the moment that captured my full attention.

The dawns early light casting its harmonious glow on the weathered buildings with the still like reflections in the water below was the Universes's way of bringing synchronicity into to my being and igniting that spark to my creative vision.

Exhaling and taking it all in, I knew I was home; from this point on I was in my beingness, connected to the stillness and the oneness of the Universe's rhythm of life. This familiar place of stillness has deep roots, within my being. It happens to be my favorite place to be.

Our natural state of being is what I refer to as, “Grace In The Moment.”

This fine art composition, “In The Stillness Of The Morn,” was taken at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages, Florida.

It was one of those moments where I felt deeply connected and in sync with the Universe's natural rhythm of life.

This Fine Art Photography Print will bring a sense of alluring stillness and grace to any room. .The special promotion being offered is for a 36 x 24 Canvas Art Print.


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April 29th, 2019

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Magical Moments, Flo and Creating Vision

April 29th, 2019

Magical Moments, Flo and Creating Vision

In this particular composition, “Wind Chimes through the Window,” it was the chimes blowing in the wind that ignited the initial spark, which stopped me dead in my tracks and captured my full attention.

The colors of the bright orange, paper like flowers, the soft breeze and the warmth of the afternoon sun were all speaking to me.

It was a culmination of these beautiful elements that drew me in. All and all it was a simply magical experience that seemed to sweep me off my feet.

In fact I woke up the next morning still hearing those beautiful chimes, feeling the gentle breeze and the warmth of the afternoon sun.

And lo and behold through my morning stream of consciousness writing came the following description of my experience from the day before. which I have titled, “Loving My Space Within,” (and you will noticed that I have taken the liberty to enhance my original composition, adding some raindrops to compliment my writing.)

“LOVING MY SPACE WITHIN”

"Raindrops twinkling sounding like chimes, It is the morning ro-bust-ness of the writers mind. Like a feather dancing on the edge of time. From my space deep within my story unwinds". © 2019 Mary Lou Chmura

My love lives in, the magical moments that stop me dead in my tracks and capture my full attention. Like chasing the light poking it’s rays’ in and out of a thickly settled forest or diamonds dancing on a sun glistened bay. A flower opening up or a newborn babies smile;

I love to take the time and listen to the silent communication with the bunnies in my backyard. I love to watch the chipmunks scurrying about darting to and fro, jumping over each and belly flopping, like their high on life and having a blast.

CREATING VISION FROM A STATE OF FLO....

When I have stumbled upon a magical moment that has captured my full attention, it's like a form of spiritual meditation. Whether I am composing a photographic composition or am writing in a stream of consciousness.

Although, I am completely mindful of all that surrounds me, My body enters a state of Flo allowing my spirit to connect directly to the experience.

From that point on my entire experience moves through me and is outwardly expressed through stream of consciousness thoughts, writing or through the creation of vision that is captured through my lens.

All and all it was another simply magical experience that swept me off my feet and completely immersed me into that state of Flo.

Based on the comments that I have received on this composition. I seemed to have captured, the exact vision and feelings that I had experienced in that particular moment in time.

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Creating With Vision

April 29th, 2019

Creating With Vision

A NOTE ON VISION

My vision and heartfelt wishes for mlcfineartphotography.com is to create an atmosphere of self  exploration and creativity. 

Through the sharing of my artistic creations, visions and writings, I hope to inspire others to look within. Tapping into their private world where they may connect and explore their own inner landscape,  ie; innermost, thoughts, desires, passions. Hopefully creating a spark that ignites a flow of creative artistic expression. 

Whether it is through, photography, writing poetry, drawing, mixed media etc. 

Embrace, Explore, Create, Express
and last but not least Enjoy the Process!

I want this to be....

" A 'Magically Inviting', safe space,  that will inspire you to explore your innermost thoughts and deepest passions. 
A place that is sure to ignite a spark and tap into a world of creativity. " Lou Chmura



A NOTE ON CREATING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

Although, I am not a rule follower by any means and am more spontaneous by nature. When it comes to creating a vision and giving voice to my artistic creations, I have learned that when I am mindfully aware and in the present moment; my senses and feelings are engaged, bringing life and energy through me and into my creative process.

Being mindfully aware of whatever draws me in; whether I am chasing the light, capturing a feeling or experiencing an emotional reaction; I call this the spark, the spark that ignites a force within; a source of energy and inspiration that starts the flow of the creation process.

It could be as simple as a gentle breeze at my back, a glimpse of color out of the corner of my eye; a raindrop, a teardrop, a flower opening to the morning sun or a bird singing nearby.

Whatever it is that captures my full attention, is then drawn into the creative process allowing me to create my vision with all my senses flowing.
In other words, the more you are aware and attune to your senses; the greater the chance, your artistic expression will flow more naturally into your work.

If feelings arise I allow myself to feel and explore them. Feeling my feelings during the creative process brings emotion through me and gives voice to my vision.

Aside from creating Vision with voice, it is equally important to take the time and scope out the area, looking for the best vantage point to direct your lens etc.

If you are near water you will want to look for the best angle to capture reflections. Although, these are just a few tips on creating with vision, there is much to be said about the entire process.


EXAMPLE: I decided to use an example of creating vision and giving voice, using one of my artistic creations below. "The Magical Bond" fine art photography by Mary Lou Chmura can be viewed in my digital art collection.

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Awhile back, I had the opportunity to witness and photograph a mother giraffe bonding with her newborn calf. Through my viewfinder I watched as she deeply and passionately explored every inch of her new born calf's body.

As I watched in awe, my body took on an intricate dance, all of it's own. An array of emotions and magical feelings, had re-surfaced and ignited from a chamber deep within my heart.

My vision behind this digital fine art composition, entitled, The Magical Bond was to not only bring to light the heartwarming love and affectionate gestures between the mother giraffe and her newborn. It was to artistically sculpt a scene that would reflect love, time, and beauty coming together in the stillness of the moment embodied with the alluring, magical, spark of vitality, that two souls share when they bond together.


SHARING THE VISIONS BEHIND MY FINE ART COMPOSITIONS...

Like the vision above, I have written many summaries of  my visions behind many of my  fine art compositions.  You may find these visions in the description section of my artwork.

Being mindfully aware and fully open during the creative process allows me to give creative license to the collective parts of my experience in creating my vision.

Many times, I write about the compelling forces that stopped me dead in my tracks; the magical invitations that crossed my path and captured my full attention.  I may write about the sparks that were ignited, unleashing emotions that were brought to the surface.  I may write about the source of inspiration.

My hope is that you will be inspired, learn to appreciate the art of vision and gain a better understanding of the mindful nature, self exploration and creative license behind the making of each fine art composition.

One of my favorite quotes from Ansel Adams is.....

"You don't take a photograph, you make it.  When words become unclear,
I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs".  Ansel Adams

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Pieces of Me Pieces of You

April 29th, 2019

Pieces of Me    Pieces of You

My vision for this blog is to create a 'Magically Inviting', safe space that will inspire creativity; ignite a quest for exploration of your innermost thoughts, feelings and deepest passions.

A place that honors you; where the freedom to be you is accepted with universal oneness, heartfelt connections and support.

Upon viewing a fine art composition, a feeling or a deep sense of connection may surface. I encourage you to, "Feel, Explore and Artistically Express," through a creative outlet such as; writing, photography, drawing, etc.; whatever feels most natural to you .

Upon reading this blog you may find yourself identifying with something that has been written and be blessed with validation.

Or you may find that you have been emotionally triggered. Once again, I encourage you to explore what lies beneath the surface.

You may be energized by a thought provoking idea which may get your creative juices flowing. Or you may simply be touched by an inspirational quote.


Feel, Explore and Artistically Express!

This is your space to indulge yourself however you wish. "May each and every one of you feel the warmth, acceptance and unconditional love that this space has to offer."

My 'spiritually inspired' compositions and writing are an outward expression, which I describe, overall, as....“Pieces of Me." I will write about my emotional connection and the compelling forces that lie behind many of my fine art compositions. Through my writing I will share many of my own life experiences.

I hope to connect with my audience on a deeper, spiritual level. My belief is that we are all one with the universe; like our mind, body and spirit we share a fashionably intertwined connection.

My hope is that, in return, you will be inspired enough to create your own space of exploration through artistic expression, whether through blogging, photography, scrap booking, painting,etc. titled....“Pieces of You."

Hugs, Healing and Happy Creating!


Lou


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