Friday, August 29, 2014

Photography as a Spiritual Practice?

As a spiritual woman, I try to bring awareness to everything that I do.

I'm always looking for new or deeper ways of expressing spirituality.

One of those ways is through photography. I use the act of photography as a tool for self-discovery and a method of journey in my faith. It's a fun and creative way of engaging with our world from a spiritual perspective. It's about finding the beauty and the sacred in the ordinary.

They say you are what you eat, or you are what you think. You are also what you write and what you photograph. We cannot separate ourselves from that which we do because we are always putting ourselves into whatever it is we are doing.

For the Ultra Blog Challenge which commences September 1, I will take you on a spiritual adventure through photography and the words each photograph inspires. Join me for 31 Days of Spiritography: Imaging the Sacred in Everyday Life.

Pelican at sunset over the Gulf by Penny McDaniel.
Silhouette of pelican at sunset over the Gulf of Mexico by Penny McDaniel

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Changing Your Consciousness Filter

Everyone wants to be happy.

If you're not happy, it's not because you don't have the right job, car, or house.

It's because you don't have the right attitude or belief.

Do you find yourself wanting what others have?

Do you bitterly compare yourself to those who've achieved what you haven't?

Do you embrace the self-destructive premise that only certain objects can bring you joy?

If so, then you are destined to live a life of misery, unless you make some much-needed changes.

The good news is that you have the power to change it all.

It's your beliefs, not your material goods that bring you pleasure. If that which you focus on expands, then why would you want to keep concentrating on what you lack that others are enjoying? It's not about changing the circumstances of your life; it's about changing what you make those situations mean.

More often than not, people, many unaware, view life through a filter of lack rather than through one of abundance and gratitude. Whatever the choice, the Universe will surely fill your order.

If you want things to change, then you must change your consciousness filter.

Your consciousness is always in the process of creating. If you keep focusing on your problems or on what you are lacking compared to everyone else, guess what? You'll just attract more of the same. Instead, direct your energy to the emotions and experiences you want, not the conditions you're trying to get away from. This means to direct your attention to solutions.

When viewing others' lives, rather than choosing to see things through the lens of envy, be genuinely happy for them. This shift in energy is a critical step in breaking free of envy and in letting go of desperate striving, unfair judgment, and endless competition.

Look at what you possess and be pleased for yourself. Unsubscribe from the "belief" that you need more to be content. Instead, embrace the understanding that you'll get more as you welcome joy. See the good things within and around you, and expect the Universe to send some more.

Be willing to let go of the things that are keeping your energy down and making you unhappy. Be relentless in your refusal to engage in negative energy. True happiness can't coexist with negative thoughts and emotions. Do an immediate intervention whenever you find yourself tangling with negativity. Take some deep breaths and let the thought go.

Appreciate what you can about the present while pursuing your goals of the future. Choose to see the value of your life and your true self in the present moment.

Behind every personal quest is the desire to find and experience joy, but real achievement comes from finding that joy on a daily basis. Happiness is not some future event. It is a present choice we make.