Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

This idea of interconnectedness is all around us.  From the people we love to the wonder of the natural world.  The earth is a beautiful place.  When we feel connected to it, we find our soul replenished and our spirit renewed. Connection, whether to people or places or both, brings great joy and peace into our lives.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

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A Sense of Place

It is a feeling we have. A feeling of warmth and connection and identity.

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It is a place that is special and unique to us as humans…and as individuals.

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It’s our experiences and interactions with the land and space around us.

This sense of place is important. It creates emotions inside of us. It allows us to feel belonging and safety. Most of all, when we have a sense of place, we care. We care about and for this place.

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There are many beautiful and magical places on this earth. As people we deeply desire ways to bond with these places. These places that capture our hearts and our love.

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For me, a sense of place, is where I feel alive. And at the same time where I feel at home within myself. And where my heart opens and expands.

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I have felt connections to many places. Each is special and unique to me. And each place stirs different feelings. I fall in love with these places. And they become a part of who I am.

I truly believe that when we feel a sense of place with some piece of land or water, we begin to understand the role each place has on our planet. And when we understand, we realize how each place is necessary in the puzzle of life.

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From this comes a sense of responsibility. A sense of compassion. A sense of interconnectedness. A sense of gratitude.

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We look more carefully, we listen more intently and we walk more gently.

For this place…is our home.

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Our only home.

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Rainbows and Sunsets

Sounds like a corny quote or teenager’s poster with pretty unicorns on it! But tonight as I was driving home I saw this:

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I am a rainbow and sunset chaser. I have many beautiful sunset pictures and many beautiful rainbow ones as well. It is very common for people to take these kinds of pictures. I am not unique.

But I have never taken one of both at the same time. Or seen something like this before.  It is truly awesome to witness beauty like this. 

This incredible planet we live on gives us so many simple pleasures and breathtaking gifts.