Cabin Fever

February 6, 2011


la salle county, illinois

happy sunday morning!

a few more inches of snow has fallen on the prairie and i’m starting to wonder if spring will ever arrive. because of the weather, i only worked 1 day last week and am hoping that this last snow won’t delay us going back.

i don’t know that i’ve made the best use of my time. there is still some laundry to do and household chores to get to, although, it’s nice that the kids are so helpful, it makes it much easier on me. i’ve spent a lot of this free time focused on yoga and thinking about the yogic lifestyle. i’m quite inspired by the core principals  of  abhyasa and vairagya. practicing non attachment is very appealing to me and i feel i have a good start in that direction. but now that i look around i feel as if i can do better. i want to focus on my abundance of clothing. purchasing all of my clothing second hand, i sometimes get carried away because i find some very nice clothing for very little money. why not only take what i really need and leave the rest for others?

i’m also working on an erosion bundle. i think it’s a fun idea even though i just found out about it and am a little late on starting it, i think it could be a fun ongoing project through the year. wish me luck.

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the photo posted here was taken at richard’s when i was visiting him in december. i’ll dedicate this one to seth as richard mentioned that he liked this one.

peace.

namaste,

julayne

Beginners Mind

February 3, 2011


la salle county, illinois

 hello!

post winter storm greetings from the frozen prairie. the kids and me fared very well through this past winter storm. we only lost power for about 7 hours which is much better than the last big ice storm we had in 2005; instead of 7 hours without power it was 7 days!

with all of this time off of work, what’s a girl to do?  thankfully this girl has electricity (for my dvd player), so i’ve spent a big part of it on my yoga practice. i have been feeling restless in my yoga practice as of late and have been thinking that i’m ready to progress. i recently acquired (through netflix) a beginners practice dvd for ashtanga yoga. i tried it and found it to be quite challenging. it really opened my eyes and taught me a lesson that i should already know: to do well at something you must first master the basics before moving on. in my basic beginners practice i have avoided learning back bend asanas (postures/poses) and it was quite obvious to me when attempting ashtanga yoga.

now that i’ve been humbled by my arrogance, i realize that yoga is teaching me exactly what it is suppose to: to  still the restlessness in my heart and mind. now i’m back at my mat practicing back bend asanas with patience and joy.

 

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the photo i’ve posted was taken last weekend when i was visiting richard. this is the windbreak on the north side of his property. we took a wonderful walk while i was there and i hope to share more of those photos with you soon.

peace.

namaste,

julayne Read the rest of this entry »


blue river, wilbur wright fish & wildlife area, henry county, indiana

In summer, we lounged in the river here and took respite from the heat. The river continues to flow despite the cold, it is nearly the only noise in the snowy wood. The energy of the flowing water keeps it from freezing solid. The sun shines brightly and warms us on the sides facing it. We continue to flow despite the cold.

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i’m so happy that we were able to visit this spot again in winter. richard is right; the cool river and shade that the tall trees  provided was a much needed respite in the 90 + degree heat that day. but today, we dressed in layers and utilized the toe warmers  on the underside of our socks in anticipation of the 15 degree temperature. no matter what the season, i’m hopeful that i will always make a positive contribution to the flow.

How do you contribute to the flow despite the cold?

peace,

richard + julayne

Happy New Year

January 1, 2011


la salle county, illinois

happy new year!

as i was helping richard with outdoor chores today, i noticed the pink sunset through the slats of the old barn at the back of his property. curious, i walked into the barn and snapped the sunset through one of the knot holes in the barn wood. i thought it was a nice frame for the sunset.

my hope  for the new year is a simple yet abundant year full of good health, happiness, peace and love.

what is your wish for the new year?

peace,

julayne

Winter Light

December 27, 2010


margery carlson nature preserve, la salle county, illinois

happy winter!

this photo was taken today on my first official winter hike. i  love the pinkish winter light and the stark shadows when walking through wooded areas in winter. i’m spending the week at richard’s; he happens to live across from a nature preserve. i know, how lucky could a gal get to have a boyfriend live right across the road from a nature preserve? i am very lucky indeed, in more ways than one.

i like having time off in the winter, it gives me time to appreciate nature in a very different way than in the warmer months; trees with their bare branches, covered in snow instead of leaves, frozen streams, and especially the quiet and stillness. it’s amazing to me how nature adapts to the changing seasons.

what do you appreciate about winter?

peace,

julayne

Summer Vibrations 2

August 25, 2010


st. joseph, michigan

hi,

right across from the lovely home i was staying while in st. joseph was this lovely meditation garden. i walked through it several times and was able to sit and enjoy the peaceful vibration , balance, and harmony. unfortunately, the mosquitos were plentiful and i had to flee before i was really ready to go.

mother nature likes to let us know who’s in charge.

peace,

julayne

Summer Vibrations

August 24, 2010


lake michigan, st. joseph, michigan

greetings!

the summer evening is starting to feel slightly cooler to me. this subtle change reminds me that the weather will soon begin to cool and that the earth is gradually moving into another season. before that happens, i’d like to share a few photos i took a couple of weeks ago while visiting the charming town of st. joseph, michigan.

being right on lake michigan was so pleasant. it was so easy to enjoy the morning walk along the beach, afternoons swimming, and watching the sun set. i also met and had very interesting conversations with people i just happened to meet by chance. but in reality, was it by chance? i happen to believe that people of similar vibration levels attract one to another.  

 after returning home from a trip, it’s important to me to realize what it is that i bring back with me. not necessarily souvenirs, but the intangible; the positive emotions and memories that you come home with. capturing some of it in photographs helps to preserve or revive those memories.

what fond memory or feeling can you recall from a  place you have visited?

peace,

julayne