You know that feeling you get at the end of along day when you walk into your home and close the door? For just a moment, perhaps mo longer than the span of a deep breath, there is joy.
Joy doesn't necessarily come in a big package. It doesn't come in the form of possessions. Joy is found in the moments. Those small spaces tucked between every thing else that is going on around us is where joy is waiting to be found.
My joy this morning came wrapped in the sound of a bird on the pond. A trill in the silence to let me know he was there. Joy was found in a bird's song that I had never heard before.
I find many moments of joy within my home. Home is more than a place. It is a feeling; feeling safe, feeling sad and feeling joy. Listen and watch for the joy to be found in the moments within your home.
Art has the power to heal. Not only the act of creating art, which is a powerful therapy tool, but viewing art has a positive impact on us.
Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a persons physiology and attitude. When viewing sweeping views of nature or works of art the body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from fear to creativity and inspiration. Art and music put a person into a different brain wave pattern. A persons nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters are all affected.
This is why I am a strong supporter of having art in our homes, our work place and especially in hospitals. Does your home have some artwork on display, especially nature-based artwork?
You can read more about what researchers from California University in Berkeley are discovering here.
"He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead - his eyes are closed." Albert Einstein
We are all products of nature. Even though we have tried to remove ourselves from nature with cities and civilization; we still need nature in our lives.
Science is starting to offer evidence of what many already know; nature is good for us. Here's a short list, just three, of the ways we can benefit from nature.
If you don't have easy access to a place to walk among the trees or plants, research is showing that viewing pictures of nature helps us. Which is one of the reasons I am such an advocate of decorating your home in a way that includes some photographs of trees, flowers or nature in general.
Today I am sharing this photo of a tree that always makes me feel good. Can you picture it in your home? Would meditating on this for a few minutes improve your mood?
With St. Patrick's Day over and spring just a week away we are seeing an abundance of green.
Every spring we see new leaves budding out and out world becomes green again. It's a good feeling, one we all look forward to experiencing every year. Did you know that our eyes see more shades of green than any other color? That makes it a natural choice to use in your home decor because we are used to seeing green as a backdrop everywhere we look.
Green is a very soothing color. Surrounding ourselves with some green helps us to relax and generates feelings of hope. It is also used in color therapy to help alleviate depression and nervousness.
Try adding a few touches of green to your home. Do you find yourself feeling more relaxed when you are surrounded with green?
Life has a way of happening when you least expect it. And that is exactly what the start of 2017 did to my family and me. Shortly after the beginning of the year we lost my father unexpectedly. As a result I haven't been as focused here as I normally would be.
Slowly life gets back on track and things return to a new normal. I say new because I am moving forward with a deeper and I hope better appreciation of what is truly important. Many of you have been in this place so you understand the adjustment of living in a world where my father no longer resides. There is a tear in the fabric of my life that just can not be repaired.
I hope as we move forward into this year this better appreciation of what is important and how we bring that into our homes will show in my blog and in my photographs.
This photograph of the Broken Tree is a favorite of mine. Even though it eventually broke from time and age it is still a beautiful reminder of what life is all about.
Those of us in the northern hemisphere are in our winter phase. The astronomical start of winter officailly arrives Wednesday, December 21 at 2:44 am PST. This is known as the winter solstice.
Are you ready? Even though most of us are already experiencing winter weather we still need to make it through until spring. Do you have enough throw blankets in your decor for snuggling under? Don't forget the hot chocolate! Another winter must you don't want to be without.
Stay warm and enjoy the winter solstice!
We all have that small area in our homes or office that needs something, but it is too small for anything too large. For me it was the breakfast nook in my home.
I created a focal point by framing themed photographs. I used a small sized photo and framed them all the same. The look was just right for a small area and it created an interesting focal point.
The photographs shown above are the ones I used. The frames are basic since I didn't want the story to be about the frames.
What area in your home could use a small, but effective focal point?
There will be many strange creatures out tonight. Whatever you do watch out for all those goblins and treat them well!
Have a safe and fun Halloween!
I have been traveling for the past week so I have not been online very often. Sometimes you just have to unplug and enjoy life! However, you can still purchase images as usual. I might not respond to your emails and comments as quickly as I normally do, but I will respond when I can.
Until I return the location remains a mystery. I can tell you that I will be near water!
Getting outside and into my natural surroundings helps me to appreciate that perfection isn't always perfect. And to me, that is wonderful. These are moments that I treasure and don't want to forget.
But as the seasons change and winter arrives it is more difficult to get out into the wild. But I have photographs to remind me. I enjoy hanging these reflective images on my walls where I can see the daily.
These kind of photographs make for an inviting space to relax in. When I sit down at the end of the day I can't think of a more perfect way to relax than enjoying natures imperfect perfection.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.