The Inner Path of Photography

We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

Category: Writing and photography

This is a Wonderful Day…

This is a wonderful day.
I’ve never seen this one before.
– Maya Angelou

How do we keep the freshness of our spirits and love of life when it sometimes seems we’re caught in the sameness of every day?

How do we stay in wonder?

For me, my photography practice and every day walks are my window into the mystery and beauty of life these days – no matter what is happening in my outer or inner world.

Some days I bounce out the door, looking forward to the beauty I know I’ll see. Other days I go only because I know that I’ll feel better by the time I return to the house – but still grouchily thinking that I’m tired of seeing the same old thing.

Each time, however, I’m entranced by something new. I have to laugh at myself thinking the walk would be boring. Or there’s nothing new to shoot, I’ve taken that picture before. Or, in the darkest of days: Who cares.

I care. I care about the essence of life, love, and beauty.

I care about the wind on my face, the sun that warms me, and even – sometimes when I’ve felt so trapped and alone “staying safe,” – I care about the gray rainy day that I insist on walking out in, even if for a brief fifteen minutes.

Today I walked in the glorious sunshine, the same daily walk I take along my road bordering the Hudson River. Not expecting something new, just happy to be out and breathing clear, fresh air.

I brought my camera, as usual, ready for inspiration, but not requiring myself to shoot. Listening to an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a favorite monk, sharing his wise and warm perspectives on gratitude, spirituality, and the essence of life, I felt my body gradually getting into the rhythm of walking, breathing, relaxing, being.

I took pleasure in the sound of his voice and uplifting thoughts as I looked and felt my surroundings, appreciating the budding forsythia, the tiny flowering fruit trees my neighbors have planted, a handsome house that is newly built.

I started to notice – absorb – resonate with my joy of being here and now; grateful for the beautiful things that continue to happen in my life.
(I call them “small miracles everywhere.”)

I walked and waved to the few cars that passed; the drivers waved back. I waved to a couple having a video chat on their porch; smiling, they waved back.

I waved to a cat sitting on the steps of a house I’d love to live in – and no, the cat did not smile or wave back. Instead, he ran next door to his own home; startled and probably wondering who this crazy woman was, walking, walking, waving to all.

But I’m fine, Mr. Cat. I practice living in the moment, allowing pleasure.
I recognize Grace.

I photographed new things I hadn’t noticed before. I made some images I’ve shot previously but this time from a different perspective, in a different light, with a new eye. I captured new stories to tell, experiences to share.

I forgot about anything I’d been worried about, and settled into the “now,” the wonder of being.

The sun was setting and all became quiet. A red fox suddenly appeared from the marsh and dashed across the road in front of me. He ran through a yard, and into the woods in a flash.

A small white dog perked up and made a beeline towards the trees. He stopped. He sat. He waited.

After a time, the dog lost interest and trotted back to his house. The night bird sounds began.

The fox came out of the woods, crossed back over the road and vanished into the reeds.

This is a wonderful day.
I’ve never seen this one before.

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Image: “Tree Spirits on the Hudson (Apples)
©Heidi Straube 2020

Download the pdf of “This is a Wonderful Day”

Thank you, Maya Angelou.
Love.

“Step Through”

Your Path is unique.

More beauty and grace awaits.

Watch for the Openings…
Step Through.


Infinite possibilities and love for you in 2020.

❤️

Image: “Step Through”
From the “Cape Cod Spring” Collection

© Heidi Straube 2020 (new, additions ongoing)

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Did you miss last month’s
“Miracles for You – Daily Moments of Bliss” calendar?
The doors are all now unlocked…indulge yourself in sweet surprises –
one each day or all in one sitting!

Visit this link on my website:
https://www.straubephoto.com/advent-calendar-miracles-for-you  

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“My life is a study in living with impermanence –
each day brings its own subtle or dramatic changes.

The world is my studio.”

Learn:
Personal Mentoring: Life Coaching and Photography 
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Explore:
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Saint Petersburg Summer
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Feel:
Photo Poems
Mini-meditations


About Heidi

“A Daily Moment of Bliss”

I like to think of the month of December as a time for inner reflection, connection with others, and times of awe and joy.

This holiday season, please join me each day 
in sharing the love of being alive in a beautiful world.

Indulge in the childlike anticipation of discovering a small special gift…

Visit this link on my website:
https://www.straubephoto.com/advent-calendar-miracles-for-you  

Choose the day’s date,
Then click the door open to discover images and words of pleasure
Return each day for your moment of bliss…

May you feel the love. ❤️


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Image: “Today looks beautiful”
From the new “St Petersburg Summer” Collection
© Heidi Straube 2019(additions ongoing) 

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“My life is a study in living with impermanence –
each day brings its own subtle or dramatic changes.

The world is my studio.”

“Moments of Awe…30 Days”

"End of Day" from the Saint Petersburg Summer Collection
© Heidi  Straube 2019

Life is filled with many moments of beauty,
filling us with the awe of being alive.

Come join me in “Moments of Awe…30 Days” 

I invite you to post, once a day for 30 days,
something in your day that uplifts you, has happened to you,
or that you’ve captured through your art. 

Postings can be a photograph, painting, a phrase or quote,
an observation, a poem you’ve written…
all in response to your day. 

The daily practice of “Moments of Awe” is to remind us each day
of the small and large joys that are given to us –
and will allow us to deepen and make real
our connection to love and soulful living. 

If you can post each day for 30 days, you will have built
a beautiful foundation for living in awe,
seeing and holding this feeling more and more easily. 

If you’re a photographer, artist, or writer,
posting each day will deepen your practice.

Allowing yourself to be spontaneous,
non-attached to perfection,
and calling on spirit each day, 
will result in your connecting even more
with all areas of your essence,
and creating the art that will inspire others. 

Let’s share the miracle and mystery of our lives together.
I invite you to the practice of living your life –
creating your art –
from the place of Awe.  

“Moments of Awe…30 Days” starts on Thursday, August 1 and ends Friday August 30. This is a free Facebook Group experience. 

Click here to participate in “Moments of Awe…30 Days”

(More information also on my website) 
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Image: “End of Day”
From the new “St Petersburg Summer” Collection
© Heidi Straube 2019(additions ongoing) 

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A Note from Heidi:

August finds me ready to try some new Inner Path experiences – and engage others in the fun. “Moments of Awe…30 Days” was inspired from my own delight in “capturing the awe” of my days and the need to my work more actively. I love being with others who feel the magic of life, so using the expansive connections of technology, I’m inviting all to experiment new ways of connection with me.

I’m starting with a Facebook group to try out the concept – but will look forward to offering other ways that I have in mind to dance together. Stay tuned! This first step is a reflection of not waiting for the perfect platform, or spending 6 months (too long!) putting the pieces together, in order to share my inspirations and ways of living life now.

Send me a note anytime! Let me know what you’re yearning for as you create your life and your art. Let’s enjoy living from the soul together.

“My life is a study in living with impermanence –
each day brings its own subtle or dramatic changes.The world is my studio.”

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