I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

 

 ©Cathy Sly 2017 

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Somewhere amongst the darkness and resistance of winter I start to wake up.

I begin to understand that life is painful and there is no escaping it if I truly want to be alive. The trick for me is to allow myself to move beyond the pain long enough, to allow joy in. It is a messy balancing act for the pain is real, it is absolute and without limit, I can't forget it but must learn to coexist with it gracefully.

The Buddha taught that “whatever the mind ponders and dwells on, by that is it shaped.” I spend plenty of words talking and writing about gratitude and beauty but often it is just that. . .  words.  Now it is time to consciously dwell in both and live my life fully.  

I am not sure how this will look but I know breaking patterns and feeling uncomfortable will be part of it. Letting go of reacting thinking and bringing awareness to the present is a good place to start.

“Life is painful, suffering is optional.” 
― Sylvia Boorstein

exist stage left || week 12

exist stage left || week 12

winter's exit

winter's exit