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Saturday, October 29, 2011

In Retreat

Generating a space of quiet, contemplation and inner reflection while taking an on-line retreat with Pema Chodrin. I thought it would be interesting to see what I create over the weekend while in this deeper place of resting and being more fully present in the now.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Take A Risk

In the world of soul, I have seldom seen anyone take a risk for growth that was not rewarded a thousand times over, for to trust to experience is to grow, to learn, to develop.

~ John O'Donohue

Shared Seasons

As we go deep into autumn the brilliance of the colors and the changes in nature are so prevalent and evident. And yet, walking in the morning sunlight it feels like the beginnings of summer; I see fresh green grass, trees whose leaves have yet to turn let alone fall to the earth, the sun is warm on my face. It is the in-between of the season.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Meditation on the Form/The Brahma Viharas


           Mudita-Sympathetic Joy


Beauty of the Cosmos

I have loved these flowers, Cosmos, for a very long time. I don't recall them in Chicago where I grew up but I could be mistaken as my thoughts and eyes weren't on the more subtle aspects of a flower garden back in those days.  But out here in the southwest where the air and earth can be harsh and the planting of vegetables and flowers a tricky endeavor, the Cosmos is right at home making it perfect for a weekend October walk when I spot the lovely blooms waving in the autumn air.
What I find most lovely is that the Cosmos is the flower appointed to the month of October. In Greek it is the word used for harmony, balance and order; from the Latin, Kosmos, for beauty. The flower finds its origins in Latin America and when grown in Mexico by Spanish priests they named the lovely bloom Cosmos, because "they exuded cosmic beauty".

This is where I am today in my mind/body/spirit; feeling the soft, quietude of beauty, balance and harmony in all of life and in me. I bow in gratitude. _/|\_

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mountains of Time

Mountains of Time by Mary Sherman
Mountains of Time, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.
This image began as an amazing spectacle of the many colors of autumn. Now it looks like it belongs in a history book.

The Answer

                       The Answer

I heard the sea and asked, "What language is that?
The sea replied, "The language of eternal questions."

I saw the sky and asked, "What holds the answer?"
The sky replied, "The language of eternal silence".

~ Rabindranath Tagore

It's a beautiful autumn day. It's Saturday and everyone seems to be out and about. And it's my time for quiet, moving slowly and reflection.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Guest House

I Bought These for You by Mary Sherman
I Bought These for You, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who
violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame,
the malice, meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


Dragonfly by Mary Sherman
Dragonfly, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.

Feeling the richness of Autumn. Many of my images reflect the tones and qualities of this season. Warm earth tones, feelings of getting quiet as the day closes earlier. Peaceful, allowing, gratitude.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dancing Bees

IMG_1863 by Mary Sherman
IMG_1863, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.

The apps I used really gave this image depth and character and three dimensions.

Floating balloons.

IMG_1865 by Mary Sherman
IMG_1865, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.

I had so much fun playing with these images. Light and happy and free and....free!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Compliments by Mary Sherman
Compliments, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.

Sometimes nature simply hands it to you. I'm walking Lucy, I look down and there it is. I have Lucy sit, I kneel down, take a few deep breaths...the compliment of contrast. That's my life these days; deeply wanting balance between my personal life and the work life.
Somethings' gotta give.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


"Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone. The artist knows he must be alone to create; the writer, to work out his thoughts; the musician to compose, the saint to pray. But women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves...the problem is more how to still the soul in the midst of activities. In fact the problem is how to feed the soul". ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Turning Leaves

Turning Leaves by Mary Sherman
Turning Leaves, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.

The wind is shifting bringing in cooler weather. Is it time to turn the heat on in the morning to cut the coolness? Time to rearrange the clothes in the drawers; turtlenecks move up to the top!
The earth tilts, the mind moves, the heart shifts...a beat.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Just an ordinary Saturday

The balloons have to go somewhere once they've taken off! I was at a stop light and this balloon was languidly moving across the intersection.

Around the World in a Morning

iflickr by Mary Sherman
iflickr, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.
I love this image. It really has the feel of old world and modern at the same time

Clouded Balloons

iflickr by Mary Sherman
iflickr, a photo by Mary Sherman on Flickr.
Spent the morning at our annual "Balloon Fiesta" in Albuquerque. So many people! I did make some great images and played with them quite a bit with my iphone apps. What fun!


Bending Branch


Aspen Bark



Buddha Applied

Buddha Applied

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

Silence Series

Silence Series

Silence Series

Silence Series

Street Photography

Street Photography

Train Graffitti


Faces From the World

Faces From the World


Folk Art Festival