Monthly Archives: May 2017

133. Joy (light 6)

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I find light filtering through into my life a joyful thing. When depression strikes, many people find the need to shut out the light. We draw the curtains and find somehow the false crepuscular half-light suits our mood better. Bright light can be simply too much, harsh or blinding, and this goes for those of us who suffer with processing disorders too. Lots of times during my illness I have needed to protect my eyes against the sunlight and artificial light in shops when my brain simply could not take it on board. Soft light, dappling through a curtain, or trees, or both, as here, has a gentle sweetness that lifts my spirits.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

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132. Finding our Way (light 5)

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Light is how we find our way around. If you look closely at the peony bud in this photo you can just see a bumble bee taking flight. He or she was careering madly from one bud to another, clearly drawn to the sugary nectar, but frustrated because the buds weren’t yet open for business.

I am quite glad, if I’m honest, that light is the preferred navigation system of our species, but how different life would be if we followed our noses! Instead of the wide and narrow ways, Jesus might have talked of the sweet way lined with roses and the stinky alley, and asked us which one we might be prepared to follow him down.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

131. Above (Light 4)

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Light can come from all angles, but inevitably more often from above. It is so humbling to think how far it has travelled as sunlight to reach my small patio and illuminate the weeds there. How can it have gone to so much effort for me to then proclaim them ugly? Anything with the greening life force in it is beautiful. Lit up, even more so.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

 

129. Translucence (Light 2)

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When something is very thin, the light shines through it, creating a delicate beauty, and adding another layer to light, shadow, colour and form. It can seem almost other worldly, and it is perhaps no wonder that we often associate heaven with translucence, something that traditionally feels unknowable and intangible. Heaven can be much closer and much more real than we imagine.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

 

128. “Light”ening the Load (Light 1)

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Because this next section is about light, it is much more about the photographs than my words, so I’ll keep them to a minimum. Also, from today I’m going to be posting three days a week instead of six, it takes the pressure off me a bit and let’s me get on with writing my books 😊 Plus you have a more relaxed reading/seeing experience.

Here is a Bumble Bee in a rose, lit up by the sunshine. Light is all about warming, release of colour and a sharpening of details and contrast. As an artist and in my very amateur photography, this is something I’m learning. I think we can apply it to our contemplations too.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

127. Troll (Humour conclusions)

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This is a pastel picture I did outside last summer, incorporating the weeds growing through the cracks in our patio. When we are using our contemplative sight or creative imagination with the goal of creating laughter, we are doing a good thing. I maintain that it is my sense of humour that has been one of the most vital spiritual weapons in my faith life. It helps me especially with my chronic illness and disability, and friends I’ve spoken to who’ve been or are going through tough things, say the same, that it is often humour that has got them through it. It is also one of the tools in our contemplative toolbox. We can apply it to almost anything we see, if we are using the right eyes. And it is also a help in keeping ego under control, bursting the bubbles of pride. It does us good to be self-deprecating with our sense of humour once in a while and remember that we too, can be laughable things.

Next up, we shall be looking at light.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

126. Face (Humour 13)

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As we’ve discussed before, good old paredoilia means we are conditioned to see patterns, and especially faces, everywhere. I see here a leaf face with two holes for eyes and a snail for a nose. Since the snail doubtless created the holes, we might even call it snail art. Whatever it is, it makes me chuckle, and seeing things that shed a little happiness is precious sight indeed.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

125. Ladies (Humour 12)

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Here’s our old friend juxtapositon again, on our DVD shelf, this time giving us something to chuckle about. I am now imagining John Malkovich dealing with Dames Judi and Maggie, and not coming off well. I am also wondering if this new hybrid film might feature Clint Eastwood attempting to drink Darjeeling from a tiny china cup.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

124. Gumbies (Humour 11)

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This is a photo of a photo, which in itself invites us on a contemplative journey as we ponder the nature of time, image, and memory. But I hope also that it makes you laugh. Being a fan of Monty Python, this was what I did for my 38th birthday a few years’ back. Funnily enough, my female friends and relatives declined to dress up, but I will never forget being wheeled up to the chip shop with this lot, one of my friends shaking his fists Gumby-like at the traffic, and everyone looking at us like we were quite, quite mad. Humour sometimes involves being misunderstood or thought a fool, so it is good preparation for the mystic life!

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017