Feeling the Sacred Breath

When I took the photograph, Sacred Breath, that I posted on the web site today there was no recognition of what the image was that I was photographing.  I looked up, the clouds looked puffy and full of rain and life and something whispered, “take the picture!”  And so I did.

When I went to look at the photo I was astounded.  Every time I have looked at it over the past few weeks I have thought, “Wow! This is so full of energy.”  It is a powerful image for me.  One second sooner or one second later and this image would not have been captured.

With spiritual growth and increase in gratitude and appreciation I have become more aware of what is beautiful and amazing around me and there is so much.  The beauty of the creation that we live in is awesome and magical.

Quite a long time ago now, I watched a BBC mini series called “Brideshead Revisited” (not the remake that came out a few years ago in 2 hour form) this was a long series starring then lesser known Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews.  In it there were some words that have never left me and to this day I can hear them…

“Sebastian” played by Anthony Andrews, said to “Charles”, played by Jeremy Irons, “The priest told Mummy that to truly appreciate something, you must try to paint it, and so Mummy did, but everything always came out this brownish color.”

When I think about that line, about what it means, it tells me that unless we are looking to be grateful and appreciate the beauty and miraculous things around us that our lives become mottled, dull, all blending into one, blurry.

I think in many regards in trying to describe in words, paint in color or capture on film the glory of our beautiful creation that we are blessed to be a part of, our appreciation grows.  In being grateful we look for more to be grateful for. It is an exponential process of illumination and growth.  The more we see, the more we find.  The more we look, the more brilliant the colors become, the more beautiful moments we have.

As I meditate on the beauty and blessings of a split second opening of the shutter I can feel the very sacred, beautiful and spiritual love joy and positive energy that God holds for us.

May your day be blessed and joyful and may you be filled with the Sacred Breath that our Creator breathes into us every moment.

©Adrienne McLeod 2011


About Adrienne

I am Canadian born, for those of you needing clarification. I was raised in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Multiple Musical Geniuses, Lake Wobegon, and really, really cold winters. Writing, Music and Photography are my passions. My current companion is my camera though my guitars and the piano are always close by and often consulted. Inspiration is everywhere and so is beauty. I now reside in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. I love to write, ponder and give back what I have learned in my journey with the hope that it will benefit others. www.spiritualitythinkaboutit.org www.12stepsthinkaboutit.org www.labyrinthphotos.com


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  2. greg paul

    I have enjoyed reading your blogs. I think you might enjoy reading a book called ‘Close Enough to Hear God Breathe’.

    • I was just looking at the info on it and definitely sounds like something I’d love to read! Thank you for sharing it with me. I just was looking at Sanctuary Toronto albeit on my phone at the moment looking forward to perusing it properly tomorrow … 🙂

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