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Sunday, May 16, 2010


There is a work manual I do with my clients when they complain that they are so distraught, upset or fearful  that they can't eat, sleep, or even relax their muscles. They are plagued with fatigue, insomnia and other physical ailments. I do the exercises with them, but...everyone has something that immediately relaxes, and puts a smile on someone's face.

When I see lilly pads I'm intrigued and 
forget about what was so important before

Whether an ornate sculpture or a simple spout,
fountains are so refreshing

I take a deep breath
and breathe all sighs away

or clouds - I get lost in them and 
all my cares are blown away with the clouds

all three make me deeply relaxed and feel refreshed
what is an instant relaxer for you?


DawnTreader said...

Looking at waterlilies, fountains and clouds works rather well for me too! Over the past year, taking the camera with me when I go out, has been a way for me to focus on "what I see here and now" - instead of letting body and mind do their separate things (walk vs think about other things).

Eki said...

I think I share these things with you, Jeannette. I also find the morning fresh air very relaxing, and the classical music.

Denise said...

Beautiful photos Jeannette. Being amongst nature is for me a great way of winding down. Seeing beautiful photos such as these is another.

ayamlin said...

I'm relaxed to see your pictures:)
every picture is very beautiful:)

Zuzana said...

Incense. For some reason burning incense relaxes me immediately, in combination with laid back music. And a lovely view of the sky.;)

Clytie said...

I seek relaxation in nature as well ... the beauty and scent of a flower, the majesty of the clouds, the wonder of the forest.

But to lower my blood pressure on the spot, there's nothing like a quick face-to-face cuddle with my beautiful cat, Mika. When I was in the hospital after my stroke, the nurses were amazed at how I could instantly lower my BP by simply imagining my kitty in my arms!

The Mommy said...

I find listening to instrumental music and candle lights very relaxing.
Nice post!

Short Poems said...

Amazing photos Jeannette. They relaxed me in about a second. Personally I fall into total comfort and relaxation at the sight and smell of beautiful flowers. Thank you for sharing this with us, you and your blog are wonderful. I always love to visit your blog!
Marinela. x

Just Breathe said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for stopping over at my For Your Tears blog. Hope your weekend has been wonderful.

NitWit1 said...

Usually something creative like photography, or writing relax me, but if something is nagging at me, hugging and loving our little rescue dog Luckie who is so appreciative of anything we do or give her, makes me warm and fuzzy.

jeannette said...

Am pleased to read that you are focusing on the "here and now" - it's the most healthy way (emotionally) to stay out of trouble:)

Didn't think I would ever find an Indonesian who would like classical music -have you had a European upbringing or teachers when young?
Glad you're back doing your blog!!

Thank you, you're so kind:) Unless it's stormy, nature is always relaxing to me too!

Incense makes me think of hot sultry nights...with Middle Eastern food :)
And I see green with envy about your window view!

Thank you! Your vacations give me splendid ideas about relaxing too:)

Since you take regular walks through the forests, I kinda expected that nature would be relaxing to you:)
Wow, crazy -I knew about dog-therapy, but I didn't know pets could make such a drastic impact!!

The Mommy,
Thank you! Music and candle light could easily be added to my list as well! As a matter of fact, there was a period in my life that I would listen to music every night before going to bed:)

Thank you, friend! You strike me as a person who takes life as it comes and makes the best out of a situation -hope you never lose that (of course your writing helps with that too! giggles)
Hugs too, Jeannette

Just Breathe,
Thank you! When I read your blog, what came to mind was "weep with the ones who weep" - you may not have any idea how much you lifted someone's spirits! I applaud your quiet way of encouragement.

jeannette said...

You are easily de-stressed :)
Good food helps too! Talking about that, I was interested in the Chicken Purleau you mentioned? Is that chicken, rice, onions and mushroom soup in the oven, topped with Cheddar cheese? Or are ingredients different?

bARE-eYED sUN said...

a doobie always relaxes.



Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

The sea, certain flowers...gentle everyday beauty.

Thank you so very much for your kind comments.

I am very blessed.

Rudee said...

Petting the dog.

Rafael Lam said...

Blue sky and the clouds are relax elements for me!
I will really enjoy a day if can see its!

Diane AZ said...

Neat post! Going for a walk, working in the garden or looking at beautiful pictures such as yours are all relaxing for me.

EG Wow said...

Interesting question. Reading a good novel is very relaxing for me as is working in the garden, taking photos of nature, and looking over a body of water.

Jacob said...

Hi Jeannette,

Thanks for visiting Paree and providing some hints as to what to see. We celebrated our 50th in Paris and were only there a week, but do plan to return for a longer stay in the future. I could spend a week in the Louvre!

I enjoyed your photos and your commentary!

jeannette said...

Bare Eyed Sun,
That's great:)
Thanks for visiting!

Laura Ingalls Gunn,
With perseverance we can reach (almost) anything! Even though I've gone through it myself, to read your story was inspiring:)

When I'm reading your blog I can tell that you enjoy your dog!

Rafael Lam,
sky and clouds so beautiful and have limitless possibilities - is it a reflection of you?

Thank you, Friend. It's a privilege when we have the time to sort out our thoughts that way!

You're the first to mention reading:)
Thank you for the visit! Looked at your blog -very intriguing! How did you find me?

jeannette said...

You have my hubby's name!
Actually I am Dutch but in 1997 we drove from Amsterdam to Paris (only 5 hour drive), just for 3 days mainly to find out about my background (St Germain), but of course we "did" the Louvre - kind of exhausting! Wasn't in to blogging or photography yet, but managed to get a pic of the Mona Lisa:)

DUTA said...

I find sleep a wonderful mechanism. If I have something on my mind which bothers me I'll take a nap knowing that when I awake,fresh and relaxed I'll be more than able to solve the problem.

And ,of course, you can't go wrong with deep breaths. I'm a fan of deep breathing; it's very helpful in all kinds of situations.

matthew houskeeper said...

I can certainly relate to your view of clouds and fountains. I find running water to be very therapeutic. Streams, fountains, tidal currents etc.

jeannette said...

Sound you know what to do for yourself -which is a great thing!

the love for water makes your job probably very pleasurable!

Teresa said...

What a great post! I love walking on the beach - early in the morning or late in the evening when it's almost deserted - while watching and listening to the waves roll in and just picking up shells. Something so soul-cleansing and relaxing about the ocean

Thanks for posting that!

Terra said...

This painting is beautiful and your photos. My creativity is expressed in writing, so I naturally admire artists, which is such a different and important gift.

jeannette said...

That's the best time at the beach, isn't it? Now I live 20 min. away from the beach, I should take the opportunity more to do what you do:)

jeannette said...

I HAD TO write my dissertation, so I vowed never to write another book again, but I might have to change my mind, because there are some paintings I like the world to book form (more people will pick up a book, than go to a museum:) )...
Looked at your profile and Amy Grant's "Immanuel" is still my favorite Xmas song, as well as Ms. Potter's movie -only wished they had made it a bit longer, LOL.

Terra said...

Hi, thanks for the comment on my blog post, about the iris. Yes, I see we live in the same state.
For me, relaxation is found in prayer, going into my garden, and in exercise. The contemplation of the beauty in nature is always a peaceful plus, too, as you note.