Harsh words controlled with Haiku, flat window images altered changing perspectives - photography and writing in Treasure Your Life Now - Picture to Ponder inspirational photo ezine - Volume 8 - email Issue 21
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June 7, 2012
Picture to Ponder - Volume 8 - Issue 21

Today's issue of Treasure Your Life Now looks at communication in our relationships and opportunities for shifting out of negative states. We will also see a demonstration of the possibilities that can open up when "playing," adding relaxation and fun to what's happening in the moment.

If you are a woman, married or single, and looking for more romance in your relationship, be sure to check out the special offer on the Lifelong Romance Retreat at which I will be an exhibitor on June 23rd. (after the Tips)

Today's Photos and Story -

harsh words Haiku on photo imageGoing through some old papers the other day, I found one of the numerous Haikus I had written six and seven years ago when I was experiencing a great deal of anger at how Parkinson's Disease was affecting my beloved Sam.

"Harsh and Brittle Words
Destroy Do No Move Forward
Breathe Deep Love Clears All"

©Sheila Finkelstein 3/23/06

During that period, I discovered Haiku to be a creative way of gaining control of my anger and other emotions. This form of writing consists of 3 lines - 5 syllables, 7 syllables, then 5 syllables again.

The words would come, sometimes describing feelings. Other times the words were about what was happening. After three lines, I would stop and count the syllables in each of them. This became something I COULD control and change. The process also created an almost immediate shift in how I was feeling.

Impressed with the importance of the above Haiku words, I put the paper aside to create a visually appealing photo/message. I planned to join in the words and picture posts that are currently being highly circulated in Facebook. I had no idea what the visual background for the words would be. Then yesterday a photo image showed up.

Sitting in a dental chair yesterday, waiting for the dental assistant to come back, I pulled out my iPhone and took a photograph looking out the window.

View from the window while in dental office chair

Then when the assistant was called away for another minute or two, I started playing with Effects in Photo Studio, one of my iPhone apps.


window view altered with effect from Photo Studio iphone app


greyed out view out window using Photo Studio app for iPhone


view from dental chair created as background panel using Photo Studio iPhone app

The final image resulted from yet one more iPhone photo app that I used.

Important Note - Although I was using the Haiku process for controlling anger, you can certainly be using it to express love; to help you find the words that, perhaps, you don't think are there.

Today's Relationship Tip -Though not planned, as such, this week's,"No Harsh Words. Think Before You Speak" is certainly a follow up to last week's. So important, I'm repeating it here this week:

"Before you speak, pause, take a deep breath and THINK! Is what you are about to say True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

It's especially important to refrain from "spitting out" those "instanteous response words" if you are upset. If you feel any kind of agitation, pause, take a slow deep breath in, imaging and feeling LOVE. Hold your breath to the count of four. Then slowly exhale. Do this at least three times.

And, if you need more, grab a pen and paper (keep a small, spiral bound notebook handy). Write out the words and phrases that are sputtering around in your head. Then start counting syllables. Break them down into 5, 7, 5 syllable lines.
It's as simple as that

Remember also that there are many filters, so to speak, interpretations with which you can "layer" the situation. Just as in the above photos, which do you prefer for your life situations - the original? the vivid colors? the greyed? or the abstract, muted out? How can you play?

As always have fun and please post your experience in the Comments Section on the blog post for this article. If you write some Haiku you like to share, please post it there. I, and other readers would love to see it.

As stated above, I will be exhibiting at
The Lifelong Romance Retreat - For Women only
- Single and Married - There will, though, be a "Man Panel" on Sat. where participants will have the chance to hear directly from men exactly what it is they want and look for in a relationship.

From a flyer for the event:

Form the Habits that Lead to an Amazing, Magical, Passionate Relationship!


This retreat is right for you if you want to:

Attract and marry the man who’s right for you


Transform the relationship you already have

  • Feel cherished, desired, feminine, and loved every single day
  • Have a romance that delights and surprises you
  • Have more time for yourself and the things you enjoy
  • Learn the habits that women with lifelong romance have that other women don’t
  • Have a relaxing weekend of self-care and personal transformation

Limited Time Special


Registration Price: $750

$375 with Discount Code: SHEILA


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For Complimentary ReInvent Your Love Session:

It could be an opportunity to explore different interpretations - yours and his.

If you are interested in a 1/2 hour complimentary session with me, you can book one directly on my CALENDAR or go to RYL SESSION for more information.

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To Wonder, Joy and Love,
Living and Loving with No Regrets.


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