Day 524: Light

When I learn a lot — at a group psychotherapy conference or elsewhere — I feel light.

When there is absence of pain, after the experience of physical or mental pain, I feel light.

When I see unexpected candy with unusual shapes, I feel light:


When I experience anger, shame, joy, sadness, fear, love, and other feelings in the presence of others and realize I am not alone, I feel light.

When I see unusual and unexpected lighting, I feel light.


When I am surprised by fireworks, I feel light.









There was a lot of light yesterday.

Thanks to the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy for their three-day yearly conference, to the town of Winchester Massachusetts (for the lamps and the “town day” fireworks, last night), to people who bravely shine a light on their hidden feelings and thoughts, and to you — of course! — for bringing your light here, today.

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38 thoughts on “Day 524: Light

  1. You light a log of fires in our lives, Ann. Thank you.

  2. Lot of fires. Lot.

  3. This post makes me feel light. Love your photos. Love fireworks!
    Diana xo

  4. I don’t think I use ‘light’ to describe how I’m feeling enough. What a great word!

  5. What a wonderful idea to focus on things that make you feel light. I will adopt this one myself. I love the firework photos (but don’t tell my dogs because they hate fireworks). 😀

  6. Gene Phillips

    I can’t quite relate to the idea of “feeling light,” but I do feel shined upon after reading this.

  7. yeseventhistoowillpass

    We all add light to the collective consciousness…

  8. Very inspiring words and images. I may have to ask to borrow one of them if I work up something based on them.Happy Sunday, Ann!

  9. I sense the illumination, Ann. And what it does for you. Bravo! Often a contrarian, I am one of those people who appreciates the dark and silence as much as light, especially bright natural light. A hypnotherapist once told me that total darkness can be an equally calming and revealing space. It is for me. It’s an interesting contrast that obviously works for some of us. Thanks for your thought provoking post.

    • Thank you, Eric. I am glad for all you brought here today — the light and the dark. Interestingly enough, this morning I chose to attend a group psychotherapy workshop titled “Working with the dark side.” I appreciate your expanding the discussion.

  10. I wonder if there’s a message here ….
    Could it be….


    Chuckle…. Grin….
    So happy for you 🙂
    Val x

  11. Bring on the LIGHT!

  12. Yeah! Just, YEAH! Thank you!

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  14. Light!!! This post make me feel lit from within!! What bursting photos – I adore them! I love trees something fierce, and I love how the tree in the main light seems to be in awe of the fireworks, too. Just open and expressive and sort of bowing as if to say, “Ahhh!”

    Brilliance! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your energy, Ann!

    • Talk about energy! Your comment is like light, Allison, bursting from the page. If you look through my past posts, you’ll see that I love trees, too. Yes, we have much in common. Many thanks for sharing your enthusiastic and kind thoughts here.

  15. So many examples of wondrous light! You captured some of my favorites, fireworks, candy (flavor bursting!) and the places where unexpected lighting shows up, that amuses me! Smiles, Robin

    • It took years for your comment and my answer to come to light, Robin. Thank you, as always, for reading and bringing your light to my blog.

  16. Ann I was wondering why you have your camera set on the blue filter? I did it once by accident and didn’t notice until I put them into my iPhoto. Just curious.

    • This was a total accident. If you look at my more recent posts, you’ll see that I finally figured it out. Thanks!

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