Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Day in the Rockies© by Celeste Cooper

Deer, can I come to dinner?

I find great comfort in nature. For me, it’s an inspiring place to be. I am afforded many opportunities to use my questionable skills as an amateur photographer and poet. On our respite in the Rockies this season, I was inspired to write this poem. I wrote it on August 8, 2018, exactly ten years to the day that we received word while camping in Buena Vista, Colorado that my mother had passed away. Mom and I shared the love of the Rockies and I would call her (when we had a signal) and recreate our adventure by sharing the sounds, textures, meadows, wild life sightings, and grandeur the Rockies bring. I would read her the poems I write about this land for which we shared such great respect. This one is dedicated to my mom.

A Day in the Rockies©

A kaleidoscope of depth shining through the forest connects all that is right.
The sun’s rising casts warmth bringing life from the shadows of night.

Morning is chorused by a diverse symphony as birds claim their territory
Among the limbs of pine, fir, and aspen, they perch in harmonious glory.

Tree locusts straining against the wind to be heard brings harmony in dissonance
Given homage by lodgepole pines that know cacophony is their innocence.

Carpeted in yellow, red, and purple, the vale shares wonders in its landscape.
Voices echo, thrills, chirps, grunts, and thunder all a color of the great escape.

The octagon of space shouts gleeful opportunities, cravings of senses—a tease.
Summer’s grass rich with character; smell the flavor as fronds drum to the breeze.

A black sky alive with twinkles and a moment of falling stars, I request,
Because tending the great power of a campfire puts my soul to rest.

In thunder of creation, the Rockies give grace, and quietly the forest speaks,
And the moon whispers, “Rest now creatures of the day”; it’s time to sleep.

In healing,

Celeste Cooper, RN / Author, Freelancer, Advocate

Think adversity?-See opportunity!

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Pained Ink Slayer Series: 4 Ways to Power Up Your Positivism

Shameless Soaring(C) from Celeste's Photography
I write and advocate as a way of coping, and as a result, I am constantly learning new ways to avoid the pitfalls of negative thoughts. That’s because there is power in positive thinking. It not only helps us feel better emotionally, it promotes our physical health too. So, what four things can we do to spiff up our attitude and claim our stake in the power of positivism


When things seem out of perspective, they probably are. That’s when we find the value of focus.


“When you get into a tight place and it seems you can’t go on, hold on, for that’s just the place and the time that the tide will turn.”
—Harriet Beecher Stowe

We broaden our perspective when we focus on positive outcomes; negative thoughts limit our thinking. For instance, if we focus on success, we immediately gain perspectives that empower us to seek solutions. I wrote about this in my blog, The Setting, the Shutter, and the Power of Resolution.

I find, focus can work in other ways too. As I title my photographs, I think of how I felt when I took the picture. I think of how I was able to use light and speed to focus on minute details I would otherwise miss with the naked eye. 

And, get this; even stress can be a positive thing if it allows us to focus. Good stress can motivate us to do positive things. But proceed with caution, because we can lose focus if we become overwhelmed with anxiety.


Did you know if we give thanks every day, we give power to our thinking? Investigators of a paper published in the Journal of Research and Personality looked at two longitudinal studies regarding gratitude and found that "overall gratitude seems to directly foster social support, and to protect people from stress and depression."

Dr. Deepak Chopra explains the power of gratitude. He says, “When we’re appreciating something, our ego moves out of the way and we connect with our soul. Gratitude brings our attention into the present, which is the only place where miracles can unfold. The deeper our appreciation, the more we see with the eyes of the soul and the more our life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe.” He offers us a few powerful gratitude practices for us to try at The Chopra Center.


The words we use not only reflect our cognition; they also affect how we deal with our emotions and even our physical pain. To conquer feelings associated with pain, we can use power words to improve our inner dialogue. Here are a few action words that improve self-reflection when used with I AM:

·        overjoyed
·        decisive
·        peaceful
·        devoted

What power words can I exchange today to improve the way I talk to myself?”

Writing an “I AM” poem from a positive perspective provides a self-awareness that makes a special connection to our soul.


I am enriched as a person by the relationships
I have developed as the result of illness.

Writing and speaking affirmatively provides light in the darkness of chronic pain and illness. You can read more on Making the Best of Affirmations, here


Sometimes, we hold on too tight to our past relationships, previous levels of functioning, hurtful comments, mistakes, or personal struggles. This can be damaging to our well-being... Are we resisting change or embracing it? Do we exhaust ourselves by grieving our past capabilities or resist chronic pain as a reality? Are we fretting over something we might have done differently? … Keeping a firm grip on our past is not helpful. The power comes from letting go and embracing change.


"There's an important difference between giving up and letting go."
—Jessica Hatchigan, author

When we learn to let go of things we cannot change, our time is free to focus on things that we can do. We acquire cerebral space that will be better used when crowded with positive thoughts, gratitude, and acceptance.

Additional reading:

Watch for my ProHealth article about how we can manage chronic pain and invisible illness by reflecting on words from the wise. Here is a link to my profile page. 

In healing,

Celeste Cooper, RN / Author, Freelancer, Advocate

Think adversity?-See opportunity!

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