Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

About This Blog

I had a favorite phrase that I used a lot when my kids were small and would get cranky, or seemed frustrated with the challenges they faced in their important little lives. I would simply say, “go put on your ‘see the  good’ glasses!”  Should you ever meet my girls, you can ask them about this, and watch them smile.

As someone who has faced her share of physical and emotional challenge over the last 18 years {see My Story « Through the Healing Lens}, I share this blog hoping to inspire others.

Despite a very compromised state of being, I recently discovered the healing power of gentle hikes in the woods, and meditative photography. I am most inclined to take pictures of images that appeal to me, not only in an aesthetic sense, but also on a much deeper level. Often it is not until long after I capture a shot that I can get in touch with why I was inspired to take that picture. I ask myself later what was stirring within me that drew my focus and attention to that scene. I have discovered, quite by chance, that taking pictures during these nature walks (and meditating on them later) has the power to heal. This new outlet of mine is uplifting in ways I never could have imagined. For this I am so grateful.

Living with chronic  debilitating pain has interfered with my ability to quiet my mind, and to focus on simple joys such as watching a movie or reading a book. It has impacted my relationships with friends and loved ones in ways I cannot begin to explain. Unrelenting pain usually takes front and center stage, and no matter how hard I’ve tried, it is nearly impossible to distract from a force that ruthlessly tugs on my entire being. Well-meaning friends and family have suggested I try going shopping, or treat myself to a manicure. Some have thoughtfully advised that I socialize more, do volunteer work or take classes. I ‘d love so much  to do any and all of these things–and, trust me, I’ve tried, but unfortunately these activities usually only amplify the pain and stress.

Photo-meditation is different for me. There is something very magical about being in nature, and maintaining focus on a vision through my camera lens. There is something soothing about being completely alone and fully  present with my feelings, and there something transformational about capturing a meaningful image, and revisiting it later in the form of a photograph, and perhaps penning words, or poetry  inspired by a given image.

Photographic expression is so much more than technique or megapixels for me. It has become not only a creative outlet, but an activity I can turn to for healing and comfort. This discovery was a true epiphany, something I did not expect, and something I consider a rare gift. At this point I am not sure if I will ever be drawn to the technical aspects of photography…but what I have gained from my accidental hobby  is truly amazing.

During my walks, I have found that I have  increased awareness of my body.  If I stay centered, I can sense which muscles are firing, and whether I am breathing fully. I also use this sacred time with myself to clear the clutter from my mind and find alignment both physically and emotionally. Afterwards, I am refreshed and ready to begin again with a renewed outlook.

There is no medicine or surgery, physical or psychological therapy regimen more valuable than this to me. For having stumbled on this discovery, I am very grateful.

Although I’m not certain what tomorrow will bring, I’m taking things one mindful step at a time, and am just very happy to be moving forward in every way I can.

From my heart, thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the photos, and your look
Through The Healing Lens

Robyn Lee   


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147 responses

  1. ivy

    What a wonderful reason for a blog – touching, inspiring, wellness-focused! Looking forward to more of your photos and thoughtful meanderings…

    January 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

  2. Susie

    How beautifully stated! Looking forward to more posts!
    -Susie

    January 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

  3. Ivy & Susie, Thank you so much for your encouragement. To be honest, I never thought I’d be comfortable having a blog that showcased my struggle, but this unfolded for me in such a special way–I thought it was some kind of sign & that I needed to move forward with it. For now, I expect to keep it simple, but I’m thrilled to connect with other friends like you both through this medium!. Health and Happiness to you both.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

  4. Kathy

    In each image, you have brilliantly captured a glimpse of Mother Nature’s soul. Your journey has encouraged you to look for deeper meaning and purpose in your life and it reflects in your photography. It has given you the ability to extract the beauty that exists in our world that a great number of others overlook. Your photos cause us to stop and reflect. LOVE soul mates – on the rocky road of life, they are side by side and their roots are deep. Beautiful.

    January 18, 2012 at 4:50 AM

  5. Kathy your words mean so much to me. Thank you. Nothing would bring me greater joy than to know I am offering a meaningful method for others to receive benefit from this site, just as I have by creating it! Also thank you for your insight on Soul Mates – you summed up exactly how I felt about the image after I mediated on it for a while. When I first took it, my focus was on being “rooted” myself! Later – the connectedness to my husband, despite the rocky road, hit me. Wishing you peace and joy always!

    January 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

  6. How do I subscribe so your posts go to my email? LOVE THIS! My jewelry-making (& facebooking & blogging … http://Www.francesscott.com) is how I distract from the pain. God gives us beauty for our ashes!

    January 22, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    • Oh Thanks so much Frances! Is a big step for me to be self-revealing this way, but have found it therapeutic too! Love the photo-meditation and was what inspired me. Even if I’m in pain and limping around the woods – I’m out and feeling fresh air and moving. God gives us beauty for our ashes… so true! I will send you invite to sign up for blog. Not certain where link is on site – but hope it’s there somewhere!! Sending Love and thanks for your encouragement!

      January 23, 2012 at 2:19 AM

  7. Dear Robyn,
    Great blog! Yasher Koach!
    Love, Mindy

    January 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM

  8. I would love to sign up for the notices when you put up a new blog post. I have also dealt with chronic pain for over 8 years now. What you say resonates so much with me. You are a blessing ! ~ Kat

    February 3, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    • Thanks so very much katbunker. I will send you an easy invite so that notices will come to your email address. I am touched and thrilled that my blog can offer you just a small bit of comfort or lift. I know how important it is to be supported through this journey. I hope you can feel some of that here. Healing wishes always, Robyn

      February 3, 2012 at 11:48 PM

  9. Such wonderful photos too- you have a gift !

    February 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    • So kind of you to say. Much appreciate and I wish you wellness and peace always. R

      February 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    • So very kind of you to say. Much appreciate and I wish you wellness and peace always. R

      February 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM

  10. Paul A. Mazzaferro

    Robyn-

    I’ve read your blog and your words are beautiful…….I mean that in a way that encompasses what chronic pain does……I used to be tough and brave but no longer…tough left town a few years back. I’ve never been able to face my pain head on ……i’ve always fled from it….denial…..denial….and this past year it surfaces in my sleep and restlessness. I am healing but i will never be the same….I fear a certain kind of pain…..the kind that wrecked my college years until back surgery for 5 years and the past 7.5 years…. I am a coward in the shadow of chronic pain. I tip my hat to your bravery.

    I love your pics. I pray for relief for yourself and Frances daily.

    I’ve finally turned the corner with my twisted pelvis soft tissue…..I can finally lift as much as I want….work out hard…..However, i still must adhere to a strict regimen until i get the strength to keep my pelvis straight……Now, my next hurdle is a knee replacement which compared to your journey is childs play.

    God Bless you

    Paul

    February 16, 2012 at 1:20 AM

  11. Oh Paul… that means so much coming from you. And I do look to you as one of the bravest most determined souls around in this arena!

    I also have kept you in my heart and hoped you were finding your way out of this maze by now. It seems you are getting there! You are right – we can only be so brave, and then there is that “certain kind of pain” as you described so well that makes if very difficult to maintain the spirit we work so hard to nurture. I had one of those nights yesterday — where sleep is not an option and the pain shadow seems to be gaining momentum.

    Every day is a new day tough – and we march forward. You are turning the corner now- so even more important to maintain optimism and hope. I wish your knees did not get in on the action. Pray that is a minor ordeal as compared to all else you have faced.

    When you figure out how to keep that pelvis where it belongs…send a holler. Seems all my strengthening efforts backfire on me. Recently I was told that it’s my nervous system computer that is just broken – so if I try to build strength in one place, something else will rebel. Seems to be my history. It’s a hard puzzle to solve.

    Will keep you in my prayers too Paul! Robyn

    February 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

  12. You have a wonderful blog. Keep up the great work.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

  13. Touching story and photos. Thank you for the courage to share.

    March 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    • Thanks so much William. I visited your site as well and love some of the work you are doing. Appreciate your comment – be well!

      March 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

  14. Hi Robyn,

    Just to say I have nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award. Please do not feel pressure to accept but you are very deserving of this accolade! You are genuinely inspirational. Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog too! You can find details here:

    http://taniajessicasmith.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/why-am-i-pouring-myself-a-shot-in-a-furry-hat-6-awards-from-you-lovely-people-thats-why-cheers/

    Enjoy!

    Tan 🙂

    March 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

  15. Oh Tania… you are so thoughtful and this feels like such a huge compliment! Thank you so much:) Yours was one of the first blogs I stumbled upon when I got started and just loved the diverse content and beauty of your art. I will look into this award nomination process, as I have no insight as to what it entails, but I am very honored that you thought my blog worthy. I do try to stay genuine to my feelings with whatever I do here and I think that’s why it has enjoyed such rapid growth in following. Sending you good energy and have a wonderful day! RL

    March 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

  16. Hello and congratulations! You’ve just been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. I do enjoy reading your posts. There is no pressure to take part, but if you wish to know what it entails, click on: http://n0ts0creative.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/versatile-blogger-award/

    Have a great weekend!

    March 23, 2012 at 1:44 AM

  17. I just wanted to let you know that I really love your blog, so I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please visit, http://livinginthenow.net/2012/04/01/versatile-blogger-nomination/#more-1062, if you would like to see a post I wrote regarding it.

    Thank you for the time and effort that you put into this blog.

    Take care,

    Jason

    April 1, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    • Jason, thank you so very much for this nomination. I am honored that you felt my blog worthy of such an award. Truly appreciate and wishing you peace and joy always! RL

      April 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

  18. I have nominated your blog for The Reader Appreciation Award. You deserve this award. To read about your nomination, just click on the link….http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-reader-appreciation-award/. Enjoy and congratulations.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

  19. Robyn, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details: http://inspirationallaround.wordpress.com/versatile-blogger-award/

    April 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    • Oh Sofia, thanks so much. I have been nominated for this award 3 times now…but have not publicly accepted yet. I will be sure to acknowledge your nomination too when I do (hopefully very soon). Thanks so much for your encouragement and am flattered you thought of me!!

      April 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

  20. Chris

    Hi Robyn, just thought I’d pass this link on to you as I’ve nominated you for the reader appreciation award http://chronicpainandme.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/award-nomination/ I hope everything goes well with your spinal op.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    • Thanks so much Chris. Honored that you thought of me. I just received this award though — so may be best to pass on to another worthy blogger?
      Congrats on your nomination too!!! Really love your blog!!!! – and you are pretty cool too 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM

  21. Robyn, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award: http://strassenfotojournal.com/2012/05/05/blogger-awards

    Greetings

    Cornelia

    May 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

  22. Hello
    It is a pleasure for me to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Please go to my post of May 7 for more information, and also visit http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/
    I look forward to reading more on your blog.
    Alex

    May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

  23. You have been nominated for an award!

    I have only been blogging since March, so my nomination came as a complete surprise. But I am pleased to be nominated, I hope you are too. I started blogging to take up some of my free time and to hopefully kick start my dormant drive to write. I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoy it, and I hope my few readers enjoy it too.

    I’ve made some connections here in the Blogosphere and I really enjoy the interactions of so many different types of people, from ghosts to yogurt eaters. Since blogging is very anonymous the honesty on these pages is sometimes staggering. People blog about the best and the worst and the mundane and mediocre, and each is different and each is a new joy. One of these connections is the person who nominated me for this beautiful and sentimental award. Her link is found here http://hometogo232.wordpress.com

    I am very honored to have been considered. As requested, here are the rules/suggestions related to receiving this award:
    •Share who gave it to you with a link back to their blog: http://hometogo232.wordpress.com

    •Reveal seven random facts about yourself. (follows)
    •Give this award to fifteen other bloggers. (I stopped at ten.)
    •Pop the award on my blog. (I can send instructions.)

    Seven Things about me:

    1. I need a new hula hoop.

    2. I hate to shop. Groceries especially.

    3. I only hate inanimate objects and ideas.

    4. I like birdwatching.

    5. I am learning to be more tolerant, especially those whose ideas totally contradict my own.

    6. I avoid mirrors.

    7. I don’t know how apply make up.

    Here are the blogs that I want to nominate for this award. They all have something special to offer those that take time to read their blogs.

    http://400daystil40.wordpress.com/

    http://lightlycrunchy.wordpress.com/

    http://pinkagendist.wordpress.com

    http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com

    http://throughthehealinglens.com

    http://heaven4earth.com

    http://funnynamesblog.wordpress.com

    http://justabitradical.wordpress.com

    http://Georgefloreswrite.com

    http://london-survival.com

    Congratulations to some of my favorite blogs!

    May 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

  24. Don’t know if you’re into these, but you made my list. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Liebster Blog Award ~Regards, Dan

    May 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    • So sweet of you Dan! Thank you – I actually accepted this award already ~ but I’m flattered just the same!! RL

      May 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

  25. I have added you to my blogroll of honour… thank you for your inspiration

    May 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    • Wendy thank you so much for including me in your blogroll! It is an honor – and I am thrilled to know some of my photos have sparked inspiration for your wonderful poetry!! sending Love your way today 🙂

      May 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

  26. Robyn you have a beautiful & inspiring blog. enjoyed myself here

    May 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    • Thanks so much Stacy. Appreciate…and have also been traveling through yours ~ amazing writer you are!!

      May 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM

  27. Beautiful blog, Beautiful pictures!

    June 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    • Oh thank you Nifti! I appreciate that, and spent some time admiring yours today as well. Blessings!

      June 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

  28. Hello Robyn, Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and liking many of my posts. I came to know about you from the blog, ‘Thoughts from the Outdoors’. I find your blog inspiring and the photos are amazing.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    • Thans so much… Very glad we crossed paths as I enjoyed your work a great deal as well! Please visit here anytime ~ Warm wishes your way… RL

      June 3, 2012 at 1:36 AM

  29. Inspiring and beautiful blog, Robyn Lee. I am following 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    • So honored and grateful. Thank you, have been basking in your blog as well… amazing content there! Sending Love ~ RL

      June 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

  30. Hi Robyn lee…I have nominated you for some blog awards. If you are interested to do the needful things & pass the awards to another fellow blogger. Please visit to http://clickdpic.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/blog-awards/ Congrats 🙂 🙂 🙂

    June 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    • So much appreciate this golappan!!

      June 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      • Pleasure is mine

        June 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

  31. Thanks for sharing this journey, dear one

    June 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM

  32. Beautiful and inspring :). Thanks for stopping by my blog

    June 17, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    • Thanks so much…truly appreciate – and was a great visit to your wonderful blog as well! 🙂

      June 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM

  33. Dear Robyn Lee,
    I love your blog and how you merge art with healing – thank you for sharing! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and linked to your blog from mine. Please visit http://theheartofawakening.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/celebrating-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/. Congratulations and thanks for all the inspiration you bring to the world!
    All the best,
    Beth

    June 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    • Beth, So flattered and grateful for your lovely sentiments and gesture. Congratulations as well. Means a lot that you have enjoyed your visits and appreciate the art as healing therapy of me. Thanks so much for saying… and wishing you only wonderful things always, Much Love~ RL

      June 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

  34. Hi Robyn, Hope you are feeling and doing better now..

    June 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    • Thanks so much for this nightlake. I’m doing ok~ trying to make peace with the loss of my friend, and dealing with my usual physical issues — but overall it was a good day for me. Hope you are well too!! Just visited your blog for a while… you write beautifully 🙂

      June 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      • Thanks so much, Robyn. I looked at your blog and there were no new posts.. so was wondering..Sorry if I disturbed..

        June 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    • no not at all — thought it was very sweet of you. I’m trying to post about every other day at current. Gives me a day in between to enjoy reading other blogs and catch up on my own work… take photos etc. Will post tonight though so stay tuned ( another philosophical poem/photo combo) 🙂

      June 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

  35. Robyn, I spent some more time this evening on your blog. I don’t know how to express my sense of wonder for the work here- the words, the images, pain shadows, poetry. Artistry everywhere. My regard is boundless. Tom

    July 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM

  36. Hello. Please forgive my tardiness, but I took two short trips and have lost track of keeping up with my blog stuff. I stopped by to (finally!) thank you for liking one of my recent posts. I always get a kick out of it, and I appreciate it. So—thank you. 🙂

    July 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Riba… I am just seeing this now, so forgive. It was in a pending folder for some time. Welcome here as well!! xo

      August 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

  37. For everything you’ve ever experienced, I hope you are blessed, given the health, given a grace. In my opinion, pain is a state of cleansing and purification of the soul …. so we ‘can see’ that we normally ‘not seen’. May you be happy. 🙂

    July 29, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    • Thank you so much hilal… I do appreciate your kind and warm words. I do often think the same of pain … and there is no doubt my soul has been transformed from this experience. Peace is the goal now ~ Much Love to you 🙂

      July 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  38. You have an angelic smile Robyn.

    I believe your smile is true tribute to the Gods of nature who have tried giving you the healing touch.

    keep Smiling 🙂

    PS.love your smiling picture.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    • Hi Himani, thank you soooo much for your very loving comment. I was touched. Welcome here – and I do hope you enjoy your stay. Which smiling picture was your favorite btw ~ I will keep smiling no matter what! ~ Much love and light to you ~RL

      July 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      • Every smiling picture of yours has that angelic touch. Wish you all the good in you life. keep smiling 🙂

        July 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      • So very sweet and kind you are. Thank you so much Himani ~ I do appreciate and wish you blessings and joy always too!! xo

        July 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM

  39. Hi Robyn, Hope you are doing well today. I have nominated you for the Reader’s Appreciation Award. I wonder if you have already received it..if you choose to accept, pls go through my latest post..Cheers, Nightlake

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    • Thank you dear Nightlake. I am most honored that you thought of me for this award. I actually did accept this some time back (awards menu on the drop down under About This Blog) … have received so many other nominations since but can’t keep up…so flattered – and will take a look at yours just to congratulate you there and learn more about you!! ~ Much love and gratitude RL

      August 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      • Yours was one of the first blogs that came to my mind for nominations..Thank you so much for the reply and hope you are feeling better this week.

        August 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      • Really touched you thought of me as one of your first choices, means a lot! Still struggling here – new tests have been ordered. Would be wonderful if a break was in my future with the medical. So appreciate all your good wishes ~ you be well!!

        August 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM

  40. Hi Robyn, I nominated you for an award – see http://imissmetoo.me/2012/08/06/blog-awards-finally-accepting/. I think you blog is pretty special.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    • Thanks so much Pat – am very honored and flattered that you thought of me for this wonderful award ~ just wrote you over on your blog – and also had a lovely time exploring over there — congrats to you too – as you much deserve this award !!xo

      August 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      • THanks for your sweet and affirming words.

        August 9, 2012 at 6:41 AM

  41. you are amazingly inspiring my friend 🙂

    August 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment… Gratitude and Love to you ~ RL

      August 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM

  42. I just found your blog. It’s very moving. Thank you!

    August 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    • Welcome here Roxxroxx! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and your visit. Do hope you enjoy your stay!! Blessings ~ RL

      August 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

  43. Steven S. Walsky

    I have nominated your blog for two awards:

    Super Sweet Blogging Award
    Traffic Raiser Blog Award

    Steve, Words to Love By
    http://wordstoloveby.wordpress.com/

    September 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

  44. hi robyn! you and your blog are awesome so i won’t be surprised if you have this award already. just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! you may check it out at http://ngtolentino.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/if-blog-awards-are-chain-letters-then-they-are-chain-love-letters-4-awards/ thanks and congratulations! – neil

    September 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    • So thankful and honored pretzellogic!! Thank you from my deepest heart xo ~ and congratulations to you too!

      September 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

  45. Hey ! There is an award out there that isn’t a typical award…It’s the ADDICTIVE one & is hard to resist. I nominated you here http://iconicallyrare.com/2012/09/22/the-thing-about-awards/
    ~Sonya

    September 22, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    • Thank you so much! This s a unique award ~ very honored. Appreciate lots and congratulations to you too! 😉 RL

      September 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

  46. Your photos are beautiful and so are your sentiments. I’m glad you chose to share your experiences with the world…even the painful ones. Some of this is oh, so familiar and I understand that finding even a brief cessation in the unrelenting pain is such a blessing. To find joy, and meaningful pleasure in it as well…priceless. I’m hoping the calm and peaceful spaces will overwhelm the physical flaws that plague your life. -Nikki

    September 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    • Nikki – thank you so very much for your thoughtful and touching comment. Knowing you understand my plight means a lot. Yes – a brief cessation is a welcome thing indeed. I have found great support and encouragement sharing my artistic expressions here. A blessing in many ways. Sending love and wellness wishes your way today and always, Robyn

      September 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM

  47. I need many more walks in my life. Great About Page

    September 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    • Thank you Michael — I appreciate — yes walks are wonderful…having more issues lately that are preventing me from getting my share – will keep working at it though…you too! 🙂 R

      September 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      • I hope you are able to get on your feet and move about more soon. I am sorry to hear it is so challenging for you at the moment

        September 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      • Thank you dearest Michael. I do appreciate… feeling hopeful in that a new finding was discovered… that may explain a lot — and God willing have a solution. Hoping for many blissful nature walks in my future ~ So appreciate your kind words. ~R

        September 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      • I am very glad about this Robyn, I hope whatever it is you will beat it and get back on your feet as you would like to be

        October 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

  48. Dear Robyn, I came back to read about you again. I want to thank you because with your courage you GIVE courage. I also live with daily pain but I am 75 and somehow one expects to hit the rough spots in the later years of one’s life. Truly you are an example to us all. A model to be admired. Thank you ever so sincerely. I wish you the best, how can I even convey it sufficiently ? may your physical life become as shining as the spiritual path you walk.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    • Vera, I am so touched to find your note here…. Know it means so much to me. I am sorry to know of your pain, no matter what your age….and might I add ~ you my friend struck me as about mid or late 40s… age is only a number it seems!! Thank you for your encouraging words and warm wishes. I am maintaining hope that I can get this situation to a manageable place and be able to participate more fully in life. I know I am blessed n so many ways. Much Love and Blessings to you my friend xxoo R

      October 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

  49. Hi Robyn every post you make has been very inspiring for me so I have nominated you for the lovely blog award. http://motivationalrants.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=229&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    October 15, 2012 at 2:14 AM

  50. Thank you ever so much for passing through on my blog and leaving me so many likes. I intended on coming back later on after I had slept to leave you a message in here, since I had already followed you and liked your work at that point; but you beat me to it by fluttering so much love around my site. 🙂 Very kind and generous of you. 🙂 Anyway, to end I will simply say that your blog , your work and you are truly inspiring and I hope that you have a weekend as beautiful as your site; filled with happiness for you and yours x

    October 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM

  51. Good Morning….What do you suffer from???? when we find peace of mind, we do everything in our power to keep our mind at peace. It’s an addictive good that resonates through our soul. At this point everything physical and emotional become one spiritual constant. I am happy you found peace of mind, I love seeing people explore their passion. I am glad that I have an Ally to help spread Love!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

  52. Good Evening AB ~ I have a long history of chronic illness (see My Story) but my current issues are around my hip joints… Seems I was born with very shallow sockets so the ball of the femur is not secure and sub luxes regularly ~ pain pain pain… It has really effected my life in a big way… There have been other issues, spine surgeries, cancer etc. I am doing my best to heal – and may be headed for yet another surgery (which I so hoped to avoid)… You are sooo right though…physical and emotional are entwined ~ and nurturing one will nurture the other. I’m working on that ~ the photography and nature – and writing have all been wonderful spiritually for me…. Yes – my ally to help spread the Love ~ thank you friend of the blogsphere! ~ RL

    October 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM

  53. Dearest Robyn, I know you don’t do awards….but I had to nominate you for The Sensual Blogging Award. Please please don’t feel like you have to do anything with it. I just thought of you, your poetry, and your photographs when I got this award…knew I had to share…verbally at the least! 😀 I love you beloved sister… Huge healing hugs and tons of love to you ♥♥♥♥ !!! Christina ~

    November 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM

  54. That is very interesting. I would like to hear more about meditative photography. I think art goes way beyond aesthetic, though the visual beauty that strikes us first is the glue that binds the heft underneath.

    I am sorry for your condition, but glad you’ve found an outlet. I think we could all benefit from some time alone with the world around us. I think it knows a whole lot more than we do.

    What is the most interesting thing you’ve seen out there on your walks?

    December 1, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    • Thank you for visiting jerrontables ~ I was just at your place — such a story you tell — your writing transports the reader. Yes – meditative photography… my accidental healing hobby. I guess when there is pain that consumes most all of me, and I hone in on a subject — especially in he natural world… there is a peace and a level of oneness that is not easily obtained in normal daily living. It’s powerful and yes, as you say, the solitude is most soothing. The most interesting thing… hmmmm ~ a tough one 🙂 perhaps running into a hopscotch board drawn eloquently and backwards in the midst of the wilderness on the day before my birthday was rather surreal — here is the photo and post ~ was when I just began to blog…https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/02/04/childhood-found/ Welcome to my healing Lens – I hope you enjoy your visits ~ Best, Robyn Lee

      December 1, 2012 at 12:52 AM

  55. Your description of chronic pain is so incredibly real, vivid, and genuine. I’m thrilled that you’ve been able to find photography and the nature walks to help you in a way that other things can’t. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading your blog. Keep it up

    December 17, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    • Thanks again Arash! Yes – the photography and when I can – walks have been such a blessing. The relentless pain often wants to monopolize my every moment… and sometimes these magical distractions can give me back some power. I hope you too can find things like this… that take you out of the pain, even for bursts of time. Meditation, visualization, dreaming, breathing, music, writing, these are all in my tool-box — make sure you fill yours up too! The blogging itself is also a great gift. I will be keeping up with your progress
      ~ HEALING LOVE
      To YOU!
      ~ Robyn

      December 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

  56. arunscottsdale

    Beautiful picture. That picture tells us that photography is an art. Modern art but an art nevertheless.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    • Thank you so much arunscottsdale! Yes – I learned this only a year ago… prior, I thought photos were about making memories — which is true – but the art is inherent – and the lens we look through can transform in so many ways ~ Welcome — and my best always, RL

      December 19, 2012 at 1:46 AM

  57. Los mejores deseos y mucha felicidad para esta Noche Buena…
    Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas – Feliz Natal – Joyeux Noël
    Cruz del Sur
    Tu amigo 😉

    December 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

  58. Los mejores deseos y mucha felicidad para esta Noche Buena…
    Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas – Feliz Natal – Joyeux Noël
    Cruz del Sur
    Tu amigo
    xo

    December 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

  59. I am glad that I have happened upon your blog. Knowing that there are other people out there that have to suffer much the same fate that I have fallen prey to, bothers me. Deep down, I try ever so hard to understand why anyone has to live this life this way. Never really able to plan or commit to anything as I never know from day to day what to expect. On the days that I can do things I usually out do myself and cause myself more aggravation. And if I don’t do the things that I can manage, I feel like I am missing out. I have been in a downward spiral since 2001. Trying very hard to pick up the pieces and continue on. Good days and bad days. The worst is that people don’t understand what they can not see. I am highly medicated all the time but have had it reduced so that I can live and function, the pay off is that I have to deal with a lot of pain. That is better than being unable to hold a conversation or concentrate on the simplest of things.
    I wish you the best. May 2013 be good to you.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

  60. Thank you so much for your comment William…. though I too always feel sad hearing of another who is walking this walk. Completely relate and understand your feelings about making plans an d commitments… one of the hardest things on earth for me. Even if I am doing pretty well in one moment, I know at any given moment I am vulnerable to ‘melt-down’ so there is no way to feel confident about taking on challenges – which by nature, I love to do! I’m a doer — and this whole plight does not work well for my personality-type. Still I have been trying to accept and to hope for progress in all facets. Soooo true in that others do not and really cannot understand what is not either seen or felt personally. This has to be the most frustrating for me, as between my optimistic demeanor, and physical appearance of “girl-next-door healthy” — only those very very close to me (and believe it or not friends I’ve made here in the blogsphere) can sort of get what life ‘might’ be like for me. As for the meds — I have had my share of experimentation with them over the last 19+ years. At current I cannot tolerate narcotics (bile ducts spasm)…. and to be honest they only numbed out my head and never really addressed the pain anyway. I take very little – nightly muscle relaxant and as needed sleep meds … butg as you said – having a clear head is really a great thing… though I wish there were a way to manage the pain better. I will have to get over to your place to learn more about your condition…. currently mine is mostly about my ball and socket joints and instability ~ still trying to remain hopeful and find the good everywhere I can in this life. I too am sending you good wishes for a very hopeful new year ~ hang in and keep moving forward. You are always welcome here!! ~ Best ~ Robyn

    December 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

  61. I’m very forunate to have come across your blog. It’s a beautiful website and your posts are great. Keep up the wonderful work, and I’ll look forward to your future posts!

    January 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    • Thank you so much Michael ~ I am so thrilled to know you enjoyed, and WELCOME ~ Good thoughts your way~ Robyn Lee

      January 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

  62. I enjoy the illustrations of the elements in each pictorial along with the poetry that goes with everyone of those images. Its an awesome blog. Thank you for sharing and I am glad I found your site. 🙂

    January 4, 2013 at 5:27 AM

  63. Dear Robyn,
    I was touched by what you wrote; it takes courage to be open and talk about ones’ pain. I can fully relate to you. I suffer from physical impairment due to several severe car accidents that resulted in complex neck surgery, permanent pain and a revaluation of my life. I deal with pain in a variety of ways, including a spirit of gratitude for this beautiful world of ours, prayer, exercise, medication and photography. I love spending endless hours surrounded by nature; it is the one moment when my mind, body and soul are all rejoicing and physical pain is a far away reality. All the best with your health and may God bless you in every way 🙂 Here is a smile that will hopefully make you smile. 🙂

    January 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    • Thank you so much for this wonderful introduction Konstantine. I so appreciate your sharing some of your own challenge and plight with me here. It does sound as though you have faced your share of “life changing on a dime” too ~ and I am sorry to know this. I imagine you may have had a cervical fusion surgery for your injury — and am very familiar with the details of such. For certain you will remain in heart and prayer here… and I am just very happy to know you are able to indulge in the photography – along with the mediation and prayer which will go a long way in keeping you whole and well. I have not had a whole lot of opportunity to explore your blog – but last night I did a rapid tour – and oh my goodness — what a talent you are. I LOVED what I saw there – and still consider myself a novice here – so will be sure to spend some time at “your place” — enjoying and learning. Thank you so much for the smile 🙂 One being delivered right back your way tonight — Love and Light ~ Robyn

      January 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      • Dear Robyn Lee,
        I just wanted to thank you for your sweet comments and support. You are most kind. If you were in Australia I’d love to sit down and share life experiences over a cup of coffee. And yes, I did have a multiple cervical fusion after the removal of two discs from my cervical spine. I’m actually a qualified physiotherapist as well as a photographer. LIfe has definitely been difficult when one is faced with a significant and permanent disability. However I’ve also discovered the true strength of the human spirit, the ability to manifest fortitude in adversity, and culminate a spirit of gratitude. This enables one to appreciate ones mortality and fragility in a sense. Funny how in such circumstances one becomes more childlike and with courage, the ability to see beauty everywhere one looks. A heart of love and compassion is the key to peace and joy, and one thing that makes total sense to me. I shall also pray for your health, and keep up your photography therapy. 🙂
        God bless

        January 6, 2013 at 8:03 AM

  64. I agree so much with all you have said here … more childlike – with courage and newfound abilities to see beauty everywhere. Very lovely to know you. My spinal fusion was lumbar ~ but I have a cousin who like you, had the multiple level cerivcal fusion (C1 was one level for him – so extremely risky surgery given brain-stem). I also have significant issues in my neck, but trying hard to manage conservatively. Being a physiotherapist — I imagine you were extremely well-versed in rehabilitation and self-care after you surgery… praying you are not in too much pain at this point. My fusion did not address my pain issues — though it was considered “successful” in that I fused the bone very well (too well actually so now have some fusion graft abutting my S1 nerveroot 😦 ) . As I have learned this year, my issues were much more complex than the L5S1 disc that had collapsed. I was diagnosed with instability of my hip joints — born with very shallow sockets and minimal coverage over my anterior femoral heads (…. thus I repeatedly sublux the joints and this causes a whole cascade of compensatory muscle guarding and pain. I continue to try to help myself with the rehab – and have done so much study in this realm I should probably get a complimentary degree in physiotherapy as well 🙂 ~ I may try one more “expert” to work with on keeping my joints in their sockets before I turn to more surgery which I, quite honestly, am terrified of. Yes — coffee would be wonderful – no doubt we would have tons to share with one another. Ok ~ will keep the heart full – and you do the same — Love, Peace and Wellness always ~ Robyn

    January 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

  65. Dear Robyn,
    I have nominate you for the Shine On award, please check at
    http://meirozavian.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/shine-on-award/
    Congratulations!

    Love,
    mei

    January 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

  66. Really not sure how to begin, but need to say something rather than just move on … glad I stumbled across this blog … just browsing really, a little like I would at a book shop or library – would I enjoy this one, or …
    But was really touched by this about section.
    Wish you well.

    January 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest beeseeker! I appreciate your visit and your feeling compelled to communicate here. You are so kind to offer me good wishes…and very pleased you enjoyed your stay ~ blessings and love to you friend ~ RL

      January 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM

  67. This is Rage… Super Hit. Great Blog. So blessed & Talented . All the very best 😛 🙂

    February 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    • Thank you so much Swati ~ very much appreicate your wonderful words… and wishes ~ All the best to you too my friend ~ : ) RL

      February 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

  68. awesome blog amazing photos

    February 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    • Thank you so very much poetblog! Very glad you enjoyed ~ as I did very much – over at your place today too 🙂 ~ Best, RL

      February 9, 2013 at 1:38 AM

  69. Hello very nice blog…me hit the 100th like.i am happy to do this 4 u

    February 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    • Thank you cyril ~ much appreciate 🙂

      February 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      • Thank u too….. keeping going good luck

        February 11, 2013 at 5:16 AM

  70. and here I scroll down the comments…:), thank you for sharing your stories, I often do not feel much pain for myself, but often for others. I know you have the pain, but I will never understand how it feels unless I am going through it myself, that is the unique experience of life for everyone else. I have a fixed lens sigma dp2, and I don’t take any photo beyond the limit of this camera, I don’t take photo when my heart does not feel good, I don’t take photo because it is beautiful. but I take a photo because when I feel that it is able to converse with my heart, to see the world in the wonderful way, like the glasses you have given to your children.

    kc

    February 12, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    • I forgot to mention, is it possible for the photo to trim down in size (original)? It can be taking sometime to load through the pages using mobile devices, normally I use max 1280pixel. The pixlromatic (free) can do a great job if you are using the iDevices. Just a suggestion :).

      KC

      February 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    • Thank you quiuan ~ I must learn more about this way to make the loading on mobile devices smoother. I am not sure I know of which program you refer … Thank you for your lovely words about the “see the good” glasses ~ and may your photography bless you with the gift of looking through such a magical lens! ~ RL

      February 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

  71. Hey came here to Thank you for liking the guest post on RANTS which had my photos. Since I’m beginner at photography, really appreciate it.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    • So appreciate your visit – and you are most welcome!! Me too very much beginner (1+ years now but feels brand new still) ~ Good thoughts your way and have tons of fun!! ~RL

      March 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM

  72. Hi Robyn, Would you like to take a look at Ligo haibun challenge:
    http://call2read.com/2013/04/20/ligo-haibun-challenge-photo-prompt/

    April 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    • awe thank you so much nightlake! Not good timing for me to take on additional projects ~ but so appreciate the invite – and maybe in the future!!! Sending Love ~

      April 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      • sure, Robyn..take your time. Just wanted to keep you informed of this. Best Wishes!

        April 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

  73. Thanks for dropping by. Your blog was so inspiring 🙂

    May 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    • Thank you kindly! I appreciate 🙂 ~ RL

      June 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

  74. Hello Robyn! (Such a lovely name you have!)
    Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and spending some time there. And I must admit, you have a fabulous blog! Love seeing your creative skills here. It’s a treat to connect with you. Keep visiting. 🙂

    Love & Best wishes
    Tanumoy

    May 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    • Thank you so kindly Tranumoy. It is a pleasure to meet you here, and yes – I have enjoyed my travels through your amazing blog today as well! I will surely visit whenever I can, and so appreciate your lovely words! ~ Blessings and Love to you, Robyn

      May 30, 2013 at 10:14 PM

  75. BTW a very heartfelt thank you and another nomination back to you for both of the awards that say what it means to me. http://wp.me/p2ML45-17C Thank you from my heart inside of yours! CK

    June 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    • CK – I am honored and appreciate! Congratulations to you as well. Heartfelt gratitude and Love – Robyn

      June 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

  76. I look forward to reading your exploring your blog. I’m now following you. Best wishes for good health and joy in all that you do.

    June 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    • Thank you so much fingerprintwriting. So much appreciate ~ Love and Blessings! x Robyn

      June 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

  77. Hi Robyn Lee – I hope all is well with you. You have been away far too long… 😦
    I nominated you for the LIebster Blogger Award – congratulations! Please visit my blog for details: http://poetcharms.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/liebster-award-thank-you-cichosza/
    Have fun!

    August 31, 2014 at 2:09 AM

  78. Dear Robyn
    Somehow out of the blue my thoughts went to you last evening. How are you? I hope you have recovered and are spreading love and light as always. I, for one, am waiting to hear more from you. Stay blessed dear.
    Love, M

    January 6, 2016 at 6:51 AM

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