{zen space}

7 Nov

oh, how i have missed blogging!  and i have missed interacting with my readers! i hope you all have been well and that life has been treating you with love and grace.

so much has happened this year {and last year} for me and although i would love to go into great detail about it all, after much consideration, i have decided to refrain.  i have been taking some time to journal some thoughts down and i think that will be a good way to release it all first. then, if i decide to share, i will.

it suffices to say that i have grown tremendously over the last 24 months and i sit here writing this post with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and relief! the past is in the past and i am here, now. although, the time is always now, you know?! if we are fully submersed in the moment, we are always in the now.  the past is behind us and we can’t change it and the future doesn’t even exist yet… so all we really have is now. and it is always NOW. i am {re}learning and remembering how crucial this simple truth is to keep in the forefront of our minds. it is far too easy to get caught up in other things and especially other thoughts.

and here at food and foto, we like to keep it as light-hearted as possible. or at least, as “positive” as possible. i have been thinking a lot about what we choose to focus on; what we allow our minds to be occupied with. and for me, it is extremely important to find a way to disconnect from our seemingly ceaseless thoughts… to find a zen space. and that doesn’t exactly have to be a physical place. although – it can be found in nature, in a park, in your bedroom, at a church… but basically, being “zen” is truly a state of mind. it has little to do with location.

however, it is true and i do find that some places bring me to a more “zen” feeling than others. for example, i did like living in the mountains and especially in the tiny home, as it was a life-changing experience… one that many people dream of. however, i never quite felt “zen” while i was there. at least, not like i do when i am near the ocean. i love listening to the sound of the waves as the water ebbs and flows… it reminds me to breathe in and breathe out. i love the smell of the salty air breezing through my hair… it reminds me to stay in touch with my intuition and appreciate the moment. i love sense of wonder and awe i feel for the unknown that lies beyond and beneath… it keeps me grounded and humble. truly, nothing makes me feel more zen than being near the ocean.

i am a water baby at my core and i basically believe i am {or was} a mermaid. therefore, i feel truly at home when i am near the vastness of the big blue. something about being around the water gives me a sense of peace like nothing else does. it is truly my zen space.

with all that said, i would like to share these fotos i took while visiting the atlantic ocean recently. i had a little fun playing around with some different filters. also, it’s pretty satisfying to be able to dip your toes in the warm sand in november!

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where do you find your zen space?!

12 Responses to “{zen space}”

  1. auntdel November 7, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    so glad to ‘hear’ you again!


    • cooking with audrey November 7, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      Thank you, aunt del! It is always a pleasure to hear from you! I hope you are well. ❤


      • auntdel November 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

        yes, doing well, so sad we didn’t get to see you on your travels! sometime soon I hope though!


  2. anthony0358 November 7, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    wow, this was beautiful to read along with the break taking photos! For me I think my Zen Place is Coney Island. But also the lower West Side of Mahattan, near Pier 25!


    • cooking with audrey November 7, 2016 at 9:25 am #

      Thank you for all the kind words, anthony! You have always supported my work and it means so much to me! I could see how coney island would be a zen space, for sure!


  3. anna joy November 7, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    i can’t wait to visit! miss you already ❤


  4. Tim November 7, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Great photos! Glad all is well


  5. mylifeisthebestlife November 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Lovely pictures from a lovely lady!

    I’ve missed you, my friend. I hope you’re finding your zen today!

    Liked by 1 person

    • cooking with audrey November 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

      i have missed you too, my dear. i think of you often, actually. i’m sorry i have been MIA. i am back. 🙂 i look forward to catching up! let’s exchange info and all that… again 😉


      • mylifeisthebestlife November 18, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

        Absolutely! I’m still at anitka.ackerman@gmail.com. Please feel free to email me your new info whenever you get a chance!!! And never ever ever apologize for living your life! I can’t wait to hear all about it!


  6. David Farwig November 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    It’s good to see your blog again, Audrey! I hope you’re doing well. I know you’re very reserved about sharing your location, but please drop me a note to my email and let me know if you’re still in my area. I’d love to see you and I possibly need some more photographic services coming up. 🙂

    All the best to you always,
    David Farwig

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