Kira Elliott Dinner

As we close out 2014 I thought I would share a few bits and pieces of what I have been up to the last few weeks. I considered sharing a wrap up of my year or my year in pictures, but then I thought, keep it simple. Honestly, the holidays have been enough, plus I have a writing assignment due on January 5th.

Ajahn Chah is one of my favorite Buddhist teachers. His teachings are clear, direct and simple. I love this quote because it sums up so much for me. It is only by sitting with and turning towards my pain and discomfort have I found freedom from it.

“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.” ― Ajahn Chah

I participated in Catherine Just’s In Plain Sight again this past December. I focused on taking daily self portraits. Wow, what an experience, I cultivated a lot of self compassion doing this. If you haven’t taken one of her e-courses I recommend it. She has a way of creating a supportive positive community. Here is a collage of some of the self portraits from the month.

Kira Elliott IPS

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I had a rare opportunity to get on top of a 12 story building in Southwest Detroit. I took this facing East towards downtown. Detroit is huge, 142 square miles huge. While revitalization is happening in the downtown core, the neighborhoods are devastated. Detroit needs so much healing and I want to do my part.

Kira Elliott Southwest Detroit

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Jay, my Mr. Awesome, got me a Fuji Instax 210 camera for Christmas. This delights me beyond measure and I can’t wait to really break this in. It has been so long since I used film, let alone instant film. I have a big learning curve in front of me.

Kira Elliott Fuji Instax

Here is one of my first pictures with the Instax. Aside from needing a better scanner, I am in love with the colors and feel of the photographs.

Kira Elliott Fuji Instax

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And finally, this video delights me to no end. We have watched it numerous times and I still laugh.

Happy New Year and may your coming year be filled delight, freedom from suffering and moments of beauty.

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Registration for Writing to Open Your Heart is Open! Starts January 31, 2015. Give yourself the gift of writing and connection to others to help open your heart in 2015.