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Sunday, September 29, 2013

30 Days of Photographs IV: Circle

Today is Day 29 of 30 Days of Photographs IV. I'll be sad when it's over, but for now, I'm happy there's only one day left, and I'm sure my co-host, MikeWJ, feels the same. I love doing these challenges, but they tend to take over my life a little bit. Or a lot. Anyway, link up, and go check out the other participants, then come back tomorrow for our Happily Ever After.


Day 29: Circle

I have a complicated relationship to sleep. I love sleeping, when I sleep well.

But I rarely sleep well.

I toss and turn and lie awake at night and early in the morning. And I dream. I dream of fire and war and mayhem. I dream of being chased, of unknown threats, and of dismemberment. I dream of confusing and unsettling situations where I'm stuck and scrambling to make sense of my surroundings.

I don't know why I have these nightmares, but I do. Maybe what I need is one of these. A dreamcatcher to capture my bad dreams and only let good dreams pass through the net and slide down the feathers to me.







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32 comments:

  1. I have had my share of those dreams, but I'm glad to say they seem to have subsided now days. If only dream catchers really did filter our dreams.

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  2. Dang... you must have a lot of bad dreams! But those dreamcatchers are gorgeous.

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  3. Those are pretty. I have some dreamcatcher earrings. Maybe I should wear them to bed.


    I go through spells of having bad dreams and not sleeping well. It's no fun!

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  4. There's Indians in Finland? Really?

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  5. Jay of The Depp EffectSeptember 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I have similar issues. :( Don't sleep well, often wake, wake early aching all over, and sometimes also have disturbing dreams. One which recurs is of trying to navigate my way through somewhere (a house, a tunnel, a stairway etc) which gets progressively narrower and steeper and more winding until I am wedged. I very seldom manage to exit the end. If it's a house, the rooms are peculiar shapes and contain mountains of obstacles, and change shape as I go.



    These days I use a sleep app on my phone and it helps no end. Often it's the only way to get back to sleep if I wake in the night.


    I did buy a dreamcatcher, but I have to say it did NOT work!

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  6. And a good stiff drink before bed! Gorgeous picture Ziva!

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  7. Ugh! I've had the same problem all of my life, except I never remember my nightmares. I had a dreamcatcher over my bed for several years until we switched room. I need to put it back up. If you believe in them, they work. If you think it's BS, it probably won't.


    I love how you shot this beautiful and colorful display. After taking this lovely photo, did you buy one?

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  8. You've got to believe in their power for them to work. I would ask the spirits to block the bad dreams and allow the soothing dreams to come through.

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  9. Dismemberment? Yikes! And I don't think you mean being thrown out of a club you had joined. Lovely shot. Very colorful, like the happy dreams you should be having.

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  10. I love the colours. I immediately thought I was looking at fishing nets, which I guess they are in some way. Beautiful shot, Z.

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  11. I have had a dream catcher hanging in my bedroom window for years. I figured, it can't hurt.
    Great colours.

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  12. Great idea and execution.

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  13. Hopefully my dreams will subside, too. Eventually.. :)

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  14. Maybe it is. Just last night I dreamed about being in some kind of competition, scrambling to win and having to do all sorts of things I didn't want to do, knowing that the price of losing was horrendous. I'm thinking 30 Days has messed with my head. ;)

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  15. Dreamcatcher earrings? That sounds really cool, I'd totally wear those. They'd make my naps nicer, too .

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  16. It would be a small world if you could only buy something in the very place it originated from.

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  17. I'm sorry to hear your have similar problems, Jay. Your dreams sound a lot like what I usually dream, except my dreams often involve fire. Everything around me is on fire, and I'm running from it, but there's nowhere to run, just more fire wherever I go. I rarely get away from the fire, but rather wake up feeling unsettled and afraid and exhausted.



    Maybe I should try one of those sleep apps..

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  18. I did not buy one, but I guess I should. Maybe if I really tried to believe in it, it would work. I almost always remember my dreams as I wake up, but often they will slip away from my memory very quickly after I get up, unless I make an effort to remember them, or they were particularly disturbing.

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  19. Nope, not that kind of dismemberment. ;) It can get very disturbing at times, but I try to think happy thoughts.

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  20. You're so right, it can't hurt. :)

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  21. Jay of The Depp EffectSeptember 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Give it a try, it can't hurt! I use one called 'Sleep Pillow'. I downloaded several but it's the one I always use. You get a huge range of sounds from trains to buddhist temple type music and plain old white noise. You can also mix them. The mix I like at the moment is a train, with rowing boat type splashing sounds plus whale song. Sounds an odd mixture, but I find it soothing.


    I guess you'd better stay away from the fire crackling sounds though.

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  22. Thank you, Meleah! I'll have to give it a go and see if it helps. :)

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  23. Thank you for the recommendation, Jay, I appreciate it. :) It does sound like an odd mix, but whatever works, I say.

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  24. Jay of The Depp EffectSeptember 29, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Exactly! Good luck! :)

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  25. What is this thing you call "sleep?" And dreams? I never remember those. I finally got sleeping pills from the dr. this month. I think the Bob challenge drove me to it ...

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  26. I believe in so many Native American rituals. When I had mine above my head, before I closed my eyes, I'd look at it and ask the dream weavers to block the nightmares and allow the pleasant dreams through.

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  27. I have suffered from nightmares my whole life and my children have had dream catchers over their beds since they were infants. That is a beautiful collection.
    :-)
    Traci

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  28. I'm sure they will, as the stresses of everyday life subside.

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