Emily Pimpinella, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist




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Supermoon, Super Experience

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM

On the night of September 27th, there was a Supermoon eclipse (also called a “Super Blood Moon” eclipse). This type of lunar eclipse is rather rare and won’t happen again until 2033 (take a look at NASA’s website for more information).


I was very excited to bear witness to this cosmic event. I parked myself out on my front lawn at 9:00PM, sat back, and reveled in the amazingness. Someone in a nearby house had their window open and they were listening to this epic sounding opera music, which was the perfect accompaniment to watching this event.


It may sound cliché, but I felt a shift in perspective regarding my worries and concerns when I was faced with the vast night sky and the progression of the eclipse. It reminded me of impermanence and how most things will eventually pass, like the moon passing through the earth’s shadow. When fostering self-care, it is important to find things, whatever they may be (i.e., nature, art, music, etc…) that help you take a step back and see a different perspective. It is also important to nurture the ability to be present in the moment. While watching the eclipse, I experienced moments of being present without thinking of the past or future. I shifted my attention to different sensory experiences: the minute changes in what I was seeing in the moon, the feeling of the grass under my hands, the wind on my face, and the sound of the music.


I admit that I did break from being present a few times in order to attempt to capture the moon with my camera. Alas, my camera is not high tech enough to get a clear picture. This (below) was the best I could get. If you want to view some really amazing photos, NASA has a Super Blood Moon Photo Contest page that is a must see.


 

Ink Blot Pond

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Photography has always been an excellent outlet for me. Nature photography is my favorite because I get to be outside immersed in beautiful surroundings which, in of itself, can bring about a sense of peace. I also enjoy the hunt to find something compelling to photograph. I always use the viewfinder on my camera instead of the digital screen because I like the way that the viewfinder narrows my field of vision and focuses me. For those few moments when I am taking a picture, all that’s important is what can be captured and bound within that little square. It crops out anything extraneous, all that extra noise. This can be particularly helpful if you are feeling overwhelmed and scattered by everything going on in your life. Just take your time and focus on the little snapshots of life. I took this picture while walking around my favorite pond in New Hampshire.