Our mission for this Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness was:
“… “yawn.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post. Enjoy!”
We think of a yawn as implying boredom, but it’s also a way to reset our breathing or something like that – like a sigh which is somewhat more voluntary than a yawn. Have you ever tried to yawn on purpose? It’s just not the same. I just tried it. And try to suppress a yawn. You can keep your mouth closed, but the yawn is in there. Did they see it? There’s this guy in choir who yawns really loud. He doesn’t really try to suppress it. The choir director says, “No yawning in the choir loft!” (It’s not really a loft.) But it doesn’t matter. We all chuckle.
Now, a sigh is different. A sigh can be voluntary and also a reset. In yoga class we were encouraged to sigh out loud. Or yawn or whatever. Just let it all out.
Yawn rhymes with dawn. Dawn’s early light which I rarely see, because I’m not a morning person. I have nothing against dawn or early mornings, but much prefer sunset when I’m more awake and can take it all in with a sigh instead of a yawn. But yawning and sighing are both okay. Dawn and sunset are both beautiful blessings.
I typed dawn into the search bar for my pictures. Nothing. Then, I typed sunset and got 900 and something items. Really? I probably take more sunset photos than anything else. Let’s see if I can find some of my favorites. Without planning.
(All the photos were taken in North Carolina with the last 2 from Beech Mountain.)
Minimal planning or something like that. We’ll see below. I got the “have fun” part right.
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Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!
February 16, 2019 at 8:10 am
I know. I really over use, “really.” That’s SOC for ya.
February 16, 2019 at 8:20 am
JoAnna, your post on yawn and sighs is very good. You got it right and entertain at the
same time. A true and deep yawn care-set the breathing and bring more oxygen to the body
which in turn relaxes the brain. So I am told. 😊 .
Your sunset pictures are just wonderful.
February 16, 2019 at 10:29 am
I read about that re-set years ago and it stayed with me. It makes sense because it feels good to yawn. Sometimes it brings a nice stretch with it. Thank you for the affirmation and for appreciating my photos! 🙂
February 16, 2019 at 8:32 am
Lovely thoughts, and lovely photos, and I really use really a lot sometimes too! Happy Saturday to you!
February 16, 2019 at 10:38 am
Really? Thank you, Shelley. ❤ Happy Saturday!
February 16, 2019 at 9:34 am
Such beautiful pictures. North Carolina is on my bucket list of places to visit.
February 16, 2019 at 10:58 am
Thank you! One of the things I like about this state is we have some relatively clean beaches and soft green mountains at the other end of the state. My husband who is from CT is just beginning to get used to the slower pace here. Maybe.
February 16, 2019 at 11:25 am
Slow is good 😊
February 16, 2019 at 11:50 am
February 16, 2019 at 10:57 am
Those are beautiful sunsets, JoAnna. I am a morning person, and I’ve captured a lot of sunrises, but I like sunsets equally as well.
February 16, 2019 at 11:05 am
It takes all kind of people, right? 🙂 Thanks for appreciating my sunsets. 🙂
February 16, 2019 at 11:09 am
It does – you’re welcome 🙂
February 16, 2019 at 12:37 pm
I agree with you, JoAnna, there is something about a big open yawn that feels great. I get into these serial yawning things and it’s like, is my brain that deprived of oxygen?! lol
February 16, 2019 at 4:57 pm
The body is pretty amazing. Whatever the purpose, I hope you feel better after the series. 🙂
February 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm
Beautiful photos. You caught the sky at just the right time. 🙂
February 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Amazing how our conscious mind works. You started with a yawn and ended with the sunset. It’s within us to focus on what really matters for our well-being.
February 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm
Yes, the mind is amazing. Thank you for clarifying that progression, Rosaliene, and for your affirmation.
February 16, 2019 at 3:16 pm
Boy, you out did yourself this week. Great example and beautiful photos. I’m not a morning person either so most of my photos are sunset. 🙂 Did you like my dog yawning?
February 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm
Well, thank you very much! 🙂 Your dog looks like a real sweetheart. Dogs are good at yawning – so uninhibited.
February 16, 2019 at 8:13 pm
I prefer sunsets as well. It means my day is behind me (most days) and I am free to do this, or read, or watch tv, or whatever. Sunrises Gasp! mean morning and all that work is yet to be done. Ugh.
Your sunset photos are postcard-worthy.
My husband sighs a lot. I always think he’s annoyed, but maybe it’s just a reset. That could be a gift you gave me there. Thank you for a new perspective.
February 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm
I’m happy I could open up that possibility on the sighing. Sunsets are much more relaxing. Thank you so much for your kind words.
February 17, 2019 at 6:48 am
JoAnna, your sunset photos are stunning and a delight to look at! With views like these in the evening you don’t need to be a dawn person! I love your reflections on yawning, an action that can be interrupted in so many ways, one which is involuntary! How true that is it impossible to yawn probably ‘on command’ … yet, done freely it can be wonderfully calming and therapeutic!
February 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm
Thank you for your kind affirmation! Yes, yawning does feel good. I was more aware of that last night when yawning. 🙂
February 17, 2019 at 11:45 am
Beautiful pictures! 🙋🐝
February 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Thank you, Bee. ❤
February 18, 2019 at 10:56 am
Good point about trying to suppress yawns. I was yawning at a dinner party last night and hoping other people wouldn’t think I was bored, which I wasn’t. Really hard to suppress it once its out.
February 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm
Some of those yawns can be pretty strong. Glad you weren’t bored.
February 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm
Hard to stop those yawns sometimes. 🙂
February 18, 2019 at 11:40 am
Wow, the pictures are amazing. the sky’s colour are breathtaking. Great post.
February 18, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!
February 19, 2019 at 7:54 am
February 19, 2019 at 11:24 am
February 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm
You are welcome
February 27, 2019 at 12:33 am
Beautiful sunset photos!!
February 27, 2019 at 9:44 am
February 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm
Wow this is very beautiful,anyway how are you and your beautiful family
February 27, 2019 at 5:11 pm
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post.