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Look Up

Photos taken by first-time contributor Anna, a 23-year-old woman from Canada. She has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression in the past. After getting off of medication she has worked hard on improving her mental health using alternative healing modalities. Every day is still a challenge to avoid giving in to her OCD-like impulses, or getting extremely panicked in really busy environments, but without them she would never have grown into the person she is today. Yoga, meditation, a change in food habits, and cutting out drugs and alcohol from her life are just some of the modifications she has made to help heal her mental troubles. She feels blessed to have had to deal with her mind running wild because it has given her more wisdom and understanding of how powerful her mind can be. She has also developed a heightened sense of her intuition and gained the ability to tune into subtle energies that she would never have grown conscious of without wanting to learn to calm her thoughts.

About these photos: “I call this series “Look Up.” I look up at the sky…a lot. So it’s only natural that many of my photographs are of the sky! I can’t get over how BEAUTIFUL the sky always is 😀 When I’m feeling overwhelmed I can expand myself upwards and feel at peace knowing my troubles are but a tiny pin in a big mass of Earth whipping through the galaxy, and somehow this makes me feel more calm. Also if I’m looking for an eyegasm I just have to look up and it’s done! Sunrises and sunsets are something I look forward to everyday and when there are storms….oh boy I know I’m going to get a special show for sure. I think if people spent more time looking up instead of down or straight, they would appreciate the magnificence of this world a lot more and find joy in the constantly changing show spread right above us. In your struggles if you can find humour, joy, inspiration, or any sort of positive feeling to blend into your experience, it will make the challenges easier to cope with. Anyhow I hope my photographs do the sky some justice.

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23 comments on “Look Up

  1. carmenw503
    August 11, 2013

    Awesome shots!

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    • Anna
      August 13, 2013

      Thank you<3 I appreciate all the wonderful loving feedback of my photo's 🙂 Bless you <3<3<3

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  2. Sam Spencer
    August 11, 2013

    Great post! . . .

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  3. Shannon Marie
    August 11, 2013

    Reblogged this on Random Ramblings.

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  4. arlene
    August 12, 2013

    Love them all….

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  5. Kane Beatz
    August 12, 2013

    Reblogged this on Beatz kane Blog.

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  6. Paula McLane Jennings
    August 12, 2013

    Your photos are truly stunning! I love the way the light comes through the clouds sometimes when looking up at the sky so I know the feeling you are talking about looking upwards. You captured these moments perfectly. I am so happy that you are getting your life together and that you have found things that bring you peace. I too suffer from depression and anxiety disorders and have also put drugs and alcohol in my past – nearly 30 years ago when I was just about your age too. I will look forward to more of your beautiful photos on here.

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    • Anna
      August 13, 2013

      Awww!!!!! Thanks Paula:D Sending you Love XOXO

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  7. compostingwords
    August 12, 2013

    Beautiful shots and great post. It is so true that when we decide to be a student of our own healing so many possibilities open up to us. We only have to take one step at a time.

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    • Anna
      August 13, 2013

      Thank you<3<3<3 Yes and sometimes we fall a couple steps backwards but as long as we keep pushing forward we make so much progress, Bless You

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  8. Developing A New Image
    August 13, 2013

    There is most always calm and peace in even the worst of storms and threatening skies………..peaceful images…..j
    http://www.jimwork.com

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    • Anna
      August 13, 2013

      Yeah 😀 Sometimes those storm clouds rolling in can be as oddly peaceful, even though I always get a bit nervous/excited while it’s happening. Sending you Love ❤

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  9. sparrow111
    August 13, 2013

    I love the sky too. I’m glad to feel a little connected to you in that way. You might like this short video of monsoon clouds in AZ.

    Sometimes when I’m depressed I look up and find a beautiful sky, I feel healed for a while.

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    • Anna
      August 15, 2013

      Sick video! I’m happy to hear you get the same benefits of sky gazing as I do. Sending you lots of Love and Blessings XOXOXO

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  10. itskeemarie
    August 14, 2013

    Absolutely amazing her description at the end is mind blowing

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    • Anna
      August 15, 2013

      Awwwww thank you!!!! Sending you Love* ~*~*~*~*

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  11. John
    August 17, 2013

    Hi Anna. Great shots. I particularly like the first one, the clouds in the foreground give it a 3D effect, very nice. I’m going to ‘look up’ a bit more this weekend 🙂

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    • Anna
      September 22, 2013

      Thanks John 🙂 Sorry for the late reply I havn’t been on Broken Light in quite a while! Sending you loads of Love and Blessings ❤

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  12. Andrea O'Connell
    August 30, 2013

    I love, love, love, love this series! Beautiful work! I’m so happy to have found “Broken Light”. Just what I need right now. Sending you continued love and light and hope in the sky… (I treasure the sky, too.)

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    • Anna
      September 22, 2013

      Thank you Andrea!!!! Sending you lots of Light and blessings beautiful Spirit ❤

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