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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by Danielle, a contributor with Major Depressive Disorder and Agoraphobia to varying degrees. She is getting out more than she was a year ago, so hopefully things will keep heading in that direction.

About this photo: “Depression has left me treading the waters of a murky sea for a long time. Thankfully, I am starting to emerge. I even went to a beach recently and a pool. Instead of focusing on my intrusive negative thoughts, I tried to focus on the calming nature of the water, and the vast beauty and potential of the world. A Rumi quote came to mind. It is one of those easier said than done phrases, but it’s beautiful, and one that I am trying to embrace more and more…

‘Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.’ 


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16 responses to “Escape”

  1. maureenjenner Avatar

    Fascinating picture. So many possibilities.


  2. Escaping Elegance Avatar

    Great picture!! So interesting with the bubbles.


  3. Sheri Avatar

    Learning to be more carefree, that’s awesome.


  4. phillymanjim Avatar

    Reblogged this on phillymanjim's Blog and commented:
    Beautiful, surreal and amazing! Please pass on to the contributor that she has my best wishes for her continued recovery. By the way, The poetry of Rumi saved my life when I was going through the early grief and PTSD of losing my daughter. I continue to read the beautiful words of that great Sufi whenever I need spiritual renewal!


  5. Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua Avatar

    Incredible dreamlike quality. I love this!


  6. mightwar Avatar

    There is such suspense in this image: like the breath you take before a moment of action. Very nicely done.


  7. Colette Avatar

    très belle photo ! j’adore ! super angle !!!!


  8. hodgepodge4thesoul Avatar

    Beautiful shot, and thank you for sharing her story. She’s a brave soul-so special, the world wouldn’t be the same without her…


  9. Emily Avatar

    Great! Not only beautiful but leaves you wondering how you did it. Excellent.


  10. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    your photo is fascinating! and I also feel calm when I am near the water. I love the ocean but sadly have not been in several years.


  11. Judy Avatar

    Very interesting photo! Beautiful!


  12. samanthapugsley Avatar

    This is so beautiful and emotive.


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