Photo taken by contributor Sarah, a 21-year old student who has struggled with generalized anxiety for most of her life and panic attacks since the beginning of college. She has long used photography as a way to focus and calm herself during panic, as well as a spiritual practice. She is inspired by the work of Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan monk who uses photography as a supplement to his meditation practice. Sarah is now considering pursuing photography as a profession after college.
About this photo: “I took this photo during the Polar Vortex in Minnesota when it was -18 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a difficult day, but I was still able to be present to the beauty of the feathery icicles on the window and capture this shot. No matter what’s going on in my life, I choose to be grateful and aware of the beauty around me.“