Who we are & why we are

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 contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and/or chronic insomnia. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. She feels like a sensitive soul trying to find a place in what feels like a loud, angry, cruel world.

About this photo: “This photo depicts the extreme isolation and loneliness I’ve felt much of my life, as I’ve tried to hide my fear out of shame.

Pariah:
One that is generally despised, rejected, avoided.
Outcast.

Outsider.

Rock-the-dysfunctional-boat rider.

Pariah:

One who speaks
 when no one else will.

One whose fear is great

but whose courage is greater still.

Pariah:

Shut out, cut out, you need to butt out.
Invisible.

Ignored.

Step aside, make way, can’t afford

to be seen with you.

Pariah:

One who is exiled by the tribe

because she told the truth

while they just smiled and lied.

Pariah:

Damned.

Feared.

Baffle-them-weird.

Pariah:

Anxiety.
Integrity.

I, myself, in league with me.

Victory.”

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4 responses to “Pariah”

  1. chrisrenney Avatar

    Alone but still surrounded by others. A beautiful image which speaks to me.

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  2. Rhys Jones Avatar

    Am I the only person who can see a face in this tree? The small white ring looks like an eye, and the tree is facing to the left.

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  3. bluebrightly Avatar

    That is a beautiful photo though, and I think it expresses much more than loneliness or being an outcast. It stands strong and there is such sensitivity in those upward-reaching branches.

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  4. cbt4you Avatar

    Reblogged this on cbt4you.

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