Meditation and Nature

Photo taken by contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with PTSD and Bipolar II (both of which were only recently diagnosed). She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health challenges — including anxiety, depression, OCD, and schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and possible Bipolar. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. Photography has become a therapeutic outlet, providing a valuable tool for coping and anchoring in the present moment.

About this photo: “When anxiety is severe, I basically hold on for dear life. I’m learning to take my eyes away from the dizzying blur of the immediate fear and focus inward on a place of deep calm that I find through the Buddhist practice of LovingKindness meditation.

Find more from Lori at her blog.

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14 thoughts on “Meditation and Nature

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  1. This photo is so peaceful, I hope Lori finds her own peace too. Creativity in all forms is such a powerful outlet for everyone, especially those suffering from mental illness.

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  2. So much to learn from those who are daily mastering the hardest feelings we all go through sometimes, thanks for sharing…amazing peaceful shot as well.

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