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 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 responses to “Meditation and Nature”

  1. Cheryl Avatar

    That’s a beautiful image.

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  2. luro97 Avatar

    Powerful words. The beautiful photo is so serene. Thank you for your share.

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  3. innocent lotus Avatar
    innocent lotus

    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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  4. mishunderstood Avatar

    This is SO beautiful !

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  5. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    absolutely love your photo. breathtaking!

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  6. Lölee Photography Avatar
    Lölee Photography

    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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  7. Glory Be Avatar
    Glory Be

    It is exquisite…and I am wondering where it was taken.

    Thank you.

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  8. Andrew Furst Avatar

    Stunning visual reflection on, well, reflection. Nicely done

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  9. morethancoins Avatar

    This is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. morethancoins Avatar

    Reblogged this on More Than Coins and commented:
    I love this image so much.

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  11. lcsoup Avatar

    This photo is remarkable! Loving kindness meditation has helped me too 😉

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