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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 comments on “Meditation and Nature

  1. photoberries
    July 27, 2014

    great shot !

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  2. Cheryl
    July 27, 2014

    That’s a beautiful image.

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  3. luro97
    July 27, 2014

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

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  4. innocent lotus
    July 27, 2014

    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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  5. tarpfrog
    July 27, 2014

    Gorgeous.

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  6. mishunderstood
    July 27, 2014

    This is SO beautiful !

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  7. Paula McLane Jennings
    July 28, 2014

    absolutely love your photo. breathtaking!

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  8. Lölee Photography
    July 28, 2014

    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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  9. Glory Be
    July 29, 2014

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

    Thank you.

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  10. Andrew Furst
    July 29, 2014

    Stunning visual reflection on, well, reflection. Nicely done

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  11. morethancoins
    July 29, 2014

    This is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. morethancoins
    July 29, 2014

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

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  13. spencersamalvin
    August 18, 2014

    Yes! . . .

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  14. lcsoup
    September 2, 2014

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

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