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: “As I recover from a lifetime of abuse and trauma, I work at finding beauty in the little things. When I find them, like this poppy, I breathe deeply and take in whatever positive energy I can. I remind myself that regardless of how I feel or what I’ve been told, I am uniquely beautiful. I don’t have to prove anything and I don’t have to earn the right to be here. I deserve love, and I can and will be that love for myself.”

Find more from Lori at her blog.


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6 responses to “Finding Beauty In The Little Things”

  1. cliffsofdover123 Avatar

    Lovely flower. Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hadel Avatar

    Lovely, may I reblog? Thank you, Hadel


  3. Rajiv Avatar

    Lovely flower


  4. mirrorgirl Avatar

    We need every person in this planet. Bipolar II is a label, with so many wonderful people in it. Luckily they don`t believe in labels, and make their own ones!


  5. dreambigwords Avatar

    a beautiful photograph from a resilient spirit, may love surround you today!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. imaginarytree Avatar

    color! A beautiful bright flower. Thank you for sharing your story and your art.


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