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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world
around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden
in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t
believe in magic will never find it.”

~Roald Dahl
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"All the wars, all the hatred, all the ignorance in the world come out of being so invested in our opinions. And at bottom, those opinions are merely our efforts to escape the underlying uneasiness of being human, the uneasiness of feeling like we can’t get ground under our feet. So we hold on to our fixed ideas of this is how it is and disparage any opposing views. But imagine what the world would be like if we could come to see our likes and dislikes as merely likes and dislikes, and what we take to be intrinsically true as just our personal viewpoint." 
~ Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change

“Paradise is the prison of the sage as the world is the prisoner of the believer.”
– Yahja Mu’adh al-Razi
When great suffering arrives at our doorstep, it has been given to us as an offering by our soul. To heal itself deeper. When we heal, we transform and become a gift to those we meet in the light of the wisdom which has risen within. From a soul deepened through the experience.

If we remain bitter or angry we have missed the opportunity, might need to start over. As what we do not heal or transform into wisdom with us, we pass it on to future generations and to those around us, unconsciously, often as a plea to help us heal. Heal thy Self.

At some point we realise without accessing our soul or God, we cannot see our suffering as our soul does or the wisdom waiting for us to claim. Thus we cannot get out of our anguish, anger or sense of injustice. As it were either we heal or perish.

However, once our suffering has delivered us to the doorstep of God, it has done its job, and then it would leave us. Though physical suffering might continue, we’d definitely be free of the psychological suffering that comes from non acceptance of what is.

Life is impersonal. It wishes us well, but knows we are here to grow.  As souls we choose different souls, to teach valuable lessons. If we make it about them, get trapped in the story line we miss the lesson, stay a victim, and thus repeat the class. The cycle.

Sometimes things don’t heal our suffering till we are ready to let go, and learn what it arrived bearing - life lessons.

~Art is Good, but if life is art, Better~

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 9, 2012, 9:41 PM
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Life becomes art, when we learn the art of living, living mindfully. Just as mindful living begins with taking up some kind of meditative practice, soulful living begins with prayer. Then even the art we create is soulful, as the life we are creating is.

Mindful photography I feel it is an organic development once we start practicing mindfulness meditation.

Just like mindfulness walking, or eating we can add mindfulness to witnessing the life around, and soon we'd start seeing frames, as in frames in a camera, and a life event occurring, when you do that - go click! Try observing the ordinary and the mundane...look for God in the details of your life, literally!

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Eventually you'd be guided when to shoot and when not to, depending upon your energy at the moment or the energy of the place, scene or even a person, say in a crowd, you doesn't want to be photograph, your intuition will instinctive respect that! You not just capturing a moment you also capture its energy forever, no wonder people have images of holy icons and places or moments on sacred altars.

You might hear or feel, "Wait!" or "Now" at some points, listen and follow through and with each time you do so, your collaborative work shall improve!

Soon you'd feel a presence guiding you through it all taking the photograph with you, making it a collaborative feat. Creating a template that we can use to bring that same presence into all aspects of life.

It can be a wonderful way to view non-judgmentally, breaking free from our ideas of what defines picture perfect or perfect life and then transpose all the learning to life itself.

See if all of this translates to mindful choices. If yes, then it has all been worthwhile. The aim of this practice or any meditative practice for that matter, is not to take mindful or great photographs or just be meditative for the sake of it, it is to live a great life! A life is never great by itself, it is so because it has the presence of the sacred! Just as for art as in life, without soul it is nothing!

Remember, just as a photograph, a momentary choice lasts for ever, in its consequences, be mindful!

Create a life-album you'd be proud to share with your maker one day!
When heavens call.. by Image-heart


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Abhishek Joshi
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Here's 'Art from the Heart'!...some images to contemplate upon....
who knows you might find new meanings therein!

(a 2013 interview with arctoa)

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Thanks a lot! (: 
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You're very welcome, your artwork is always so touching and inspirational! :heart:
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thank you for taking time to appreciate! 
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Thanks for the :+fav:....
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