Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the sixth of my photo essay series featuring images from YourCreativeChord’s newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration. See more of my nature-inspired
These delicate pink and white swaying petals seem to drip emotion as they hang like fragile hearts from their thin branch. The softness of these sweet flowers seems to magically open the hearts of viewers.
The dangling pastel gems are a poignant reminder of how vulnerable we are as humans. How everyone, no matter what background or history, has their own inner struggle. Each story is equal because human suffering is relative to the individual’s perception.
These gentle, bleeding hearts point to the importance of suspending judgment from anyone, because we cannot see their past journey or the battle they may still be waging within. We can’t see what’s inside someone else’s heart unless they share their story with us.
These bleeding hearts herald us to be sensitive to the perspective of others, especially when they seem shadowed by misery. If we all wore our emotions on the outside like these pink and white delicacies, perhaps we’d be more open to listening, less quick to react with negativity, more willing to join together in compassionate solidarity.
Whatever’s in our hearts, whether our intent is sincere or clouded by negativity, the effect can be felt by others. What’s in our hearts decides our joy or misery. The heart is where success and happiness begin. Neglecting this, our lives easily become shrouded in the lower worlds of greed, anger and stupidity, causing us and those around us to suffer.
The power of the heart is extraordinary. The vast potentials existing in our lives, or all the phenomena of possible outcomes, are determined by what kind of intent or prayer we hold within our heart.
Polishing the heart is the first step toward being able to become happy and empowered. This is the way we get stronger and more able to help others tap their potential. This is the persuasive influence of the human heart.
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Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the fifth of my photo essay series featuring images from my newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration.
The essence of this photo is the positive effect of nourishment from self-care. This wonderful demonstration by a small, black and orange moth feeding itself brings home the critical necessity of taking care of oneself. Soaking up the leisurely way this winged insect approaches the echinacea bloom is meditational, bringing a sense of rest and calm.
How well we take care of ourselves is also a pivotal part of our ecosystem. If we allow ourselves to get run down, losing balance between work and rest, or between spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness, the beauty and vitality of our lives will fade. Interacting with those around us in this low state makes things difficult for everyone.
When we neglect ourselves, it becomes too easy to react negatively to others who aren’t practicing self-care. Entering a situation with less than a full cup makes us more susceptible to the darkness that others bring to the moment.
A sure barometer of my inner condition is how I respond to the gloom of others or unavoidable daily stresses. I’ve noticed when I make my own balance a priority, taking care of my health and especially my spiritual core, I’m better able to respond with wisdom, compassion and positivity.
Since it’s inevitable that we’ll continuously face both arduous situations and people in our lives, I’m learning the key to creating positive value is taking care of myself first. It’s not selfish or ego-centered to place a priority on polishing my character to bring my best forward. In fact, taking care of myself enables me to more deeply and energetically care for the plight of others in the world.
The brilliant saturation of color and vibrant light in this garden image reminds me how nurturing oneself brings power, joy and beauty to ourselves and those in our environment. My hope is this picture gives you pause to reflect on the importance of self-care. The potential influence you have on others depends on this.
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