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.
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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