|My Niece, The Railroaders Daughter|
Jay Maisel says 'that in order to take better photographs you have to become a better person'. That's a pretty powerful statement. One that bears more than just a passing thought.
It's the opening of your heart that allows you to drink fully of the human experience. We are given opportunities daily to expand our views. Choices to harden or soften our focus and understanding. We can acknowledge or embrace the views of others. We can share in the miraculous experiences of life.
We can open up our hearts to other people and we can let them into to our hearts. Let them see who we really are. Not hide ourselves away in fear that if we let people in that we somehow we will not be enough. That we will show everything and be found lacking.
For me the word "Namaste" is such a beautiful one word mantra that helps me on my path. It means "the spirit in me acknowledges the spirit in you". It reminds me that all creatures deserve respect. That we were created in love...and in love we must walk.
What about you...do you have a mantra that reminds you to stop and breathe and acknowledge?