"Peace comes not from the absence of conflict but from the ability to cope with it." – Anonymous
As the year winds down, we can clear the cobwebs and reflect on what has passed.
In this meditation, we will focus on the qualities of simplicity and peace.
There are many reasons why Black and white photography is often the style considered fine art.
There is a mixture of complexity in tone, light, and texture. The absence of color yields an elegant simplicity. Lines take on a brushstroke quality to draw the eye one way or the other.
Some camera tips for capturing BW images like Ansel Adams in winter:
With a DSLR
The Breathwork for the week is
Om Shanti x 3 or
Om shanti shanti shanti
As a mantra this week, you might want to use Om Shanti as a way to start the new year,
and wrap up on a high note.
See below for more details about this powerful Peace Prayer.
Use it anytime; on walks, or any place you want to transform inner or outer life into peace.
In the book the Holy Man, the monk Joe states:
Joe answers: "I think it is easier for the happy person to be kind. But also, it follows that a kind person is a happy person."
A Journaling Prompt for the writers out there:
What does inner peace look like
What does outer peace look like
Maybe you enjoy the rituals of New Years resolutions. If finding or being simplicity and peace are on the list, all the best to you. Devoting your days to walking outdoors and creating art can be ways to inspire more peaceful days ahead, as well as lifting others with your creations.
May your year's end be joyous, contemplative, and full of peace.
May you expand all your passions.
Have fun exploring, stay Curious, and Enjoy your mindful time walking and making photographs outside in nature. Thank you for joining me.
More Notes on the Om Shanti Mantra
Om Shanti’ is the basic version of the Shanti mantra or Peace Prayer.
You can repeat Om Shanti 3x or try Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Why is it repeated three times?
1st: Purification of the body, mind, and spirit
2nd: Releasing the mind of stress and worry. Bringing peace to the mind.
3rd: This reaches to the soul to connect and heighten the experience of the person.
This mantra can renew the body, mind, and spirit and is an excellent beginning to a meditation session.
Taking in a deep breath, you can say Om Shanti Shanti Shanti before releasing the breath.
Benefits include psychological peace. Improving the bodily functions. Creates calm and peaceful energy. By repeating this mantra, it keeps the meditator from slipping into sleep.
Madson, T., & Hoopes, N. (2017). BE Inspired: 200 Inspirational Quotes (BE Series) (Stk Har/Cr ed.). Familius.
Narayanan, D. S. (2018, January 16). Shanti Peace Mantra. The Time of India. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/astrology/mantras-chants/shanti-mantra-mantra-meaning-and-benefits/articleshow/68205202.cms
Trott, S. Pgs 146-149 (1996). The Holy Man. Riverhead Books.
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