“I am getting to know my own elegance. It tends to step beyond the curtain when I do not call for it or expect it. It can never be forced or acted; it is my grounded self. A self that sees from the inside out. A self that does not even note what things LOOK LIKE from the outside, but emphasizes what things ARE in the present moment. Maybe, elegance truly is presence.”
“Growing up, I never understood my body. I actually hated looking at it because it caught me off guard. How sad is that? How interesting that the most essential facet of life can be diminished down to a simple 2D shape, without a thought. My own vehicle of daily life can be scrutinized though narrow slits of the eyes; as if disposable; as if the cells inside were not the most miraculous super-organism, full of wisdom and resilience. These cells have blessed me greatly. I do not struggle with chronic ailments or even the slightest bit of allergies. I hit the jackpot.
With this gratitude in mind I try to my body—to my cells—reorganize their brilliance and beauty. I follow them to a place of wholeness. The mystery of my body is no longer how it looks in any given moment, or from this angle or that, but the world that lives inside.”
“I think two of my greatest attributes are passion and honesty. It has been hard to honor these parts of myself because they often make life more difficult. And I know that they can often bother other people, even piss them off. I guess I sometimes get a little to exuberant for your everyday small talk. In this way, these attributes also help me out in life—they weed out the people that do not welcome who I truly am and in turn who will not be given my time or energy.”
“My spiritual beliefs have given me a deep connection with our Earth. I would be lost without this most important relationship. The logic of Nature is irrefutable; she teaches me my greatest lessons, shows me the most honorable truths, and sets the example for how to nurture and contribute in a positive way. One of my greatest purposes in life will be to honor her and protect her in these times of affliction.”
“I’m really grateful for the recent changes I have felt in 2018. I feel myself moving more towards a place of positivity and acceptance no matter where I am in my life with my goals. I have had too much of my own mental baggage weighing me down, mostly from a lack of acceptance and from pushing progress so hard that I end up squeezing the life out of my passions and pursuits.
That pattern seems to be slowly wearing away at this time in my life. What a beautiful thing. And I get to witness that very notion through these photographs.”