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Flowers found ME. It seems as if all of a sudden flowers just began to appear as if they were never there before. Where did they come from? What were they telling me? Why was I so intensely drawn to them? I had a deep desire to photograph this delicate, beautiful flower and share it with the world. Flowers were begging to be photographed with their rich textures, graceful elegance, soft geometric shapes and sharp, crisp lines. Yet, it was the feeling that drew me even closer. I felt connected to the soul of the flower. I want to tempt the viewer to look into the soul of the flower too and to actually sigh in deep peace. I needed to express this in floral art photography to capture this connection.
How Eckhart Tolle Changed My Life
Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, changed my life. The first chapter is called “The Flowering of Human Consciousness.” In this chapter, Eckhart Tolle explained to me why I was drawn to flowers. It was as if he was in my head and knew what I was feeling. That wonderful peaceful feeling I had, where all the chatter in my head stopped for a moment was new to me. Nature is not worried about the past, it does not get depressed or feel anger. Nature lives in the present moment and it exhibits enormous patience. Nature accepts what is. You cannot rush a flower to grow or make it open its petals before it’s time. You must be patient. If you allow it to bloom in its own time, then, and only then will you see the true beauty.
You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.
Your peace is in the present moment. Allow flowers to bring you into presence.
Eckhart Tolle also says that
Even a stone, and more easily a FLOWER or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.
This is what happened to me. Flowers brought me to my source. A sense of awe and wonder DID arise in me. My passion is capturing that moment of beauty in a flower and sharing it with the world. My passion is fueled by the feedback I get from helping people everywhere to open their hearts and souls to the beauty of nature, so they are able to look within. My passion is more than floral art photography; it is about getting closer to the exquisite beauty and peace that is nature.
What Flowers Brought Into My Life
I am the floral photographer and creator of New York Times Best-selling authors, Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie’s book, Peace in the Present Moment, also a best-selling contributing author, award-winning photographer and inspirational speaker. If I could inspire Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie to do a book with me, then imagine what you could do. Just like the title of our book, Peace in the Present Moment, Eckhart taught me to be still. He taught me to trust that inner voice and to not listen to anything outside of myself.
Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.
What Can Flowers Do For You?
I want to fill homes with peace, elegance and presence. I would like to bring that sense of calm to workplaces where there is so much stress. Hotels, hospitals, spas, waiting rooms, professional work places are ideal places to hang my floral art photography. Bring a calm, peaceful, loving feeling to your environment. Make visitors, colleagues and clients feel at peace.
Studies show that that by viewing flowers you can reduce stress. Reduce stress and experience serenity as you connect to the soul of the flower, the essence of who you are. Just looking at my “soul shots” will make you FEEL good. What will flowers inspire YOU to do? Expect to be awakened and connect to your spirit as I was.
My floral art photography reminds YOU to believe in yourself and become more conscious. YOU will feel and experience the present moment where peace and inspiration dwell. YOU can become more authentically who YOU are. YOU can become more of what YOU need and want.
I suspect that flowers will give you chills as they do for me. You will connect to that place inside yourself that you may be too busy to notice. Join me in the place where I receive all my guidance and inspiration.
Live the life you always imagined. Anything is possible. We can survive, conquer our fears and move on to help others heal. I hope I inspire YOU.
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