Photo Challenge – broken (an earthly experience)

if you look closely at this picture, passed the unearthed tree roots you will see the graves of people who have gone before.

if you look closely at this picture, in the background, past the unearthed tree roots you will see the graves of people who have gone before.

This photo seems to fit the theme of ‘broken’ for me.   The trees roots have broken from the soil and are exposed to the elements, without the warm and moisture of the earth to sustain the tree is broken and dying.

In addition, on a deeper level this photo was taken at the local cemetery one day when I was visiting the graves of family members who have left this earth year before.    In the background on the hill you will see the plaques of some graves in the lawn cemetery.   Looking at my photos when I came home that day I was reminded of  the ties that are broken through death – and the wounded hearts that struggle to cope with the loss they experience.   There is so much sadness, yet for me the cemetery is a place of quiet reflection and peace.

Someone once said to me, when talking about a great tragedy they had experienced that broke their heart, that their heart had been broken wide open – not just wounded.  They felt more pain and more joy.  They were able to feel more, to understand more and to have greater compassion for self and other.   They said that even though, they experienced a great tragedy and extreme loss they believed that is was a significant learning for them – in some strange way a good thing – that their heart needed to break wide open to see and feel the beauty and immeasurable goodness within the heart and somehow within the pain.

A visit to the Cemetery on a quiet and cloudy day

A visit to the Cemetery on a quiet, cold and cloudy day

May the light of day warm the hearts of those who are grieving and sad today!!

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”

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About holistic complications

I like to work on a personal goal or challenge each year .. learning from my previous experiences, I try and face my fears, to stretch myself and step forward, to create a more holistic and authentic life, living with good intentions - a clear, honest and 'real' life! I want to be more accountable for the life I live and create! My experience of being real and authentic are quite complicated at times!! I blog to share my blunders, experiences and ideas and to gain some insight from the self reflection that the process of blogging creates for me.
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