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Kanzeon

She’s also known as Kwan Yin or Guanyin (Chinese) and Avalokitesvara (Sanskit). In Japanese, she is Kanzeon.

This is my selection for the Photo-Heart Connection for July. I photographed her with my iPhone at the end of a five day meditation. Her presence in the room I was in was a source of encouragement…she who hears the cries of the world, indeed. Meditation is hard work and my hip and back were crying.

I don’t remember what app I used to process this image, but it worked and I was very happy with the results. Color and texture work perfectly here.

This is my first Photo-Heart Connection selection. I follow Kat Sloma’s blog and really enjoy her creativity and generous spirit. You select one photo that has a strong photo-heart connection each month to share. I think it’s a great practice to go through your images and sort-of check in with yourself. The photos I take with my iPhone serve as a photo journal. I have them sorted on my hard drive in chronological order so it really gives me a feeling for where I was in heart and place at different times.

Preparations are huge for the arrival of His Holiness. His Holiness’ visit marks the launch of a series of visits by global peace leaders to “share ideas about actively practicing peace and aloha in our daily lives, both at home and around the world.” The series is called Pillars of Peace.

I was remembering photographing him in Maui in 2007. His visit happened shortly after my father died and I was feeling pretty vulnerable in the world. It was good for me to be able to do this for reasons unknown.