(last updated January 7th, 2018)

“Whenever you see a bright and beautiful colour, you are witnessing your own inherent goodness. Whenever you hear a sweet and beautiful sound, you are hearing your own basic goodness. Whenever you taste something sweet or sour, you are experiencing your own basic goodness. If you are in a room and you open the door and walk outside, there is a sudden breeze of fresh air. Such experience may only last a second, but that whiff of fresh air is the smell of basic goodness. … It is worthwhile to take advantage of anything that happens to you that has that particular nature of goodness.”         An excerpt from “Smile at Fear – Awakening the True Heart of Bravery”
by Chögyam Trungpa

Contemplative photography has been of interest for some time. A week-long Nalanda Miksang workshop in October 2016 solidified a personal decision to pursue the contemplative arts further by adding Haiku to my daily mindfulness practice. Photography has been a strong outlet for my creative life for years, the art of Haiku is new.

In May 2017 I continued my Miksang training and became a Certified Nalanda Miksang instructor under John McQuade’s guidance. Here are details and the link to a Miksang Workshop Brochure if you are interested in learning more about contemplative photography practice. Here is to life-long learning!

November 1st, 2017 marked one full year (365 days) of publishing one nature-based haiku and inspirational image a day. It remains to be a great personal journey, one filled with learning and getting to know myself and my environment. I continue to be inspired by this poignant quote penned by Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh “I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality. People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth . . . a miracle we don’t even recognize.”

Questions? Comments? Email me at annahergert@me.com

A special thank you to The Zen Space for choosing some of my poems for their 2017 Spring Showcase. Here is a direct link.

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