These abandoned places are little spooky but stunning
Yaghoub Emdadian (Iranian, b. 1948), Untitled, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm.
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African, 1886-1957), The Baobab Tree. Oil on canvas, 112 x 142.5 cm.
Oliver Laric (Austrian, b. 1981), Schengen Visa Hologram, 2012. Tamper evident security hologram stickers on PET sheet, lacquer, 175 x 100 cm.
The renowned psychologist Carl Rogers famously said, “The curious paradox is that when I can accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
This statement is as simple as it is profound, but not easy to implement. Yet it embodies a principle that is a key to both psychological health and spiritual growth.
Mindfulness practice is a well-researched method that derives from Buddhism; it is now used widely in hospitals and secular settings to reduce stress and improve immune functioning. The essence of mindfulness is to be present to our experience just as it is without judging ourselves. This echoes Rogers’s wisdom that we need to accept ourselves as we are rather than try to fix and change ourselves.
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