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Pieces of a Puzzle- A Photo Essay

July 10, 2009 by Erin
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Erin“The yoga of action has drawn me to the details…” Erin Sinclair is a Kelowna photographer who recently visited the Ashram for the first time to participate in the Young Adult Program.  Her unique vision of the spaces and spirit of the Ashram found the perfect expression through the lens of her camera.


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For myself, a community is made up of diverse individuals with a common purpose – smaller pieces creating a bigger picture.
The Ashram itself is a puzzle, with each person working to uncover his or her own individual spirituality, and at the same time, we are all working together and unearthing our common humanity.  Our actions (both internal and external), and the effects these actions create, are smaller pieces of this “thing” bigger than all of us.  Happily and with gratitude I have been a part of this puzzle for the last three weeks – with my camera, a trusty companion, frequently by my side.
As a karma yogi, on both a personal and a communal level, I have marveled at all the pieces that make up the whole.  The yoga of action has drawn me to the details, the evidence if you will, that materializes from the process of karma yoga:  The story of a hard day’s work that a resting shovel can convey; the essence of all those who have paused and reflected in its arms that an empty chair can contain; the subtle gaze of a statue placed lovingly and purposefully, who carefully watches the action unfold.

The subtlest of things often have the biggest impact on my thoughts.  In the following photo essay the lens of my camera acts as my magnifying glass, attempting to highlight the beauty found in the many details of the Ashram.  Not only do these details inspire my imagination to fill in the blanks of how they fit into the bigger picture; they act as a reminder that strength can be found in the smallest of subtleties.

Ganesh At thy feet Quan Yin
Budha pipes Chimes Angel
Pair Shoes beach
wheel barrels Pots shovels
weight Tools Community
summer kitchen Garden Shed Slant
Meeting Soy Net

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  1. Hey Beautiful,
    You are deffintly talented!!! Love ya!! zo

    Comment by Cindy — July 11, 2009 @ 12:45 am

  2. Erin, I enjoyed your short story. It was wonderfully written and photographed, leaving the reader with a sense of being there, or at the very least, a desire to discover one’s own place to explore the inner peace, freedom and love. Good job girl!

    Comment by Lynda — July 11, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

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