Bruised Heart

Fading Leaf in Fountain - Olbrich Garden

Bruised Heart ©2013 Bo Mackison

When words become unclear
I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate,
I shall be content with silence.
~ Ansel Adams

It was a cloudy morning in Madison, a quiet day. I spent part of my early morning reading through my old journals, a practice I frequently do. I find that while skimming through old journal entries, I come away with new insights.

Today I re-read several pages of notes from an article written by Roger Walsh, author of The Practices of Essential Spirituality. He has studied and researched the great spiritual traditions of the world for the last several decades, and in this article he had written about wisdom.

The five places to find wisdom:

  • in nature
  • when practicing silence or solitude
  • from the wise, from elders
  • by listening to one’s own wisdom
  • and by looking for wisdom in the nature of life and death, in mortality.

This evening the sun has re-appeared,  fluffy clouds dot the sky, and there’s a cool breeze in the air. It’s a perfect summer evening for a walk around the pond, listening to the sounds of the approaching evening, and finding solace in the beauty of the natural world.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is contemplating, and walking, the paths of wisdom-seeking.



About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    Interesting image, wonderful quote from Ansel Adams, most insightful thoughts from you.

  2. Such a poignant image! How strong all of our hearts must be to keep beating amongst the stones.

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