Lotus Flower by Heather King

last week upon awakening i glanced outside of my patio window. i seen this beautiful soul doing some sort of exercise and meditation. It was early, there was a lot of noise and traffic. This soul was untouched by it all, at peace with nature, at one with themself. I was instantly inspired and in awe. It looked as if they were dancing a slow motion elderly version of Thomas Yorke’s (radiohead) ‘lotus flower’. I remember commenting to my best friend ‘Thomas could be sued for copying. lol’
I sat staring, in beautiful disbelief, working up my courage to do something I would never do. I went down and asked this lovely soul if I could please take their photo. I discovered this beautiful soul was an elderly Asian woman. Her smile and her bright shinning eyes were like gems, I don’t think I have ever seen such a beautiful light radiate from anyone.
I snapped a couple photographs, and returned to my apartment. All the while we exchanged a huge smile and wave while I was up in my palace, and she was down in nature. My heart felt so heavy, in the best of ways, consumed and inspired.
I went frantically looking through all of my big prints…trying to find her something of equal inspiration. I gave myself red flags because most of my photography is dark. It seemed like forever until I found something that was of light, but I did. my tree piece entitled ‘spirit’ 11X14. I went back down, heart pounding, palms sweating (yes, i’m a hermit/closet geek) and gave it to her, we shook hands, she didn’t speak a stitch of English, and that smile and her eyes are forever stitched into my soul.
I learned a lot from this beautiful woman. I have yet to learn how to apply it to my life…but I am trying.
All we need is within, is ourselves. There is no need to move, for money, materialism, hatred…
What is more inspiring…looking at a woman of history in nature in bliss with the sun shinning? or staring at a gothic person playing with fake blood (that was my photography)
This woman has inspired me to try harder, be better, never stop dreaming. I only wish I knew her language.
Each day I will look out my window for her.
The message…no language, no words are needed in understanding another pure and beautiful human heart.

if any of her images sell, all profit i will give to her
she is a goddess, a woman, a warrior, most likely a mother, a wife, a sister.

taken in ottawa, ontario, canada

I am a self taught photographer and everything artist. For me this is meditation and medication!
I want to invade your mind or strike a cord in your heart with what I do. I do this for ME and those I love.

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    At one with her karma, greeting the day. Lovely!

  • awe, thanks dear mike!

    – Heather King

  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosalmost 4 years ago

    She has a lovely smile on the pic below… my guess would be she is doing Tai Chi. Loved reading your words as it applies to why I try to do portrait photography. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope you are well.

  • I still think of this beautiful woman…and check outside my window for her every day. i’ve seen her son twice since then, doing the same tai chi movements…much faster than her mind you. her soul simply radiated beyond any other’s i’ve ever encountered

    – Heather King

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

    This is so expressive and beautiful….I love how you shared a bit of yourself with her as she shared herself with you. You wrote, “All we need is within, is ourselves” I am reading a book, non-fiction, about a woman going through a huge life change…a divorce and she wrote that very same sentence…a sentiment that is a theme throughout the book. We cannot find lasting and fulfilling happiness in anyone or anything. It must come from within. Wonderful work!

  • so true! this book you’re reading sounds quite profound Karen…it’s amazing how we go through life, and then witness something…and it reasonates in our souls so deeply it’s as if someone flicked a switch within. i look for this beautiful woman daily…i printed these photos of her so i can hand them to her. hopefully she will surface again

    – Heather King

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

    You were supposed to meet her. You may see her again…or you may not. One thing is for sure, she certainly had a huge impact on your life and it only took a few minutes. I wrote a story about a similar experience ( it’s in my portfolio…“The Grocery Store Angel”)…the person I met said just 5 words to me…and it change everything.

    We don’t have to know someone for a lifetime for them to have an impact on our lives. It is often those chance encounters with someone we may never see again and at those moments in our lives when we feel at our lowest, that these people seem to just pop up out of nowhere. I don’t know if you are a spiritual person…( I am…but, I am not religious) but I refer to these moments as, “God Whispers”. I actually think they are angels in disguise.

    Now…you must think I am truly off my rocker! Maybe I am…but, I like it!

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