May you courageously practise living with an open heart.

Loren Mielke
3 min readFeb 16, 2022


A blessing, a wish, from my heart to yours.

Image found on Pinterest.

Oh wow!

Today this photograph grabbed my attention!
How about you?

I love the lighting, the cloud formations, the choice of black and white medium, the sunrays, the feeling of freedom, of flexibility, of bravery, of vulnerability, of bold open leaping….being led by an open heart, followed by open hands ….

‘Photography course, here I come!’

Artistic photography has been on my mind since one of my students shared he is starting a photographic course next week. It’s a course he signed up for before the pandemic, because his work is intense and stressful, and this course was a personal prescription for his wellbeing!

He was very disappointed when after only a few lessons in 2020 the course came to an abrupt halt, because of the pandemic.

He’s been following the instructor on social media since then and was so excited to see the course was starting up again and jumped at the recent Valentine’s special. He’s excited to learn from such a talented photographer, who focuses not only on the technical aspects but also on what is needed to capture artistic soulful photographs.

I loved hearing how he’s not doing this for anyone else’s opinions or accolades, how his fulfilment will come from learning to take photographs he loves and is personally proud of. Ahhh….

So precious heart,

May you too also dedicate time to things that you’re excited to learn about and engage in,
Not for external accolades, but for internal soul nourishment.
May you connect to the fulfilment of growth itself.

May you leap boldly into your life moments,
May you be led by an open heart,
May you courageously practise living with an open heart.

And when those uncomfortable emotions come round,
May you witness the pull to close your heart,
May you question the value of closing,
May you choose to let them in, to let them through,
Knowing in your bones that they hold gifts, unwrapped only by letting them in and through….

May you remember to breathe and relax,
One breathe at a time,
One moment at a time,
May you trust that the intensity will pass,
That ‘you got this!’

So may it be.
Huge love always.
❤️😘🎁 (Check out the Alive Loren Podcast for an audio version).

Blessing backstory:⁠
A while ago I decided to find uplifting images, ones that made me smile and lifted my spirit. And to send them together with a blessing, a personal wish, to my immediate family. Over time it’s become a ‘daily-ish’ morning practice via WhatsApp to a slowly growing recipient list. Recently I’ve started to share these blessings and images on social media too, with a prayer that they brighten the world of those who receive them. (Check out the Podcast for an audio version.)

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Loren Mielke

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