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The deeper I trust, the higher I will fly

The deeper I trust, the higher I will fly

Sometimes we want something REALLY badly. And we wonder why it doesn’t happen. We become desperate. But often we just need to wait and trust, surrender and let some time pass. Then we may see revealed why this thing that seemed so desirable did not manifest.

For me, the desire was to work at a café, one in particular but also in general. This café is super comfy, they have delicious vegan food and by bike it’s just two minutes away. But they didn’t need more service staff, so I didn’t get the job.
Then, maybe two weeks ago, I saw a job advert at another café that was looking for a barista. After a spark of excitement had vanished, I figured that working at just some café wasn’t what I wanted anymore. I wanted to concentrate on photography. It was a key moment for me, because I chose love over fear. The fear of self-employment, being vulnerable to criticism, being seen, and overrating myself. The love for my work, my creative impulses and my passion to work with people on a deeper level.
But I think, had that particular café changed their mind, I would’ve passionately started working there.

I can see now, why that didn’t happen or why it was good that it didn’t happen. I would have rested on what I had achieved, put a lot of my energy into working at the café, when in fact, I am needed somewhere else now. I love working at a café, making coffee, talking to people, helping, being friendly and happy. Doing work where I don’t have to think too much or excessive responsibility. It’s nice and fun.

But what can I really give? Yes, I do have something to give in a café. But right now, there are so many other things to concentrate on giving to this world that seem a lot more meaningful to me.
I engage in the climate movement Extinction Rebellion, where I feel I can serve with my motivation, my positive vibes, my creativity, my environmental awareness, my view the world, and my way of connecting with people.
I do my photography projects and other photo shoots. I feel, that I have a special gift to give to people. I see that my way of working with people isn’t like anyone’s. I know that for me, a photo shoot is more than just taking pictures. It’s a deeper process, that can be deeply inspiring and transformational.
I write about my thoughts and feelings and deep knowing.
I inspire people just by doing what I do, by going my way, by being authentic, by choosing to live my life fully, by giving what I am called to give.

That doesn’t mean I would definitely reject a job offer from that café. I would still enjoy it and I could earn some money on the side. But it’s not a priority anymore and I don’t define my life by it. Because there is SO MUCH that is calling for my attention, support and character.

This experience encourages me to trust even more, to know that everything that wants to be born, will be born. It encourages me to surrender to the force of life, the flow of life and the fire of life.

Sandrina & Paula… Appreciation

Sandrina & Paula… Appreciation

What Sandrina says about the Braveheart Woman Shoot with me:

“The Braveheart Woman Photo Shoot with Luna was definitely unique.

I usually expect photo shoots to aim towards creating a certain vibe: beautiful, bizarre, mysterious, extraordinary,… But this shoot was not about acting and pretending.
Instead, Luna started our session with a short meditation, guiding me from head to heart, away from my thoughts and into feeling. She allowed to me feel and live what was willing to be expressed. And this time nothing was fake or unnatural, but really ME who was expressed in the photographs. ME with all feelings and emotions that have always existed within and were now given the opportunity to come to light.

Joyful, serious, graceful, afraid, innocent, cheeky, naked, laughing, screaming. Even crying would have been warmly welcomed. Everything that was already there could find its honorable place. 
To be honest, it wasn’t easy and I felt very vulnerable. But Luna was able to hold a safe space and guide me back into peaceful ease.

From up in the sky, we must have looked like two little girls playing in the woods. Wildly naïve, completely innocent and entirely free.

Thanks to this photo shoot with Luna, I found my voice. Never before has “roaring like a lioness” been such a liberating force in my life.

Thank you very much, Luna. I am looking forward to future projects together.
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Sandrina, Artist
Freiburg, Germany

What Paula says about the shoot:

Wild, joyful, loving, angry, sexy, sad, defiant. We all experience these feelings and at times it’s good to show them instead of swallowing them all!

The Braveheart Woman Shoot with Luna was fantastic. She held a safe space for me to express all aspects of myself.
This was not a photo shoot to get some nice pictures. It’s a shoot to capture your own, true beauty. We don’t have to look pretty or be happy to be beautiful. We’re beautiful when we fully embody our true self.
No matter who you are, Luna will always allow you to be authentically You.

I’m deeply grateful for Luna supporting me to see all the different faces of my beauty.

Paula Boroevics, Food and Life Lover
Berlin, Germany

Sandrina the Wolf Woman

Sandrina the Wolf Woman

As Women, we learn that being nice is a virtue. But do you know this feeling of pleasing everyone, saying yes all the time, smiling, while inside you a fire of fury is burning, ready to explode?

We CANNOT always be nice and at the same time stay true to our own values and feelings.

We need to set our boundaries and sometimes hissing is necessary in order for someone to see our line.
Let the wolf within us mark our territory to protect ourself and our pack.

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This is Sandrina, the Wolf Woman.
We did a BRAVEHEART WOMAN Photo Shoot together and it was beautiful and super powerful.
It’s amazing what happens when we let go of how we think we should be, feel or act.

See for yourself…

Du hast eine Vision! (Projekt)

Du hast eine Vision! (Projekt)

Du willst etwas verändern. Du stehst klar für dein Ziel ein. Du möchtest deine Vision teilen.

Als Fotografin möchte ich dich darin unterstützen. Für Blog und Website können wir zusammen kraftvolle, ehrliche Fotos schaffen, um deine Vision in die Welt zu bringen. Wir können unseren Planeten zu einem Ort voll Liebe machen, voll Achtsamkeit und Offenheit, Klarheit, Nachhaltigkeit und was dein Herz begehrt.

Abhängig von deinem Projekt arbeite ich mit oder ohne Honorar oder auf Spendenbasis.

Mein Wunsch ist es, wichtige Gedanken und Ziele in der Gesellschaft zu verteilen. Deswegen, egal, was deine Passion, deine Vision, dein Lebensziel ist – wenn du fotografische Unterstützung brauchst, melde dich per E-Mail unter photography@lunabuerger.com oder direkt hier.

Mein Portfolio findest du hier und Weiteres auch auf Facebook: Luna Buerger Photography

Ich bin vor allem im Raum Freiburg und Berlin unterwegs, aber wenn du woanders lebst, können wir auch das organisieren!

Melde dich auch gern, falls du keine eigene Plattform hast, auf der du deine Ideen teilst. Sie sind es trotzdem wert, gesehen zu werden, weshalb ich sie gern mit unseren Fotos auf diesem Blog veröffentliche!

Für eine Welt, in der es zu leben wert ist!

 

(photo credit: Yeshi Choedon)

Expectations

Expectations

Meeting lots of great, interesting people, yummy food all the time, aromatic fruit, beautiful landscapes, friendly locals. To name only a few of all the expectations I had created before I left. Yes, I knew that there would be annoying things, stress, getting lost and feeling lost, and maybe lonely sometimes.

There is one thing that made it worth it to have had all those expectations – and have been disappointed. Every single expectation that turned out to not match reality made me learn to let go of expectations just a millimeter more, sometimes even a centimeter. So did my expectation of Mui Ne. Beautiful white beach, nice sand, blue water, palm trees. Reality was this: Plastic and broken fisher nets on the beach and in the water. All kinds of other garbage. Dead jellyfish and starfish, crabs, and little fish that weren’t useful for the fishermen and women. The water was rather brown than blue, because the water was very shallow so the waves stirred up all the sand. During the day, the high tide made the beach very narrow, only in the morning there was more space to take a walk by the beach. All in all, the beach was pretty stinky and not so dreamlike as one could have wished.

So, lesson No. 1 was letting go of my expectations, not creating specific ideas. I learned another thing, though, which is accepting and enjoying what is there, even when I had different expectations. One day, i got up early in the morning for sunrise and the light was just stunningly beautiful. I took photos and picked hundreds of colorful shells. I felt like a little kid who couldn’t stop looking at the ground, pick a shell, and, oh! – another one, so beautiful, and over there, one that has the colors of a sunset.

What I could not ignore was the plastic. It made me so sad. There’s a beach on the other side of the world, and it could be fantastic, paradisiacal. But instead it’s full of waste. What are we doing to this planet? To the ocean, the plants, the animals, ourselves. Mui Ne is famous for its sea food and fish, but honestly, after seeing the locals pick the edible fish out of a pile of jellyfish, tiny fish, and SO MUCH plastic, I wouldn’t want to eat that stuff (even if I wasn’t vegetarian). Apart from the fact that a great number of animals die for a single crab or bigger fish – they’re just thrown away or left at the beach as bycatch. There must be so much plastic in the sea food, little particles that humans ingest by eating the animals there – and not only there. Plastic is flooding the oceans, the whole planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Travel

Time Travel

Alarm at 3:30am. Tuk Tuk pick up at 4:30am. It’s dark outside, the air is cool and breezy on the ride to the ticket office. Every day, hundreds of people get up really early and then all meet up at the Angkor Wat ticket office. From there everyone gets on the Tuk Tuk again and takes a ride to the actual temple area a little further away. When we arrive close to Angkor Wat, the main temple of Angkor, all those people wishing fora beautiful sunrise meet again. They stream towards Angkor and most of them halt in front of the two ponds that reflect Angkor Wat and the colors of sunrise in the sky above. It is indeed pretty but not too fascinating, as I think… It’s about what you expect it to be like.

A little later, as I walk through the temple, the light is just stunningly beautiful. Amazing carvings, statues, pillars are lit up by the golden morning sun. The only thing missing is someone to share it with. I’m on my own, without someone I love, and without someone to take portrait photographs of.

The second temple we visit, Bayon, is even more amazing than the first one. It’s not as busy and you can find a couple spots where you’re pretty much on your own. I’m encircled by huge smiling stone faces. I sit down and feel the acient energy. My favorite temple.

The fourth temple is very busy, which unfortunately steals the power of it. But it’s impressive how the enormous trees trail their roots around the old blocks of stone as if they wanted to claim the temple for themselves. People are allowed to climb parts of the ruins which are covered by deep green moss: Something that you wouldn’t experience in western countries.