2016 – The Ripple Effect
Who am I? What’s the meaning of life? Where’s my life heading?
All of us possess enquiring minds and an innate calling for purpose, meaning and direction. This shared human drive is food for our psychological growth like hunger is a messager to give our biological system something to eat. Self-modelling when, where, how, with whom, and how often we ponder these big life, and death, questions are brilliant guides to revealing ‘our why’ and ‘our how’. Some of us ponder such questions almost every day, others ask them only in moments of crisis or transition. Retreats and holidays are often times where such reflections happen.
Creating Meaning & Revealing Purpose
In March 2016, I went on my third photography and meditation retreat in beautiful Scotland. After five days submersed into the silence of the retreat, the teachers asked us to make something that represented ourselves. So into my inner child, wellies and the Loch I went with my camera!
Moving around in the water, I became interested in how my behaviour could create ripples. I set an intention there and then to create positive ripples through my photography and coaching work and the resulting sixteen abstractions became my first photography exhibition. These images were exhibited in three holistic health spaces around East London in 2016/2017 as shown below.
The Plane Tree
A centre for mind and body therapies in Bethnal Green, East London.
A space dedicated to emotional well-being in Dalston, East London.
Husk Creative Space
A creative cafe and hub for the local community in Limehouse, East London.
Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.
One act of charity, one thoughtful deed, or even one positive thought can pass from individual to individual, snowballing until it becomes a group movement or the ray of hope that saves someone’s life. Every transformation, just like every ripple, has a point of origin. You must believe in your ability to be that point of origin if you want to use the ripples you create to spread goodness.
Consider the effect of your thoughts and actions, and try to act graciously as much as possible. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of love and kindness.
- Madisyn Taylor - www.dailyom.com
What Happens Next?
This exhibition is part of a collection of photography for individual and social change.
The images are available to hire and co-create with – in print or electronic form – for people and spaces that wish to encourage reflection and contemplation on the enquiry ‘Life is like what?’. A workshop to expand upon and explore this theme using coaching and photography and other forms of creativity can accompany them.