Svaha Spirit Series ~ Monument Valley

Scott ventured to Monument Valley, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico for the first time several years ago. They say touring through the Valley is best by horseback. Scott chooses his passion, the motorcycle, to make the trip. He came home the first time with a very different outlook on life. It is where he would like to have his ashes spread when he passes from this world to the next, it meant that much. A spiritual quest for a man on a motorcycle, awesome! He continues to go back year after year to be recharged spiritually. I would like to go and see the beauty for myself to see how it might affect me spiritually, just not in the heat of the summer on a motorcycle. I’ve been told it’s one of the most beautiful breathtaking spiritual places on earth. It is definitely on my bucket list! I think spring time would be most beautiful.

Monument Valley ~

Photographs taken by Scott Wellenbrink

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Svaha Spirit Series ~ Celebrate What’s Right With The World

Sadly most of us tend to focus on all the things that we see around us that we feel are not right with the world.  Then we like to bitch and complain about them.
Dewitt Jones, on the other hand, discovered that by changing his perspective he discovered so much more.  He discovered what was right with the world every time he looked for it.

Dewitt worked as a photographer for National Geographic for twenty years. What they charged him with every time they sent him out to photograph something, was to celebrate what was right with the world, rather than wallow in what was wrong with it.

“When I was growing up, I used to hold that maxim I won’t believe it, until I see it.  Yet the more I shot for the Geographic, the more I realized that I had it backwards. That the way it really works is: I won’t see it, till I believe it. That’s the way life works.

Well I believed it. I believed the vision of the Geographic and the more I did, the more I’d see it in everything.

They’d send me out to places I’d never been. I’d believe there would be beautiful landscapes to photograph. They’d appear.

I’d believe those landscapes would be full of wonderful people. They’d be there.

I’d begin every assignment, every day, every shot trying to celebrate what was right with the situation rather than what was wrong with it.

When I started, I had no idea how powerful that vision would be, how much it would change my life.

But vision controls our perception, and our perception becomes our reality.

I strongly urge you to visit the Celebrate What’s Right With The World site to watch the whole film.  It is so worth the 22 minutes.  Very inspiring!

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