Poised high atop a mountain in Bhutan as if to guard the people below, the beautiful temple Changangkha Lhakhang overlooks the ancient city of Thimphu. The temple’s protective theme extends to the children who in this magical place receive special blessings.
This young girl moments before this image was made was spinning the temple prayer wheel. She was empowered by joy and was self-assured in her actions. Every time the wheel made a rotation, the precepts for being alive, the notion of being at peace with what is, the reality of living within the ideals of non-discrimination were released.
I simply love how her arms are wide open. I see in her gesture and her smile a child’s acceptance of bountiful life. Goodness is found in this welcoming posture. There is something wonderful about childhood: a time when the world and all of its brilliance lie ahead. Thoughts of mortality or lack of ability are nowhere to be found. Everything and anything is possible.
This photo reminds me to be like a child who believes even flying is possible. It makes me believe that I can launch myself into the world and find and be embraced by grace. There is within my desire an awareness of how I might live with imagination and enlightenment if I will—without grasping at earthly things or false promises—be like a child who trusts in prayer and seeks wellbeing for all.
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