Taking pictures in nature, my awareness settles to a place of stillness and connects me as an artist to all life around me.
I had the good fortune to study Maharishi Vedic Science. This science of consciousness draws parallels between the structure of the universe with our own transcendental Being.
The study of Vedic Science as well as living near the ocean has affected how I perceive the world, take photographs, write poetry, and compose music.
I often use the ocean as a metaphor for the experience of silence within, which is best expressed in a poem from my book, Droplets of Reflection:
“I am absorbed in your stillness
your glorious sun-covered peace.
Thy holy waters are perfectly settled,
a motionless sheet of glass.
The whole world seems at rest
as I walk on your shores
this sublime, tranquil morning.”
Photographs freeze time and the beauty of land, sea, the flight of birds, and other sentient beings. My work reflects forty-five years of the study of consciousness and observation of nature and is the synthesis of my ‘eye’ as an artist.
Ann Purcell is an award-winning author of The Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Journey of Enlightenment and The Power of Transcendence: Growing in Love, Creativity, Health, and Happiness. The books cover a wide range of topics including health and well-being, yoga, enlightenment, silence, heaven, and God. She also published two collections of poetry: Tender Flower of Heaven and, her most recent, Droplets of Reflection.
Ann contributed regularly to the Huffington Post and has been interviewed on many podcasts and the radio. These are available on her website enlightenmentforeveryone.com.
As a songwriter, Ann has released many albums. Her two most recent are Songs to the Full Moon and the upcoming O Mother Earth.
Since 1973, Ann has taught Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programs in many countries around the world. She is also an international leader of the TM-Women Organization and donates all proceeds from her photography, books, and music to its educational programs.