My last morning in Israel I took this picture
out the hotel lobby window and thought –
wow, what beauty

Despite my lack of desire
to spend time doing outdoor activities
I have always been obsessed with nature’s beauty
and spent much of my youth capturing it
with pencils, paint and etchings

I see mostly two-dimensionally
and I am always framing reality
This in part explains why I walk into things a lot
I just don’t always see around me

Growing up, I loved the art of Ansel Adams
who captured nature’s beauty so breathtakingly
He taught me how to see nuance
in the world around me — sparkly trees,
and the way the light dances through everything

For years, because of his work,
I excluded any touch of man
from my landscape paintings
I liked the idea of land untouched,
I liked the idea of a world
without humans pushing their agenda

But as I got older
and learned about the work of Frank Lloyd Wright
I started to appreciate
how man and nature could merge
and create something uniquely beautiful
Wright believed in designing structures
that were in harmony with with the environment

Harmony is something I’m seeking more of these days
harmony is what I am choosing
and harmony is what I’d like to see more of in the world
The discord in the world is becoming deafening
and experiencing such intense dissonance —
staying at 5 star hotel, eating a 7 course breakfast,
and drinking in such luxury —
after digesting stories of displacement
is confusing
to my nervous system

But it is
what it is
and me feeling guilty
I am realizing, is mostly so I feel better
So I am learning how to be with the abundance
with deep appreciation and celebration
for all that life has afforded me
And I am learning what is truly important to me

Those of us who have our survival needs met,
I believe, owe it to those who don’t
to contribute
thoughtfully, consistently, practically

So if you are lucky enough
to stay in a place like this, with a view like this
that is a literal articulation of harmony
as desert and design meet
I hope you share
the grace you encounter
with those who need it desperately

Because grace
like faith
is a necessity
in a world littered with cruelty

And I hope you let
your light so overflow
so that the space between us can finally close
because you had it all
you gave it your all
and in that we found
the one thing
that can never be taken
from you and me —
Our Light

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.