Mar. 3rd, 2012

the fool
I think when it comes to work, politics, personal relationships (and yes, even making-love) people see what they want to see. And that's ALL they see. It isn't until one is willing to step back and admit they are not observing the entire picture that they actually break through fear and the hamster wheel of old patterns. It is impossible to learn, progress, improve without first admitting you could be wrong about your perspective. Only then will you see things you never saw before. And then you will contribute a fresh substantiality to the world - something more than a previous narrow-ish view.

Feb. 19th, 2012

paradigm shift
"Honoring your own individuality and respecting the individuality of others is the greatest gift one can give the world. Authenticity begins with the respect of the individual. Creativity does not exist without it; and all forms that do not stem from it are shallow attempts of imitation." -Amy Larson Davenport

Feb. 18th, 2012

yin yang
I don't know why some restrict themselves, continuously placing limits on the things that bring them joy. It's an attachment thing and a control issue, I think. And I've found my-self placing little rules, little must-haves and must-nots on various situations and people plenty of times in my life. So I understand.

I am to the point now, though, that when I feel others' attempts in placing their own restrictions on me, I step back and step out of the way. I will not engage and allow them to feed off any sort of attention from me that they are seeking (whether that be negative or positive attention). And I've allowed it much more in my life than I prefer to admit.

I care about people. I want to help. But in the moments that I have engaged in someone else's story and given it more power, given their attachments more authority, I have actually capped them off at the knees and prolonging their struggle, delayed their healing.

Alone-ness is just as important as friendship, family, community. And Alone-ness has a significantly disparate meaning than loneliness.

Too much of anything can become a toxic thing (ex. drugs, alcohol, chocolate cake, being surrounded by people, being completely alone ALL the time). Balance is the key. And surrounding yourself with people who support that balance makes living extremely easy.

Unwinding The Ego

blooper
What I woke up to and rolled over to write in my journal this morning:

"Empty your mind. Clear the clutter. Silence all the demands. And Creativity will take you on a ride that will be more fulfilling, more valuable than any 'end reward' you could ever imagine.

"Joy and happiness can be gateways to this de-cluttering, but so can trouble, pain, and suffering. Instead of floating at the surface of any of these emotions, plunge into the depths of them. Feel the storm at the surface, but be the vast calm of the deep.

"Acceptance is the key. Envelope all and become none of them. Understand as many perspectives as you can imagine. Play many roles and walk in hundreds, thousands of others' shoes. Don't become them - only watch and observe. Then will you find serenity. Then will wisdom become your friend.

"Heaven, as a physical place, is an imaginary thing. It can only be found in the deepest center of the mind. And when you've found it, you will identify with nothing and be empathetic to all - an unwinding of everything you thought was actual and a discovery of all that is real."

Absolutes

thinking of...
Absolutes are the straight jacket to spirituality. They are for trend hungry media pundits, religious cults, and Darth Vader.

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

mona lisa
I found it interesting that over time, portraits have become more abstract and less real-like. It's as if artists have placed more importance on evoking a feeling than creating an actual likeness. I think the philosophies of our world have moved in the same direction - appealing to the more creative mind verses defining and categorizing ideas until there is no meaning that a mind can relate to
Friend EV, frequent contributor here and longtime friend, sends me this absolutely beautiful and almost supernaturally touching montage.  It misses the old and the atypical, but it's so exquisitely done:

500 years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Jan. 20th, 2012


The sexiest thing that has ever escaped a man's lips: "I love your bookshelf. Really. Everything in it is good!"

Jan. 20th, 2012


"My works were designed to amuse, annoy, bewilder, mystify and inspire reflection." Man Ray

Oct. 24th, 2011


"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." -The Catcher in the Rye

Sep. 2nd, 2011


When we insist on playing the Hero in every situation, we deny others the role. And we forfeit our humanity in exchange for control and an egoistic end - to never know what it means to be saved; and by doing so disconnect ourselves from the whole, from our own mortality, and from the reality of unconditional love.