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Tonight America Chooses…

9 Nov

Tonight the United States of America chooses their leader- their president.

The world is watching. So many people are hoping for change.

I sincerely hope that the United States makes progress in their quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (as stated in the declaration of independence).

Here I present a video of one of my most respected and favourite artists/musicians/poets…Dead PrezThis is their appearance on Def Poetry Jam called “4 The Hood.” It includes the beautiful and heartfelt “Window To My Soul.”  

Their spoken word pieces and music are filled with intelligence, social justice, critical thinking and soulful, revolutionary poetry. 4 the hood begs the question: is money the real president?

Is voting really choosing between the lesser of two evils or the evil of two lessers?

Lyrics

RBG…RBG…

Look look
Yo, you expect me to vote for the lesser of two evils?
NEVER!
It’s more like the evil of two lessers.
That’s like sayin’ – M! Choose your oppressor!
Pick one! Jeffery Dahmer or Hannibal Lecter
You want Crack, Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper?
THEY ALL FU**ED UP and neither one of ‘em better
Cuz Crack is like a Democrat
Cocaine – Republican
Marijuana – Independent Party
SAME GOVERNMENT!
You really think your vote counts?
Ask my folk down in Florida didn’t they straight THROW they sh*t out!
And them crackas act innocent,
KNOWING they depend on this
Benefit from HUSH money from big businesses
MONEY is the president!

Dead Prez,
Dolla dolla bill, and I bet no convention ain’t spinnin’ this
Soon they gon’ need us
BELIEVE US
When these cats pick rappers to be POLITICAL LEADERS?
Don’t be pawns, be Lolita Lebrons
Run up on them all like ‘Muthafu**a it’s ON!’
If CONGRESS can’t make PROGRESS
Let’s change the PROCESS –
NO MORE TOMS RUNNIN’ FOR OFFICE!
Talkin’ like that these crackas’ll call you crazy
What’s crazy is, ain’t no difference in ME and JAY-Z –
The SAME BOAT brought us the SAME PLACE in slavery
So we rock the same chains anyway
BABY, BABY!

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For more information on…

Dead Prez, please visit: https://deadprezblog.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/deadprezrbg

https://twitter.com/sticrbg 

Def Poetry Jam…http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329823/ 

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Peace & Namaste….

-V.

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Reflection for today…Nobility In Poverty -Ricky Gervais

1 Dec

In this short video clip, master comedian Ricky Gervais reflects on money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m1gkZTUG4s

Ricky acknowledges that he was poor as his family was a working class family that lived in a council estate.

He was unaware of his social status because everyone around him was in the same situation. There was no juxtaposition until he got to university.

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Ricky Gervais lives by the Bob Dylan quote,

“A man can consider himself a success if he gets up in the morning, goes to bed at night and in between does exactly what he wants.”

Ricky has artistic integrity in all of his creative endeavors.

Ricky Gervais Wishes You Financial & Creative Success…

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His raw honesty comes forth in his admission of guilt regarding his new-found wealth.

He struggled with wealth because of his belief in the nobility in poverty.

One gets the sense that Ricky has contempt for rich people. Perhaps this is due to his humble upbringing and working class sensibilities.

I think Ricky has contempt for greed.

What is noble is that he wants to be proud of how he earns his money and consequent success.

Ricky’s work ethic/discipline, ethics and talent guide him in his work.

He is quite involved in animal rights, social activism, humanitarian efforts and charities. 

Ricky uses comedy as a societal mirror to criticize issues that desperately need it.

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The clip ends on a somewhat ambivalent note.

He states that he does not understand making money yet he concludes that he makes money.

I think what Ricky is saying is that he does not strive to make more money for the sake of making money.

He seems content with the success he already has instead of playing the money chasing game.

It is so refreshing for a person of his stature to adopt this attitude.

In that satisfaction lies another kind of wealth- creative satisfaction.

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Do you think there is nobility in poverty?

What about wealth?

Do you agree or disagree with Ricky Gervais?

Why or why not?

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For more information…

Ricky Gervais…http://www.rickygervais.com

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Peace & Namaste…

Story For Home by Gabriel Byrne…

1 Nov

Gabriel Byrne is one of my favourite people.

Gabriel Byrne Reflective

Even though I have never had the honor of meeting him, he intrigues me in the most beautiful way.

He is a very soulful person who seems to be deeply compassionate, sensitive, introspective and intelligent.

In this short clip, you can feel Gabriel’s conviction in his words and voice.

{His voice is medicine for my soul}.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eYvTpZTZFU

His suggestion of “imagining Ireland” is a great segue into this post.

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In this short clip, Gabriel discusses his hunger for travel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ-rQcJF6Ns

He says that he always had a desire to travel and move.

In his birthplace of Ireland, Gabriel feels that he is always colliding with his past. 

 He feels defined by his past in Dublin.

Whereas in New York he feels that he has a clean slate- a tabula rasa where he is “free to compose his own present.” 

Gabriel lived in Los Angeles for five years but he decided to leave. He feels that when you live in a place without clearly defined seasons, your sense of time becomes distorted. Time passes almost invisibly yet quickly.

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Gabriel decided to move to New York and he lives there presently.

He compares Los Angeles to New York and he focuses on their restless nature.

“It’s a restless city…Los Angeles even more so than New York is a city where people come to…it has to exist for those people who can’t exist in places outside of it.

It exists for people who become in a way…who outgrow or out-dream or out-fantasize their own places

For Gabriel, Los Angeles is a land of paradox.

It offers new beginnings and freedom yet an ambiance of melancholy haunts it.

He notes, “The sense of freedom and light and being able to re-invent oneself is very strong there…but there’s also a sense of melancholy that pervades the place.”

I found the following observation to be the most intriguing. 

“It is a place where people think that if they get successful enough, they are not going to die.”

In essence, Gabriel is using memento mori to analyze people’s avoidance of death. It is almost as if success was used as a passport out of death.

This incisive observation is very Buddhist as Buddha believe in impermanence {i.e. everything dies}.

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One doesn’t need to have a gypsy soul to want to move or travel.

We’ve all dreamed of moving our proverbial roots to far away magical lands.

I know I have…

I believe the term is called wanderlust.

Wanderlust

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Ireland is definitely one of the countries that I long to visit.

Majestic Ireland…

It is the birth place of two of my favourite actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers and of course Gabriel Byrne. They often speak about Ireland’s sublime beauty.

Ireland’s Majestic Northern Lights…

To be honest there are so many places I would love to visit.

Since I was a child I fell in love with Egyptian history and mythology. 

Ancient Egypt has fascinated me and still fascinates me to this day.

Egypt is one place I would love to visit.

Egypt: A Land of Alchemical Beauty

Iceland also seems like a mystical land full of haunting beauty.

The Magical Northern Lights in Iceland…

I would love to experience the northern lights- aurora borealis.

I would love to experience the beauty of Iceland that resonates in the music of Björk and Sigur Rós.

*Please enjoy Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWoQxk0-f0o   

       

 These days my heart longs to visit the magical lands of Greece.

Greece…A Place of Rich History and Eternal Beauty…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-ZeMwI2pL4

Japan is also another country I definitely want to visit.

I love Japanese culture and I love the humility and resilience of Japanese people.

Other places I would like to visit:

New Zealand…

Waitomo Worm Cave in New Zealand…

Australia…

australia_kangaroo

and Hawaii.

Aloha From Paradise…

I would also love to visit Buddhist temples through-out the world.

buddha

I would really like to explore all the countries of Latin America- especially Cuba.

Che Guevara Grafitti in Habana Cuba

{To be honest, there are too many places I would love to visit but I just mentioned a few to not make this post too long}.

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I think travel enriches one’s life in so many ways.

It open one’s mind and possibly even one’s heart.

Travelling connects us with our shared humanity and our interdependence.

Where would you like to travel to?

Where would you like to move to?

Do you agree with Gabriel?

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For more information…

Gabriel Byrne…http://www.byrneholics.com/ 

Jonathan Rhys Meyers…http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001667/

Björk…http://www.bjork.com

Sigur Róshttp://www.sigur-ros.co.uk 

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Peace & Namaste

Reflection for today…Mirrors -Jimi Hendrix

24 Aug

“I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me.

I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors,

now the whole world is here for me to see.” 
Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Photo Courtesy of: http://www.rockprophecy.com/images/jhlife.gif*

http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/home

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Peace & Namaste….

Reflection for today…Transcending Misery -Thom Yorke

22 Aug

“It’s easy to be miserable.

Being happy is tougher and cooler.”

-Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke Smiling

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Please enjoy Optimistic by Radiohead…

Live From The Basement Version…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COUaNmm53VA

Album Version…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFKV6ZWuCAc

“…You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough…”

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Do you agree with Thom?

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Expanded Consciousness & Bliss -David Lynch

2 Aug

We all want expanded consciousness and bliss.

It’s a natural, human desire.

And a lot of people look for it in drugs.

But the problem is that the body, the physiology, takes a hard hit on drugs.

Drugs injure the nervous system, so they just make it harder to get those experiences on your own.
I have smoked marijuana, but I no longer do.

I went to art school in the 1960s, so you can imagine what was going on. Yet my friends were the ones who said, “No, no, no, David, don’t you take those drugs.” I was pretty lucky.

Besides, far more profound experiences are available naturally.

When your consciousness starts expanding, those experiences are there.

All those things can be seen.

It’s just a matter of expanding that ball of consciousness.

And the ball of consciousness can expand to be infinite and unbounded.

It’s totality. You can have totality.

So all those experiences are there for you, without the side effects of drugs.” 
David Lynch

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

David Lynch Wishes You Expanded Consciousness, Peace & Bliss…

http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/

http://davidlynch.com/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…What is Important In Life -Henry James

25 Jun

“Three things in human life are important:

the first is to be kind;

the second is to be kind;

and the third is to be kind.”
Henry James

Compassion Is At The Heart of Buddhism…

…”It’s the kind words you gave to that homeless man without judging that man
it’s the fact that you gave;
and showed compassion ’cause he humbly asked you for change…”

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Please enjoy Helpful by Dead Prez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy7cZP3dSVc

“[Pulse of the people]
[If it feel good to ya]
[It’s okay to smile]
can’t get but so far in this life being selfish.
a free spirit
a giving heart
that’s what wealth is
we rich when we recognize the power that’s within
it’s not all about the money
it’s the time that we spend
it’s the hand that we lend
to a friend when we can
it’s the kind words you gave to that homeless man
without judging that man
it’s the fact that you gave;
and showed compassion ’cause he humbly asked you for change
i know the blessings I receive is not just for me
a shared blessing comes back to you
that’s what I believe
to help someone in need
to throw down some rope
to be a ray of hope
ya know?
sometimes you gotta help somebody
sometimes you gotta help somebody
sometimes you just gotta be helpful
when life gets stressful
sometimes you gotta help somebody
sometimes you gotta help somebody
what goes around is gonna come back ’round
what goes around is gonna come back ’round
when you help somebody
donate my extra clothes
to a clothing drive.
help the lady cross the street
bring her bags inside.
send a letter to a prisoner to lift his spirit.
be a mentor to a child ’cause it takes a village.
lend a hand, help a brother
that I learned the hard way
all for one
one for all
it got to be the squad way
the early bird get the worm
it’s corny but it’s true
first impressions last forever
careful how you move
first you crawl
then you walk
the 1 before the 2
nothing new under the sun
the golden rule
lazy people work the hardest
that’s my motivation
everything in moderation
even moderation
yo
yo, when you put out your hand,
is it to give or to receive?
see what goes around will come back around
I do believe
that the positive and negative is relative to where you live
not from experience
that’s what we tell the kids
’cause they are the seeds
the stronger the root
the stronger the tree
if we eat from the fruit
the stronger we be
if we do it today
tomorrow we free.”

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Thank you Stic & M-1 {Dead Prez} for this inspirational song.

I love Dead Prez.

Their music is full of pure wisdom.

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For more information on…

Henry James…

http://www.online-literature.com/henry_james/

Dead Prez…

http://deadprezblog.wordpress.com/

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How can you be helpful?

You never know how much your words and actions can help someone in need.

We are all interconnected as sentient beings.

Why not have compassion for each other?

One love.

“A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed…”

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Burning With Love -Rumi

21 Jun

“I am burning with Love.

Does anyone need a light?

You can set your rubbish ablaze from the fire within me.”  

-Rumi

Soulful Lovers Romy Schneider & Alain Delon in La Piscine…

“I Am Burning With Love…”

“Come On Baby, Light My Fire…”

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Please enjoy Real Love by the exquisite Chrysta Bell….

Acoustic Version…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60RwrhdTovc

Official Video Version…

http://youtu.be/hozNfOuQwIw

From the album: 
Chrysta Bell – This Train 
Produced by David Lynch

Lyrics

“Driving through the night 
flying fast to you 
real love 
real love 
the moon is flying with me 
the moon is crying with me 
got to get to your house 
call me home 
flying with the moon 
sirens driving in the valley 
sirens flare 
got to feel your love 
real love 
don’t cut me 
don’t you cut me 
don’t you cut me 
gotta hole in my heart 
I wanna feel your love 
I wanna feel your love 
the moon passed behind a cloud 
the stars are hiding from me 
I’m coming home baby I’m coming home 
lonely 
moon rush by 
lonely 
got to feel your love 
real love 
make it real make it real make it real love 
I wanna feel your love 
I wanna feel your love 
the wind is blowing 
the wind is blowing by 
I’m coming home baby I’m coming home 
coming home 
real love 
coming home 
for real love real love.

credits

from Chrysta Bell -This Train Produced by David Lynch, released 29 September 2011 
Vocals: Chrysta Bell 
Guitar: David Lynch 
Guitar, Bass and Synth: John Neff 
Drums: David Lynch and John Neff Written by David Lynch, John Neff and Chrysta Bell 
Engineering: John Neff 
Mixed by David Lynch and John Neff 
Published by Zibella Music (BMI)

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Chrysta Bell is a soulful songstress.

Her collaboration with David Lynch evokes a beautiful, surreal and haunting ambiance. Chrysta and David create a haunting world that you never want to leave. Listening to their music is like entering a dream you never want to awake from.

Chrysta Bell & David Lynch Bring Surrealist Beauty To Life…

http://chrystabell.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/Chrysta_Bell

https://www.facebook.com/chrysta.bell.official

Reflection for today…Beautiful Journey- Angelina Jolie

13 Jun

“I’m with a man who’s evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful because of the journey it has taken. ”  

Angelina Jolie

In essence, Angelina is describing unconditional love.

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Please enjoy Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Rey…

{Thank you Olly http://slayermusings.wordpress.com/ for sending me this lovely song}.

http://youtu.be/o_1aF54DO60

“Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?

Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul?

I know you will. I know you will. I know that you will.”

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For more information…

Angelina Jolie…http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001401/

Lana Del Rey…http://www.lanadelrey.com/?country=ca

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Do you appreciate your body for the journey it has taken? 

Can you see the beauty of your resilient body and mind?

Can you see the beauty of your resilience?

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Invite Peace -Buddha

16 May

“The only way to bring peace to the earth is to learn to make our own life peaceful.”

-Buddha

Buddha’s Universal Love, Compassion, Peace & Wisdom…

Reflection for today…Unforgettable -Jim Morrison

15 May

“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star.

Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!”

Then- whoosh, and I’m gone…

and they’ll never see anything like it ever again…

and they won’t be able to forget me- ever.

―Jim Morrison 

Jim Morrison…Poet/Writer/Musician/Artist/Free Spirit/Beautiful Soul

verdillac:” It hurts to set you free, but you’ll never follow me, the end of laughter and soft lies, the end of nights we tried to die, THIS IS THE END! ”

Jim Morrison’s Grave in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
It is a pilgrimage for Jim Morrison admirers to visit his grave and pay their respects…

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James Douglas Morrison also known as Jim Morrison was a free spirit, poet, artist, writer and musician.

He is one of those artists whose art has a timeless impact on humanity.

Jim was a lover of literature, philosophy, music, poetry, art, drama, shamanism, independent and critical thinking, etcetera.

He had many intellectual, creative and artistic interests.

Later in his life he was developing a stronger affinity for the blues and poetry.

I would have loved to see how Jim would have evolved as an artist and human being.

For now his admirers can read and listen to his work- the creative gifts he left us.

Jim will never be forgotten…

He is unforgettable.

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Please enjoy Jim’s Smile…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMhiDCZXU2k

I adore his smile!!!

It is like he has a secret- so mischievous…

{Jim’s smile could melt the coldest heart}.

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Please enjoy Bird of Prey by Jim Morrison…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ft37338Okc

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Have you read Jim’s poetry books?

What are your favourite Doors‘ songs?

What are your reflections on Jim Morrison?

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For more information on Jim Morrison…

https://thedoors.com/home

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Many more Jim Morrison posts are coming up in the near future…

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…The Horrors of Social Intercourse -Larry David

13 Apr

 “What’s uncomfortable is that people never tell one another the truth, in a way.

The truth is so uncomfortable for people because we’re not used to it.

You can’t have social intercourse by being truthful.

It doesn’t work. That’s why we’re all liars.

But you can on TV, so that’s why some people are uncomfortable.”

Larry David

Larry David says that social events are death…

Larry David relishes in honesty…

In this clip Larry discusses tricky social situations.

He questions social conventions with a fusion of comedy and honesty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ky8yzS4VZY

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Do you agree with Larry’s thesis of social intercourse?

Do you think that we complicate ourselves too much by following these archaic social conventions?

Is it ironic that Larry David follows and enforces so many of his own rules yet he is a social assassin?

What coping mechanisms do you rely on in awkward social situations?

Do you want to be a “social assassin” like Larry David in Curb?

Leon is just as honest as Larry is…

What do you think would happen if there was more honesty in social interactions?

Would it be a disaster?

Or would it be pure joy and freedom?

Is “I have nothing more to contribute” your new exit line?

Is Larry David your comedic hero?

The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus proudly wearing his Larry David t-shirt…

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For more information on Curb Your Enthusiasm…

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264235/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Faith In One’s Spiritual Path -Paulo Coelho

11 Apr

“In order to have faith in his own path,

he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”
Paulo Coelho

Warrior of the Light

Stic Man Praying…

Buddhism is an inclusive spiritual path…

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Please enjoy “No Way As The Way” by Dead Prez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEXB0WsFVKg

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I love how inclusive “no way as the way” is.

“…My mind is a Buddhist temple.

The truth is simple.

I try to be principled.

Walking with a warrior’s spirit.

Aint’ nothing like learning from first hand life experience.

I’m a realist.

That’s all I deal with.

Respecting truth, that’s all I build with.

A child of the universe.

My religion is life and it’s just as valid.

I strive for balance…”

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For more information…

Paulo Coelho…http://paulocoelhoblog.com/

Dead Prez….http://deadprezblog.wordpress.com/

Their new album “Information Age” is available for purchase now…

{Thank you Stic Man & M-1!}

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/information-age/id565661367

http://www.amazon.com/Information-Age/dp/B009I5LNMW

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Art Is A Question Mark -Marilyn Manson

8 Apr

“Art is a question mark,

not an answer.”

Marilyn Manson

David Lynch & Marilyn Manson sharing a happy moment…

David Lynch & Marilyn Manson share a love of darkness explored in art…
They are also both painters and musicians.

In this clip, Marilyn Manson discusses art and its relationship to spirituality and politics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhnoKmbc1Tk

{Side Note…I would have loved to have Marilyn Manson as a teacher when I was in school.

I am sure that I would learn so much from him}.

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Manson thinks that “art is far more important than politics.”

For him art is the closest thing that can be religious because he likens God with the creative component of art.

Art is his spirituality.

He respects religion but he disagrees with the way in which religion has been used to manipulate people and limit their intellectual curiosity.

Marilyn Manson Religion

{My guess would be that he is more in favor of independent thinking and critical analysis}.

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Manson believes that the role of the artist in society is to affect people.

He says that art is your response.

This reminds me of David Lynch not wanting to explain his films.

David feels that each viewer should come up with their own artistic interpretation based on their own experience with the film.

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Do you agree or disagree with Marilyn Manson?

Why or why not?

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For more information…

David Lynchhttp://davidlynch.com/

Marilyn Manson…http://marilynmanson.com/

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Sexual Healing -Paulo Coelho

7 Apr

Sex, relaxation and tension

by Paulo Coelho on February 20, 2013

Men and women whisper to each other because they have turned a sacred gesture into a sinful act.

This is the world in which we live. And while robbing the present moment of its reality can be dangerous, disobedience can also be a virtue, when we know how to use it.

If two bodies merely join together, that is not sex, it is merely pleasure.

Sex goes far beyond pleasure.

In sex, relaxation and tension go hand in hand, as do pain and pleasure, shyness and the courage to go beyond one’s limits.

How can such opposing states exist in harmony together?

There is only one way: by surrendering yourself.

Because the act of surrender means: ‘I trust you.’

It isn’t enough to imagine everything that might happen if we allowed ourselves to join not just our bodies, but our souls as well.

Let us plunge together, then, down the dangerous path of surrender.

It may be dangerous, but it is the only path worth following.

Let us forget all that we are taught about how it is noble to give and humiliating to receive.

Because for most people, generosity consists only in giving, but receiving is also an act of love.

Allowing someone else to make us happy will make them happy too.”

taken from MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

Yoga Kiss=Pure Bliss

The Alchemy of Yoga unites two as one…

Yogis Radiating Love…

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Please enjoy Leif Erikson by Interpol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25zAd0JFD8g

“She says it helps with the lights out.

Her rabid glow is like braille to the night.

She swears I’m a slave to the details

But if your life is such a big joke, why should I care?
The clock is set for nine but you know you’re gonna make it eight.

So that you two can take some time, teach each other to reciprocate.
She feels that my sentimental side should be held with kid gloves

But she doesn’t know that I left my urge in the icebox.

She swears I’m just prey to the female,

Well then hook me up and throw me, baby cakes, cuz I like to get hooked.
The clock is set for nine but you know you’re gonna make it eight.

All the people that you’ve loved they’re all bound to leave some keepsakes.

I’ve been swinging all the time, think it’s time to learn your way.

I picture you and me together in the jungle it would be ok.
I’ll bring you when my lifeboat sails through the night

That is supposing that you don’t sleep tonight
It’s like learning a new language

Helps me catch up on my mime

If  you don’t bring up those lonely parts This could be a good time

It’s like learning a new language
You come here to me

We’ll collect those lonely parts and set them down

You come here to me
She says brief things, her love’s a pony

My love’s subliminal
She says brief things, her love’s a pony

My love’s subliminal.”

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For more information…

Paulo Coelho…http://paulocoelhoblog.com/

Interpol…http://www.matadorrecords.com/interpol/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Revolutionary Spirit -Ernesto Che Guevara

6 Apr

“The revolution is made through human beings,

but individuals must forge their revolutionary spirit day by day.”  

Ernesto Che Guevara

Che says that the first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated…

Che Loved Literature…

Che Was An Author, Scholar, Revolutionary & Doctor…

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Please enjoy “Does It” by Tricky from his new album “False Idols.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVQmQc2HBDk

{I am so excited about his new album False Idols}!

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For more information…

Che Guevara…http://www.hey-che.com 

http://www.cheguevara.com 

http://www.che-lives.com

Tricky…http://www.trickysite.com/

Tricky…One of my favourite artists/musicians

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How can you forge your revolutionary spirit every day?

What does revolution mean to you?

How can you be a revolutionary in your own life?

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Peace & Revolutionary Love…

Reflection for today…How Art Evolves Consciousness -Alex Grey

5 Apr

“Art is an echo of the creative force that birthed the galaxies.

Creativity is a way that the cosmos evolves and communicates with itself.

The great uplifting of humanity beyond its self destruction is the redemptive mission of art.”

-Alex Grey

Alex Grey working his artistic magic..

Alex Grey at his artistic/alchemical laboratory…

Dalai Lama by Alex Grey

I first came across Alex Grey’s art on the rock band Tool’s cd cover.

Please enjoy “Cosmic Creativity: How Art Evolves Consciousness: Alex Grey at TEDxMaui 2013″…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_YJToyOp_4

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For more information on Alex Grey, please visit his official website:

http://alexgrey.com/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Self-Actualization -Saul Williams

3 Apr

Now is the time to self-actualize…”

Saul Williams

Saul Williams says the time to awaken your potential is now…

Saul takes a moment of reflection…

Please enjoy “Coded Language” by Saul Williams and DJ Krust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HerpGwbLSM8

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For more information on Saul Williams, please visit his official website:

http://www.saulwilliams.com/

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Sending you the seeds of self-actualization…

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Following Your Heart -Erykah Badu

1 Apr

“Following your heart also involves eliminating things that no longer evolve you.”

-Erykah Badu 

Please enjoy “Didn’t cha know” by Erykah Badu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np21rH7Ldto

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The word revolution contains the word evolution.

Evolution is revolution…

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For more information on Erykah Badu, please visit her official website:

http://erykah-badu.com/newssystem/news.php

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Peace & Namaste Friends…

Reflection for today…Potential -Doris Lessing

26 Mar

“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.” 
Doris Lessing

Photo Courtesy of: http://intotheshadows.org/

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Society is not a level playing field.

Equal opporunities are mostly urban legends.

Spoken word poets and hip hop artists often speak about social inequalities and injustice through social commentary.

Some hip hop artists educate, enlighten/uplift consciousness and inspire.

Stic Man & M-1 are Dead Prez: My favourite hip hop artists/activists/revolutionaries

Tupac Shakur was a brilliant poet/artist/activist/revolutionary

This poetic narrative story telling made me fall in love with hip hop because it gave a voice to the voiceless.

It was the poetry of the streets.

tupac-shakur-quotes-sayings-about-yourself-community-wise

Many will not like the social commentary.

It is so incisive and critical but it has to be because the living conditions are full of suffering and injustice.

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It should be noted that conscious hip hop and punk music have many parallels.

They both fight against the status quo.

They both subvert the dominant paradigm.

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Black ice is such a gifted poet and spoken word artist.

He shoots from the hip and his poems go straight to your heart and mind.

In his poem Imagine, he meditates on social inequality and how different life would be if equal opportunities actually existed.

He proposes to “put love where the hate is.”

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Please enjoy his poem Imagine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kVT89O6cLo

What happens in neighborhoods where the self-esteem has been overshadowed by the decay and the children no longer play the way they used to?

Where young boys choose to follow figures that had no father figures…

Whatever happened to that we shall overcome shit?…

Cold winters are sheltered by crack houses instead of recreational centers that they claim to not have the paper to keep open for operation…

What’s a young boy to do when he doesn’t want to do wrong but there’s a lock on the right door?

When he has the heart of a soldier, the aggression of a prize fighter but no one’s taught him what to fight for…

Young Tupac was one of many boys without fathers {as Black Ice says}.
However, the absence of his father was eclipsed by his mother’s fierce love.
Afeni {a former Black Panther} passed on infinite wisdom to her son so it isn’t true that “no one taught him what to fight for.”
“My mother taught me three things: respect, knowledge, search for knowledge.
It’s an eternal journey.” -Tupac.

I included this caption of Tupac because he had “the heart of a soldier and aggression of a prize fighter”- not to mention the mind of a revolutionary leader..
 

In the end, Tupac defined manhood for himself and became quite the revolutionary man.

I would have loved to see Tupac become a father…

 

 

See, most of our families are fatherless and quite poor so we miss out on meals as well as kisses and hugs.

Photo Courtesy of: http://zunlee.com/

You’ve got the audacity to cut the funding for the facilities that keep us off the streets then ask us why we sell drugs.

Imagine if we put down our dices and guns, picked up our daughters and sons and put a little love right there where the hate is…

Imagine if these little inner city kids had the same type of schools that these rich kids have way out there in the sticks…”

Black Ice

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Imagine we lived in a world where there was no suffering, injustice/oppression, “third world” class distinction or any class distinction whatsoever.

This is the world that I want to live in…

Art by BANKSY

Peace & Namaste.

{More posts about poverty/social inequality/injustice, sociology, spoken word poetry, Tupac, Dead Prez, Black Ice and hip hop coming up in the future…}

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For more information…

Dorris Lessing…http://www.dorislessing.org/

Black Ice…https://twitter.com/BLACKICETHEPOET

Tupac…http://www.2pac.com/

The Tupac Shakur foundation…http://www.tasf.org/

Dead Prez…http://deadprezblog.wordpress.com/blog/

Tupac’s Legend

Tupac Amaru Shakur was an inspiration to millions.

While  2Pac was most famous for his rap career,  he was also a gifted actor, poet and thoughtful while outspoken advocate for the poor and the overlooked in America. During his life, he produced an immense amount of artistic work, which included studio albums, major Hollywood feature films, and published works.  He was most prolific in the music industry, selling over 75 million albums. 2Pac’s unapologetic lyrics were relevant, important, and reflective of the hard lives led by many. His music earned attention and respect through a poetic style that embraced street vocabulary while being innovative. Today, 2Pac is still considered by many to be one of the biggest influences on modern hip-hop.

2Pac’s career has earned him six Grammy nominations and three MTV Video Music Award nominations. In 1997, Shakur was honored by the American Music Awards as the Favorite Hip Hop Artist.

Born on June 16 1971 in New York City, Shakur’s parents were both members of the Black Panther Party whose militant style and provocative ideologies for civil rights would come to influence 2Pac’s music. At an early age, Tuapc’s love for performance and the arts began to show, as he began acting at age 13 and later enrolled in the Baltimore School of the Arts before dropping out at 17. Shakur broke into the music business with rap group Digital Underground as a back-up dancer and roadie. Eventually Shakur released his first solo album in ’91, 2pacalypse Now. 2Pac’s music career began to grow as his second album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z included two top 20 pop chart tracks: I Get Around and Keep Ya Head Up.

Shakur’s legal battles began after he established his rap career. In the early nineties Shakur faced a wrongful death suit which settled out of court, accusations of assaulting police officers where charges were ultimately dropped, and even an incident where Shakur sustained five gunshot wounds from shooter Dexter Isaac. In 1995 2Pac was sentenced one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison for sexual abuse. However, not even prison could slow the success of Shakur’s career.

While incarcerated 2Pac’s latest album at the time, Me Against the World, was number one in the pop charts and would later go double platinum. Shakur became the first artist to reach number one in the pop charts while serving a prison sentence. Making the most of his time in jail, 2Pac became a passionate reader. Among his favorites were the works of Niccolò Machiavelli, an Italian Renaissance writer whose works were in part the foundation for western political science. Shakur’s appreciation of his work inspired the nickname: Makaveli.

After serving only eight months of his sentence, 2Pac was out on parole thanks to a 1.4 million dollar bond paid by Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records. Now signed with Death Row Records, Shakur went on to create All Eyez on Me, which featured hits How Do You Want It and California Love.

2Pac’s life was cut short in September of 1996 when Shakur became the victim of a drive-by shooting while his car waited on a red light. While Shakur survived the surgery that followed he was pronounced dead almost a week after the attack.

Even today, 2Pac’s influence is wide-spread. From the Library of Congress where his song Dear Mama was added in 2010 to the National Registry, to artists like 11 time Grammy winner Eminem who in an interview with MTV said:

“He made you feel like you knew him. I think that , honestly, Tupac was the greatest songwriter that ever lived. He made it seem so easy. The emotion was there, and feeling, and everything he was trying to describe. You saw a picture that he was trying to paint.”

2Pac leaves a legacy of honesty and passion in his songs. Respected by many,  2Pac has become an inspiration for artists and a standard in rap music.”

-Copied & Pasted from: http://www.2pac.com/legend/

The Tupac Shakur Foundation

“MISSION

Our mission is to provide training and support for students who aspire to enhance their creative talents. Each and every child desires freedom to creatively express themselves. We provide an environment that encourages freedom of expression, serves as a resource for families, and empowers via education.

ABOUT

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF) is home to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. TASF was founded in 1997 originally as the Shakur Family Foundation by Afeni Shakur, mother of multi-talented Tupac Amaru Shakur. Since its inception TASF has offered performing arts camps, essay competitions, youth book clubs, visual arts workshops, community development projects, and scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate degrees.

On June 11, 2005 the TASF opened the Center! The Center is dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts. It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self-esteem and confidence. For nearly 15 years, the Foundation’s programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year.

MORE ABOUT TUPAC

Tupac Amaru Shakur dealt with great obstacles such as homelessness, hunger, and pain, amongst other situations during his youth. Performing arts provided the hope that would seed the expression that would one day influence generations worldwide.

Tupac accomplished a lot before his murder at the age of 25. At an early age, he wrote and organized family productions, casting himself as the lead and his older cousins in supporting roles. Tupac formally trained at the 127th Street Ensemble and Baltimore School for the Arts. At the age of twelve, he experienced his first formal stage role as the character “Travis” in the stage play ‘Raisin In the Sun’ at the prestigious Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Tupac was eventually cast in several feature films and recorded several chart topping albums. In fact, he released the first ever double hip-hop CD.   Today, years after his physical departure, he is the second highest selling Hip-Hop artist of all time. His gift- his words and creative talent- continues to inspire others around the world!

-Copied & Pasted from: http://www.tasf.org/the-foundation/about-tasf/

Tupac Sends You Peace…

Reflection for today…Love is a Catalyst -Henry David Thoreau

2 Mar

“Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream-world into a reality.” 
Henry David Thoreau


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Please enjoy “A Journey Through A Dream World” by Gabriel Byrne.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8z-8nsc2rI

“Dreams…

What are dreams?

Moments etched in time,

Swept in strokes on twilight canvases

Vast as the cosmos

Quiet lullabies echoing through the purple dawn.

Dreams…

The farthest reaches of imagination fulfilled endlessly evolving in leaps, bounds…

Hidden beauty in unexpected places.

Sculptures of perfect imperfections.

These are dreams.

Sublime journeys beyond the extraordinary.

Sad shadows of requiems long ago.

Forms and formlessness.

Textures that radiate cascading visions and colorful sounds.

Dreams that shimmer between wishes and stars.

Mystery, majesty.

Transcendent they soar through infinite possibilities…

-Gabriel Byrne

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For more information on Gabriel Byrne, please visit:

http://www.byrneholics.com/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Respect Your Love -Jimi Hendrix

12 Feb

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts.

Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.” 
Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix: A Sensitive Soul…

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This valentines day don’t get seduced by fabricated love and consumerist “romantic” marketing- in other words…fake love.

Remember…

You deserve all of someone’s heart- not just a tattered and bruised corner.

You deserve the universe- not mere crumbs.

You deserve the highest respect, reverence and compassion.

You don’t need to fight to get someone’s attention or love.

If they love you and care about you, they will give it willingly.

There will be no need for convincing.

They will see you and know who you are.

They will accept who you are without question.

They will look for you.

They will find you.

They will call you or write you and not wait for you to chase them.

They will take the initiative and make the effort if they really care.

They will swim shark infested waters- or at least the ocean.

They will climb mountains, slay dragons, go to hell and get out of hell to find you.

They will visit you in the hospital or jail- if they are brave enough they might even help you break out.

They will give you their kidney if necessary.

Remember that love is shown in actions and not hollow words.

Remember that love is loyalty and loyalty is love.

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There is a huge difference between a heart of gold and a gold-plated one.

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Please enjoy …

Chris Cornell- Arms Around Your Love…

Chris Cornell- Arms Around Your Love Official Video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu01eOXABBg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMGtZnuE1Vc

“With his arms around your love
Oh no, here comes the pain that you can’t ignore

With his arms around your girl
He’ll do all of the things you didn’t do before
You had every chance, but you closed the door

[Chorus]
Now you’re just gonna have to take it
(‘Cause if you didn’t  know)
She’s gonna make you pay for it
(Price you can’t afford)
You’re  just gonna have to take it
With his arms around your love [Repeat: x3]

Oh, yeah

Pretend that you don’t mind
But you know everything that you left behind

And it would have been alright
If you’d gave half of  the praise that you held inside
You thought she’d hang around for the ride

[Chorus]

Coming clean feels so dangerous
Just a little bit would have been enough
But you never said all the words caught in your head

As if your heart was dead
Well now its surely bled and broken up

And it would have been alright
If you’d gave half of the praise that you held inside
You thought she’d hang around for the ride

[Chorus]

(Take it) With his arms around your love
(Pay for it) With his arms around your love
With his arms around your love
With his arms around your love.”

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For more information…

Jimi Hendrix…http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/home

Chris Cornell…http://chriscornell.com/home/

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Sending you seeds of self-love, self-respect and dignity…

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Love’s Alchemy -Rumi

6 Feb

“O lovers
Love will lay a carpet
of treasures under your feet.

Musicians
Love will fill
your drums with gold.

Thirsty ones
Love will turn your scorched desert
into a meadow of paradise.

Forsaken ones
Love will open
the doors to the King’s palace.

Alchemists
Love’s alchemy
will reshape gallows into altars.

Sinners
Love will change
your apathy to faith.

Kings of the world
in love’s hands
you will melt like a candle.

To the parched lips of those
who are willing to surrender

Love will bring the wine
that changes darkness into vision,
cruelty into compassion
and dust into precious incense.

Those who think
the heart is only in the chest
take two or three steps
and are content.

The rosary,
the prayer rug and repentance
are paths
that they mistake for the destination.”

-Rumi
  — Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Hidden Music
   HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001

Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Natalie Dormer as King Henry the Eighth & Anne Boleyn in The Tudors

Passionate Love

Soul Mates…

Real Love…

The Dance of Seduction…

Honoured To Walk With You in Grace…

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Please enjoy “Flames” by Vast {Visual Audio Sensory Theater}.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ichCCegTbnA

I really feel that it complements Rumi’s poem “Love’s Alchemy.”

Isn’t the cello along with Jon Crosby’s soulful singing so hauntingly beautiful?

“Close your eyes
let me touch you now
let me give you something
that is real
close the door
leave your fears behind
let me give you
what you’re giving me
you are the only thing
that makes me want to live at all
when i am with you
there’s no reason to pretend that
when i am with you
i feel flames again
just put me inside you
i would never ever leave
just put me inside you
i would never ever leave you.”

-VAST

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For more information…

 Paulo Coelho…http://paulocoelho.com/

VAST…http://vast.me/

The Tudors… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

“A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.”

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Peace & Namaste Friends…

Reflection for today…A True Genius -Albert Einstein

1 Feb

“A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.” 
Albert Einstein

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Jimi Hendrix was so great yet so humble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gwLQAuHJv8

Jimi Hendrix: A Beautiful Soul

Soulful Jimi…

Jimi in Musical Nirvana…

Jimi reminds us of the power and beauty of humility.

He reminds us of its place in our lives.

I strive to be humble and I always admire humility in others.

Jimi’s shyness and humility in this video speaks so much about his honorable character.

I just love the shy way Jimi looks downwards when Dick Cavett says he is one of the greatest guitar players…beautiful!

You Are Always Loved Jimi…

For more information about Jimi Hendrix, please visit his official website: http://www.jimihendrix.com/us/home

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Strength in Solitude -Paulo Coelho

29 Jan

On solitude

by Paulo Coelho

Capture 

“For those who are not frightened by the solitude that reveals all mysteries, everything will have a different taste.

In solitude, they will discover the love that might otherwise arrive unnoticed. In solitude, they will understand and respect the love that left them.

In solitude, they will be able to decide whether it is worth asking that lost love to come back or if they should simply let it go and set off along a new path.

In solitude, they will learn that saying ‘No’ does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying ‘Yes’ is not always a virtue.

And those who are alone at this moment, need never be frightened by the words of the devil: ‘You’re wasting your time.’ Or by the chief demon’s even more potent words: ‘No one cares about you.’

The Divine Energy is listening to us when we speak to other people, but also when we are still and silent and able to accept solitude as a blessing.

And in that moment, Its light illumines everything around us and helps us to see that we are necessary, and that our presence on Earth makes a huge difference to Its work.”

taken from MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

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For more infinite wisdom, please visit Paulo Coelho’s blog: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/

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In solitude we can look within and acquire infinite wisdom.

In solitude we can listen to our intuition.

In solitude we can be truly honest with ourselves.

In solitude we can reconnect with ourselves and our spirituality- our center/core.

In solitude we can reflect, grow and heal.

In solitude we can discover who we are.

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Please enjoy Hope Leaves by Opeth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KjOhoH0dY4

Opeth Hope Leaves Lyrics
Songwriters: Mikael Lars Akerfeldt
 
“In the corner beside my window there hangs a lonely photograph
There is no reason I’d never notice a memory that could hold me back
There is a wound that’s always bleeding
There is a road I’m always walking
And I know you’ll never return to this place
Gone through days without talking

There is a comfort in silence
So used to losing all ambition
Struggling to maintain what’s left
Once undone, there is only smoke burning in my eyes to blind
To cover up what really happened
Force the darkness unto me.”
Hope Leaves lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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For more information on Opeth, please visit their official website: http://www.opeth.com/home/
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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Use Buddhist Teachings As A Catalyst -Dalai Lama

28 Jan

Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist;
use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Butterflies: A Symbol of Metamorphosis
Photo Courtesy of: http://till-we-droop.tumblr.com/

I love how inclusive Buddhism is.

Every life is precious.

Everyone has buddha nature.

Everyone has the potential to reach enlightenment.

I know Buddhism is a religion but I see it as a way of life.

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Lost To Be Found -Henry David Thoreau

12 Jan

“Not till we are completely lost

do we begin to find ourselves.”

Henry David Thoreau

Björk Like Alice in Wonderland

Björk Looking For Answers in The Water…

Björk Listening To Her Intuition…

Björk Finding Her Way…

Björk Finding Herself…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swpxwKZKEVM

Björk is one of my favourite artists/musicians/creative people because she is always experimenting with her music and her life.

She always risks “getting lost” as Thoreau said.

I also love her music.

Please enjoy Cover Me {Dillinja remix} by Björk.

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To learn more about Björk, please visit her official website: http://bjork.com/

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Are you brave enough to “get lost” in order to find yourself?

Peace & Namaste Friends…

Reflection for today…The Roots of Peace -Thich Nhat Hanh

10 Jan

“Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.”

How can you make peace with yourself?
How can you make peace with others?
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“Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts in generating peace and reconciliation in his native country. Thich Nhat Hanh travels internationally, teaching from his book The Art of Mindful Living. He lives at Plum Village Practice Centre in France, a Buddhist monastery for monks, nuns, and laypeople.”-Shambhala Sun
To learn about Thich Nhat Hanh and his work,
please visit his website:
Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Awakening Compassion -Pema Chödrön

9 Jan

Learning how to be kind to ourselves is important.

When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering.

We’re discovering the universe.

When we discover the buddha that we are, we realize that everything and everyone is Buddha.

We discover that everything is awake, and everyone is awake.

Everything and everyone is precious and whole and good. When we regard thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that’s how we perceive the universe.”

Pema Chödrön

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Failure is Your Teacher -Joseph Campbell

4 Jan

“Where you stumble and fall,

there you will find gold.”

-Joseph Campbell

“Reverse Prayer”

Reflection for today…Live Out Loud -Émile Zola

3 Jan

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world,

I, an artist, will answer you:

I am here to live out loud.”

– Émile Zola

Reflection for today…Wandering -Clarissa Pinkola Estés

2 Jan

“Is it worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires” 

― Clarissa Pinkola EstésWomen Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/
Howling for justice is a vital & informative wolf preservation website.

A Trio of Grey Wolves, Canis Lupus
Photo by: Jim and Jaimie Dutcher
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/a-trio-of-gray-wolves-canis-lupus-jim-and-jamie-dutcher.html

This quote begs the question…

Would you rather be a lone wolf or part of a pack/tribe?

{If you think about it, we are both a lone wolf and a pack/tribe member}.

We are all individuals yet we belong to a pack/tribe- our family and our greater family- humanity}.

*To be honest, I am a lone wolf.

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…The Gifts of Darkness -Marianne Williamson

1 Jan

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are.

Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.”

Marianne Williamson

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Follow Your Bliss -Joseph Campbell

12 Dec

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls”. 

-Joseph Campbell
Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Pain is Meant To Wake Us Up- Jim Morrison

8 Dec

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality;

their feelings most of all.

People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit.

Love hurts.

Feelings are disturbing.

People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous.

How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel?

Pain is meant to wake us up.

People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong.

Pain is something to carry, like a radio.

You feel your strength in the experience of pain.

It’s all in how you carry it.

That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling.

Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality.

If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality.

You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”

Jim Morrison

{These pictures will be featured on an up-coming post discussing the social construction of masculinity and subversive crying}.

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Today is Jim Morrison’s birthday.

Happy Birthday Jim!

You always lit our intellectual and creative fires.

Reflection for today…The Manifesto of Encouragement -Danielle LaPorte

20 Oct

The Manifesto of Encouragement

“Right now:

There are Tibetan Buddhist monks in a temple in the Himalayas endlessly reciting mantras for the cessation of your suffering and for the flourishing of your happiness.

Someone you haven’t met yet is already dreaming of adoring you.

Someone is writing a book that you will read in the next two years that will change how you look at life.

Nuns in the Alps are in endless vigil, praying for the Holy Spirit to alight the hearts of all of God’s children.

A farmer is looking at his organic crops and whispering, “nourish them.”

Someone wants to kiss you, to hold you, to make tea for you.

Someone is willing to lend you money, wants to know what your favourite food is, and treat you to a movie.

Someone in your orbit has something immensely valuable to give you — for free.

Something is being invented this year that will change how your generation lives, communicates, heals and passes on.

The next great song is being rehearsed.

Thousands of people are in yoga classes right now intentionally sending light out from their heart chakras and wrapping it around the earth.

Millions of children are assuming that everything is amazing and will always be that way.

Someone is in profound pain, and a few months from now, they’ll be thriving like never before. They just can’t see it from where they’re at.

Someone who is craving to be partnered, to be acknowledged, to ARRIVE, will get precisely what they want — and even more. And because that gift will be so fantastical in it’s reach and sweetness, it will quite magically alter their memory of angsty longing and render it all “So worth the wait.

Someone has recently cracked open their joyous, genuine nature because they did the hard work of hauling years of oppression off of their psyche — this luminous juju is floating in the ether, and is accessible to you.

Someone just this second wished for world peace, in earnest.

Someone is fighting the fight so that you don’t have to.

Some civil servant is making sure that you get your mail, and your garbage is picked up, that the trains are running on time, and that you are generally safe. Someone is dedicating their days to protecting your civil liberties and clean drinking water.

Someone is regaining their sanity. Someone is coming back from the dead. Someone is genuinely forgiving the seemingly unforgivable. Someone is curing the incurable.

You. Me. Some. One. Now.”

Danielle LaPorte

Copied & Pasted from: http://www.daniellelaporte.com/inspiration-spirituality-articles/the-manifesto-of-encouragement/

“Danielle LaPorte is the creator of WhiteHotTruth.com, which has been called the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality.”

Please visit her website for some inspiration and wisdom…She is so brilliant. I just “discovered” her and will most likely be doing more blog posts about her and her writing.

If you want more inspiration and wisdom from Danielle, please go to her website: http://www.daniellelaporte.com/ to sign up for her newsletters.
You can choose to receive via email a “daily truthbomb”, a “somewhat weekly” newsletter and a “monthly digest” newsletter.
I am signed up for all of them and highly recommend them.

Her book The Fire Starter Sessions is at the top of my reading list.

Danielle has generously provided the first chapter of her book for free on her website. You can read it on Scribd or download it in pdf format. Please click on this link: The Fire Starter Sessions Chapter One.

Peace & Namaste Friends…

Photo Courtesy of Anastasia Photography
From their blog at: http://anastasiachomlack.typepad.com/laughter/2009/11/inspired.html

Reflection for today…To Live Is The Rarest Thing In The World -Oscar Wilde

17 Oct

“To live is the rarest thing in the world.

Most people exist, that is all. “

Oscar Wilde

So I ask myself…Am I actually living or simply existing?

I think this is a question we must continually ask ourselves.

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Without You This Existence Will Not Be The Same, There Will Be A Hole -OSHO

20 Sep

 

“You are a unique individual.

And whatever you are, that’s the way existence wants you to be.

Enjoy it.

Existence created you because it loves you, it loved you so much that it couldn’t resist the temptation to create you.

There has never been anyone else just exactly the same as you, and there never will be.

Without you this existence will not be the same, there will be a hole.

Without you this universe will lose some poetry, some beauty: a song will be missed, a note will be missed, there will be a gap.

Existence loves you, otherwise you would not be here.”

-Osho

 

Reflection for today…The Consequences of Technology -Doris Lessing

18 Sep

“A foolhardy lot, we accepted it all, as we always do, never asked:

“What is going to happen to us now, with this invention of print?”

In the same way, we never thought to ask,

“How will our lives, our way of thinking, be changed by the internet, which has seduced a whole generation with its inanities so that even quite reasonable people will confess that, once they are hooked, it is hard to cut free, and they may find a whole day has passed in blogging etc?” 
— Doris Lessing

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The irony is not lost on me that I am using the internet to communicate to you and you are using it to read this post. I am also not saying that the internet is exactly the matrix.

I simply liked this quote because it questions how the internet has changed our lives. Of course, it has changed our lives for the better. I love blogging as much as the next person. You can research anything you want at the touch of a few computer keys. You can communicate with people all over the world. You can buy things online, etcetera.

We also need to analyze the negative ways the internet has changed our lives so that we can find a healthy balance online and offline.

Peace & Namaste…

Japan’s Suicide Forest Teaches About Compassion & The Human Need For Real Connection…

18 Sep

Suicide is a very uncomfortable and necessary subject to discuss.

I recently came across a YouTube video that left such an impact on me that I was not able to write a blog post until now {approx. 18 days}.

The vice documentary left such a deep impression on me that I had to reflect for a while before I could decide what to write.

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Japan’s Aokigahara (青木ヶ原) forest also known as the Sea of Trees (樹海 Jukai) or the Suicide forest is a place where many people go to contemplate suicide.

Sadly, many actually commit suicide.

I feel so much compassion for people who are considering suicide as a way to end their pain.

I strongly believe that people do not actually want to die but to end their pain and they do not see another way to achieve this.

Below is an actual suicide note found in the forest.

I find it heart breaking.

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Many moons ago, I had a friend that was considering suicide.

I pray that he finds the strength to fight against his darkness.

I am still haunted by the fact that he felt this depressed but I could not do anything to heal his pain.

I know that only he can heal his pain.

I did my best to be a loving friend but I know that we cannot truly save anyone.

We can only save ourselves. 

In fact, we always had a friendly argument about saving and being saved.

It revolved around the graphic novel and film Sin City.

Here is the trailer in case you are interested

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFLrTYKIXk

Please click this link for more information on the movie: Sin City.

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Marv was so madly in love with Goldie and he loved her so much that he wanted to go to hell to save her.

My friend fiercely defended his thesis of loving someone so deeply that you go to hell to save them.

Art Made By Nat Wellington at http://boodoyouthinkyouare.blogspot.ca/

Conversely, I went for a different thesis. I said that you can love someone so much that you get out of hell because of your love for them and possibly their love for you. Your love for them is so powerful and/or their love for you is so strong that you pull yourself up with your own strength and get out of hell- your personal hell or the other kind. In essence, you save yourself instead of saving someone else.

No one was right or wrong. It was fun to discuss but I stand by my point of view even though I recognize his had merit. It all depends on how you look at things. It was a healthy discussion nonetheless.

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Can we actually save someone?

Dita Von Teese & Marilyn Manson in Vogue Magazine

Dita Von Teese & Marilyn Manson in Vogue Magazine Photo By Steven Klein

 Azusa Hayano makes me question my beliefs that we cannot save anyone but ourselves.

I do believe we can help someone to save themselves and this is what I think he does so brilliantly and compassionately.

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We meet an extraordinary soul, Azusa Hayano, in this vice documentary.

He is a geologist that does the most important job of suicide patrol in the forest. {I discovered from another video that the police also seem to do suicide patrol}.

Azusa also studies how people co-exist with nature because he says it is part of environmental research.

He still does not know why people kill themselves in such a beautiful forest (18:53) although he does explain that it may be because of a popular book written in the past.

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Azusa patrols the forest looking for people who are contemplating suicide in hopes of convincing them otherwise.

He even finds a man in a yellow tent that appears to have been contemplating suicide. According to the VICE website comments found at http://www.vice.com/vice-news/aokigahara-suicide-forest-v3, the man in the yellow tent had been camping in the forest for one month. He had to be taken out in an ambulance.

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The police even put up signs to try to stop people from committing suicide. They also provide the number for suicide hotlines.

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I found it fascinating that many people leave a trail of tape to find their way back in case they change their mind. This is hopeful because people who are undecided can finally decide to leave the forest.

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With his gentle and compassionate manner, one can see how Azusa could convince someone who is struggling to live.

I was struck by how much this man cares.

He really cares and that is so rare these days.

In a forest where traditional compasses do not work, Azusa uses his compassion and wisdom as his guides.

He also looks for people who have committed suicide.

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Azusa reminds me of the value of a life and how much difference one life can make in the world.

If we could find our purpose and live our potential, then we could make our contribution- our gift to the world.

We need more people like Azusa in this world.

We need more people who really care and have compassion for those who are suffering. I don’t know if he technically “saves” anyone but he does help people to save themselves and this is priceless.

Azusa is actually living the Buddha’s teachings- especially that of compassion.

I am also reminded by how the absence of one life can be a tear in the fabric of existence and humanity. I think about how that person had so much more life to live, love and wisdom to give and receive, experiences to be had and potential to be lived.

I think of the apocalyptic loss for their loved ones.

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Azusa states in the documentary that the internet and technology may be the reason why there is such a disconnection between oneself and others. It is as if a schism is caused between our waking lives and our onscreen lives. Our lack of face-to-face communication has a price. Disconnection, depression, further loneliness and numbness may develop. Azusa discusses the human need for connection in real life- not through the filter of a computer screen.

“Face-to-face communication used to be vital, but now we can live our lives being online all day. However, the truth of the matter is that we still need to see each other’s faces, read their expressions, hear their voices, so we can fully understand their emotions to coexist.”
 -Azusa Hayano

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The essence of what Azusa teaches and lives is filled with compassion and wisdom.

This documentary also reminds me of the urgent need to discuss mental health issues.

I am and continue to be a mental health advocate.

I deeply believe in the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

We can transcend our suffering and transform it into something beautiful and meaningful.

The phoenix always rises from the ashes… 

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To those of you suffering and feeling depressed…I offer you my compassion.

This post is for you.

Please speak to someone who cares- even if they are a stranger.

You will never know what a difference it could make in your life. They might have some life changing wisdom to give you or messages from the universe.

*Please reach out to someone.

I pray that the Buddha’s teachings, wisdom and compassion can alleviate your suffering. 

Conversely, you never know how you can help someone who is suffering and in need.

You never know what impact you can have on someone’s life- even a stranger.

We are all interconnected.

By helping others we are actually helping ourselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuUhBuSgmik

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Here is the documentary friends.

Please be warned of the graphic subject matter of this video and of some sad and possibly disturbing video footage…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8 

Here is part of the transcript:

Aokigahara: Suicide Forest

I’ve been living here for more than 30 years. My job is mainly environmental protection, I study volcanic eruptions and the plantation at the foot of Mt. Fuji. 

In the year 864, Mt. Fuji erupted, and the forest that grew over the dried lava was named “Jukai” or “Sea of Trees”. Aokigahara is the actual name of the place, but people started calling it “Jukai”, because the forest as seen from halfway up of Mt. Fuji, is green all year round, and it looks like the ocean. 

We’re entering the forest now. There’s a car that’s been abandoned for a few months, let’s take a look. I’m assuming the owner of the car went in from here and never came out. I guess they went into the forest with troubled thoughts. 

In the old days in Japan, suicide was mainly known as the samarai’s act, as in “Seppuku” (harakari). In other cases poor families would abandon their elders in the mountains. That’s how it was back then, they weren’t killing themselves cause they couldn’t adapt to society. That didn’t happen like it does now, it’s a modern phenomenon.

This is a sign to stop suicidal people.

“Your life is a precious gift from your parents,
Please think about your parents, siblings, and children.
Don’t keep it to yourself. Talk about your troubles.”

Then it says to contact the Suicide Prevention Association. 

Locals don’t commt suicide here. As children they’re told not to come near here, that it’s a scary forest. This path is open for the public, but you can’t follow the trail beyond this point. It says not to enter because you can easily get lost. In the Jukai, I think I’ve found more than… 100 suicide corpses in the last 20 years or so. 

I found something strange, I’ll show you. People who are indecisive about dying, wrap this tape on trees along their way, so they can find their way out. There’s something that looks like a tent. I’m going to see if anyone’s inside, please wait here.” -Azusa Hayano, geologist

The forest is a popular place for suicides, reportedly the world’s second most popular suicide location after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. This popularity is often attributed to the 1960 novel Nami no To  by Seicho Matsumoto, which ends with two lovers committing suicide in the forest. However, the history of suicide in Aokigahara dates from before the novel’s publication, and the place has long been associated with death: ubasute was allegedly practiced there into the 19th century, and the forest is reputedly haunted by the ghosts of those left to die…”

Copied and pasted from: http://ponury.tumblr.com/post/15293840018/aokigahara-suicide-forest-ive-been-living-here

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Here is a short video about the Aokigahara forest and the plague of suicide in Japan (2:34). There is thought to be one suicide every fifteen minutes in Japan.

An expert postulates that societal pressures and culture is to blame for the high suicide rate in Japan (1:55). He notes that even from a young age weakness is not allowed to be displayed.

“Whether it is within the family, at work or in society, it is very hard to show weakness. From a very young age, from primary school on, dynamic and happy kids are held up as examples to follow. If you don’t live up to that, other people treat you harshly and that’s is why people don’t ask for help.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq1-0FvME8U&feature=player_embedded

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This video offers a different perspective of the Aokiagahara forest (4:57).

It attempts to answer the question of why people come to die there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD2cJlx-caQ&feature=player_embedded#!

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It is intriguing to note that Dante wrote about a suicide forest.

His writing was also translated into art.

Dante Alighieri’s Inferno from the Original by Dante Alighieri and Illustrated with the Designs of Gustave Doré (New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1890).

Dante Alighieri’s Inferno from the Original by Dante Alighieri and Illustrated with the Designs of Gustave Doré (New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1890).

Dali’s depiction of the ‘Wood of Suicides’ from ‘Inferno’ 13
©2006 Salvador Dalí, Gala–Salvador Dali Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post.

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…The Seduction of Consumerism -Chuck Palahniuk

28 Aug

“Are these things really better than the things I already have?

Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now?” 

― Chuck PalahniukLullaby

Art by Barbara Kruger

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This incisive quote reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk’s other novel Fight Club which was made into an enlightening film called Fight Club– one of my favourite films. 

{I highly recommend watching Fight Club because of the acidic social commentary, intriguing story and excellent acting}.

Here is the trailer in case you are interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUXWAEX2jlg

In essence, Chuck Palahniuk is alluding to commodity fetishism. The term that Karl Marx invented to describe how commodities are being fetishized and given an intrinsic value. It analyzes how the means of production and the relationships between consumers and workers are being obscured. {I apologize for the poor definition but I hope to elaborate on this in future posts}.

This quote asks us to re-consider our consumerist urges and desires.

Why do I really want a new thing?

Do I really need it?

Or do I simply just want it?

Why do I want it?

Do I just have a materialist itch to scratch?

Is there actually anything wrong with the one I have or am I just getting caught up in the consumerist zeitgeist?

These are questions we can ask ourselves…

Peace & Namaste…

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For more information on the author Chuck Palahniuk, please click on this link to go to his official website:

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/

Fight Club the book :

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/books/fight-club

For more information on Fight Club the film, please click on this link to go to the Internet Movie Database Page for Fight Club:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/

For more information on Banksy, the mysterious and elusive graffiti artist, please click on this link to go to his official website:

http://www.banksy.co.uk/

Reflection for today…Go Against The Flow -E.E. Cummings

18 Aug

“To be nobody but yourself —

in a world which is doing its best, night and day,

to make you everybody else —

means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;

and never stop fighting.”

-E.E. Cummings

Surrealist artist Salvador Dali

Actor Gabriel Byrne

Francisco Goya’s “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.”

How can you be more authentic and honest in your life?

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…The Capacity To Be Alone Is The Capacity To Love -Osho

17 Aug

 

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. 
It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. 
 
It is an existential truth: 
only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, 
of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person – 
without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, 
without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. 
 
They allow the other absolute freedom, 
because they know that if the other leaves, 
they will be as happy as they are now. 
Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, 
because it is not given by the other.”
 –Osho

 

Reflection for today…The Power of Being Gentle -Gandhi

13 Aug

“In a gentle way,

you can shake the world.”

– Gandhi

An Iranian woman shows Persian writing on her hands reading women should have same rights as men. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA.

Reflection for today…Our Deepest Fear -Marianne Williamson

7 Aug

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,

talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people
won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest

the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

{read by Nelson Mandela at his inauguration ceremony in 1994}.

To learn more about Marianne Wiliamson and her writing,

please click on this link: http://www.marianne.com/

Peace & Namaste…

 

Reflection for today…The Duty of A Revolutionary -Che Guevara

5 Aug

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.”
― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Reflection for today…Improvement -Aldous Huxley

1 Aug

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,

and that’s your own self.”

-Aldous Huxley

Reflection for today…Choose Another Path- Portia Nelson

26 Jul

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS
poem by Portia Nelson from her book

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Chapter I

I walk down the street. There is a hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again.

I can’t believe I am in the same place.

But it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there. I still fall in. It’s a habit.

My eyes are open. I know where I am.

It is my fault. I get out immediately.  

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.  

Chapter V

I walk down another street.  

Reflection for today…True Freedom- Eckhart Tolle

24 Jul

True Freedom

“True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment.

This inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering.
Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no.
If you had not suffered as you have, 
there would be no depth to you as a human being, 
no humility, no compassion.
You would not be reading this now. 
Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, 
and then comes a point when it has served its purpose.
Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.”
-Eckhart Tolle

Reflection for today…No Eternal Reward- Jim Morrison

23 Jul

“No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.”

―Jim Morrison

Reflection for today…Life-transforming Ideas- Bell Hooks

22 Jul

“Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.”

-Bell Hooks

Reflection for today…Failure Is A Greater Teacher Than Success- Dr.Clarissa Pinkola Estes

19 Jul

“Though fairy tales end after ten pages, our lives do not.

We are multi-volume sets.

In our lives, even though one episode amounts to a crash and burn, there is always another episode awaiting us and then another.

There are always more opportunities to get it right, to fashion our lives in the ways we deserve to have them.

Don’t waste your time hating a failure.

Failure is a greater teacher than success.”

-Dr.Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype 

To learn more about Dr.Clarissa Pinkola Estés and Women Who Run With the Wolves book,

please click on this link:

http://www.clarissapinkolaestes.com/women_who_run_with_the_wolves__myths_and_stories_of_the_wild_woman_archetype_101250.htm

Reflection for today…Love and Respect -Don Miguel Ruiz

18 Jul

If someone is not treating you with love and respect,

it is a gift if they walk away from you.

If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her.

Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal.

Then you can choose what you really want.

You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.

-Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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The Four Agreements is a valued reference book for me and many others.

I always come back to its wisdom and simplistic teachings as life always presents new lessons and challenges.

For more information on author Don Miguel Ruiz, please click on this link: http://www.miguelruiz.com/

*Please note that there is a companion book to the four agreements for those that want to do further inner work.

It is called The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life.

There is also a fifth agreement book that expands on the four agreements.

It is called The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery.

Don Miguel Ruiz also has a blog.

Please click this link if you are interested: http://www.miguelruiz.com/blog/

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Meeting People Is Easy -Radiohead

13 Jul

I adore Radiohead.

There really is no one like them.

I am so grateful to have discovered their music.

It is so spiritual to me.

Please enjoy the Radiohead film: Meeting People Is Easy {1:34:04}.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuDST1uF20

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To Learn More About Radiohead…

http://radiohead.com/

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What are your thoughts on Radiohead?

Do you agree that meeting people is easy?

What do you think about their view on rejection?

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Live Your Questions -Rainer Maria Rilke

12 Jul
“I beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
Letters To A Young Poet
Ocean Waves at Dawn

Reflection for today…Sanity -Angelina Jolie

6 Jul

“If being sane is thinking there’s something wrong with being different….

I’d rather be completely fucking mental.” 

Angelina Jolie 

Reflection for today…The Warrior’s Reminder -Erykah Badu

3 Jul

The Warrior’s Reminder 

I am awake

 

My mind is free 

 
I am creative 

I love myself 

My willpower is strong
 
 I am brave
 
 I practice patience
 
I don’t judge folks
 
 I give, not to receive
 
 I don’t expect, I accept 
I listen more than I talk 
I know I’ll change 
 
I’ll hold on one more day
 
 I start over when necessary
 
 
I create my own situations 

I am cosmic  

I do not have the answers 

I desire to learn

  

I am the plan

 

I am strong 

I am weak

I want to grow 
 
I know I will
 
 I take on responsibility
 
 I hide myself from no one 

I’m on my path 

Warriors walk alone
 
I won’t let my focus change
 
Taking out the demons in my range…

-Erykah Badu

*Love You Erykah!!!

You have always been a teacher, a mentor and a true soulful artist.

You are a beautiful soul.

Namaste…


Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Phoenix Rises From The Ashes -Octavia E. Butler

23 Jun

“In order to rise 
From its own ashes 
A phoenix 
First 
Must 
Burn. ” 

-Octavia E. Butler

Reflection for Today…Liberation From Ignorance -Naguib Mahfouz

19 May
“The problem’s not that the truth is harsh but that 
liberation from ignorance is as painful as being born.

Run after truth until you’re breathless. 

Accept the pain involved in re-creating yourself afresh
.

These ideas will take a life to comprehend,
a hard one interspersed with drunken moments.”

-Naguib Mahfouz {Palace of Desire}

Reflection for today…Living Well Is The Best Revenge -Ricky Gervais

8 May

“And remember,

Your critics want you to be as unhappy, unfulfilled and unimportant as they are.
Let your happiness eat them up from inside.”
Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais Laughing

Reflection for today…The Freedom of Literature -Victor Hugo

20 Feb
“When a person opens a book,
he {or she} can never be in prison.”

-Victor Hugo

Morgan Freeman in the library scene in the brilliant movie Se7en

The Library Scene in Se7en with Morgan Freeman

Reflection for today…No Attachments, Ego Or Possession- Buddha

16 Feb

“All of my teachings can be put
in a single sentence.
Nothing is to be clung to as I, me, or mine.”

—Buddha



Reflection for today…Prayer from The Upanishads‏

11 Feb

Reblogged from the amazing, soulful and inspiring blog called

The Beauty We Love:
http://beautywelove.blogspot.com/


Prayer

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I’m told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
~ The Upanishads

Reflection for today…Enlightenment -Carl Jung

2 Feb

Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light
but making the darkness conscious.”
  -Carl Jung
Carl Jung Reading

Buddha Moon

How can you transform darkness into consciousness in your life?

How can you change darkness into light?

Peace & Namaste…

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

23 Jan

This is a book I came across years ago. The War of Art book by Steven Pressfield
Its been on my reading list for years- although I have yet to track it get it.

It is really ironic that I have been sort of procrastinating reading this book because it is about battling procrastination.
Well, I haven’t exactly been procrastinating reading it but I have not made it a priority- even though I really want to read it.

I have been battling the demons of procrastination and self-sabotage all of my life. I am now working on transcending the resistance, procrastination and self-sabotage.

***The only cure is discipline regardless of the creative endeavor.***

This book is a guide for overcoming resistance and tapping into creative potential.
It is a creative manifesto.
Just what I need.

Here is an excerpt from Steven Pressfield himself about what The War Of Art is about from his website:
http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/#book-top/

The War of Art
A vital gem . . . a kick in the ass.

—Esquire

I’ve never read a self help book that wasn’t fatuous, obvious and unhelpful. Until The War of Art. It’s amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. If I ever teach a writing course this would be one of the first books I’d assign, along with the letters of Flannery O’Connor.
—Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls

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[This excerpt starts at the book’s very beginning and continues through the opening few chapters.]

“1. WHAT I DO

I get up, take a shower, have breakfast. I read the paper, brush my teeth. If I have phone calls to make, I make them. I’ve got my coffee now. I put on my lucky work boots and stitch up the lucky laces that my niece Meredith gave me. I head back to my office, crank up the computer. My lucky hooded sweatshirt is draped over the chair, with the lucky charm I got from a gypsy in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer for only eight bucks in francs, and my lucky LARGO name tag that came from a dream I once had. I put it on. On my thesaurus is my lucky cannon that my friend Bob Versandi gave me from Morro Castle, Cuba. I point it toward my chair, so it can fire inspiration into me. I say my prayer, which is the Invocation of the Muse from Homer’s Odyssey, translation by T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, that my dear mate Paul Rink gave me and which sits near my shelf with the cuff links that belonged to my father and my lucky acorn from the battlefield at Thermopylae. It’s about ten-thirty now. I sit down and plunge in. When I start making typos, I know I’m getting tired. That’s four hours or so. I’ve hit the point of diminishing returns. I wrap for the day. Copy whatever I’ve done to disk and stash the disk in the glove compartment of my truck in case there’s a fire and I have to run for it. I power down. It’s three, three-thirty. The office is closed. How many pages have I produced? I don’t care. Are they any good? I don’t even think about it. All that matters is I’ve put in my time and hit it with all I’ve got. All that counts is that, for this day, for this session, I have overcome Resistance.

2. WHAT I KNOW

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t and the secret is this: it’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.

What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.

3. THE UNLIVED LIFE

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic? Ever resolved on a diet, a course of yoga, a meditation practice? Have you ever felt a call to embark upon a spiritual practice, dedicate yourself to a humanitarian calling, commit your life to the service of others? Have you ever wanted to be a mother, a doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless; to run for office, crusade for the planet, campaign for world peace or to preserve the environment? Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.

One night I was layin’ down,
I heard Papa talkin’ to Mama.
I heard Papa say, to let that boy
boogie-woogie. ‘Cause it’s in him
and it’s got to come out.
—John Lee Hooker,
Boogie Chillen’

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius. Genius is a Latin word; the Romans used it to denote an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, which watches over us, guiding us to our calling.. A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul’s seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star’s beacon and Polaris.

Every sun casts a shadow, and genius’ shadow is Resistance. As powerful as is our soul’s call to realization, so potent are the forces of Resistance arrayed against it. Resistance is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, harder to kick than crack cocaine. We’re not alone if we’ve been mown down by Resistance; millions of good men and women have bitten the dust before us. And here’s the biggest bitch: we don’t even know what hit us. I never did. From age twenty-four to thirty-two, Resistance kicked my ass from East Coast to West and back again thirteen times and I never even knew it existed. I looked everywhere for the enemy and failed to see it right in front of my face.

Have you heard this story: woman learns she has cancer, six months to live. Within days she quits her job, resumes the dream of writing Tex-Mex songs she gave up to raise a family (or starts studying Classical Greek, or moves to the inner city and devotes herself to tending babies with AIDS.) Woman’s friends think she’s crazy; she herself has never been happier. There’s a postscript. Woman’s cancer goes into remission.

Is that what it takes? Do we have to stare death in the face to make us stand up and confront Resistance? Does Resistance have to cripple and disfigure our lives before we awake to its existence? How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don’t do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is telling us to? Resistance defeats us. If tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and benighted soul woke up with the power to take the first step toward pursuing his or her dreams, overnight every shrink in the directory would be out of business. Prisons would stand empty. The alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse, along with the junk food, cosmetic surgery, and infotainment businesses, not to mention pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and the medical profession from top to bottom. Domestic abuse would become extinct, as would addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, road rage and dandruff.

Look in your own heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. No one has to tell you. And unless I’m crazy, you’re no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow. You think Resistance isn’t real? Resistance will bury you.

You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it overstatement but I’ll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.

4. RESISTANCE’S GREATEST HITS

The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities, which most commonly elicit Resistance:

1) The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional.

2) The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise.

3) Any diet or health regimen.

4) Any program of spiritual advancement.

5) Any activity whose aim is tighter abdominals.

6) Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction.

7) Education of every kind.

8) Any act of political, moral or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.

9) The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavor whose aim is to help others.

10) Any act which entails commitment of the heart. The decision to get married, to have a child, to weather a rocky patch in a relationship.

11) The taking of any principled stand in the face of potential reprisal.

In other words, any act which disdains short-term gratification in favor of long-term growth, health or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. Any act of these types will elicit Resistance.

Now: what are the characteristics of Resistance?

5. RESISTANCE IS INVISIBLE

Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard or smelled. But it can be felt. It is experienced as a force field emanating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its intention is to shove the creator away, distract him, sap his energy, incapacitate him.

If Resistance wins, the work doesn’t get written.

6. RESISTANCE IS INTERNAL

Resistance seems to come from outside ourselves. We locate it in spouses, jobs, bosses, kids, distractions. “Peripheral opponents,” as Pat Riley used to say when he coached the Los Angeles Lakers.

Resistance is not a peripheral opponent. Resistance arises from within. It is self-generated and self-perpetuated. Resistance is the enemy within.

7. RESISTANCE IS INSIDIOUS

Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stick-up man. Resistance has no conscience. It understands nothing but power. Resistance cannot be negotiated with. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.

8. RESISTANCE IS IMPLACABLE

Resistance is like the Alien or the Terminator or the shark in “Jaws.” It cannot be reasoned with. It is an engine of destruction, programmed from the factory with one object only: to prevent us from doing our work. Resistance is implacable, intractable, indefatigable. Reduce it to a single cell and that cell will continue to attack.

This is Resistance’s nature. It’s all it knows.

9. RESISTANCE IS IMPERSONAL

Resistance is not out to get you personally. It doesn’t know who you are and doesn’t care. Resistance is a force of nature. It acts objectively.

Though it feels malevolent, Resistance in fact operates with the indifference of rain and transits the heavens by the same laws as the stars. When we marshal our forces to combat Resistance, we must remember this.”

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Reflection for today…The Laughing Heart -Charles Bukowski

23 Jan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHOHi5ueo0A

“Your life is your life.
Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
Be on the watch.
There are ways out.
There is light somewhere.
It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.
Be on the watch.
The gods will offer you chances.
Know them.
Take them.
You can’t beat death but you can beat death in life,
Sometimes and the more often you learn to do it,
The more light there will be.
Your life is your life.
Know it while you have it.
You are marvelous
The gods wait to delight in you.”

-Charles Bukowski

Bukowski Piano
Bukowski Waving
Bukowski Peace
I just love the idea of beating death in life…pure genius.
Bukowski Yelling
I totally agree with Tom Waits that this poem is a beauty!
Bukowski Typewriter

How can you “beat death in life?”

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For more information on Charles Bukowski,

please visit: http://bukowski.net/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for Today…To Love At All Is To Be Vulnerable -C.S. Lewis‏

22 Jan

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung
and possibly be broken.

If you want to make sure of keeping it intact,
you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements;
lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change.
It will not be broken;
it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy,
is damnation.
 
The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

-C.S. Lewis
The Four Loves

Exotic beauty Sherilyn Fenn looks into your soul…

Can you really be vulnerable in order to love?

Can you really be spiritually naked and intimate with another’s soul?

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Peace & Namaste…