EGOIC ILLUSIONS

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                                                  “EGO” by Feliks Marciniak

Be mindful of egoic illusions. The “realness” of life will become evident once you become aware and your true self emerges

December 8, 2014

COMPASSION

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   “THE PALM OF COMPASSION”  by  Gray Jacobik  

 

 

A moment of self compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life  -Christopher Germer

December 4, 2014

Your Life is Your Art!

December 4, 2014

SURFACE

 

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“BENEATH THE SURFACE” by Fintan Whelan 

People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people -Johnny Depp

REAL EYES….REALIZE

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“Mystic Eyes” by Nijesh Mohan  , Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas

Sometimes the eyes can say more than the mouth…

October 9, 2014

UNITY

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Sculpture/Installation by Maïmouna Guerresi

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.

Felix Mendelssohn

Nadia Huggins’ Underwater Narratives

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“Circa no future” by Nadia Huggins
(Indian Bay, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines)

“In History, stagnant waters, whether they be stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life and vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.” -Herbert Read

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** I grew up hearing stories of St.Vincent; it is the birth place of my parents and many other family members. These pictures are able to resonate, in me,  a connection with a country that I only experienced as a young child. And the stories I heard, does it no justice….it is simply beautiful! Namaste Nadia! 

September: From Once You Came

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“Facing History” by Alex Mackenzie

I always wished that there was some sort of establishment that catered to my family’s history. A building where I would have complete access whenever I wanted  and the ability to engulf myself in the rich stories of my ancestors but, I am not so lucky. I must live the duality of grasping onto the available oral history while yearning for more.

I think it’s so important to learn different aspects of your personal narrative. Now, I don’t think you have to find direct lineage to embrace your history but, I do encourage finding connections where possible. For example, embracing the history of women; assessing pasts heroes and  glorifying life-changing milestones can be celebrated through one’s own narrative.  In my efforts to connect with my past, I was  inspired to create a board on Pinterest called From Once You Came.  Because I am not able to pinpoint the actual path of my history that leads me to my African heritage, I celebrate  all African  and Caribbean heritage on this board.

This month I will be exploring the idea of history and legacy and the joys of discovering where you came from to aid in knowing where you are going.  Looking into your past is not always so daunting  as it may seem: it can be inspiring and beautiful.  And I know at times it may be  emotionally stressful to want to go into that space  however,  the desire for a conscious awakening  as part of your narrative (yes, looking at your history can be a conscious awakening) can be a needed step into your new narrative; a deeper connection with self.

*All posts relating to “From Once You Came” can be access here

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Love…..done well

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“Love” by Maria Mann

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent van Gogh

September 11, 2014

Black Rage

Asphyxia

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“Asphyxia” by Flora Borsi

“YOU ARE MY OXYGEN” said your dreams “LET ME BREATHE!”

Surreal World

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We live in a Surreal World; unable to see the deterioration that is happening to the person beside us.

See Beyond What Is Seen