The Sunday Morning Lounge

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

What does your Sunday morning ceremonial observance look like?

There are no religious observances of any kind here, however I definitely hold sacred to my Sunday morning rituals. They ground me, put me at ease, and sometimes even in a contemplative state of mind. Most Sunday’s are spent in solitude. Just me, my music, coffee, some reading material, coupled with a few hours of kick back on the sofa staring at the sky, watching the birds take flight.

It’s a meditation of sorts, one with my eyes open. -tM

The Invisible Power of Music

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

There is this sacred conversation that happens between the soul and the music being played.

Music heard so deeply, that it is not heard at all, but you become the music.

You cannot touch it, yet with precision you converse with its beat.

And when it leaves you, it changes you.

It always changes you. -tM

Winter Strolls

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

There is something to be said about embracing, or at the very least accepting every season for what it is. Finding beauty in those moments, after a storm, during a heat wave, in the middle of a downpour, or on a windy day reminds one to take pause. Look around, grab your lovers hand and take it slow. Because taking it slow, is sexy. -tM

Love Letter to Self

Photography: Luigi Ghirri

Photography: Luigi Ghirri

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

There is only so much that we can control. I have learned to stop forcing things. Often times we just need to find the patience to wait. -tM

Serenity Now

Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM

Being with Me

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

In light of a conversation I had last night about the importance of time spent with oneself, I woke up this morning even more appreciative of what that time spent in solitude with the self has allowed me to become.

I am thankful for the strength that my alone time has helped me grow, for the wisdom it has imparted on me, and for the life and grace that continuously get replenished in that space. Being with myself is my safe haven in a world that is sometimes just too much. I am a much better human (soul) when I move at a slower pace, slow is not lazy, for me it is sexy, and also necessary for my solitary self to be able to fully engage in this thing called life. -tM

The Beauty of Simplicity

Design: Axel Vervoordt

Design: Axel Vervoordt

I would have not fared well during the Louis XIV times. I find anything busier then above to be clutter. Less is more. Just like with clothing, it highlights the bones and beauty of the space or in the case of dress, the person.

The closer to the basics I get, the more content and fulfilled I am. -tM

The Power of One

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If you are able to believe in a higher source of power, with faith being at the core of that trust, then why not believe in yourself? There is evidence of your existence, and the proof also lies in your very ability to have moved through life thus far, so why not believe in your own potential? -tM

Design that Simplifies Complications

Just as I gravitate toward simplicity when it comes to my wardrobe, I too am drawn to the less is more concept when it comes to the design of my space, and in particular the design of the washroom. I want the space to feel like and be just as naked as I am, free of clutter making room for the letting go of whatever I am carrying in mind, on body, or that is spiritually weighing me down.

It’s a place where I connect to myself, quietly, or sometimes in song, opening myself up to letting the water soften me, making me flexible once again. -tM

Photography: Unknown

All Imaginable Colours

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Water is one of my healing life lines. There is nothing that a shower cannot ease. The minute I close that door and turn on the faucets time stands still. The water can go in any direction, and it reminds me that so can I. -tM

To Be or Not to Be

Photography:  St. Elmo’s Fire

Photography: St. Elmo’s Fire

I have never understood this chase for meaning, this chase for origin, this need for assurance for our very existence. Why not give meaning and purpose to the present moment, whatever that may be. Perhaps there is no meaning, just being. Perhaps that is the greatest secret of life after all. -tM

Movement

Photography: René Burri | Movement

Photography: René Burri | Movement

Sometimes movement doesn’t require you to take large leaps of faith, or to forge ahead at full speed. Sometimes sitting in silence is movement, an inward progression.

Recently I have been practising patience and allowing the space for life to move around and through me. While practising patience I am also respectfully moving at the pace that feels right for me. Sometimes slowing down in life makes for more meaningful action. -tM

Be a Good Animal and Listen to your Instincts

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LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE & INTUITION. This, and health, are the greatest gifts we are given to navigate through life with. It comes naturally, until it doesn't. Somewhere between teenage life and adulthood we accumulate an incredible amount of insecurities. 

There is no child that second guesses themselves, they know they have all they need within, that is why they shine so bright, for they move and live in truth. That too is the beauty of ageing,  you begin undoing everything that society has taught you and start relying on that voice again, on your heart. 

We have one life. Just one. What is it that you want to do with your one rare and untamed life? -tM

"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." - Rumi
 

You Are Here

When you accept and respect where you are at, and begin to go with the flow of your surroundings, life begins to flourish within and around you. -tM

Photography: Unknown

The Sky is not the Limit

Photography: Marcel Gautherot 

Photography: Marcel Gautherot 

The sky has always been a place of escape for me. When the world feels too much with me, I look up, and continue looking up, until I feel a release.

Like the sea, I need the sky because it teaches me; in constant motion and evolve, its fluidity is a reminder to be open and to bend when necessary.

The sea, the sky, the mountains, and the forest alike, all have the ability to remind me of how little I am all the while connecting me to myself as I tap into this larger force of life.

The sky will always be a place of magic for me. -tM

"Look carefully, because what you are going to see is not what you just saw."               - Leonardo da Vinci

Own It

 

"Blame happens when you want to be right. Accountability happens when you want to be free. Which do you want to be? " - Ebonee Davis

If you realize that your life is 100% your responsibility there is absolutely no reason to be resentful toward anyone. No one forced your decisions upon you, they are reflective of where you were at that point in your life.  Accept it. Reflect on it, Learn from it, and move forward.

Freedom grows from acceptance. -tM