Walls of Liberty

Photographer Mathieu Pernot documents the art on the walls of an abandoned prison in France. Dreams, desires, and ambitions, remain hopeful and alive in all of these pieces. They exist as emblems of liberty; evocations of past, present, and even future.

I tend to agree with Picasso when he says that “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.” -tM

Beginnings

Photography: Unknown | Anais Nin

Photography: Unknown | Anais Nin

The following is an exquisite letter of advice Anais Nin sent to a seventeen-year-old aspiring author by the name of Leonard W., whom she had taken under her wing as creative mentor. Nin writes:

I like to live always at the beginnings of life, not at their end. We all lose some of our faith under the oppression of mad leaders, insane history, pathologic cruelties of daily life. I am by nature always beginning and believing and so I find your company more fruitful than that of, say, Edmund Wilson, who asserts his opinions, beliefs, and knowledge as the ultimate verity. Older people fall into rigid patterns. Curiosity, risk, exploration are forgotten by them. You have not yet discovered that you have a lot to give, and that the more you give the more riches you will find in yourself. It amazed me that you felt that each time you write a story you gave away one of your dreams and you felt the poorer for it. But then you have not thought that this dream is planted in others, others begin to live it too, it is shared, it is the beginning of friendship and love.

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You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith.

(-Thanks J.)


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
 

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

Cravings

"Loving is a journey with water and with stars, with smothered air and abrupt storms of flour: loving is a clash of lightning-bolts and two bodies defeated by a single drop of honey." - Pablo Neruda

Artist: Cy Twombly

There is opposition and struggle even in love.  A force so great, that if willing, allows you the opportunity to become more then what you are, by inclusion. -tM

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