The Perfect Cocktail

Artist: Andy Warhol | Blue Movie

Artist: Andy Warhol | Blue Movie

"If God is left out of sex, it becomes pornographic; If sex is left out of God, it becomes pious and self-righteous."  -Leonard Cohen

The x-factor in both cases is desire. God/universe is life and life is desire, therefore the act of sex in its biological form is a life force that would not exist without God/universe. There is no separation between divine creation, sex, pleasure, and desire. It is this energy that has given birth to life itself.

It's the perfect cocktail, God + Sex = Desire/Life/Creativity.  Salut! -tM

Musical Interlude

 Famous Blue Raincoat

 -Leonard Cohen

It's four in the morning, the end of December

I'm writing you now just to see if you're better
New York is cold, but I like where I'm living
There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening

I hear that you're building your little house deep in the desert
You're living for nothing now, I hope you're keeping some kind of record

Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Did you ever go clear?

Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You'd been to the station to meet every train, and
You came home without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when…

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody's wife

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well, I see Jane's awake
She sends her regards

And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
What can I possibly say?
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I'm glad you stood in my way

If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
Well, your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free

Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
I thought it was there for good so I never tried

And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear

Sincerely, L Cohen

A near love letter written to a man who betrayed you by having an affair with your wife. How exquisite and pure music can be for explaining a situation and for allowing its release. -tM

Kintsugi

Photography: Unknown

Perhaps you have seen or even heard of Kintsugi (the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, using lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum powder).

It's a philosophy that treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object. There is no desire to hide or disguise its scars.

This statue is a reminder of how the philosophy of Kintsugi could also be applied to our human existence and in what manner we should embrace our imperfections and flaws, accepting change as part of our human condition.

I appreciate how there is no attempt to hide the pottery's fragmented pieces, instead they are brought to life and even highlighted, attracting attention to the repair itself as simply an event in the life of the object. There is no need to discard it, it continues to serve its purpose in its new beautiful form.

We need to apply such compassionate sensitivity to our transitions. Life's changing conditions permit us an evolved understanding of one another. The more one grows, ages, and moves through life taking risks, the more light one let's in and allows to radiate from within. -tM

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. "  -Leonard Cohen

La La Love You

Ah, the song is sweet, "Lalalala love me, pretty baby." -Pixies, but the burn can be painful and sometimes even disfiguring. Mr. Cohen also once wrote that "Love was the world's excuse for being ugly." I think some people become bitter and never recover from love's loss or heartbreak. But more often times then not I believe that the promise of love (whether one will admit to it or not) moves life forward. I don't believe that anyone ever gives up on it no matter what they admit to.

Whether it be for the love of God, our children, our mothers and fathers, our lovers, our earth and all the life that moves through and churns within its guts and at its core, there is nothing more significant then the lessons it teaches us about what it means to be human. -tM

"A heavy burden lifted from my soul, I heard that love was out of my control." Leonard Cohen

The Complexities Of Silence

Artist: Unknown

GIFT

    You tell me that silence

is nearer to peace than poems

but if for my gift

I brought you silence

(for I know silence)

you would say

     This is not silence

this is another poem

and you would hand it back to me.

-Leonard Cohen | Stranger Music

I think that perhaps silence lives and moves differently within each of us, becoming a manifestation of peace for some, whereas for others it comes in the guise of things left unsaid; and there are moments when its volume can be immobilizing. Silence is a complex absence of sound.  -tM