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
 

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

Great Words

Artist: Unknown | Bronze sculpture of Marcus Aurelius | Louvre

Artist: Unknown | Bronze sculpture of Marcus Aurelius | Louvre

Marcus Aurelius is infamously known for quotes, here are two of my all time favourite:

"Anger. cannot be dishonest." -Marcus Aurelius

"Don't hope that events will turn out the way your want, welcome the events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace." -Marcus Aurelius

 

On the Day of the Eve

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I have always liked both the truth and the sentiment of this quote. Full of things that have never been; in sentiment it is realistically hopeful and in truth it speaks to the life that is about to unfold, neither positive or negative, but one that will be and just is.

It makes no promises, the rest is up to us, the way we maneuver and navigate through a new mindset (because that's what New Year's really are about, a new mindset and a way to mark the passing of time).

So here is to being on the brink of a new year, may this be the beginning of anything that you want. -tM

Personal Discoveries

Photography: Jacques Henri Lartigue

Photography: Jacques Henri Lartigue

"It takes close attention to see what is happening in front of you. It takes work, pious effort, to see what you are looking at. He was mesmerized by this, the depths that were possible in the slowing of motion, the things to see, the depths of things so easy to miss in the shallow habit of seeing."

Don DeLillo, Point Omega 

Slow down and dive deep. -tM

 

 

Art x Life

Photography: Edward Olive | Legs of a fashion store mannequin

Photography: Edward Olive | Legs of a fashion store mannequin

Edward Olive on Art:

"Art in reality is: soul,

connections, communication, capture, preservation of moments in time, people and their insides, places and their essence, original, thought, original technique, original points of view, the provocation of thought, cathartic experiences, plays on words/puns/paradoxes, oxymoron, humor, sadness, joy, pleasure, any emotion, breaking barriers and conventions, personal exploration, the sharing of one’s experiences, obsession, reinvention, revolution, new angles on old subjects, putting together or combining preexisting elements in new ways, a reflection of an era and its norms, a reaction against the era and its conventions, a rebirth of old thoughts and techniques from the past that don’t now exist, political comment, social awareness, anything, everything."

Living, truly being alive, in and of itself is an art. -tM

Growth

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Deserve it, then.

take the cold bath bravely. Enjoy what is and pine for what is not. Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.

Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp on the real values of life. 

-W.E.B. Du Bois, from a letter to Yolande Du Bois written c. October 1914. 

Intentionally live in the present, be grateful, own the situation you are in, be honest and be lionhearted in your pursuit of personal gain and understanding of yourself and life. 

I like it. Some good advice, don't you think? -tM

Photogram; Man Ray