Looking, we do not see. Listening, we do not hear. Loving, we do not feel.

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“The thing that blinds us and deafens us is the ceaselessly moving mind, the preoccupation we have with our thoughts. It is the incessant internal dialogue that shuts out everything else. That is the problem with trying to take a preconceived photograph. Before you even walk out of the building, you blind yourself. All day long we talk to ourselves. We preoccupy ourselves with the past, or we preoccupy ourselves with the future, and while we preoccupy ourselves, we miss the moment and miss our lives. Looking, we do not see. It is as if we were blind. Listening, we do not hear. It is as if we were deaf. Loving, we do not feel. It is as if we were dead. Preoccupied, we do not notice the reality around us. How can we be present? How can we taste and touch our lives? The answer to these questions is not outside yourself. To see this truth requires the backward step, going very deep into yourself to find the foundation of reality and of your life. To see it is not the same as understanding it or believing it. To see it means to realize it with the whole body and mind. To realize it transforms one’s life, one’s way of perceiving the universe and the self, and of expressing what has been realized…When you practice the Zen arts, practice your life – trust yourself completely. Trust the process of sitting. Know that deep within each and every one of us, under layers of conditioning, there is an enlightened being, alive and well. In order to function, it needs to be discovered. To discover this buddha is wisdom. To make it function in the world is compassion. That wisdom and compassion is the life of each one of us. It is up to you what you do with it.”

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Spray Paint? Seriously?!

Megan @ Make Something Monday’s is back with another color blast.  This series of paintings is by David Walker (an artist for 3 years) who uses only spray paint.  Check out more of his work and other great posts at Megan’s blog.

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Stop. Watch. Feel your pulse rate slow…



A mixture of coloured water and milk shot at 5000 frames per second.

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Elephant 1Monday AM:

All rested.  Here we go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Painting With Sound (and Colors!)

Check out Megan’s post at her cool site @ Make Something Monday’s where she features Martin Klimas’ photography.  “Klimas splatters colors of paint on a speaker and cranks up the volume.”  The paint splatters from vibrations from the speaker and Klimas takes the shots.”  See more photos and background information at Megan’s site.  Awesome shots…

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I am a hoarder.

Yep. That’s me.  A digital hoarder.  Good article in this week’s Wall Street Journal called Drowning In Email, Photos, Files?  Hoarding Goes Digital.  Here’s 2 excerpts on what defines a hoarder and what to do about it:

“There are no official criteria for ‘digital hoarding’ but there are some tell-tale signs:

  • You’ve exceeded your 7 gigabytes of free space in Gmail and have to buy more.
  • Deleting anything makes you anxious—even things you can’t remember why you saved.
  • You spend more time searching for a file than it would take to download it again.
  • You have dozens of icons on your desktop and don’t know what they’re for.
  • You can’t remember all your email or social-media accounts or how to access them.
  • You have flash drives scattered in drawers, pockets and purses and no idea what’s on them.
  • Of your thousands of digital photos, the vast majority are duds.
  • You have entire seasons of bad TV shows you have no intention of watching.

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T.G.I.F.

 

 

 

 

Monday

Morning:

 

 

 


Friday

Afternoon:

Trudging through hump day…

 


Inspired by Artist: Derrick Fielding; Inspiration provided by Mme Scherzo.