The ambitious and highly amazing Diego Velazquez was born on this day, in 1599. His paintings are more than subjective shots of a moment in time, they are “movies” that tell a story to the eyes four centuries later.
He worked tirelessly. Thanks to him, Spain recognized painting as a fine art. From then on, painting was more than a craft; it had cultural impact — similar to literature and philosophy.
When I look at his work, I see the beginning of cinema. He might have intended to be a trendsetter… But he couldn’t know that he was training people’s eyes to see in a new way.
6 June 2015
Shared on my blog.
When you look at your life deeply, you find that all the resources for the life of your dreams, the life that thrills you out of your mind, are already there. Maybe not in the right proportions, but the proportions are yours to change. But all the good things that make you feel “so right” are already present in the now, and you know them from the past too, if in seed form or even in rather developed manifestations.
Build on that discovery: let everything grow that you like.
23 May 2015
Shared on my blog.
Three days of intense sun, and the roses are ready to bloom.
Maybe that is how your most precious ideas can blossom too: expose them to the sun — the light of your awareness — and to the heat — your love.
And what appeared to be some unidentified branches in the wind will be renewed by green shots, leaves and buds, and soon enough by the fragrant part that holds the honey, the flower.
Sometimes I wonder about those less visible threads between living beings, about how much plants in the same ecosystem help each other mature and…
I am grateful to my mom’s health consciousness, sincerity and artistic gifts.
When I was a kid, I did appreciate her sense of beauty, good eye and widespread creativity. It was only much later that I considered myself very lucky to have had a mother who gravitated to healthy food, vegetables and homemade dishes long before it was a trend, no medications — except in emergencies — , who instilled in me the importance of enough sleep, plenty of movement, a conscious handling of finances. My mother’s aggravated sneer at everything “artificial!” is legendary. …
At one of his recent concerts, Carlos Santana said many healing truths that made me approve of myself and many of my decisions a lot more.
I was very moved by the synergy within the band and how they give their music to the highest good of all. Because it is May Day, I want to share a moment between Carlos and his wife Cindy Blackman Santana who plays the drums in the band. …
Happy new moon in this fresh season of vigorous green growth and vitality animated by the longer daylight.
The new moon is in Aries, the youngest and first sign of the zodiac.
Moon in Aries affects your head and eyes.
Seasonal allergies affect the eyes, the face and the head too. So does that virus of the moment for which so many measures have been enacted since 2020. Boosting your respiratory and immune system, your health and vitality and soothing pain in your face and head may already be on your mind. …
Just like the joint pine
releases its pollen to the full moon light,
let your powder of thanks, intent, and love
fly into the night of the full pink moon.
It is for the highest good of all.
It is for your highest good too.
Wear the feeling of your satisfied dream.
Savour how it fits you like a glove.
What is made for you will come to you.
What you are made for is yours now.
It is for your highest good.
It is for the highest good of all.
Just like the soil
receives the rain in spring
Investigators in the Canadian West have a history of letting things slide, especially when they deem a case not urgent.
Interesting case. Well written, Megan!
After partner abuse, it may be easy for a woman to move on from the lifestyle and the abuser and not look back. But to turn off concern for and curiosity about the children she left behind? That is quite incomprehensible.
At least to our contemporary sensibilities. (I am sure that it was common in other times, and other places, though less discussed.)
May the family reunion benefit the siblings who did not know about each other.
Cloches, the bell-shaped plant coverings made from glass or plastic, can be used indoors too to speed up the growth of all your plants — your new garden vegetable seedlings and flowers that you will bring out soon and your older house plants whose cuttings you might take or want to encourage to grow.
April is a month of moody weather. Count on different light conditions, rapidly changing temperatures, unpredictable water downpour, and if you live in the North, the occasional ice and hail storms and snow flurries. Indoors, we can control the watering. But gloomy skies and sudden drops…
Sometimes you get glimpses of the future, a visual piece like a photo or caption, downloaded from where you are heading to… Or a scent… A melody… But even when you can not see what is coming, or smell it, hear it, you surely can feel the future through your emotions… That what you experience again and again will come back, and the feelings that you want to feel are actually invitations to go deeper and discover how you want to live.
Life comes without instructions. Of course you can imitate what others do — and only you can tell…