Monday, December 21, 2015

№ 238. Advent

The advent of grace
And death permeates
Existence like light to panes.

Details of Pope John Paul II's miraculous chair
exhibited at the UST Museum

Sunday, December 13, 2015

№ 237. Dark Night of the Soul 2

Ramen House intallation

"Many people think that the point in life is to solve their problems and be happy. But happiness is usually a fleeting sensation, and you never get rid of problems. Your purpose in life may be to become more who you are and more engaged with the people and the life around you, to really live your life. That may sound obvious, yet many people spend their time avoiding life. They are afraid to let it flow through them, and so their vitality gets channeled into ambitions, addictions, and preoccupations that don’t give them anything worth having. A dark night may appear, paradoxically, as a way to return to living. It pares life down to its essentials and helps you get a new start.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

№ 236. Fulcrum

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both."

On a best effort basis, I am laminating a lot of leisure between layers of serious stuff. I guess it's still at a test phase. I hope this experiment will only fortify the quote above and, hence, permit me to infest as much of my work with little critters of hobbies.

Feet loose at a NIA class.

№ 235. Om, too

Be like water.

Water is fluid, yet it tends toward stillness, and it's reflective. If you can embody these characteristics, you'll be able to benefit anyone in need.

Becoming mentally fluid means allowing people and situations to exist as they are without judging or trying to change them. This acceptance is important—it's the beginning of healing.

Taken in a NIA White Belt Certification Class.
29 November 2015