Points of Contention
Wood, plastic, acrylic, styrofoam, glass, plexiglass and salt
We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch.
Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.
more than I
can ever have
An aching, to see
to let loose and run
wild as …
no, I suppose not.
It is only a glimmer…
Artistic Sculpting With Paint Art by Justin Gaffrey
You are the screen which doesn’t change.
Oceans of water cannot make you wet,
fires will not burn you and
movies of romance will not affect you.
So allow the projections of the mind
which is everything you see within and without.
Like this you must remain That which is untouched,
That which is before identification and intellectual grasps.
This is eternal Being.
Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.
Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
Carmelo Blandino - Transformation of Realities (2013)
“These images were printed on fine Japanese paper. The Iris flower has been used throughout centuries in our societies as a depiction of supreme power and love. Mystics also believe it contains healing properties. It is a beautiful flower that stands tall, virtuous, elegant and colourful - yet fragile in its short life span. Equivalent to us, as humans.”
pronunciation | (jahn-eh-mahn)
script | जानेमन Hindi, جان ِ من Urdu
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