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Short Read: The Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness (ebook)

(2 days ago)
By Leo Babauta I’m happy to share with you a new “short read” ebook that I’ve written: the Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness. I’ve written this for absolute or near beginners, who would like to bring mindfulness into their lives … or who are struggling with: Procrastination Creating better habits Frustration, disappointment, feeling stuck […]

Learn to Stop Feeling Jealous

(3 days ago)
Author: Chetan Dalv (to read the full post, click here) A star is not jealous with other star shining nearby. A rain drop does not envy with its peer. A leaf fallen on the ground doesn’t stops wishing well for other leaves still hanging. A thorn does not backbite about the rose. People feel jealous […]

Animation of the Day: “I’m Dead Inside”

(3 days ago)
One of my favourite animators Dan Britt returns with another brilliant short, “I’m Dead Inside”, handling the visuals and the music! He previously contributed to Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared and made the brilliant animation “I Decided to Leave”. I can’t really … Continue reading →

Artist Spotlight: Kajahl Benes

(3 days ago)
A selection of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Kajahl Benes. More images below.

Pattern — The Simple Drawing App Every Designer Has Been Waiting For

(3 days ago)
Pattern is a fantastic little app (available in the App Store as of today) created by former Facebook product designer Andy Chung, specifically for the purpose of ideation and early stage design. Its simple tools and charming interface feel equal parts … Continue reading →

The mountain will tell me when I am old

(4 days ago)
I have chosen a mountain to define my limits. In 1989 (I was just over 40yrs and I had already published The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage in Brasil), I was on my second sacred pilgrimage in the Pyrenees. I saw a mountain in the distance called Pic du Gez and I said, ‘okay, I have […]

Vacations

(4 days ago)
Begona Miguel of the Huelgas Monastery says: “San Juan de La Cruz teaches us that silence has its own music; it is silence that enables us to see ourselves and the things around us. “I would like to add that there are words that can only be said in silence, odd as that may seem. […]

The Swiss scientist

(4 days ago)
I FEEL nothing. I think nothing. I get straight into my car and drive, not knowing exactly where I should go. No one is waiting for me at the end of the journey. Melancholy has become apathy. I need to drag myself onward. Five minutes later, I’m outside a castle. I know what happened here; […]

Lao Tsu, China – 6th century B.C.

(4 days ago)
Paulo Coelho Based on my message earlier this week – about the different languages of God – I would like to share with you this week some of the prayers that point in the same direction: “For there to be peace in the world, the nations must live in peace. For there to be peace […]

Life is full of surprises

(4 days ago)
Yesterday I was starting to climb Le Saleve (Haute-Savoie) and in a small village I saw this house. It happens that it is true! The text reads “The Valkyrie were composed here.” “Here lived Two Immortals : Richard Wagner (1856) – John Ruskin (1863 – 1864).”

How to observe the flight of the arrow

(4 days ago)
The arrow is intention projected into space. Once it is fired, there is nothing left for the archer to do except accompany its path towards the target. From that moment on, the tension necessary for the shot has no more reason to exist. The archer therefore keeps his eyes fixed on the flight of the […]

Iran and Rumi

(4 days ago)
by Rumi, Persian poet (1207- 1273) Lord, said David, since you do not need us, why did you create these two worlds? Reality replied: O prisoner of time, I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity, and I wished this treasure to be known, so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart; […]

Question by the reader : Maria Edwards

(4 days ago)
My question is, can you tell us more about this quote of the day, “Anyone who gives help also receives help and needs to teach what he has learned?” How can we share the light we’ve found with people in our lives who may not have found their own path yet? Firstly by trying to […]

The Warrior Of Light and Faith

(4 days ago)
The warrior of light, once he has learned how to use a sword, discovers that his equipment is still incomplete – he needs armour. He sets off in search of this armour and he listens to the advice of various salesmen. ‘Use the breastplate of solitude,’ says one. ‘Use the shield of cynicism’, says another. […]

Mata Hari’s last week

(4 days ago)
THE SPY brings to life the true story of Mata Hari, the famous courtesan and accused spy who was executed for treason one hundred years ago. Mata Hari was a dancer who shocked and delighted audiences during the First World War, and she became a confidant to some of the era’s richest and most powerful […]

O presente dos insultos

(4 days ago)
Perto de Tóquio vivia um grande samurai, já idoso, que agora se dedicava a ensinar o zen budismo aos jovens. Apesar de sua idade, corria a lenda que ainda era capaz de derrotar qualquer adversário. Certa tarde, um guerreiro – conhecido por sua total falta de escrúpulos – apareceu por ali. Era famoso por utilizar […]

Respect for mystery

(4 days ago)
Paulo Coelho I had to live for many years before I realized that love is an act of faith in another person, and its face should continue to be wrapped in mystery. It should be lived and relished at each and every minute, but whenever we try to understand it, the magic vanishes. When I […]

Emotional independence

(4 days ago)
“At the beginning of our life and again when we get old, we need the help and affection of others. Unfortunately, between these two periods of our life, when we are strong and able to look after ourselves, we don’t appreciate the value of affection and compassion. As our own life begins and ends with […]

Character of the week: Muhammad Ali

(4 days ago)
to Paulo, from Muhammad Ali ” I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the […]

China’s last eunuch spills sex secrets

(4 days ago)
By Emma Graham-Harrison BEIJING (Reuters) – Only two memories brought tears to Sun Yaoting’s eyes in old age — the day his father cut off his genitals, and the day his family threw away the pickled remains that should have made him a whole man again at death. China’s last eunuch was tormented and impoverished […]

El Cuerpo de la Mujer

(4 days ago)
No importa cuánto pesa. Es fascinante tocar, abrazar y acariciar el cuerpo de una mujer. Conocer su peso no nos da ninguna emoción. No tenemos la menor idea de cuál sea su maniquí. No importa cómo se mide en centímetros – es una cuestión de proporciones, no de medidas. Las proporciones ideales del cuerpo de […]

O Corpo da Mulher

(4 days ago)
Não importa o quanto pesa. É fascinante tocar, abraçar e acariciar o corpo de uma mulher. Saber seu peso não nos proporciona nenhuma emoção. Não temos a menor idéia de qual seja seu manequim. Não nos importa quanto medem em centímetros – é uma questão de proporções, não de medidas. As proporções ideais do corpo […]

The whole in everything

(4 days ago)
Paulo Coelho When Ketu turned twelve years old he was sent to a master, with whom he studied until he was twenty-four. Upon finishing his training, he came back home filled with pride. His father asked him: “How can we know what we can’t see? How can we know that God the Almighty is everywhere?” […]

Using both pockets

(4 days ago)
A disciple remarked to Rabbi Bounam from Pssiskhe: “The material world seems to suffocate the spiritual world.” “Your pants have two pockets,” said Bounam. “Jot down this sentence and put it in the right pocket: ‘The world was created only for me.’ Now write in the left pocket: ‘I am nothing but dust and ashes’.” […]

Manuel goes to Paradise

(4 days ago)
Paulo Coelho One day our dear, honest, dedicated Manuel ends up dying – as will happen to all the Manuels, Paulos, Marias and Monicas in this life. And here I resort to the words of Henry Drummond, whose brilliant book “The Supreme Gift” describes what happens from this point on: “All of us at some […]

Witches and pardon – Part 2

(4 days ago)
Paulo Coelho […] But I also met many people who were truly capable of dealing with forces that were far beyond my understanding. I saw time being altered, for example. I saw operations without anesthesia, and on one of these occasions (precisely a day that I had woken up with many doubts about man’s unknown […]

Witches and pardon – Part 1

(4 days ago)
Paulo Coelho On 31 October 2004, resorting to a feudal law that was abolished the following month, the town of Prestonpans in Scotland granted official pardon to 81 persons – and their cats – executed for practicing witchery in the 16th and 17th centuries. According to the official spokesman for the Barons of Prestoungrange and […]

Coragem

(4 days ago)
“A primeira qualidade do caminho espiritual é a coragem”, dizia Gandhi. E, segundo o monge tibetano Chögyam Trungpa, a primeira qualidade do homem valente é lutar por aquilo que possa ser útil a toda a humanidade. O mundo sempre parece ameaçador e perigoso para os covardes. Estes procuram a segurança mentirosa de uma vida sem […]

Fifth deadly sin : Gluttony

(4 days ago)
According to the dictionary: feminine noun, from the Latin gula. Excessive eating and drinking, voracity, greediness. According to the Catholic Church: Inordinate desire for pleasure related to food or drink. One should not appreciate foods that are bad for health. One should not pay more attention to food than to those that accompany us. Unjustified […]

E quem ataca artista, está fazendo o que?

(4 days ago)
Agora virou moda atacar artistas que não concordam com o golpe. E para isso, usam os seguintes exemplos: falta dinheiro para saúde, infraestrutura, etc todos se beneficiam da lei Rouanet Concordo com a primeira argumenta’c~ao. O PT começou bem mas, com o passar dos anos, se tornou um partido como todos os outros. Vicios do […]

10 SEC READ: I must accept the blessings of today

(4 days ago)
I need to live out all the blessings that God has given me today. Blessings cannot be saved for a rainy day. There is no bank with a safe deposit box for them. If I do not enjoy these blessings today, I lose them forever. God knows that we are artists of life. One day […]

An Overlooked Factor in Creating Positive Change

(5 days ago)
By Leo Babauta I’ve created more positive changes in the last 11 years than I can count: from health and fitness to mindfulness and happiness; from productivity and finance to clutter and relationships. There are lots of factors that are incredibly important in creating any positive change: starting small, taking small steps all along the […]

The Spy

(5 days ago)
Also by Paulo Coelho The Alchemist The Pilgrimage The Valkyries By the River Pedra I Say Down and Wept The Fifth Mountain Veronika Decides to Die Warrior of the Light: A Manual Eleven Minutes The Zahir The Devil and Miss Prym The Witch of Portobello Brida The Winner Stands Alone Aleph Manuscript Found in Accra […]

Artist Spotlight: Jordan Kasey

(5 days ago)
A selection of paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Jordan Kasey. More images below.

Experimental Artist Petros Vrellis Creates Detailed Portraits With A Single Thread

(5 days ago)
  Born in Greece, with a background in Electrical Engineering as well as Art Science, artist Petros Vrellis has a passion for creating interactive installations that blend art and technology. His latest project is a mesmerizing re-imagining of traditional handicraft. Using a … Continue reading →

Doodle Hunt Winners + The Big Doodle Reveal

(5 days ago)
A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Doodle Hunt with Society6! It was a lot of fun seeing all the tweets and stuff from all the hunters! A quick FYI, due to the small hiccup with the mailer … Continue reading →

Artist Spotlight: Vanna Bowles

(6 days ago)
Drawings by artist Vanna Bowles, who was born in Gothenburg and now lives in Oslo. More images below.

Illustrator Spotlight: Jun Cen

(6 days ago)
A selection of work by Chinese illustrator Jun Cen, currently based in New York. More images below.

“Naked Faces” by Photographer Dylan Hamm

(6 days ago)
Vancouver-based photographer Dylan Hamm attempts to outwardly capture the inner workings of people’s minds by taking two sets of portraits — one with the person wearing clothes and the other standing completely naked. Shot passport style, the focus becomes the … Continue reading →

High profiles – Paulo Coelho

(6 days ago)
You have said that it took you just 14 days to write your best-seller The Alchemist. Was that because (as you have recently remarked) it was already written in your soul? Let me try to explain myself better. I believe that each one of us has a spark of the divine light to manifest. It […]
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