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Let Go of Stress: Nothing to Cling To

(9 hours ago)
By Leo Babauta Stress is a killer. It contributes to health problems, unhappiness, depression, relationship problems, and more. We’re always going to have some stress in our lives, but how can we manage it? By finding the cause, and working with that cause. In my mindfulness experiments, I’ve found that the root cause of stress […]

Good News of the Day: Army of 1,000 Ducks Used as Brilliant Pesticide Alternative

(10 hours ago)
South Africa’s Vergenoegd vineyard in Stellenbosch keeps a flock of over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks to help combat tiny white dune snails that would otherwise destroy the budding vines. The ducks’ upright and slender posture allow them to navigate the rows of … Continue reading →

Illustrator Spotlight: Can Çetinkaya

(17 hours ago)
A selection of work by Ankara, Turkey-based illustrator Can Çetinkaya. More images below.

Illustrator Spotlight: Seungpyo Hong

(17 hours ago)
A selection of work by Seungpyo Hong, a Korean illustrator based in London. More images below.

Artist Spotlight: Lowell Boyers

(2 days ago)
A selection of meditative paintings by artist Lowell Boyers. More images below.

Artist Spotlight: Sherie’ Franssen

(2 days ago)
A selection of paintings by California-based artist Sherie’ Franssen. More images below.

Witches and pardon – Part 1

(2 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

(2 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

(2 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?

(2 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

(2 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 […]

Creating a painting

(2 days ago)

Viva N. Sra de Fátima!

(2 days ago)
On May 13, 1917, the children purportedly saw a lady “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun”. The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her […]

How the city was pacified

(2 days ago)
How the city was pacified An old legend tells of how a certain city in the Pyrenees mountains used to be a stronghold for drug-traffickers, smugglers and exiles. The worst of them all, an Arab called Ahab, was converted by a local monk, Savin, and decided that things could not continue like that. As he […]

“My subject is my life”by Casanova

(2 days ago)
The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never had any fixed aim before my eyes, and that my system, if it can be called a system, has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life, trusting to the wind wherever it led. I will begin with this confession: whatever I have […]

10 sec read: The Catholic and The Muslim

(2 days ago)
I was talking to a Catholic priest and a young Muslim man over lunch. When the waiter came by with a tray, we all helped ourselves, except the Muslim, who was keeping the annual fast prescribed by the Koran. When lunch was over, and people were leaving, one of the other guests couldn’t resist saying: […]

WHY…

(2 days ago)
DON’T YOU CREATE SOME SCREENSAVERS WITH YOUR GOALS FOR 2016? Just be very precise: a] list your goals (give wings to your soul) b] put the dates E.g.: – My weight will be xx kgs in 31/Dec/2012 ( don’t use the negative sentence, like “I am going to lose x kgs”, as the subconcious is […]

10 SEC READ: Moses (ENG, PORT, ESP, FRA)

(2 days ago)
Moses parts the waters “Sometimes we get used to what we see in the movies, and end up forgetting the true story,” a friend said to me once while we were looking at the port of Miami, “Do you remember the Ten Commandments?” Of course I remembered. Moses, played by Charlton Heston, at one point […]

Give before being asked

(2 days ago)
Those who are paying attention to others, always give before being asked for. Often our selfishness apologize, saying, “if he was in need, he would have asked.” And we forget that many people can not – simply can not – ask for help. I’m not talking just about money: loneliness, often can be worse than […]

1 MIN READING: Each to his own destiny

(2 days ago)
Illustration by Ken Crane __________________________________ EM PORTUGUES AQUI: Somos diferentes __________________________________ A Samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty, went to visit a Zen monk to ask him for his advice. When the monk had finished his prayers, the Samurai asked, – Why do I feel so inferior? – I have faced death […]

Magic Realism Transformations in Paulo Coelho

(2 days ago)
Thesis Subject: Magic Realist Transformations in Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello and The Experimental Witch Thesis Author: Meryem Riza-Ezel Thesis File: Download

Searching for meaning

(2 days ago)
“At such a moment it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it all.”   Terrible as it was, Viktor Frankl’s experience in Auschwitz reinforced what was already one of […]

My religious education

(2 days ago)
  My family was very strict and my father sent me to the Jesuit school so that I could have real discipline. The chains of rigor were so heavy throughout my youth that very quickly I started to doubt this religion that showed no mercy, only constraint and suffering. I remember being obliged to attend […]

20 Sec Read: Let Me Not Beg For The Stilling Of My Pain

(2 days ago)
EM PORTUGUES> Ní£o me deixe implorar para acalmar a minha dor EN ESPANOL >> No me dejes pedir alivio para mi dolor _________________________________________ “Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer […]

O dia seguinte

(2 days ago)
Antes de mais nada, quero avisar que já fui petista, fiz campanha, me decepcionei, resisti o quanto pude às constantes desilusões, incompetência, etc. Mas chegou um dia que disse BASTA. Está aqui o Twitter a respeito, escrito em Novembro 2013 https://twitter.com/paulocoelho/status/372067365149634560 Isso dito, eis o que penso que acontecerá a partir de agora (e que […]

Character of the week: George Orwell

(2 days ago)
  For a creative writer possession of the “truth” is less important than emotional sincerity. In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the […]

20 SEC READING: The Asylum

(2 days ago)
  A story by Kahlil Gibran   I was strolling in the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man who was reading a philosophy book. His behavior and his evident good health made him stand out from the other inmates. I sat down beside him and asked: ‘What are you doing […]

Who stole my story?

(2 days ago)
When I was active on Myspace (I am not anymore), “Fly me to the moon” (Frank Sinatra) was deleted from my profile. So who deleted the song? The answer is simple: greed and ignorance. Greed that does not understand that this world has changed. Ignorance that thinks that, if the music is available for free, […]

30 SEC reading: A saint in the wrong place

(2 days ago)
‘Why is it that some people can resolve the most complicated problems really easily, whilst others agonize over every tiny crisis and end up drowning in a glass of water?’ I asked. Ramesh replied by telling the following story: ‘Once upon a time, there was a man who had been the soul of kindness all […]

The daisy and selfishness

(2 days ago)
Illustration by Ken Crane Warriors of Light must be together. The short story below illustrated this: “I am a daisy in a field of daisies,” thought the flower. “Amidst others, it is impossible to notice my beauty.” An angel heard what she was thinking and commented: – But you are so pretty! – I want […]

32 Life Lessons I Learned by Age 32

(2 days ago)
by Susie Moore (you can read the full post HERE) 1) There has never been a better time in history to live an extraordinary, unlimited life. 2) Don’t listen to others when it comes to making big decisions. Your inner voice has the answers. 3) How good you look is a reflection of how good […]

Buying time

(2 days ago)
(the story below was a comment in “The fisherman and the businessman” by Benseddik. I liked it so much that I decided to post it in the main page) A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask […]

Timeless Truths We Learned from “The Alchemist”

(2 days ago)
By Ryan Covel On finding your Personal Legend:When we’re young we dream of becoming astronauts, professional athletes, actors and writers, captains and firefighters, but as we grow older, and move through the education system and society, it’s continually suggested that we ‘think more reasonably’ and consider things such as job-security – like how Paulo’s parents […]

Music Video: Rapper Dumbfoundead’s Hilarious Response to Hollywood ‘Whitewashing’

(2 days ago)
Hollywood whitewashing has been in the news a lot lately. With the announcement earlier this year that Scarlett Johansson landed a lead role in the remake of Ghost in the Shell, many wondered why it couldn’t have gone to someone of Asian descent. Korean rapper … Continue reading →

Using both pockets

(2 days ago)
Paulo Coelho 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 […]

Colourful Layered Ceramics by Korean Artist Jongjin Park

(2 days ago)
Currently working on his PhD in ceramics at Kookmin University in Seoul, Jongjin Park creates a curiously teetering and layered look in this ongoing series of colourful ceramics. See more images from “Artistic Stratum” below.

Artist Spotlight: Adele Renault

(2 days ago)
You may remember Belgian artist Adele Renault from her pigeon portraits (click here for previous post). This is a selection of work from her time in Burkina Faso and the focus of her upcoming exhibition Les Hommes Intègres. Check out … Continue reading →

“NGURAALAMI” by Artist Otis Hope Carey

(3 days ago)
Otis Hope Carey explores his indigenous heritage in a series that mixes 1960s optical art with themes of home and dreams of safe passage for his ancestors and the Gumbaynggirr people. His first solo exhibition, “NGURAALAMI,” will be on display at China Heights … Continue reading →

Two Ways to Form Habits Effortlessly

(5 days ago)
By Leo Babauta Forming new habits can be life-changing — if you start meditating, create a simple exercise habit, and eat more vegetables, you health and happiness can be transformed in a matter of months. But sticking to a habit can be difficult, because life gets in the way. And we get discouraged when the […]

Elaborate Salt Labyrinths by Japanese Artist Motoi Yamamoto

(5 days ago)
Japanese Artist Motoi Yamamoto’s incredible, labyrinthine installations are the result of 45 hours of meticulously piled grains of salt, strewn inside a medieval castle in the South of France. I’ve posted about his work several times (here, here, here) but … Continue reading →

Google Cultural Institute’s New Art Camera

(5 days ago)
It took the Google Cultural Institute five years to archive 200 artworks in super high resolution (we’re talking gigapixels). Now they’ve scanned 1,000 in just a few months all thanks to a new camera! The device, dubbed the Art Camera, … Continue reading →

Photographer Spotlight: Maria Baoli

(5 days ago)
A selection of images from Maria Baoli’s latest series, which involves a mirrored triangle highlighting simple daily gestures that usually go unnoticed. More images from “Kaleidoscopic” below.

Manuel goes to Paradise

(6 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 […]

Artist Spotlight: Zoe Hawk

(6 days ago)
A selection of paintings by artist Zoe Hawk (previously featured here) who grew up in St. Louis and spent the last few years split between the US and Doha, Qatar. Great interview with her here. More images below.

Spider-like Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Human Movement

(6 days ago)
Random International’s “Study for Fifteen Points” is a 15-legged kinetic artwork. Tipped with white LED lights, the piece’s movements are an experiment with the minimal amount of information necessary for an animated form to be recognizable as human. More images below … Continue reading →

Photographer Spotlight: Louïs Rault Watanabe

(6 days ago)
Liberté Égalité Fraternité   My friend actor/model/photographer Louïs Rault Watanabe just had his first solo show “Lamba Human” open at SO Gallery in Tokyo. Have a look at some of photos below.

Artist JR Makes the Louvre’s Glass Pyramid Disappear

(6 days ago)
Photo by @davidg16er   You may remember JR from his silent protest with Darren Aronofsky last year (click here for previous post). This time around the French artist has covered the Louvre’s massive glass pyramid with a black and white rendering of … Continue reading →
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