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Photographer Spotlight: Maimouna Guerresi

(One hour ago)
Gorgeous portraits by Maïmouna Guerresi who was born in Italy as Patrizia Guerresi where she was raised as a Catholic. She later changed her name when she married a Senegalese man, and converted to Sufi Islam. More of her striking work below.

Pixelated Ceramic Sculptures by Japanese Artist Toshiya Masuda

(14 hours ago)
Fun ceramic sculpture series by Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda offers pixelated versions of everyday objects like running shoes and disposable Starbucks cups. More images below!

Sculptured Slang by Canadian Artist Trevor Wheatley

(15 hours ago)
Canadian artist Trevor Wheatley installs large-scale graphic sculptures that touch on modern slang words and phrases, placing them in various outdoor locations (some more accessible than others). See more surreal images below!

Artist Spotlight: Monica Rohan

(15 hours ago)
Vibrant and slightly evasive self-portraits by Australian artist Monica Rohan. More images below!

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Williams

(15 hours ago)
Serene landscapes of the rural Midwest by American artist Sarah Williams. More images below.

Artist Spotlight: Giordanne Salley

(15 hours ago)
These paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Giordanne Salley will make you wish it was Summer. More images below.

Parents and children

(2 days ago)
When I was young, my parents sent me to a mental institution three times ( 1966, 1967, 1968). The reasons in my medical files are banal. It was said that I was isolated, hostile and miserable at school. I was not crazy but I was rather just a 17-year-old who really wanted to become a […]

Artist Spotlight: Thomas Amerlynck

(4 days ago)
Gorgeous etchings by Brussels, Belgium-based artist Thomas Amerlynck. More images below.

Animation of the Day: Zedd feat. Troye Sivan “Papercut” (Grey remix)

(4 days ago)
Maybe make that Favourite Animation of the Year (so far)! The video for Zedd’s track “Papercut”, featuring Troye Sivan is an amazing collaboration that connects 10 different artists, each with their own unique style, into one seamless animation. London-based production … Continue reading →

Love and fight

(5 days ago)
The warrior of light sometimes fights with those he loves. The man who defends his friends is never overwhelmed by the storms of life; he is strong enough to come through difficulties and to carry on. However, he is often faced by challenges from those to whom he is trying to teach the art of […]

Let Everything Breathe

(5 days ago)
By Leo Babauta As you sit here reading these words, you are breathing … stop for a moment and notice this breath. You could control the breath, and make it behave as you like … or you can simply let yourself breathe. There is peace in just letting your body breathe, without having to do […]

Illustrator Spotlight: Thomas Danthony

(5 days ago)
A selection of works by London-based illustrator Thomas Danthony. More images below.

Artists Mitja Ficko and Marko Jakse

(5 days ago)
A selection of collaborative works by artists Mitja Ficko and Marko Jakše. More images below.

Best of Instagram: Artist Hayley Eichenbaum

(5 days ago)
One of my favourite people to follow on Instagram is Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist Hayley Eichenbaum. I love the flat colours and her sense of composition; scrolling through her feed is extremely satisfying. I’ve included a selection of my favourite images below.

Artist Spotlight: Pablo Benzo

(5 days ago)
Still life paintings by Chile-born, Berlin-based artist Pablo Benzo. More images below!

15 Real Products Created from Children’s Wildest Ideas

(5 days ago)
Awesome “Inventors!” project by British designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox (who we posted about last year). After gathering over 600 ideas from over 450 children across Sunderland and South Tyneside, UK, Wilcox whittled down the entries to 60 and challenged … Continue reading →

Booooooom TV: Updates

(6 days ago)
Just a reminder if you’re wondering where all of our video content has been lately, you’ll find it all on our new site Booooooom TV. We’re still making changes, and your feedback so far has been really great! Thank you! Booooooom TV is our … Continue reading →

Incredible Works of Paper by Artist Matt Shlian

(6 days ago)
Mesmerizing paper work by artist and paper engineer Matt Shlian. Often starting without a clear goal in mind, Shlian imposes his own limitations as he goes, sometimes trying to use only curved folds or a particular length of line. See … Continue reading →

Artist Spotlight: Kari-Lise Alexander

(6 days ago)
Dreamy series by Seattle-based artist Kari-Lise Alexander. More images from “Inflorescence” below.

The vespers

(6 days ago)
San Francisco, United States I walk through a park with my former American editor, John Loudon, and his wife, Sharon. We can see the city of San Francisco in the distance, illuminated by the setting sun. Sharon wrote a book about a Benedictine monastery, and tells us that the afternoon prayers, called vespers, are songs […]

Hiding the inner strenght

(7 days ago)
‘It’s odd,’ says the warrior of light to himself. ‘I have met so many people who, at the first opportunity, try to show their very worst qualities. They hide their inner strength behind aggression; they hide their fear of loneliness behind an air of independence. They do not believe in their own abilities, but are […]

Who still wants this bill?

(7 days ago)
Cassan Said Amer tells a story about a lecturer who began a seminar holding up a one dollar bill, and asking: – Who wants this dollar bill? Several hands went up, but the lecturer said: – Before handing it over, there’s something I must do. He furiously crushed it, and asked again: – Who still […]

10 SEC READING: Here where I am

(7 days ago)
After having won many archery contests, the town champion went to the Zen master. – I am the best of all – he said. – I didn’t study religion, never sought help from the monks, and succeeded in becoming the finest archer in the whole region. I heard that, for a time, you were the […]

Is it written?

(7 days ago)
Are coincidences in our life are a part of our destiny and if everything is written as we say ‘maktub’, then what is the point in following our dreams? (by Saakshi) There’s a traditional story that in my view sums up quite well the answer to your question: There was an old man who had […]

O alquimista: o segredo da felicidade

(7 days ago)
Certo mercador enviou seu filho para aprender o Segredo da Felicidade com o mais sábio de todos os homens. O rapaz andou durante quarenta dias pelo deserto, até chegar a um belo castelo, no alto de uma montanha. Lá vivia o Sábio que o rapaz buscava. Ao invés de encontrar um homem santo, o nosso […]

Alice and the queen

(7 days ago)
In Lewis Carroll’s famous masterpiece “Alice through the Looking Glass,” there is a dialogue between the main character and the Queen, who has just told something quite extraordinary. – I can’t believe it – says Alice. – Can’t believe it? – the Queen repeats with a sad look on her face. – Try again: take […]

You are supposed to be normal if you follow these stupid rules

(7 days ago)
TRADUCCION EN ESPANOL AQUI>>> Es considerado normal… TRADUçíƒO EM PORTUGUES AQUI >>>É considerado normal… ____________________________________________________ 1] Believing that dreams are impossible. 2] Believing in everything they tell about who are your “enemies”. 3] Spending years at university and then not being able to find a job. 4] Working from nine in the morning to five […]

Madness as disguise

(7 days ago)
The warrior of light does not worry that, to others, his behaviour might seem quite mad. He talks out loud to himself when he is alone. Someone told him that this is the best way of communicating with the angels, and so he takes a chance and tries to make contact. At first, he finds […]

Contradictions

(7 days ago)
Warriors of light always keep a certain gleam in their eyes. They are of this world, they are part of the lives of other people and they set out on their journey with no saddlebags and no sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always make the right decisions. They suffer over the most […]

Acts of folly

(7 days ago)
A warrior of light is never predictable. He might dance down the street on his way to work, gaze into the eyes of a complete stranger and speak of love at first sight, or else defend an apparently absurd idea. Warriors of light allow themselves days like these. He is not afraid to weep over […]

Perseverance

(7 days ago)
A warrior of light respects the main teaching of the I Ching: ‘To persevere is favourable.’ He knows that perseverance is not the same thing as insistence. There are times when battles go on longer than necessary, draining him of strength and enthusiasm. At such moments, the warrior thinks: ‘A prolonged war finally destroys the […]

Repeated moments

(7 days ago)
A warrior of light knows that certain moments repeat themselves. He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life. ‘I’ve been through all this before,’ he says to his heart. ‘Yes, you have […]

2016: Manual for conserving paths

(7 days ago)
1] The path begins with a crossroads. There you can stop and think what direction to follow. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Once you have taken the first step, forget the crossroads forever or you will always torture yourself with the useless question: “did I take the […]

Irish blessing for the New Year

(7 days ago)
I lay my head to rest and in doing so lay at your feet the faces I have seen the voices I have heard the words I have spoken the hands I have shaken the service I have given the joys I have shared the sorrows revealed I lay them at your feet and in […]

The yogi and the wise fool

(7 days ago)
  Nasrudin, the wise fool of Sufi tradition, passes in front of a cave, sees a yogi in deep meditation, and asks him what he is seeking. – I am contemplating the animals, and I learn many lessons from them which can transform a man’s life – says the yogi. – Teach me what you […]

2015: Closing Cycles

(7 days ago)
ESPANOL AQUI: CERRANDO CIRCULOS PORTUGUES AQUI: ENCERRANDO CICLOS _____________________________ One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through. Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever […]

Christmas Tale : The music coming from the house

(7 days ago)
  On Christmas Eve, the king invited the prime minister to join him for their usual walk together. He enjoyed seeing the decorations in the streets, but since he didn’t want his subjects to spend too much money on these just to please him, the two men always disguised themselves as traders from some far […]

10 sec read – Changing attitudes

(7 days ago)
A university professor practices Tai Chi with enthusiasm, but little by little he becomes more tired and decides to stop. – I am sorry, but I cannot go on – he tells his master. – After all, I have dedicated so many years to studying philosophy that I ended up forgetting my body. – It […]

Christmas Stories (e-book)

(7 days ago)
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10 Powerful Life Lessons from The Alchemist

(7 days ago)
by Thai Nguyen Huffington Post The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the best-selling books in history. The story of Santiago, the shepherd boy on a journey to realize his “Personal Legend” has inspired people all over the world to live their dreams. Here are ten of the most popular passages and lessons to […]

Character of the week: Chaplin

(7 days ago)
“A day without laughter is a day wasted. Despair is a narcotic: it lulls the mind into indifference. I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled […]

20 sec reading: “I’d rather be in hell”

(7 days ago)
  Illustration by Ken CraneAs soon as he died, Juan found himself in a gorgeous place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty he had dreamed of. A fellow dressed in white approached him and said, “You have the right to have whatever you want; any food, pleasure or amusement.” Charmed, Juan did everything he […]

I don’t know God

(7 days ago)
Sometimes we criticize lack of faith in others. We aren’t capable of understanding the circumstances in which this faith has been lost, nor do we try to alleviate our brother’s misery – and this causes revolt and incredulity in the divine power. Humanist Robert Owen traveled all over England talking of God. In the 19th […]

10 sec reading: My wife and the burnt light

(7 days ago)
On Christmas Eve, my wife and I were reflecting on the year that was nearly ending, whilst dining at a restaurant. I started to complain about something that hadn’t happened the way I wanted it to. My wife focused her attention on a Christmas tree that embellished the place. I thought that she wasn’t interested […]
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