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Banksy Calls Out Hypocrisy of Art Centre and Pays Homage to Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

(51 minutes ago)
Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s first large-scale UK exhibition, Boom for Real, opens September 21st at the Barbican. Banksy has marked the occasion by putting up two new murals in the vicinity. While touching on issues of race similar to those addressed in Basquiat’s own work, they also draw attention to the irony of a venue like … Continued

Artist Spotlight: STEN LEX

(51 minutes ago)
Murals by Italian artist duo Sten and Lex. Click here for previous post. More images below.

A Letter From the Editor: The New Booooooom

(10 hours ago)
At long last, we have a new website! I’m excited to share all the details with you guys, but before I get to the what, I’ll start with the why.

I can’t wait for the day when life finally makes sense

(18 hours ago)
  by Rania Naim    I can’t wait for the day when life finally makes sense, when we find the silver lining in every tragedy, when we learn the lesson from each mistake and when we understand why our hearts needed to get broken a few times to let love in. I can’t wait for the […]

Seven quick questions/answers on ALEPH

(18 hours ago)
EN FRANçAIS ICI>>> Sept questions sur ‘Aleph’ __________________ In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he […]

20 sec read : A poem by Tagore

(18 hours ago)
  What is anxiety playmate? What is anxiety playmate? Playmate, what is agony? You all say day and night ‘love, love’- Tell me, playmate, what is love! Is it only torment? It is only shedding tears? Is that only sorrow’s breathing? Why then in what expectation of joy People hopefully embrace such sorrow? In my […]

Are you Stubborn Enough About Your Creativity?

(18 hours ago)
by Anna Verasai We are all told that compromise is a good virtue to keep everyone happy and maintain balanced relationships. But will you be happy compromising on your talent and creativity? Will you reach your goals if you keep on compromising? If your answer to any of these questions is a no; then stop […]

Onze Minutos (resumo)

(18 hours ago)
Quando estamos entre quatro paredes, terminamos por nos descobrir como animais assustados, inseguros, frágeis. O que deveria ser um momento mágico se transforma em um ato de culpa, de achar-se sempre aquém das expectativas dos outros. Esquecemos que esta é uma das poucas situações na vida em que a palavra ‘expectativa’ precisa ser banida por […]

Vacations

(18 hours 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. […]

Quotes from my books

(18 hours ago)
selected by Keay Nigel . When you are afraid of change: “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. […]

Are animals monogamic?

(18 hours ago)
Recently I read an interesting polemic article in the American newspaper New York Times (25/03/2008). Written by Natalie Angier, the text is based on the research of prominent biologists and psychologists concerning monogamy. The conclusion that they reach is impressive: conjugal infidelity is present throughout the animal kingdom. And that’s not all: studies have shown […]

Prophet Mohammed, 7th century

(18 hours ago)
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: “Oh Allah! I come to you because you know all, even what is hidden. If what I am doing is good […]

Question by the reader : Gerald

(18 hours ago)
What has inspired you to write The Winner Stands Alone? In this book I wanted to explore how dreams can be manipulated and how people get shattered in the process. I’m not condemning vanity – since all under the sun is vanity as Salomon said. What I am interested in is in how people allow […]

Epictetus to his disciples

(18 hours ago)
Two things can happen when we meet someone: either we become friends, or we try to convince the other person to accept our convictions. The same happens when the ember meets another piece of coal: either it shares its fire with it, or it is suffocated by its size and ends up extinguished. As we […]

The Dark Triad

(18 hours ago)
by Quentin Fottrell People who post selfies on social networks like Instagram and Facebook are more likely to exhibit what some psychologists call the “dark triad” of personality traits, according to two previous studies of nearly 1,200 men and women who completed personality tests and answered questions on their online habits. This dark triad consists […]

Isaac dies

(18 hours ago)
By Paulo Coelho   A certain Rabbi was adored by the community; everyone was enchanted by what he said. Except for Isaac, who never missed an opportunity to contradict the Rabbi’s interpretations and point out faults in his teachings. The others were annoyed by Isaac, but could do nothing about it. One day, Isaac died. […]

Character of the week: Brida

(18 hours ago)
___________________________________ EM PORTUGUES AQUI> Personagem da semana: Brida ___________________________________ Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to […]

30 Sec Reading: Change And Renewal

(18 hours ago)
When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling. They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’ Of course. Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The next leaves will have their own nature, they pertain to a new summer that approaches and which will […]

The duck and the cat

(18 hours ago)
“How did you start your spiritual life?” asked one of the Sufi master Shams Tabrizi’s disciples. “My mother used to say that I was neither crazy enough to check in into a mad house nor saintly enough to enter a monastery,” Tabrizi answered. “So I decided to devote myself to Sufism, where we learn through […]

Inner and outer values

(18 hours ago)
Abu Muhammad al-Jurayry used to say: “Religion has treasures that enrich us. There are five inner and five outer treasures we should strive for. All of those who follow the spiritual path must be aware of them.” “These are the inner treasures: own the ability to be truthful, exercise detachment from our possessions, display humbleness […]

A conversation with the author of The Spy

(18 hours ago)
In the form of a letter, Paulo Coelho’s 2016 novel, The Spy, tells the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the price. Here he answers some questions about the inspiration behind telling this story, and discovering the voice of the famed French dancer, Mata Hari. […]

Destiny’s Road to Heal

(18 hours ago)
by Nuggets from books Portuguese novel or international writing? Defying cultural paradigms, through his allegorical novel – The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho brings in the front line the most disturbing and challenging topic that concern humanity: destiny. The concept: The wisdom of simplicity. “The simplest things in life are the most extraordinary and that only […]

Viva N. Sra de Fátima!

(18 hours 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 […]

Mindfulness Meditation

(18 hours ago)
(by Curejoy) We often hear people complaining about their unsuccessful attempts at meditation. That’s most often because there is a misconception that meditation involves thoughtlessness; they are trying to quell the thoughts while meditating. Mindfulness is not thinking, interpreting or evaluating. It is mind’s nonjudgmental way of observing the things that happen around it. Here’s […]

Conversations with my master – The mystery

(18 hours ago)
By Paulo Coelho (from my notebook, August 1982) – What are we doing on Earth? – Truly? I don’t know. I have looked in many corners, in light and dark places; today, I am convinced that no one knows – Only God. – That is not a good answer, for a master. – It is […]

On roses

(18 hours ago)
by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance (1841) These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud […]

Joining the spiritual path

(18 hours ago)
Many emotions move the human heart when it decides to dedicate itself to the spiritual path. This may be a “noble” reason – like faith, love of our neighbor, or charity. Or it may be just a whim, the fear of loneliness, curiosity, or the fear of death. None of that matters. The true spiritual […]

Being merciless

(18 hours ago)
I am wearing a strange green outfit, full of zips and made from a very tough fabric. I have gloves on too in order to avoid cuts and scratches. I’m carrying a kind of spear, almost as tall as I am: the metal end has three prongs on one side and a sharp point on […]

39 SEC READ: The natural order

(18 hours ago)
A very wealthy man asked a Zen master for a text which would always remind him how happy he was with his family. The Zen master took some parchment and, in beautiful calligraphy, wrote: “The father dies. The son dies. The grandson dies.” “What?” said the furious rich man. “I asked you for something to […]

5 Tips To Defeat Cynicism

(18 hours ago)
(excerpts from a post in The Daily Mind) The Oxford English Dictionary defines cynicism in a very enlightening way: “…a disposition to disbelieve in the sincerity or goodness of human motives and actions…” The main thing to notice about the definition is the presence of negativity. A cynical person will almost always choose to doubt, […]

Illustrator Spotlight: Sebastian Schwamm

(2 days ago)
A selection of work by Munich-based artist and illustrator Sebastian Schwamm. See more images below.

Artist Spotlight: David de la Mano

(2 days ago)
Recent murals by artist David de la Mano. Click here for previous posts. See more images below!

Artist Spotlight: Defer

(2 days ago)
Our talented friend Alex Kizu aka Defer is showing some mind-melting new paintings as part of a killer group show with artists Aaron De La Cruz and Mark Dean Veca. “Mark Making” is currently up at Fabien Castanier Gallery. Have a look at more of Defer’s work below.  

A story by Kahlil Gibran

(2 days ago)
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 here?’ He looked at me, surprised. But […]

“Silent Mode” by Photographer Adam Wilkoszarski

(2 days ago)
Latest project from photographer Adam Wilkoszarski from Poznań, Poland (previously featured here). See more images from “Silent Mode” below.  

“Rise and Shine” by Artist Luke O’Sullivan

(3 days ago)
New sculptures and silkscreen prints by Boston-born, Philadelphia-based artist Luke O’Sullivan (previously featured here). Drawing inspiration from video games and movie set design, the two- and three-dimensional works depict cities and scenes that exploration the relationship between the surface world and that which lies beneath. See more images from “Rise and Shine” below or on … Continued

Artist Spotlight: Alex Paulus

(3 days ago)
Paintings by Memphis-based artist Alex Paulus. See more images below.

Photographer Spotlight: Miguel Estrada

(3 days ago)
A selection of work by photographer Miguel Estrada. See more images below.

Artist Spotlight: Sergio Barrale

(5 days ago)
A selection of incredibly detailed drawings by New York-based artist Sergio Barrale. More images below.

“Concerning Vietnam” by Artist Matthew Brannon

(6 days ago)
Concerning Vietnam: Bell AH-1S Cobra, Pilot’s Seat Photographed by: Lee Thompson   Large-scale prints, sculptures and installation-based objects by New York-based artist Matthew Brannon. The result of years of research and formal experimentation, Brannon explores the psychological, political, and cultural impact of the Vietnam War. See more images from “Concerning Vietnam,” courtesy of David Kordansky … Continued

Photographer Spotlight: Stanley Bloom

(6 days ago)
A selection of images from “Whispering Souls” by Paris-based photographer Stanley Bloom, who curates one of our favourite photography sites, Velvet Eyes. See more photos below.

The Action Habit: Put Everything Into the First Step

(6 days ago)
By Leo Babauta The things that stop us from taking action are all-too-familiar: Feeling overwhelmed Fear Not knowing where to start A habit of procrastinating and doing easier things It’s easy to get into a mode of inaction, but building the Action Habit can be a lot more difficult. The reason is that the feedback […]

Photographer Spotlight: Chrissie White

(7 days ago)
A selection of work by photographer Chrissie White from Seattle, Washington. Click here for previous post. More images below.

“The Hot Seat” by Artist Tim Lahan

(7 days ago)
A new 16-page zine from artist and illustrator Tim Lahan (previously featured here). Published by Nieves and featuring a series of melting objects, “The Hot Seat” is an exploration of impermanence and our primitive desire to see things destroyed. Check out more images below!                     Tim … Continued

Artist Spotlight: Nick Jeong

(7 days ago)
Paintings by Seoul, South Korea-born, Los Angeles, California-based artist Nick Jeong. See more images below.                                   Nick Jeong’s Website Nick Jeong on Instagram Nick Jeong on Tumblr

From “The book of the five rings”

(7 days ago)
by Miyamoto Musashi   1. Accept everything just the way it is. 2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake. 3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling. 4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. 5. Be detached from desire your whole life long. 6. Do not regret […]

Agenda 2018

(7 days ago)
Click on the image to buy LIMITED EDITION: ONCE THE AGENDA IS SOLD OUT, THERE IS NO REPRINT USA (English Edition) USA (Spanish Edition) Catalan Croatia Czech Republic Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Norway The Netherlands Poland Portugal Slovenia Spain Sweden Russia Denmark Lithuania Romania Slovakia

Artist Spotlight: Dario Maglionico

(7 days ago)
Another batch of surreal paintings by Milan-based artist Dario Maglionico. Click here for previous posts. See more images below.
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