Friday, July 11, 2014

Diartspora Gallery: A Home For African-American Art

If twitter is good for nothing else, it gives me a plethora of great art to view online and drool over and dream about being able to afford it. This is the case with Diartspora. A great range of art, mediums and subjects. Here's a few of my favorites. To view more paintings/sculptures/et al and browse Diartspora's website, click here.


Jazz Cafe

Voodoo Couple Dance: Cati Ya Sone De Malheur

One-Eyed Dancer

Portrait -- Woman With Orange Shawl

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Miraculous Reflection

Miraculous Reflection
"We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are." 
—The Talmud
Today in our meditation we will explore the mirror of relationship. This is the idea that all of our relationships are a reflection of ourselves. The people we are attracted to are those who have traits that we have, only more so. We enjoy their company because we subconsciously feel that being with them will help us to cultivate and manifest those traits even more in our own lives. In the same way, we are repelled by people who reflect back to us traits that that are difficult to face in our own selves.
The mirror of relationship is a valuable tool that we can use to see ourselves more clearly and to expand our awareness. As we become willing to embrace the light and shadow that we all possess, we bring love and healing to ourselves and our relationships.
Our centering thought for today is:
The world is my mirror.

Pay attention to the lessons that you can learn from others today. Observe your reactions to the many people who cross your path. When you can see that everyone in the world is simply sharing your own consciousness, you will lose the need to judge others and open to greater understanding and love. With each encounter you have, observe carefully and repeat these words silently to yourself, “In you I see me, in me I see you.” Feel the compassion in your heart open and witness how the way you see the world begins to change.

(This meditation is taken from Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 Day Meditation series, click the "Meditation" tab for more, others will follow)

Raz Simone - Bow Down

Raz Simone releases the music video to one of the cuts from Cognitive Dissonance. Animation by Carina Simmons. Video directed by Joe Garber. This is a bit dark for summer time, but alas it is a powerful set of visuals to compliment Simone's lyrics.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Getting to Know Leonard Cohen

Before he was catapulted into the national spotlight with his hit song "Hallelujah," Leonard Cohen was a poet. This documentary provides a brief look into his body of work and his life. Be advised, the video cuts out about half way through the 38th minute. But it surely is a great 38 minute glimpse into the talent and life that is Leonard Cohen.

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Poems

We Spent the 4th of July In Bed by Suheir Hammad

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

For more 4th of July poems, The Poetry Foundation has compiled quite a nice collection for your reading pleasure. For those, click here.