the plum tree


“Date someone who gives you the same feeling of when you see your food coming at a restaurant”

—   source unknown

What's on your mind?

from these great pictures here >
motte thaleys! :)
Europe’s migrant influx
Emily McDowell Inc.
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Ștefan Câlția 
" Primăvara"


Ștefan Câlția 

" Primăvara"

“Today everybody has a voice. And as a result, those who’ve won, retreat from interaction, they don’t want to be dragged down into the hole of the delusional, who just want to grab your tail and whip you around and around, wearing you out in the process.
Furthermore, feedback is so instant and the haters so vocal that today you need a new characteristic to make it, a tough skin, because if you rise above, you’re going to be inundated with feedback from nobodies…
You are not alone… We live in an incomprehensible world where the dumb reign and the smart check out.”

—   Bob Lefset

“What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.”


Anna Deavere Smith

this and other thoughtful words from here >

“For if every true love affair can feel like a journey to a foreign country, where you can’t quite speak the language, and you don’t know where you’re going, and you’re pulled ever deeper into the inviting darkness, every trip to a foreign country can be a love affair, where you’re left puzzling over who you are and whom you’ve fallen in love with….all good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the midst of terror and wonder.”


Pico Iyer

Oh God help me!

“The most common addiction in the world is the draw of comfort. It wrecks dreams and breaks people.”

—   From 88 Important Truths

“I think the work changes direction rather than improves. In some cases, I am envious of how I drew long ago. There is something about youthful ardour, which is full of zest and eager to experiment.”

—   From the marvelous drawings of John Vernon Lord

Sam's Guide to Self Observation


Self Observation is the simple technique of observing one’s thoughts and how they interplay with emotion. This is important because most people go through life never truly understanding how thought affects emotion. They simply think and feel even with they do not want to think and feel about a particular subject. In fact, most people are unaware that we even have the capability to do this. When we learn to observe our thoughts we come to the realization that there is a distinction between “I” and the inner talking. One cannot observe one. It takes two, an observed and an observer.

Then an amazing thing happens. When we start to self observe we gain control. You will observe a strange phenomena. This ball of negative emotion does not want to be observed. Somehow it has an awareness that to be observed is to be controlled.The simple fact of observing a thought and the emotion which follows gives us this ability. It starts slowly at first but then the more we do it the better at it we become.

This is how we do it:

Step out of your mind as if you were a completely dispassionate and objective observer. Listen to the thoughts and watch how they change the feeling. Visualize the sadness as a pulsating ball of feeling located about four fingers above your navel. Focus on it. Feel it change.

Now for the final part. Breathing. A very special, ancient kind of breathing. Sitting, back straight breath deeply through your nose and visualize the breath as it encounters the ball of sadness. Hold the breath for a few seconds and while you pull your abdomen inward and upward then release the breath slowly. Without your doing anything at all you will feel a lessening of the sorrow. Stay focused on the ball and use the breathing to dissipate it.

Experiment with this. Learn to use this technique to focus on your body. Learn to observe your body carefully and, most of all, mindfully. Listen when it is hungry, observe how your body reacts to hunger. Listen when it is fatigued. Listen when it is aroused. Listen to the body when you are angry. Feel the heart rate jump. note the effect on breathing. Pay attention to all of the sensations it offers you. See how mood changes with these factors.

Self observation offers immediate results and control comes fairly effortlessly once the observation starts.

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