The first change that takes place is in your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you live and the way you move…It will just be something you see and you’ll think, “Oh I’m on the wrong page.”

— Gil Scott-Heron on “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

How to think of art…

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.

Brian Eno (via BrainPickings)

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to
be accepted by others. You need to be yourself.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. We are often like rivers: careless and forceful, timid and dangerous, lucid and muddied, eddying, gleaming, still.”

― Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces

(via Sean Sharp)

It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted.

— Mary Ellen Chase