“The moods and thoughts of man are revolving just as steadily and incessantly as nature’s. Nothing must be postponed. Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in cach moment. Take any other course, and life will be a succession of regrets. There is no world for the penitent and regretful.”

― Henry David Thoreau, The Journal, 1837-1861, p. 563

We must remain spacious in order to accommodate the increasing grief which will arise in us as we grow older in the world. We must continue to expand in that spaciousness, until we become the boundless self. Grief is not to be overcome, but to be accommodated, with loving kindness for self and others. It is another name for love.

— Andō. from her most recent Patreon newsletter.

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