Alive in the present moment♥

“Peace is present right here and now,
in ourselves and in everything we do and see.

Every breath we take, every step we take,
can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.

The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.
We need only to be awake, alive
in the present moment.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, “Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life”

Hi all,
Hoping all friends are keeping well.
Much has been happening – and thereagain not quite, for it is all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? –
at least in terms of events and especially work affairs that seem to insist on taking their own pace contrary to looming deadlines before a short trip soon.

There, surely, you can sense, like yours truly, the need for a little blogging break amidst this world aswirl in its deadlines and duties that may not always be in sync with the hum of this heart.

Well, no more rants. Here, we go.

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While the hydra-headed fly did remind me a tad of Franz Kafka‘s Metamorphosis, the animation video by the Ringling School of Art and Design is still a beautiful piece of work, in so many treasured ways.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, too.

Take good care and stay well, dear all♥
p.s. To a dear friend whose prior conversation did inspire ideas (that await their time) for a couple of posts on topics quite different from this, never did I imagine that our musings on the invincible ways of insects would find their way into a loved respite as this😉

Wonderful♥

Hi all,
Hoping all dear friends are keeping well.
This will be a quick post owing to end-of-term work affairs beckoning at the elbow even as one steals aside moments for precious pursuits of love as this. Enjoy!

What a Wonderful World recited by Sir David Attenborough,
accompanied by fantastic photography

Am ever thankful for a day-brightening post some time ago by a valued friend, The Seeker (Thank you!) of this gorgeous rendition of the classic song by Sir David Attenborough, whose awe-inspiring documentaries I grew up watching and loving.

Take care, dear all♥

Rampart♥

“Music, my rampart and my only one.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Because it’s been a Madeleine Peyroux kind of day, or should I say, days of late

Would you care to enjoy this jazzy (re)treat ~ with a number of old faves
(mostly her gorgeous covers of Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan)
~ with me, by the way?

Une confession:
I try not to write on days when I feel kinda under-the-weather,
days like these

..but here’s a little news for some cheer, just to

Keep Me In Your Heart For A While (The Best of Madeleine Peyroux)

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And for good measure, the only cover of Edith Piaf‘s sweet La Vie En Rose that wins ’tis heart:

La Vie En Rose as covered by dear Maddie, of course

Take good care and stay well, dear all♥

Tell me something about your heart♥

“How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves?…

What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?…

In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh? How is your haal?

What is this haal that you inquire about? It is the transient state of one’s heart. In reality, we ask, “How is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?” When I ask, “How are you?” that is really what I want to know.

…I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment. Tell me. Tell me your heart is joyous, tell me your heart is aching, tell me your heart is sad, tell me your heart craves a human touch. Examine your own heart, explore your soul, and then tell me something about your heart and your soul.

…Put your hand on my arm, look me in the eye, and connect with me for one second. Tell me something about your heart, and awaken my heart…”

~ Omid Safi in his beautifully written article on “The Disease of Being Busy” (added emphasis mine)

Am absolutely thankful for David’s post that led me to this great and ever-timely read. Thank you for sharing your light through your awesome posts, my friend!
Take care, dear all♥

In the street we alone know and hear♥

“We watch a sunlight dust dance,
and we try to be that lively,
but nobody knows what music those particles hear.

Each of us has a secret companion musician
to dance to.
Unique rhythmic play, a motion
in the street we alone know and hear.”

~ Rumi, “The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems”

Tokyo Night by the Quick Crew as the Dancing Strawhats. Enjoy!

Hi all,
Just one more post (for now) in keeping with sharing the beauty one stumbles upon when we choose to steal some moments aside from busy weeks at work for pursuits of love as this.

Love, love the beauty of precision in their moves
(and them, tabi boots, of course)!

While I chanced upon the nimble-footed and perfectly-coordinated Quick Crew through their pretty neat tribute, featuring Omer Bhatti (one of the judges from Norske Talenter) of “The Drill” to the King of Pop, MJ himself, they are certainly a sheer delight to watch.

Another stunning performance (barring the initial lines) by The Dancing Strawhats (Quick Crew) ,
this time for the official release of Norway’s Samsung Galaxy S5

Until the next post, do keep discovering beauty in the quieter nooks and crannies in life, too.
Take care and stay precious, dear all♥

Only love♥

“Music is only love looking for words.”
~ Lawrence Durrell

Hi all,
Here’s hoping all friends are keeping well.

Oh but first, have you heard (of) Angelina Jordan?

I do realise that Angelina Jordan’s amazing cover of Billie Holiday was performed a while ago but that does not detract from her wondrous rendition of Lady Day’s Gloomy Sunday on the Norske’s Talenter, Norway’s talent show fashioned after Britain’s Got Talent (with wonderful subtitles in English for those of us who do not speak the language)

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It felt pretty amazing to discover (late I know but even still, an immense blessing of) the jaw-dropping gift that this sweet child shares with the world through her covers of largely melancholic songs from – amongst other classics, the repertoire of Lady Day – whose songs used to bring tears (or was it just me who gets overwhelmed by the sheer weight of heart-wrenching pain her voice trembles with) when I first discovered her back in my undergraduate days. I remember promising myself that I shall stick to exploring the work of the far more cheery Lady Ella (Ella Fitzgerald) and of course, Madeleine Peyroux, whom I still love.

I love – and agree wholeheartedly with – what the judges, especially Omer Bhatti and Bjarte Hjelmeland so beautifully said about this child being an old soul we are fortunate to have amongst us even as we marvel at her ability to render songs in ways perceived to be possible only by older singers who have been through certain trials or phases of grief in life.

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Sweet interview(s) with Angelina Jordan that reveal her child’s sense of wonderment,
dreams and warmth of heart

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Angelina Jordan’s Bang Bang, a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s version

While I stumbled upon Angelina Jordan’s song through David Guetta and Skylar Grey‘s louder and more animated cover, this child’s performance is a stunner, all the same.

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And finally, this: Angelina Jordan’s cover of Billie Holiday’s I’m a Fool to Want You

Take care and stay precious, dear all♥

All we have♥

It is a terrible thing, this kindness that human beings do not lose. Terrible, because when we are finally naked in the dark and cold, it is all we have.
We who are so rich, so full of strength, we end up with that small change. We have nothing else to give.”

~ Genly Ai in the absolutely gorgeous The Left Hand of Darkness by the brilliant Ursula K. Le Guin

 

*In thanks to a delectable musing on the choice of kindness inspired by my friend, John, from my earlier post on The Rainbow Connection.
Take care and stay well, dear all♥