With each passing year, I’m shedding the layers that were/are affixed to my soul without my permission.
I’m not playing victim here when I say “without my permission”; I allowed it, because I stayed on the surface, in the realm of my ego.
2008 through 2010 were the years when I was baptized with the revelation of Grace.
2011 was the year when Life God introduced and threw me into the ocean of Unconditional Love.
I’m grateful for this year, not because I was floating on clouds each day; I was not. The curves were blinding and unpredictable to my ego, which likes the conditioned order.
But the heart cherished the curves, the unpredictability, the pure thrills hidden in them. The journey would have been bland without them. I would not alter one second of this year, if I had the power to do so.
This is not, by any stretch, to imply that “I have arrived”. What I am, is a colossal work in progress; but I am treasuring every moment of this journey.
Two of my favorite quotations that I discovered this year:
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.” - Mark Twain
"Be daring enough to be different, humble enough to make mistakes, wild enough to be burnt in the fire of love, real enough to make others see how phony you are.” - Brennan Manning
“When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because, in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for.”—(via goldsaturnwin)
A drowning man struggles with all his might till he gets that touch, the finger tips, that palm that will connect him to hope. But once he realizes that all is lost, his mind gives itself to the deep embrace of tranquility.
But that is when the real story begins, when the heart takes over.
Your brightest and clearest insights are always your very first impressions. They happen in-between moments of sensual, visual perception where information is delivered from your senses to your brain and remains unfiltered. Milliseconds later it’s already too late: your big, clumsy and party-pooping melancholic reasoning has put an end to the fun and divided your former beautifully pure perception into boring concepts, abstractions, ideas and problems. That’s life, sorry… Not!
We found a wonderful and easy way to get rid of this convention: Don’t think! Throw your intellectual socialisation over board, let the unfiltered flow of information circulate freely, untreated and unrated in your mind. Shoot, feel, perceive and shoot, have fun, shoot whatever catches your eye, whatever attracts you, astounds you, excites you, seduces you.
Lomography is a surprising diversion to your egghead-life and will enlighten you with true, simple and wonderful revelations.