Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Its power is so intense that once you experience it, you will never be the same. A new horizon is open and everything, perhaps deceivingly subtle, is changed.
Freedom, openness, insight - right at that moment you say it, comes to life.
But like everything in this world, knowing the right dosage and the right moment requires a level of wisdom sometimes, we wonder, only granted by the gods.
My wish is that we would find the courage to say it even when fear is all around.
This picture: Yes | Antigua, Guatemala | November 2013
Tags: Antigua, Guatemala, connection, eye contact, openness, smile, photography, travel, inspiration
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Flags, songs, customs and traditions.
A sense of pride.
It is good to celebrate our identity and ideals.
But let's never forget that in the end, we are truly just one.
This picture: One | Alhambra - Granada, Spain | June 2011
Tags: alhambra, nationalism, culture, flags, Granada, Spain, photography, travel, inspiration
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It's hot. It's humid. It's summer. And in the middle of the day, why not lie down under the shadow of a tree, enjoy the conversation of a friend and bitch about life? We are always so driven. We are always so obsessed by achievements. What would happen if we gave ourselves the luxury of a lazy afternoon? Would the skies fall? Would the world end? Would I lose my respect? Would I no longer be worthy? Or maybe then, in the slowness of time, I would finally discover back the truth of my self.
This picture: Bitching | Church Square - Pretoria, South Africa | January 2013
Tags: slow, time management, lazy, life work balance, Pretoria, South Africa, photography, travel, inspiration
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It was our first day in Hawaii and we didn’t have many plans except to drive around and see the sights. After a quick stop at a park nearby, we saw ourselves walking through the famous Waikiki beach just before the sunset.
All of a sudden, there was no need for agreements. We simply sat down, got an ice-cream cone and began to watch the sun come down and under the sea.
There were people passing by. There were swimmers in the water and sounds coming from all around us. We chatted as the spectacle unfolded. But the peace, the gratitude and the privilege to witness that moment were as clear and palpable as the memory I cherish even today.
This picture: Sunset Waikiki Beach - Honolulu, Hawaii | February 2009
Tags: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, sunset, beach, peace, inspiration, gratitude, photography, travel
Thursday, June 12, 2014
It may not be clear now,
But in time, it will resolve.
It may be uncomfortable here,
But tomorrow, it will be understood.
I know, because today I saw that blush of energy coming through your face.
I know, because no darkness can resist the light that will always live in you.
This picture: Fuzzy | Luiza Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, NY | December 2006
Tags: girl, faith, blur, uncertain, hope, inspiration, growing up, metropolitan museum, photography, travel
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Where there is solace and refuge.
Conflict and resolution.
Acceptance, risk, safety.
Tears, laughter, joy, sorrows.
A point of reference. An anchor.
Often times created through courage and determination.
This is our resting place!
This picture: Journey | Van Liew-Suydam House | April 2014
Tags: Meadows Foundation, Franklin Park, New Jersey, antique house, home, inspiration, resting place, solace, photography, travel
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Although our bosses may still frown over the idea of us taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon, there is science supporting this habit indicating it will even make us more productive. Imagine that?
A power nap of 15 to 30 minutes max taken during our lunch break can be a huge boost in energy, alertness and creativity. Of course it is hard for our puritanical, "hard working", "go get it" culture to accept this idea, but countries like Japan are increasingly recognizing the benefits of naps and beginning to break the stigma behind this healthy and essential habit.
Watch the video below for more information.
And here another blog post on the power of napping.
So, what about you? Are you ready to take a nap?
Video: The Scientific Power of Naps
Tags: nap, productivity, time management, energy, tired, science