Is art capable of being a medium of truth? This question is central to the existence and survival of art because if art cannot be a medium of truth then art is only a matter of taste. One has to accept the truth even if one does not like it. But if art is only a matter of taste, then the art spectator becomes more important than the art producer. In this case art can be treated only sociologically or in terms of the art market—it has no independence, no power. Art becomes identical to design.
The Truth of Art
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” ~ James A. Michener
I strongly urge you to read the complete article below @ Elephant Journal
“Discover Your Ikigai—(Your Reason For Living)” Via Alex Myles
Ikigai is a Japanese word that translates to “the reason for being” or “a reason to wake up each morning.” In Japan the word is widely used to describe a healthy passion for something that makes us feel as though life is worth living to the fullest.
It is believed that everyone has an ikigai, although not everyone has yet understood, discovered or developed it.
Ikigai is often used to describe a devotion that we have to something that we find fascinating, to the extent that we may become quite obsessed or even consumed by it. However, we also have full freedom to decide how much of ourselves we freely give, and the choice to submerge ourselves is entirely our decision.
The interest in our ikigai can be so deep and strong that we may literally live and breathe it every day and align to it mind, body and soul, even altruistically suffering for it if necessary. Regardless of the blood, sweat and tears that are shed to put the work in, we tend to stay loyal to our ikigai and weather all storms that attempt to keep us from it once we have evoked and embraced it.
“The Purpose of Life Is to Discover Your Gift. The Meaning of Life Is to Give Your Gift Away.” (or share it!) ~ Attributed to William Shakespeare
“Everything happens for a reason.”
That’s the kind of bullshit that destroys lives. And it’s categorically untrue.
Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.
~ Tim Lawrence [ The Adversity Within ]
Back to the Basics… After a long break.
100 Free Squats. 100 Inverted Rows. 100 Push Ups. 100 reps of assorted Core Ex.
Pretty badly outta shape. Getting breathless easily… Tightness in lower back & pecs, creaking in knees & elbows. Shoulders already sore 🙂
After a break of several months from exercise, nutrition & regulated recovery, I’m not half as fit as I’d like to believe I am.
It’ll take a while to get back what used to be. It’s as good a beginning as any. Amped up on black coffee to counter last night’s sleeplessness… Draconian & Theater Of Tragedy driving me…