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Do you ever need a hug?

In Film, Inspiration, Video on January 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

Watch this. This is moving.

“Why do we need to dress up to get close to each other?”

 

What day is today?

In Film, Inspiration, Music, Video on December 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

My Dear Readers, I sometimes notice that people are not right here right now. Really. Even if they are physically present, their minds are drifting somewhere in an undiscovered space, a place in their dreams. It is good to dream. It is amazing to dream. BUT…

If you dream, make sure you appreciate the present. This is the only way to make these dreams happen. After all, what will happen in the future depends on the actions you take TODAY.

FUTURE – what is it really? Is it a place, a time? Where is it? Well, let me put it like that: it is just your imagination. It is the plans you make about things you want or do not want to happen. It is full of your wishes but also your fears. It is full of images. But still – they are just images in your mind, however beautiful they may be. What is happening is TODAY. Every day is today. The only thing we have is today.  The future is in our minds, coloured by our imagination, and the past is not here anymore, it is just in our memory. What exists, is just now. Even in ten years’ time, it will still be TODAY when you wake up.

So, take your time to appreciate and embrace everything that you have now. Be grateful. This is the only thing you have.

This is a clip from the brilliant musical RENT, made into a movie. This is a really beautiful story about young people who are disadvantaged, seriously ill and going through difficult things but above everything they want to enjoy life. They want to enjoy the present. This is the only thing they have. TODAY.

“No day but today” from RENT musical lyrics:

The heart may freeze or it can burn
The pain will ease if I can learn

There is no future
There is no past
Thank God this moment’s not the last

There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret– or life is yours to miss.
No other road
No other way
No day but today

There’s only yes
Only tonight
We must let go
To know what is alright
No other course
No other way
No day but today

I can’t control
My destiny
I trust my soul
My only hope
is just to be

There’s only now
There’s only here
Give in to love
Or live in fear
No other path
No other way
No day but today

You have it too.

 

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

 

Do it today.

 

 

– “What day is it?” asked Pooh – “It’s today”, squeaked Piglet – “My favorite day”, said Pooh.

Are you beautiful?

In Fashion, Film, Inspiration, Painting, Photography on December 8, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Today I saw Leonardo da Vinci‘s paintings and drawings. They are on display in National Gallery in London during the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci. Painter at the Court of Milan”. They are going to stay there until 5th February 2012.

This is something I am not going to forget. The great Leonardo. One of the greatest minds in history. He created some of the most excellent painting masterpieces, he also designed mechanical appliances, had a broad knowledge of human anatomy (in fifteenth century!) and played music. He also, (in the 1400s!) designed something to be considered the first surviving example of abstract art. Really! You can see it on the exhibition. He really was a genius. A Renaissance Man, they say. Well, he lived in the Renaissance. This is what the term is derived from.

“The Mona Lisa”

He believed that the outer beauty was only a sign of inner virtues. Whatever was on someone’s mind, reflected quite much in their appearance, body language and impression that people were getting. Only someone with true values and virtues was beautiful.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Leda’

What does beauty mean today? This is not unusual to think that it is an external thing and that it is a matter of good stylists, hair products and marketing. This is what we can see in the media. Celeb magazines and websites are full of it, shops are full of ‘beauty products’. One one hand, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. On the other, some think of it as a universal set of rules and routines that people have to follow because the industry tells them to do so… But, do you really believe in this?

For me (and for many other people, famous and not famous) beauty is an inner thing. It is something what you carry inside you, encapsulated in your confidence and self-belief. It is also in the power of your dreams and in who you are and who you want to be. This is the inner quality that shines through and reflects in your exterior. This idea is not mine. It is as old as the modern world, as old as the times, as universal as the sun and rain. I can think of the ancient Greeks when saying that. The ancient philosophers, and also a lot of ordinary people, believed in that coherence and mutual dependence of the body and mind. The balance between them was one of the most desired things to strive for. Not to mention ancient Asian philosophers, who were absolutely convinced that there was no differentiation in fact.

This is what Leonardo’s paintings were. They were the depiction of a human mind, reflected in the body language, the essence of the people portrayed captured in time and therefore unable to age, frozen on the canvas forever (or as long as the canvas survive). Timelessly beautiful.

‘Vitruvian Man’ by Leonardo.

Today, the canon of beauty has changed. Or, has it, really? Or is the pursue of external beauty just a product of media and advertising campaigns? What does being beautiful mean? Please tell me your thoughts.

I guess, the focus of attention is shifting. People are tired of the struggle for perfection which can never be completed, since perfection is something that does not exist in reality.

Striving for physical beauty can make you look beautiful, but in an external way that can burst like a soap bubble (not to mention, bring you eating disorders). Being yourself, believing in yourself and being the best person you can ever be makes you look truly beautiful in the eyes of others.

Listen to Audrey Hepburn

“Life, if you know how to use it, is long.”

– this was said by one of Leonardo’s pupils, Giovanni Antionio Boltraffio. He wrote this on one of his paintings, you can see it on the exhibition. He believed this. I believe it too.

 

I believe I can fly

In Film, Inspiration, Music, Video on December 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

‘Let your voice be heard, let your imagination take the flight.

Let yourself stretch a little more than you think you can.

Let’s what’s right and just above all triumph.’

This is what someone has written to me on Facebook.

A video that sums it up very well would be:

This is from the 1996 movie Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Toons characters (Bugs Bunny and his team)! If you have not seen it yet, you should not miss it!

These are the lyrics to this song:

R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly

I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I’m leaning on the everlasting arms

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly

See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me, oh

If I can see it, then I can be it
If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it…

 

Stunning views!

In Film, Inspiration, Music, Nature, Photography, Universe, Video on November 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Here is the beautiful view from the top of the hill in Greenwich Park, just next to the Royal Observatory.

View from the Greenwich Park: London skyline © Anna Wawrzyniak 2011

I was there today. This is its November view. You can see London’s Canary Wharf and the skyline. Isn’t it beautiful?

I got really inspired by the astronomy and the time measurement methods (moments are passing by so quickly…), while visiting the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium. The Universe is so huge and powerful. I think we do not think about it enough.

Inspired by Greenwich, I looked up on the Internet and I started viewing NASA’s photos. Here are the ones I found for you.

This is The Giant Nebula 3603, one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Giant Nebula NGC 3603 © NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage

Looks like from a movie. But it is real!

It is 20.000 light years away.  And the image spans roughly 17 light years…

If you come to Greenwich’s Planetarium, you can see a show called The Secret Lives of Stars… I think I can recommend it for gloomy autumn evenings. It will cheer you up. 🙂 Whenever you are near, or plan to come to London and Greenwich, this is something worth seeing. And the Meridian Line, of course. Both on the ground and in the air, made of a green laser light,  pointing very far… Extraordinary experience. You can see the history of time measurement in the Observatory as well. Amazing.

These are Ancient White Dwarf Stars. Uncovered by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA's White Dwarf Stars © NASA and H. Richer (University of British Columbia)

They are 12 to 13 billion years old…

Nice idea for a wallpaper?

…If we are talking about dwarfs and astronomy, there is something that came to my mind… A little bit of humour is good.

🙂

This video shows a fragment of Moomins and the Comet Chase 🙂

The music is done by Bjork.

 

I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Enjoy the day of today!

The World is so full of miracles!

Be Yourself.

In Film, Inspiration, Photography on November 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

It is important to stay true to yourself. Whatever you do, this applies.

As someone said, be yourself, because everyone else is taken.

 

I cannot stress how relevant this topic is in current days, when struggle for popularity and beauty has never been so harsh.

It is important to remember: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. AND YOU ARE WORTHY. No matter what glossy magazines show and TV broadcasts. YOU ARE YOURSELF. There are lots of people who would love to be you. I can assure.

There is an article from the Film News website, about Salma Hayek. She says about the beginnings of her career:

“If I had followed someone else I would never have gotten here. Sometimes when we try to get outside of ourselves to be like someone else you miss out on so many beautiful things that you didn’t know about because you were looking at someone else.” 

Salma Hayek in ‘Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant’, 2009

According to the article, the actress blames modern technology for society’s fascination with what other people think. Have you ever stopped doing something because you thought someone might not like what you were doing, and then regretted it? If so, this article is for you.

 

She also says: “Everybody is obsessed with their own identity seen through other people and everybody thinks very much outside of themselves. So this is my advice, try to figure out who you really are and not who you want other people to think you are.”

You can find the article here.

Film News

Salma Hayek on The Internet Movie Database

Salma Hayek’s fanpage