domingo, 10 de diciembre de 2017

Taijiquan is like a bright mirror...

Mirror of our Soul

"Taijiquan is like a bright mirror... it reflects our physical and mental weaknesses, we need to polish it constantly to see our true selves."

sábado, 9 de diciembre de 2017

Marguerite Yourcenar quote

"When two texts, or two assertions, perhaps two ideas, are in contradiction, be ready to reconcile them rather than cancel one by the other; regard them as two different facets, or two successive stages, of the same reality, a reality convincingly human just because it is complex."
-  Marguerite Yourcenar 

sábado, 25 de noviembre de 2017

Ben Sidran "Picture Him Happy" - El mito de Sísifo para los amantes del jazz


Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded more than thirty solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy”). He is the composer of the soundtrack for the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, and scored the documentary Vietnam: Long Time Coming,which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an Emmy.  Sidran has authored two books on the subject of jazz, Black Talk, a cultural history of the music, and Talking Jazz,a series of conversations with inspirational musicians. He holds a PhD. in American Studies from Sussex University, Brighton, England, but has studiously avoided the academic life, preferring instead to spend his time performing, producing and writing.  

Escuchar la introducción de sus canciones al pianista de jazz Ben Sidran es en este caso una auténtica declaración de intenciones sobre los malos tiempos y la actitud con la que nos enfrentamos a ellos.

El personaje mítico de Sísifo es el tema de "Picture him happy". Imaginarle feliz a pesar del castigo que no acaba nunca empujando una gran piedra una y otra vez bajo el sol ardiente.

Picture Him Happy  (B. Sidran, Bulldog Music)

A man and a rock and a real steep hill
Sun so hot even the shadows can kill
He keeps right on pushing try to get to the top
But the forces of nature try make a man drop
He’s down on his knees in a world full of pain
But time after time, he gets back up again
You got the picture
You got to picture him happy

The sun is the truth and there’s no place to hide
The rock is time passing and time will abide
The hill is the shape of all things to come
The man he’s just suffering in the heat and the sun
Tryin' to find some meaning in a world that don’t care
But the rock won’t talk and the hill don’t share
You got the picture
You got to picture him happy
Picture him happy

It aint what you do it’s the way that you do it
It aint where you go its the way that you go through it
Desperate times call for desperate actions
Desperate minds need desperate distractions

The sun is so hot that you can’t breath the air
It’s an eye for an eye and everything is fair
Try to find a reason in a world where there’s none
There’s just this rock and this hill and this god awful sun
Now there’s change for a dollar and change for a dime
You wanna change your world you gotta change your mind
(2X) But when he gets near the top there’s a terrible thrill
He sees another man and another rock going up another hill
You got the picture
You got to picture him happy

miércoles, 22 de noviembre de 2017

Contra la arrogancia. Jane Goodall

La empatía es una delicada forma de seducción. Te miro. Te escucho. No te pido. Permanezco. No huyo. Te descifro. No te imito. Siento contigo. La empatía no es un método científico. Es una ética. Jane Goodall (Londres, 1934) llegó a la reserva de chimpancés del río Gombe con 26 años, acompañada de su madre y un cocinero. Entre los tres montaron una tienda de campaña. Antes que ella, solo había intentado estudiar a los chimpancés en su estado natural un científico, pero llevó un séquito de 22 acompañantes y fracasó. En los años 60, se creía que los humanos eran la única especie capaz de crear y usar herramientas. La inglesa descubrió que David Greybeard, el primer chimpancé que le dio la mano y la acarició, usaba una rama desbrozada para pescar hormigas. Y cambió el paradigma arrogante de nuestra especie. Los académicos la criticaban por darle nombres y personalidades a los animales. Todavía no era primatóloga, pero les contestó: 'Yo no les doy personalidades, las describo'.

martes, 21 de noviembre de 2017

Didier Lourenco y la mirada femenina

Un pintor que crea imágenes intimistas de mujeres que descansan con sus mascotas mirando con curiosidad, o ciclistas paseando o gente que camina por la ciudad... Todo eso puede verse en la exposición "Hidden "que muestra su obra más reciente en una galería de Madrid.

Pero curioseando entre sus temas anteriores he encontrado "divertimentos" que son un guiño a obras de pintores como Velazquez, Ingres, Vermeer o Delacroix.. así como más mujeres soñadoras o voladoras.

sábado, 18 de noviembre de 2017

Modigliani en la Tate Galery de Londres desde el 23 de Noviembre

La Tate Modern de Londres expondrá obras de Modigliani incluyendo varias que el pintor no pudo incluir en su exposición individual de 1917 ya que fueron censuradas.


viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

Simplify - Leo Babauta


‘In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.’ ~Henry David Thoreau
The tendency of life in our society is to become more complicated: Internet, television, shopping, work, family commitments, possessions, eating, debt … these things pile on top of each other endlessly.
This is a rather bad formula, as our days have a limited capacity, and so do we as humans. We can only do so much, only handle so many tasks and possessions and social commitments, and filling ourselves to those limits means we stress our breaking points.
It takes a bit of conscious effort to simplify, but it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever learned to do.
Simplify everything. That might sound hard, but with practice it’s actually fairly easy, and leads to a quiet, content, lovely life full of space, with only the things in it that matter to me: my family, my writing, with some reading and workouts thrown in.
So how do you simplify? As simply as possible.
Here are a few ways:
  1. Block off some disconnected time. The Internet is amazing, but always being connected means you’re always pulled in a thousand directions at once. It’s hard to focus, hard to connect with others, hard to get out into nature and be active. So schedule some time every day for disconnection: maybe a block in the morning where you get your best work done, and a block in the afternoon when you get out and active, or connect with friends or family.
  2. Start eliminating commitments. List your commitments, and pick one to eliminate today. It’s a simple matter of making a call or sending an email explaining that you can’t do the commitment. Trust me, they’ll find a way to live without you. You’ll start to free up time for what’s more important to you.
  3. Start purging possessions. Every day, find 5 things to donate or give to friends. Or clear an entire shelf or countertop, leaving only the things you actually use, getting rid of the rest. Slowly your possessions will be simplified to just the essentials.
  4. Ban shopping for 30 days. You can do this. Don’t buy anything except the essentials (food, toiletries, basic supplies). If you think you really need it, put it on a list to be evaluated after the 30 days.
  5. Wash your bowl. When you’re done eating, mindfully wash your bowl. When you’re done with anything, get in the habit of pausing before moving onto the next thing, and cleaning up after yourself. Put your food away. Put your clothes where they belong. Put your keys in one spot. Clean the sink before you leave it. This simple habit will keep you mindful while saving you lots of cleanup later.
  6. Schedule time for what’s important. What’s most important to you? Your spouse or kids? Creating? Reading novels? Cooking, gardening, crafts, carpentry? Make the time for it.
  7. Get outdoors once a day. Too often we are stuck at a desk or on the couch. Get outside, take a walk, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Go for a hike or a run with a friend. Play some sports. Run around and play tag with your kids. These simple activities will change your life.
  8. Eat some plants. Learn some simple recipes that incorporate super healthy foods you might not be eating: kale, spinach, broccoli, quinoa, berries, flaxseeds, lentils, avocados, black beans, squash, raw almonds and walnuts, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon. These simple plants will make you strong like oxen.
  9. Drink tea. Green tea brewed from relatively fresh whole tea leaves is calming, healthy, and wonderful. A daily tea ritual keeps you grounded and mindful.