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.

sábado, 11 de noviembre de 2017

Bob Sands Big Band nos acerca al mejor jazz. Recordando a Duque Ellington

Una magnífica interpretación de clásicos del jazz en un recuerdo apasionado a Duke Ellington por parte de una Big band que lidera el saxofonista Bob Sands. 
Una sesión divertida y didáctica amenizada por los comentarios de Bob sobre las distintas canciones que la banda ha interpretado (Perdido, Cotton tail, Blood Count, Purple gazelle, Satin doll...) ante un público entregado y entusiasta. 


                                             Fundación Juan March de Madrid 11/11/2017

jueves, 9 de noviembre de 2017

Si como actriz no abandonas el teatro, el teatro no te abandona a tí. Emma Suarez entrevista Jot Down

Una apasionante entrevista con una actriz española  que ha tenido una larga carrera profesional tanto en cine como en teatro ya que empezó siendo una adolescente de 14 años interpretando el personaje de Leticia Valle, un personaje que se adelanta varios años al ya universal de la Lolita de Nabokov.
Aquí rememora su trabajo con distintos directores y actores así como sus recuerdos de distintos personajes que ha interpretado.


miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

Documental 'La Segunda Oportunidad' - Ecoembes Orquesta infantil con instrumentos reciclados

Una experiencia de educación musical con  instrumentos musicales fabricados con elementos de la vida diaria que además de enseñar a tocar da a los niños la oportunidad de aprender valores y disfrutar de la música.

"En la tierra nada se presta más para alegrar al melancólico..." Martín Lutero.

sábado, 4 de noviembre de 2017

The five minutes yogi - Cindy Lee

A complete yoga practice involves the following: forward bending, twisting, backward bending, side bending, inverting, breath awareness, resting and meditation. This can be accomplished in five minutes. Once you do this yoga program a few times, I can almost guarantee that it will be less difficult to find a spare five minutes than it was before. If you still don’t think you have five minutes, just pick one of the things on the list above, and do that for five breaths. (Hey, you can even do the last two in bed!) Then later in the day, do another one. By the end of the day you will have done a complete yoga program. Who knows? Maybe those five breaths will evolve into ten breaths, which is about one minute, and then that minute will turn into five. Only time will tell.
Begin your five-minute yoga session by sitting comfortably, either on a cushion or even two, or on a chair. Close your eyes and take five full breaths, in and out, through your nose. Watch the path of the breath as it goes all the way down to your groin, and then back up and out of your nostrils.

1. Downward Dog. This pose will strengthen your arms and legs, lengthen your spine and relieve tightness in the back of your legs, shoulders and neck. Even though it is not a full headstand, your head is still lower than your hips, so the pose can be considered an inversion.
2. Hand-walking meditation into forward bend. Slowly, sensuously, walk your hands back to your feet from Downward Dog. It’s fine to bend your knees at any point. Notice how your weight shifts from four supports to just two. When you get all the way to the back of your mat hold onto your elbows to help the spine pour out of the legs even more.
3. Standing Cat and Standing Cow (forward and backward bends). Place your hands just above your knees and roll up halfway. On the inhale, drop your spine, lift your sitting bones and your chest. On the exhale, reverse the curve, lifting your navel up as you drop your head and tuck your pelvis. Repeat this at least five times.
4. Walking meditation. After your last spinal curve, round all the way up to standing. Hug your left thumb with your left fingers, and then wrap your right hand around that. Place your hands just below your navel, and rest your gaze on the floor about six feet in front of you. Slowly walk to the front of your mat or practice space. Let the texture of your feet on the floor wake you up.
5. Reverse Warrior. Step your feet about four feet apart. Turn your right toes out and your left toes in slightly. Bend your right leg and extend your arms out. Slide your left hand down your left thigh and reach your right arm up into Reverse Warrior.
6. Dancer Pose. You can do this with your leg lower than in this photograph, and you can also do it with your extended arm on a chair or on the wall.
7. Standing Twist with knee bent. You can also do this with one hand on a chair or on the wall.

Do poses five through seven for three to five breaths, and then do them on the other side. After you’re through, lay down on your back, close your eyes and rest for thirty to sixty seconds.https://www.lionsroar.com/the-five-minute-yogi/

viernes, 3 de noviembre de 2017

Loving Vincent - Trailer 2016 (web)

Una curiosa animación realizada sobre miles de pinturas al óleo nos cuenta una posible biografía o indagación sobre la vida y muerte de un artista famoso en nuestros días  pero que vivió la  soledad y la falta de reconocimiento público durante toda su vida.

domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017

Cai Guo-Quiang. Un Greco contemporaneo en el Prado

Una exposición temporal en el Prado. Diferente y muy espectacular. Puede verse parte del documental que Isabel Coixet está realizando sobre el proceso de trabajo del artista y que nos hace conocer mejor la parte técnica pero también su manera de entender el proceso artístico y la ilusión por conocer a los grandes maestros de la pintura, particularmente El Greco pero también Velázquez y Goya en este museo en el que ha trabajado y creado varias de las obras expuestas. Trabaja con la pólvora creando efectos sorprendentes y particulares.
Por su formación (escenógrafo) ha trabajado en espectáculos de fuegos artificiales en distintos países, así como dibujos, vídeos, esculturas...
Entre sus recuerdos está la imagen de su padre dibujando en pequeñas cajas de cerillas los paisajes de su infancia en su pueblo natal. Allí supo que quería ser "un puente entre el mundo visible y el invisible". El niño que fue sigue mirando a través de los ojos de un adulto que se mueve con ligereza y concentración mientras trabaja o contempla a sus maestros...


sábado, 28 de octubre de 2017

Lita Cabellut. Nadie es profeta en su tierra

Una pintora española que vive y trabaja en La Haya desde la adolescencia. En nuestro país es todavía una gran desconocida aunque ha colaborado hace poco en la escenografía de la última opera que estrenó La Fura del Baus en Italia, en el Festival de Pessaro. Vive de su pintura desde hace años y vende en todo el mundo.

Habla de su fascinación por la pintura cuando su madre la llevó al Museo Del Prado y descubrió a Rubens, a Goya... y consiguió que el fauvista  Miguel Pena le diera clases de pintura y ser admitida en la Escuela de Bellas Artes de Amsterdam, fascinada por la particular luz de la pintura flamenca.

Obras inclasificables y personales y una sensibilidad ante el mundo muy particular, quizá por una infancia complicada y por su felicidad de poder comunicar el mundo tal como ella lo ve. Expone actualmente en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de La Coruña.


viernes, 20 de octubre de 2017

10 Morning habits to start your day off right - Para empezar mejor el día. Melissa Eisler

10 Morning Habits to Start Your Day Off Right

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle 
Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in a frenzy—snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out the door—the rest of your day seems to reflect that mood of chaos as well? The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day, so it’s time to start planning accordingly.
When you form healthy habitual behaviors for the morning, you set your day up for success. Whether you are aware of them or not, you operate under habits (both good and bad) all the time—they are an integral part of your daily existence. Part of developing a healthy habit, is to become intentional with it. Most habits are formed because they are easy or along the path of least resistance. If you want to cultivate positive habits, then you may need to put some intentional effort into forming them until they become second nature.
This is particularly true with morning habits. What you cultivate in the morning influences how you feel, act, and think during the rest of your day. Here are 10 simple habits that you can add into your morning routine now, to ensure you are feeling, acting, and thinking at your highest potential for the rest of your day—and days—ahead.

1. Stay Unplugged from Tech

If the first thing you do when you wake up is check your smartphone for messages or work email, you are doing yourself a disservice. You are immediately cultivating a reactive mindset, instead of a proactive one, which will cause you to start your day in a defensive state, rather than a place of inner peace and control.
Instead, try remaining detached from technology for the first hour of your day so you can begin your day with present-moment awareness and a positive focus.

2. Hydrate

Drinking a glass of water in the morning after going hours without a sip is a good way to hydrate your body. The Ayurvedic technique of adding lemon to a warm glass of water helps remove toxins from your digestive tract that may have built up overnight, provides a good source of vitamin C, freshens your breath, supports weight loss, and stimulates metabolism and digestion. Bottoms up first thing in the a.m. for a healthy—and refreshing—start to your day.

3. Practice Optimism and Gratitude

Before you even get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude. When you smile, it signals your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin), which lift your mood, relax your body, and lower your heart rate. Who wouldn’t want to start their day on this positive note?
As you smile, start to reflect upon what you’re grateful for. Studies have shown practicing gratitude reduces stress hormones and improves mood, among other benefits. So, adding a simple daily gratitude practice is a great way to kick-start your morning.
Begin by taking one minute in bed before you rise to reflect on one person and one opportunity you are grateful for in your life.

4. Make Your Bed

Tim Ferriss, author and podcast host (The Tim Ferriss Show) has interviewed more than a hundred highly successful people with diverse backgrounds and skillsets, and in a variety of industries. He always asks, “What’s your morning routine?” Along the way, he has collected five habits that he has incorporated into his morning routine, and one of them is making his bed.
It may seem like a waste of time, unimportant, or unnecessary (you’re just going to use it again at night), but making your bed is a simple action you can take in the morning that makes you start your day feeling accomplished—and what better tone to set than a sense of pride and accomplishment? Taking charge and completing simple tasks will give you the foundation to take on more and more throughout the day.

5. Meditate

Incorporating some type of mindfulness practice like meditation into your daily morning routine can help ground you and train your mind and emotions, which then influences how you react to challenges throughout your day.
During your meditation is also a great time to set your intention for the day. When you get clear on how you want your day to go or what you want to feel or accomplish, you can make clear decisions that create the life you truly want to live.
Note sure where to get started? Here is a simple meditation you can do in the morning:
  • Get into a comfortable seated position and set a timer for five minutes.
  • Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
  • Inhale through your nose for four counts, retain for four counts, and exhale through your nose for eight counts.
  • Every time you notice your mind wandering, gently guide it back to focus on your breath.
  • When the timer goes off, release your counting, but stay seated with your eyes closed for a moment.
  • Set an intention for your day and visualize yourself meeting this intention.
  • Open your eyes, draw your arms up to the sky for a stretch, and then move on with your day, carrying the calm energy and intention with you.
If you want to learn more about meditation, consider signing up for our self-paced, online course, Primordial Sound Meditation.

6. Exercise

Whether it’s a simple yoga routine, a brisk walk with your pet, a quick set of sit-ups and push-ups, or hitting the gym to work off last night’s meal, starting off your day with movement energizes the body and the mind. Determine what kind of exercise is right for you and schedule it. It doesn’t have to be complicated, long, or intense, but having some sort of physical activity in the morning will get your blood flowing and help quiet any mental chatter. You can even switch up what kind of exercise you do every day to keep your routine interesting.

7. Put Yourself Together

Putting time and effort into your appearance helps build self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” it is one less thing to worry about throughout your day.
So, shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, comb your hair, apply lotion/oil, dress to impress, and apply any other hygiene/grooming habits that make you feel good about yourself. This may involve picking out your clothes the night before (especially if you are short on time in the morning) or ironing your clothes—whatever makes you feel like you are taking care of your health, looking presentable, and feeling confident.

8. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

You’ve most likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you make time to eat a healthy breakfast (lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains), you’ll have more energy throughout the day and a stronger ability to focus and concentrate.

9. Have a “To-Do” List Ready to Conquer

Take a few minutes to write down a “to-do” list for the day ahead. Then prioritize it so your day’s list has only 3 to 5 items on it—ranked in order of priority to make sure you tackle the most pressing things first.
Writing down your “to-do’s” instead of keeping them floating around in your mind helps clear mental chatter. You also give yourself a sense of purpose each day when you know what you need to get done. And there is something satisfying about crossing off tasks on your list—it really cultivates a sense of accomplishment.

10. Get Enough Restful Sleep

This last one isn’t a habit for your morning exactly ... however, before you can hope to implement new, healthy morning habits, you should have the foundation of a well-rested body and mind. The way you feel while you're awake is dependent in part on your sleep habits. If you’ve been feeling groggy, irritable, or exhausted, you may not be getting enough quality sleep.
During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In fact, sleep plays such a vital role in your physical well-being, mental clarity, and quality of life that ongoing sleep deficiency (the amount varies by individual, but typically this means less than 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night) can have adverse effects on your health—and how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

miércoles, 4 de octubre de 2017

Leonard Cohen - Leaving the Table

Este  vídeo ha recibido el premio Polaris 2017 en Canadá y es un pequeño adelanto del homenaje que en su ciudad natal se celebrará próximamente y en el que participarán muchos artistas.

Es una de las canciones del último  álbum de Leonard Cohen en el que ha colaborado con su hijo Adam y cuya letra es una despedida en toda regla, tranquila, suavemente irónica (no necesito amantes, la bestia está domesticada... no busques un abogado, no estoy reclamando nada...)

Las imágenes nos llevan por el mundo que él recorrió  y en el que creó sus poemas y canciones, en el que conoció el amor y el fin del amor.

Veremos una pequeña figura vestida de negro sentada en una cruz y que sobrevuela paisajes urbanos, una habitación del Chelsea Hotel donde un joven Leonard escribe a máquina, Grecia donde vivió en su juventud un apasionado romance con Marianne (que falleció un poco antes que él).

Mil imágenes entre el sueño y el recuerdo a un artista que vivió siempre como un pájaro en el alambre, haciendo equilibrios.

viernes, 8 de septiembre de 2017

Otro héroe para los lectores de Harry Potter que han dejado de ser niños

Un investigador privado cargado de deudas y que ha regresado de la guerra con graves daños físicos y psicológicos se encarga de investigar la muerte de una famosa modelo adoptada por una familia bien situada y que buscaba a sus verdaderos padres.
JK Rowling escribió La llamada del cuco bajo otro nombre y ahora la BBC ha adaptado el relato en tres capítulos de una hora.
Siempre son bienvenidos los héroes con valores desfasados (la honestidad por ejemplo)  y con sentido del humor

domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017

Tesoros de la Hispanic Society of América en el Museo del Prado de Madrid - Abril- septiembre 2017

Una acaudalada joven norteamericana y su hijo viajan a Europa. Ella es la esposa de un magnate del ferrocarril y el joven Archer descubrirá en ese viaje las maravillas del British Museum en Londres y el Louvre de París. Pero la fascinación que pasó a ser el motor de su vida fue la cultura española. 

Visitó Méjico y decidió aprender castellano y árabe antes de realizar la ruta del Cid. Quería descubrir lo que el llamaba "el alma" de España, conocer su literatura en su idioma original y darla a conocer en su país donde en ese momento España no gozaba de grandes simpatías. 

Llegó a conocer a muchas personalidades del mundo artístico e intelectual y fue amigo personal de pintores como Sorolla y Zuloaga a los que organizó exposiciones en su fundación en Nueva York. 

Este museo gratuito  fue recogiendo las adquisiciones que el hispanista fue realizando a lo largo de su vida y otras como la colección de fotografía que encargó a otros profesionales para recoger las tradiciones y formas de vida españolas. No quiso que la institución llevase su nombre ya que consideraba eso "una endeble y vana puerta  a la fama"
Aquejado de lo que Henry James llamó el "virus europeo" ( por el cual los jóvenes norteamericanos caían rendidos ante la sofisticación y forma de vida europea),  dedicó toda su vida a la fundación y a otras aventuras como la excavación arqueológica en Italica, la traducción de obras al inglés, y la filantropía en otros ámbitos por ejemplo los medioambientales. 
En la exposición temporal que puede verse en Madrid podemos ver representados 4000 años de nuestra historia artística y cultural. 

Archer Milton Hungtington a los 8 años 

La sede de la HS

                                                 Retrato de Juan Ramón Jimenez

Mapamundi de Juan Vespucci, Sevilla 1526

Las Postrimerías .Quito, siglo XVIII

Torso de mármol de Diana Cazadora

Santa Emerenciana de Zurbarán, representada con piedras ya que fue lapidada.  


                          Imagen del relicario del busto relicario de Marta y María, Juan de Juni

jueves, 3 de agosto de 2017

Ser jardinero es una manera de ser hombre - Fernando Caruncho

Maqueta de la Casa del Agua (Grecia)

Estudio de F. Caruncho en San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid)

                                      Jardín privado en Boca Ratón (Florida, USA)

Una inusual entrevista a un paisajista que se define como jardinero y que se inspira en los filósofos griegos, en el zen… y añora el humanismo, la belleza y la relación del hombre con la naturaleza, casi siempre ausentes en los tiempos que vivimos.


lunes, 31 de julio de 2017

Page Tsou -Hide and seek (el juego del escondite) en el museo ABC de Madrid




jueves, 27 de julio de 2017

If nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor - Si nadiie habla de cosas importantes

La primera novela del joven Jon Mac Gregor nos habla de personajes como nosotros, gente que vive en una calle y no saben apenas nada de la vida de sus vecinos a los que ven entrar y salir, niños a los que ven jugar en la calle… 
Su intención era hablar de la vida en un barrio sin las habituales connotaciones de vidas marginales, droga o violencia. No hay nada de eso en esta historia sino apuntes de la vida de todos ellos, sin darles nombre siquiera… 

De hecho en la edición japonesa se incluyó un pequeño dibujo con el croquis de las casas de aquella calle para que los lectores  no se perdieran. La estructura de cada capítulo es siempre igual: nueve párrafos formados por 9 frases. Y 18 capítulos ya que la narradora de parte de la historia está embarazada de gemelos aunque todavía no lo sabe. 

El autor explica que en un viaje a Japón visitó un santuario (el templo de Kamakura)  donde las madres que habían perdido a sus hijos durante el embarazo,  el parto o cuando eran muy pequeños llevan dulces, sombrillas de papel, ropa,  regalos…  que depositaban junto a las pequeñas figuras que representaban a sus niños perdidos. Esa imagen la acabó trasladando a la historia de su primera novela. 

Dibujo a mano del autor con las viviendas de los personajes de la calle en que sucede la historia

Dibujo para la edición japonesa 

Set on the last day of summer in 1997, on a street in an inner-city neighbourhood, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things explores the lives and relationships of people who don’t even know each other’s names. Students coming home at dawn; an old man painting the window-frames of his house; children playing in the street, a young man packing his possessions and getting ready to move away; barbecues, cricket, music, arguments, rain, and the whole day building towards a shocking climax which will be remembered some years later by a young woman who was there and now finds a reason to look back.

Jon McGregor on writing If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things

If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things started life, partly, as a book about the reaction to the death of Princess Diana. Taken aback, as most people were, by the hysteria which erupted in late August 1997, I wanted to tell a story about a street where life was going on regardless, where more important things were happening, where the word ‘tragedy’ would have a greater meaning. I was also interested in writing about a version of urban life which I felt was being neglected in British fiction of the time: fiction which seemed to equate urban life with crime, drugs, poverty, and a distinctly vacuous ‘edginess’. I wanted to take a day in the life of one street in a city, and try to show the vast multiplicity of stories which were happening there, and to look at how those stories interacted with each other in an environment where people were constantly moving in and out and rarely knew each other’s names.
The novel was written, mostly, between September 1999 and February 2001; but the idea had formed earlier, mainly while I was living and studying in Bradford. Indeed, it would be fair to say that while I’ve always insisted that the setting for the book could be “any town in northern England”, it is essentially set in Bradford.

The other main starting point for the book was the number of times I saw children in that street having to get out of the way – very quickly – of cars. I was disturbed by the sight of these near-misses, and haunted by the what-if of them, and so decided to write about it. In fact, my original concept for the novel was that it would take place over the course of the thirty seconds it would take for one of these near-misses to happen or to not happen. It proved impossible to stretch thirty seconds over the course of a whole novel  and in the end my attempt was reshaped to form the closing chapter of the novel.

sábado, 22 de julio de 2017

Elliot Erwit - Cuba de nuevo . Jardín Botánico de Madrid

En el Jardín Botánico se exponen las fotografías que Erwin Elliot realizó por encargo de una revista norteamericana en los años 60. Siguió a los entonces jóvenes Fidel Castro y Ché Guevara y trató de reflejar la vida cotidiana de la Cuba de aquel momento. 

En el año 2015 regreso a la isla y volvió a fotografiar escenas de la Cuba actual. 
Una visión que siempre resulta curiosa, fresca, a veces irónica, otras dramática...

Ché Guevara

                                                                Arte egipcio

Museo del Prado. Madrid. La maja vestida y la maja desnuda

Funeral de JF Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe

                                         A las puertas del British Museum. Londres 

martes, 27 de junio de 2017

Concerning hobbits by Howard Shore - The lord of the rings soundtrack

Este tema acompaña a la presentación de la apacible vida de los hobbits y simboliza la paz y la alegría de vivir.

Porque como escribía Bilbo Baggins .. "it is not a bad thing to celebrate a simple life"

Su creador, el compositor canadiense Howard Shore, ha colaborado con directores como Cronemberg y es autor de otras muchas bandas sonoras inolvidables.

domingo, 25 de junio de 2017

Picasso y el Mediterraneo - Fundación Canal

Frescura, sencillez, libertad… y un poco de Mediterráneo en una ciudad abrasada de calor. 

domingo, 18 de junio de 2017

Magnolias en flor, pavos reales y arte chino

En los jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez, dentro del madrileño parque del Retiro,  los pavos reales están tan familiarizados con los fotógrafos que no dudan en posar con una paciencia digna de las estrellas sobre la alfombra roja. 

En uno de sus pabellones hoy se exponía una pequeña colección de arte chino, de la región de Sichuán. 

Y en estos días de calor todavía podemos ver las magnolias en flor en muchos lugares del parque. 

Merece la pena pasar un poco de calor y darse un paseo a primera hora de la mañana para disfrutar de estas cosas y de muchas más que pueden atraer tu atención. 

miércoles, 7 de junio de 2017

Lighten up - Rick Hanson - Haz más ligera tu vida


On the path of life, most of us are hauling way too much weight.
What’s in your own backpack? If you’re like most of us, you’ve got too many items on each day’s To Do list and too much stuff in the closet. Too many entanglements with other people. And too many “shoulds,” worries, guilts, and regrets.
Remember a time when you lightened your load. Maybe a backpacking trip when every needless pound stayed home. Or after you finally left a bad relationship. Or just stopped worrying about something. Or came clean with a friend about something that had been bothering you. How did this feel? Probably pretty great.
Sure, we are no longer nomadic hunter-gatherers whose possessions could be carried in one hand. You know what you really need in this life; personally, I’m glad about good friends and a full refrigerator. But all the extra physical and mental stuff you lug around complicates your life, weighs you down, and keeps you stuck. There’s enough weightiness in life as it is without adding more.
Putting this subject in a larger framework, consider the Hindu idea that God has three primary manifestations: Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. I can’t do justice in this brief space to this view, but the simple notion that works for me is that there is a lawful and beneficial principle in the universe that is about pruning, emptying, completing, and ending.
This positive “destroying” – very broadly defined – enables creating and preserving, like exhaling enables inhaling, or emptying a cup of something bitter enables filling it with something sweet.
Dropping loads enables lightening up.

Take a look at your mind: what weighs it down? Guilt about long-ago misdeeds? Needless anxiety? High, perfectionistic standards? Grumbling anger? Grievances? Passivity, lethargy? Doubt? Taking yourself way too seriously? Whatever it is, for a brief period of time – half an hour, half a day – totally drop it. At the first whiff, drop it. See what that’s like: probably pretty great! Then ride that great wave of relief and lightness and continue dropping those lead weights in your mind.
Overall: if in doubt, throw it out.
Play with feeling lighter in your body. As if you are lifted up by invisible helium balloons. Lighter in your step. Your head lighter on your shoulders.
Lighter in your heart.

La propuesta de Rick Hanson de aligerar nuestra vida, soltando alguna de las cargas que llevamos, puede concretarse en hacer una limpieza a fondo y deshacernos de lo que ya no nos sirve, en dejar de asumir tareas que no nos corresponden ni nos interesan, en analizar el contenido de nuestra mente y tratar de librarnos, aunque sea solo un rato, del perfeccionismo, la culpa, la pasividad, la duda, la ansiedad innecesaria…

En una de sus charlas proponía imaginar que llevamos dos maletas muy pesadas y que paramos un momento y las dejamos en el suelo. Son dos pesos: nuestro pasado y nuestro futuro. Cuando dejamos de cargar con ellos, estamos presentes y tranquilos, podemos estar atentos a lo que nos pasa.