“Wherever you go,east,west,north or south, think of it as a journey into yourself! The one who travels into itself travels the world.”

~ Shams-i-Tabrizi

watercolor on paper by Ayse Juaneda-selfportrait-lotus

watercolor on paper by Ayse Juaneda-selfportrait-lotus

“To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.
When you are born a lotus flower,
be a beautiful lotus flower,
don’t try to be a magnolia flower.
If you crave acceptance and recognition
and try to change yourself to fit
what other people want you to be,
you will suffer all your life.
True happiness and true power
lie in understanding yourself,
accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Art of Power

watercolor - selfportrait - the garden of Love

watercolor on paper by Ayse Juaneda – selfportrait – the garden of Love

“If you can’t smell the fragrance
don’t come into the garden of Love.
if you are unwilling to undress
don’t enter into the stream of
Truth. Stay where you are, don’t
come our way…”
~ Rumi

watercolor-selfportrait-embrace the fire

watercolor on paper by Ayse Juaneda-selfportrait-embrace the fire

“There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
Love
comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.”
~ Rumi

watercolor-portrait-joy

watercolor-portrait-joy

    “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
    ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
watercolor-portrait-absence

watercolor-portrait-absence

Absence by Pablo Neruda

I have scarcely left you
When you go in me, crystalline,
Or trembling,
Or uneasy, wounded by me
Or overwhelmed with love, as
when your eyes
Close upon the gift of life
That without cease I give you.
My love,
We have found each other
Thirsty and we have
Drunk up all the water and the
Blood,
We found each other
Hungry
And we bit each other
As fire bites,
Leaving wounds in us.
But wait for me,
Keep for me your sweetness.
I will give you too
A rose.

Watercolor-selfportrait-Hidden Music

Watercolor-selfportrait-Hidden Music

“With love you cannot bargain
there, the choice is not yours.
Love is a mirror, it reflects
only your essence, if you have the
courage to look in its face.”
~ Rumi

watercolor-portrait-the essence of true art

watercolor-portrait-the essence of true art

“Real haiku is the soul of poetry.
Anything that is not actually
present in one’s heart is not haiku.
The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows.
There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon.
This is the essence of haiku.
Go beyond the restrictions of your era,
forget about purpose or meaning,
separate yourself from historical limitations
—there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science.”
~ Santōka Taneda

watercolor on paper by Ayse Juaneda-poem-rumi

watercolor on paper by Ayse Juaneda-poem-rumi

“in your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest
where no-one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.”
~ Rumi