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I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.
I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.
Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.
In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

PABLO NERUDA

 

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Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

“If you want to awaken all of humanity,
then awaken all of yourself,
if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that
of your own self-transformation.”

— Lao Tzu

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

A lover asked his beloved,

Do you love yourself more than you love me?

Beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you.

I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes,

I am present only for you.

I’ve forgotten all my learnings,

but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar.

I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able.

I love myself…I love you.

I love you…I love myself.

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watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

“I want your sun
to reach my raindrops,
so your heat can raise my soul
upward like a cloud.”
~ Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-I want your sun to reach my raindrops

watercolor on paper-portrait-I want your sun to reach my raindrops

The one who truly loves you will set you free.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-who truly loves you

watercolor on paper-portrait-who truly loves you

Do not feel Lonely
The entire universe is inside you.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-Do not feel Lonely

watercolor on paper-portrait-Do not feel Lonely

All night, a man called “God”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then his Adversary said, “Hey! Mr Gullible!
… How comes you’ve been calling all night
And never once heard God say, “Here, I AM”?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what. Nothing!”
The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met an angel, who asked,
“Why are you regretting calling out to God?”
The man said, “ I called and called
But God never replied, “Here I AM.”
The Angel explained, “God has said,
“Your calling my name is My reply.
Your longing for Me is My message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality My attempts to reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.
In the silence surrounding every call of “God”
Waits a thousand replies of “Here I AM.”
~ Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Your calling my name is My reply

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Your calling my name is My reply

“Flow with whatever is happening
and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting
whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate.”

~ Chuang Tzu

watercolor on paper-selfportrait- let your mind be free

watercolor on paper-selfportrait- let your mind be free

Be empty of worrying…
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-Why do you stay in prison

watercolor on paper-portrait-Why do you stay in prison

I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself in you.

~ Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-lose myself in you

watercolor on paper-portrait-lose myself in you

This world is like a mountain.
Your echo depends on you.
If you scream good things,
the world will give it back.
If you scream bad things,
the world will give it back.
Even if someone speaks badly about you,
speak well about him.
Change your heart to change the world

~ Shams Tabrizi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Change your heart to change the world

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Change your heart to change the world

Don’t let them think that we’ve broken down;
That we’ve cracked up.
We merely dropped leaves,
For a further spring.
~ Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait -We merely dropped leaves

watercolor on paper-portrait -We merely dropped leaves

“A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That’s how I hold your voice.”
~ Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait

watercolor on paper-portrait

Call Me by My True Names by Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time
to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to
Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea
pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and
loving.

I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my
hands,
and I am the man who has to pay his “debt of blood” to, my
people,
dying slowly in a forced labor camp.

My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all
walks of life.
My pain if like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

watercolor - selfportrait-Call Me by My True Names

watercolor – selfportrait-Call Me by My True Names

You Are A Must For Me by Atilla İlhan.

“Many of the faults
you see in others,
dear reader,
are your own nature
reflected in them. ”

~ Rumi

watercolor - annecy - france - many of the faults you see in others

watercolor – annecy – france – many of the faults you see in others

“Never lose hope
when the beloved
sends you away.
If you’re abandoned
if you’re left hopeless
tomorrow for sure
you’ll be called again.
If the door is shut
right in your face
keep waiting with patience
don’t leave right away.
Seeing your patience
your love will soon
summon you with grace
raise you like a champion.”

~ Rumi

watercolor - water lilies - never lose hope

watercolor – water lilies – never lose hope

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

~ Rumi

watercolor - water lilies - you feel a river moving in you, a joy

watercolor – water lilies – you feel a river moving in you, a joy

“Don’t search for heaven
and hell in the future.
Both are now present.
Whenever we manage to love
without expectations,
calculations,
negotiations,
we are indeed in heaven.
Whenever we fight,
hate, we are in hell.”

~ Shams-e-tabriz

watercolor - water lilies - Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future

watercolor – water lilies – Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

~ Rumi

watercolor - water lilies - It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder

watercolor – water lilies – It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

Pablo Neruda

watercolor – water lilies – I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

watercolor – water lilies – I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

I like to wash,
the dust of this world
In the droplets of dew.

~ Matsuo Bashō

watercolor - water lily - In the droplets of dew

watercolor – water lily – In the droplets of dew

I like to wash,
the dust of my soul
In the droplets of watercolors 🙂

~ Ayse Bashō

watercolor - water lily - the dust of  my soul

watercolor – water lily – the dust of my soul

“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 - the garden of Love

watercolor – selfportrait – the garden of Love

“Love means to reach for the sky
and with every breath to tear a
hundred veils. Love means to step
away from the ego, to open the eyes
of inner vision and not to take this
world so seriously”

~ Rumi

watercolor - selfportrait - Love means to reach for the sky

watercolor – selfportrait – Love means to reach for the sky

“Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Watercolor - selfportrait - we will walk

Watercolor – selfportrait – we will walk

“The words we use for the Creator are a reflection of ourselves.
If we think of God as fear and shame,
we are scared and have something to be ashamed of…
But if we see love, compassion and kindness,
it is because we possess these qualities.”

~ Shams Tabrizi

watercolor on paper - selfportrait- love, compassion and kindness

watercolor on paper – selfportrait- love, compassion and kindness

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”

~ Rumi

Watercolor on paper - Travel

Watercolor on paper – Travel

“Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.”

~ Dalai Lama

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – inner peace

watercolor on paper – annecy – france – inner peace

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

watercolor on  paper - annecy - france

watercolor on paper – annecy – france

“God turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches by means of opposites
so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”

― Rumi

watercolor on paper a annecy - france - passage

watercolor on paper a annecy – france – passage

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

~ Rumi

selfie-the way

selfie-the way

There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light.

~Rumi

raindrops

To Call up the Shades

One candle is enough. Its gentle light
will be more suitable, will be more gracious
when the Shades arrive, the Shades of Love.

One candle is enough. Tonight the room
should not have too much light. In deep reverie,
all receptiveness, and with the gentle light
-in this deep reverie I will form visions
to call up the Shades, the Shades of Love.

Constantine P. Cavafy

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Watercolor-France-Annecy-To Call up the Shades

“Wherever water flows,
life flourishes;
Wherever tears fall,
divine mercy is shown”

~Rumi

watercolor-selfportrait-wherever tears fall

watercolor-selfportrait-wherever tears fall

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-portrait-absence

watercolor-portrait-absence

Perhaps not to be is to be without your being,
without your going, that cuts noon light
like a blue flower, without your passing
later through fog and stones,
without the torch you lift in your hand
that others may not see as golden,
that perhaps no one believed blossomed
the glowing origin of the rose,
without, in the end, your being, your coming
suddenly, inspiringly, to know my life,
blaze of the rose-tree, wheat of the breeze:
and it follows that I am, because you are:
it follows from ‘you are’, that I am, and we:
and, because of love, you will, I will,
We will, come to be.

watercolor-mixed-media-portrait-without your being

watercolor-mixed-media-portrait-without your being

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-joy

watercolor-portrait-joy

“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

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watercolor-selfportrait-lotus

“The most precious gift
we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Watercolor-Mixed-Media-Portrait

Watercolor-Mixed-Media-Portrait

The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.

It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look
of your beloved.

You, the richest person on Earth,
who have been going around begging for a living,
stop being the destitute child.
Come back and claim your heritage.
We should enjoy our happiness
and offer it to everyone.
Cherish this very moment.
Let go of the stream of distress
and embrace life fully in your arms.

watercolor-portrait-our true heritage

watercolor-portrait-our true heritage

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 Tabrizi

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watercolor-selfportrait-journey into yourself

“Love risks everything and asks for nothing.”

~ Rumi♥

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watercolor-self-portrait-love- everything

“If the house of the world is dark, Love will find a way to create windows.”

~ Rumi ♥

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watercolor-selfportrait-love will find a way

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-selfportrait-embrace the fire

watercolor-selfportrait-embrace the fire

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

~ Rumi ♥

watercolor-selfportrait-be in love ♥

watercolor-selfportrait-be in love ♥

“There is no worse sickness for the soul,
O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.”

~ Rumi

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watercolor-selfportrait-perfection

“There are no mistakes in Zentangle,
so there is no need for an eraser.
If you do not like the look of
a stroke you have made,
it then becomes only an opportunity
to create a new tangle,
or transform it using an old trusty pattern.
A Zentangle tile is meant to be a surprise
that unfolds before the creator’s eyes,
one stroke at a time.”

~ Beckah Krahula

watercolor-portrait-tangle

watercolor-portrait-tangle

“Mental and physical reactions come and go
Like clouds in the empty sky;
Greed, hatred, and ignorance appear and disappear
Like bubbles on the surface of the sea.”

~ Yongjia Xuanjue

Watercolor-Portrait-Tevi

Watercolor-Portrait-Tevi

“Some people live as though they are already dead.
There are people moving around us
who are consumed by their past,
terrified of their future,
and stuck in their anger and jealousy.
They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”

~Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor-selfportrait-living

watercolor-selfportrait-living

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