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This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper - selfportrait - love

watercolor on paper – selfportrait – love

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“Through my love for you,
I want to express my love for the whole cosmos,
the whole of humanity, and all beings.
By living with you,
I want to learn to love everyone and all species.
If I succeed in loving you,
I will be able to love everyone and
all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, Teachings on Love

watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

watercolor-selfportrait-the real message of love

“Your vision will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”
~ Carl Jung

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“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

watercolor – selfportrait

“True art awakens the
Extraordinary
Ovation”

~ Hafez

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-everything is possible

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-everything is possible

Whatever happens in your life,
no matter how troubling things might seem,
do not enter the neighbourhood of despair.
Even when all doors remain closed,
God will open up a new path only for you.
Be thankful!
It is easy to be thankful when all is well.
A Sufi is thankful not only for
what he has been given
but also for all that he has been denied.

~ Shams of Tabrizi

Whatever happens in your life

Whatever happens in your life

Your body is away from me
But there is a window open
from my heart to yours.
From this window, like the moon
I keep sending news secretly.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

Let yourself be drawn
by the stronger pull of
what you truly love.

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

Don’t grieve.
Anything you lose
comes round in another form..

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

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-empty

watercolor on paper-portrait-empty

I am nowhere again

When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.
The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.
I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,
and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

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.

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

Try not to resist the changes that comes your way.
Instead let life live through you.
And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.
How do yo know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

– Shams of Tabrizi

watercolor on paper-portrait-resist

watercolor on paper-portrait-resist

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

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-do not feel  lonely

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-do not feel lonely

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
― Oscar Wilde

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

“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

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

“Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.”

~ Dalai Lama

Watercolor on paper-Radik Tyulyush-Tuvan Throat Singer

Watercolor on paper-Radik Tyulyush-Tuvan Throat Singer

“Everyday we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Watercolor on paper-Alexey Saryglar

Watercolor on paper-Alexey Saryglar

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

~ Aristotle

watercolor - portrait -radik tyulyush

watercolor – portrait -radik tyulyush

“Your vision will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

watercolor - selfportrait - look inside

watercolor – selfportrait – look inside

“We spend our whole lives in unconscious exercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

“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

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

~ Victor Hugo

watercolor on paper-radik tyulyush

watercolor on paper-radik tyulyush

“Si quieres lastimar a tus padres, y no tienes el valor de ser gay, lo menos que puedes hacer es convertirte en artista. No estoy bromeando. Las artes no son una manera de ganarse la vida. Son una forma muy humana de hacer la vida más soportable. Practicar un arte, no importa cuan bien o mal, es una forma de hacer crecer el alma. Cantar en la ducha. Bailar con la radio. Contar historias. Escribir un poema, aún un poema malo. Hazlo tan bien como puedas. Obtendrás una enorme recompensa. Habrás creado algo.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

acuarela-autorretrato

acuarela-autorretrato

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

~ Rumi

selfie-the way

selfie-the way

“As we advance in life
it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties
the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

“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

watercolor-selfportrait-lotus

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

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

watercolor-selfportrait-freedom

watercolor-selfportrait-freedom

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

watercolor-selfportrait-journey into yourself

watercolor-selfportrait-journey into yourself

“Love risks everything and asks for nothing.”

~ Rumi♥

watercolor-self-portrait-love- everything

watercolor-self-portrait-love- everything

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