When someone tells you, “I love you,” and then you feel, “Oh, I must be worthy after all,” that’s an illusion. That’s not true. Or someone says, “I hate you,” and you think, “Oh, God, I knew it; I’m not very worthy,” that’s not true either. Neither one of these thoughts hold any intrinsic reality. They are an overlay. When someone says, “I love you,” he is telling you about himself, not you. When someone says, “I hate you,” she is telling you about herself, not you. World views are self views—literally.
Adyashanti (via avvfvl)
Food doesn’t taste better or worse when documented by Instagram. Laughter is as genuine over Skype as it would be sharing a sofa. Pay attention. Take in nature, hold someone’s hand, read a book. But don’t ever apologize for snapping a photo of a sunrise after a hike, or blogging about the excitement of having a crush, or updating your goodreads account. All of these things are good and should be celebrated. Smile at strangers on the sidewalk and like your friends’ selfies. It’s all good for the human spirit.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
The Dalai Lama (via lazyyogi)


The Invisible Man

That’s what i call a perfect illusion. Chinese artist Liu Bolin can “disappear” in almost every environment, it seems like he’s diving into his environment and becomes a part of it. He is playing with his viewer who often doesn’t spot his art at first glance. But he is no chameleon. His very own painting technique called “Camouflage painting” and a few diligent assistants, who painstakingly paint his clothes, face, and hair are allowing him to almost vanish in his mindblowing illusions.

Liu Bolin started his first series “Hiding in the City” (in 2005)“ when the Artists’ Village of Beijing, Suo Jia Cun, in which he had been working, became a vicitim of Chinese state arbitrariness. The Chinese government closed the village, because they didn’t want artists to live and work together.

Liu Bolin on facebook


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