Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Think Big

Picasso: The Dream and Lie of Franco 1937


William Shakespeare. Honorary Psychologist.

Mary Oliver Quotes To Inspire A Bold Life

mary oliver quotes


Mary Oliver Quotes To Inspire A Bold Life

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.” ~ Mary Oliver
“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.” ~ Mary Oliver

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled—to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.” ~ Mary Oliver

“And now I understand something so frightening & wonderful-how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive. ” ~ Mary Oliver

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

“it is a serious thing // just to be alive / on this fresh morning / in this broken world.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Do you love this world? Do you cherish your humble and silky life? Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?” ~ Mary Oliver

“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief.” ~ Mary Oliver

“And to tell the truth I don’t want to let go of the wrists of idleness, I don’t want to sell my life for money, I don’t even want to come in out of the rain.” ~ Mary Oliver

“So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world. And live your life.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light.” ~ Mary Oliver

“I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us…” ~ Mary Oliver

“maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us–” ~ Mary Oliver

“And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. “Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?” ~ Mary Oliver

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” ~ Mary Oliver

“As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules.” ~ Mary Oliver
Photo: Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

(Artwork by: PSHoudini)

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.   
 - Mary Anne Radmacher

(Artwork by: PSHoudini)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Boost your self-compassion


Four ways to boost your self-compassion

Take a moment to think about how you treat yourself when you make a mistake or fail to reach a goal. If you tend to beat yourself up when things go wrong, you, like most people, can use a little more self-compassion in your life.

Forgiving and nurturing yourself seem to have benefits in their own right. They can even set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. So far, research has revealed a number of benefits of self-compassion. Lower levels of anxiety and depression have been observed in people with higher self-compassion. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, thereby lowering their own levels of related anxiety and depression.

Learn to have self-compassion

Some people come by self-compassion naturally, but not everyone does. Luckily, self-compassion is a skill you can learn. Several methods have been proposed, and training programs are being developed, to help people discover and cultivate their own self-compassion.

Here are four ways to give your self-compassion skills a quick boost:
  • Comfort your body. Eat something healthy. Lie down and rest. Massage your own neck, feet, or hands. Take a walk. Anything you can do to improve how you feel physically gives you a dose of self-compassion.
  • Write a letter to yourself. Think of a situation that caused you to feel pain (a breakup with a lover, a job loss, a poorly received presentation). Write a letter to yourself describing the situation, but without blaming anyone — including yourself. Use this exercise to nurture your feelings.
  • Give yourself encouragement. Think of what you would say to a good friend if he or she was facing a difficult or stressful situation. Then, when you find yourself in this kind of situation, direct these compassionate responses toward yourself.
  • Practice mindfulness. Even a quick exercise, such as meditating for a few minutes, can be a great way to nurture and accept ourselves while we're in pain.
For more ways to draw on your strengths and find the positive meaning in your life, purchase Positive Psychology, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

Image: iStock


Monday, April 25, 2016

Art Photos

Елена Качмарик ‏@elenakachmarik

@sssssiiidd @medicenluciana

Anja Stiegler

EleniFineArtPhoto ‏@EleniFineArtPho 16 Jul 2015

"In the Shadow of Memory" #photography #art #Greece

Beatriz Díez Lopez ‏@beatrixten 

"'Learning to fly' by Adrian Borda #photography #fotografia"

gaki Wheatfields,1930s #photography

JeanPhilippedeTonnac ‏@inthemoodfortw 9h9 hours ago …

Darksun ‏@Darksun_always 7h7 hours ago

Rob Cartwright Photography - Tenements of Glasgow's West End -

JeanPhilippedeTonnac ‏@inthemoodfortw …

adalberto alves ‏@adalbertoasf

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc interpreted by Tilda Swinton

   Chet Baker

Benjamin Millepied ‏@B_Millepied  

#VintageWeek ! Misha and Pontois in Giselle @BalletOParis

Opéra de Paris ‏@operadeparis  

#RomeoJuliette #Noureev Premières images des répétitions, avant un retour très attendu sur la scène de Bastille.

Benjamin MillepiedVerified account

Directeur de la Danse @BalletOParis. Choreographer. Former Principal dancer with nycballet. Founder @artformco @LADanceProject @AmoveoCompany
Joined July 2013

Nicholas Britell on @ArtformCo

NY Choreo Institute


NY Choreo Institute

The NYCI, an affiliate of @nycballet, promotes the development of choreographers and dancers involved in classical choreography by providing opportunities.#NYCI
New York, NY


Meet Craig Davidson! His work Ambiguous Content premiered on @TheAusBallet #MeetTheChoreographerMonday PC: S Pevnev

NY Choreo Institute Retweeted


FRESAS - junior company/Dutch National Ballet. Photo: Antoinette Mooy.

Richard Heideman ‏@Bafloon Feb 22

FRESAS #HNBbubbles New work created @JUANJOARQUES @jbosch500 Opens tomorrow @Theateradparade

Ernst Meisner, Het Nationale Ballet, jheronimusbosch500 and 6 others

Richard Heideman ‏@Bafloon Feb 24

First press pic from FRESAS @JUANJOARQUES worldpremiere last night @Theateradparade #HNBbubbles pic @michelschnater

Joey Massarelli, Het Nationale Ballet, Ernst Meisner and 4 others

NY Choreo Institute ‏@NYChoreoInst 12 Nov 2015

#TBT to @nycballet dancer Alston Macgill's gravity defying grand jeté in @JUANJOARQUES's work from Spring 2015

elissa Hamilton ‏@hmelissa84 19h19 hours ago

Before the heartbreak ~ La Bayadere ~ 27.02.16 @semperoper with @IstvanSimon #ianwhalen #ballet #semperoperballett


Melissa Hamilton ‏@hmelissa84 Mar 8

La Bayadere ~ 27.02.16 @semperoper with @IstvanSimon #TutuTuesday #debut #ianwhalen #semperoperballett

“I wanted to make a series of portraits of the dancers themselves, as opposed to dancers dancing, to show the character that underpins their performance, to see the determination and sacrifice that it takes to succeed at such a high level.” Rick Guest.

What Lies Beneath
A book of dancers portraits by Rick Guest
Published by PUSH Print in large format, 300mm x 370mm
Available at £50 from 15 December 2015 in a limited first run of 1000 copies.
More details at:
Rick Guest:

There will also be an exhibition of the portraits at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden
Dates: 22 – 31 January 2016

What Lies Beneath: portraits of dancers by Rick Guest – Book Cover
Available at:

Marianela Núñez.
© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)
Taken from: What Lies Beneath – portraits of dancers by Rick Guest
Available at:


Melissa Hamilton.
© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)
Taken from: What Lies Beneath – portraits of dancers by Rick Guest
Available at:

Zenaida Yanowsky.
© Rick Guest. (Click image for larger version)
Taken from: What Lies Beneath – portraits of dancers by Rick Guest
Available at:

Mª Jesús Galdos ‏@mjesusgz 9 Dec 2015

Melissa Hamilton, The Royal Ballet - #photo #art #ballet

pierre boegly ‏@PBoegly

Raven Girl ■ #EricUnderwood & Melissa Hamilton / Alexandrinsky Theatre - Saint Petersburg @EricUnderwood1@hmelissa84

Mariinsky Swans by Gene Schiavone - #ballet #art #photo

Julia ‏@julia_zba Mar 3



Mª Jesús Galdos ‏@mjesusgz Mar 3

Ballet - Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko - #photo #art #ballet

Mª Jesús Galdos ‏@mjesusgz Mar 4

Painting by Liu Ying Zhao - #pintura #art #artwit #twitart #painting

Painting by Alex Chernigin - #pintura #art #artwit #twitart #painting

Paris by Richard Macneil - #pintura #art #artwit #paris #painting

The Rehearsal of the Ballet on Stage by Edgar Degas - #pintura #art #artwit #degas #painting

Cherry Blossom Japan

Ballerina by Gene Schiavone - #photo #art #ballet

Mª Jesús Galdos ‏@mjesusgz Mar 7

Watercolor - Paris Café by John Salminen - #pintura #art #artwit #twitart #paris #painting

Watercolor - Venice by Thierry Duval - #pintura #art #artwit #painting

Andrea ‏@andrea_4520 Mar 8

Fuji Japan

Family Flamingos by Natalia Baras

Andrea ‏@andrea_4520

Taj Mahal - #india

Andrea ‏@andrea_4520 Mar 3

Morning with my sister ... by Herman Damar

              Reform, Adjust, Improve, Evolve, Change, Adapt, Grow

This raccoon is the oldest member of our Spirit Collection, from 1730. See it on a BTS tour …