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

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

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