Inspiration

When The Universe Winks At You (a True Story)

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This is the true story of Zac and I, in the form of a continuously updated tumblr post that dates back from 2012. I thought it was worth updating it on tumblr over the years because I was myself amazed at how things unfolded, how the universe kept confirming that my intuition was correct from the start, that following this voice deep inside you that tells you when things are right for you is one of the keys towards a happy life.

Happiness starts with working on yourself first, on saying goodbye to ghosts from your past, on healing wounds, confronting your fears and moving on with a clearer mind, opened eyes, a trusting heart, and the space in your life for someone else to share it with. Then you will see the universe winking at you and you will remember in the future how things are exactly the way they are supposed to be, that everything is a lesson in acceptance, detachment, love and faith (in you, in others, in the beautiful nature of your path).

 

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Gratitude in Pictures

Nap / Board game / Tea wisdom / Light

Here are, in pictures, the things I saw and did, and felt grateful for lately.

Whenever I can, I take a nap. Our cats aren’t always the cuddliest, especially Baxter. But this time, he curled up close to me and slept as well. I find cats to be peaceful and soothing creatures.

Later that week we played a  board game about archaeology with my sister and her boyfriend. It was really fun. In case you didn’t know already, my fiancé and I are board game fanatics.

Speaking of my fiancé, the wisdom of my Yogi Tea bag was (in French) “Love has no borders” and considering how long our relationship has been long-distance, this sounds very true to me.

Back to games we got and independent one with crazy beautiful art work that comes with diffraction glasses! I  had a lot of fun taking pictures through them. It makes every light source amazing to look at. :)

It really is in our appreciation for the little things that we can find happiness. We need to make time for it otherwise we never feel like we’re in the present.

What have you been grateful for lately ? Tell me in the comments or use the gratitude page.

Positive Picks

“Catching The Big Fish” by David Lynch

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About a year ago, when my fiancé was still living in LA and me in Paris, he sent me the book “Catching The Big Fish” by David Lynch. I was already very fond of David Lynch’s movies and had just discovered his foundation and his long-time transcendental meditation practice. Being myself interested in the creative processes and the practice of meditation that I, like many, try to fit in my busy life, I wondered what David Lynch, a man that seemed so cryptic and as opaque as he was fascinating, would have to say about all of this, and in what way.

First of all, I was surprised by the structure of the book itself. Chapters are one or a few pages, sometimes just a sentence even. They’re like wisdoms. I love books like that because having such short chapters makes the content even more… precious I’d say. It pushes you to read slower, just like poetry. And the meaning is more apparent. So it is a very pleasant read for sure, and a fast one as well, which doesn’t mean there’s no “meat” in it (as a vegetarian, I’m going to say “tofu”, okay?).

I also think it’s refreshing to learn how present Lynch manages to be in his life, he who creates, is in the film industry, has to collaborate with some people, lead others. It reminded me of a book by the Dalai Lama which I think was called The Transformed Mind that wasn’t about how to be wise and present when you’re the Dalai Lama but when you’re someone like you and me, who lives in a fast-paced society, who has to juggle many things but still wants to create, to be here, to slow down and be centered.

So much of what happened to me is good fortune. But I would say: Try to get a job that gives you some time; get your sleep and a little bit of food; and work as much as you can. There’s so much enjoyment in doing what you love. Maybe this will open doors, and you’ll find a way to do what you love.

The other thing that touched me in “Catching the Big Fish” is Lynch’s honesty and humility, which I value so much. His writing is simple and essential. It’s really not about who he is as much as what he has to say about his human experience as an artist, in the purest form possible. He talks about inspiration, which is common to all humans, and how to welcome and transform it. It’s powerful.

I think what makes it a must-read to me is how easily you can go back to it and re-read a passage that inspired you, and how universal and non-segmented it is (even though there are many chapters, he conveys the idea of unity in what we are and the what we do).

Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.

This book will be extremely useful and inspiring for film makers and artists but also to everybody else who’s interested in the creative process and how it’s linked to the practice of consciousness and centering oneself. It’s beautiful food for the soul and translates to many aspects of our lives even if we don’t necessarily feel like we share Lynch’s world. It brings a lot of clarity.

Get the book on Amazon (you can also get the audio book) if you’re interested and feel free to share in the comments what you think of it and if you too would recommend it.

Gratitude in Pictures

Country side / Family / London / LifeLines

Here are, in pictures, the things I saw and did, and felt grateful for lately.

The view from our window isn’t always the most beautiful, we see buildings being built and a high school, but because we’re on the 4th floor, we do see the sky and sometimes it’s really gorgeous and makes the  light in our bedroom orange or a dark pink. The sky changes so quickly and it’s never the same so taking the time to look at it is a great way to feel present and feel like we’re not moving fast, that our own rhythm is in tune with how time is passing.

We went to my parents’ country house for a weekend. My sister and her boyfriend were there. Big tables set for many people, for family, always make me happy. My family is a very happy one. We laugh a lot at the table and my mother insists on singing a little song before we eat to “introduce” the meal. It’s a song from a French musical that describes an entire meal. It’s really funny.

While I was in the garden, I saw through the window my fiancé and my mother talk in the kitchen. It makes me so happy to see this, especially as I’m French and my fiancé is American and for a year and half he was living in L.A. and I was in Paris so having both my worlds in the same place gives me a warm feeling of unity, and accomplishment too.

My fiancé and I then went to London for 2 days. It was awesome because in the train station there’s a piano that everybody can use and it’s amazing to see random people play, many people looking, just a small thing brightening people’s days.

In London we went to a few restaurants and it made me happy to see vegetarian friendly ones. As a vegetarian you want to go to “regular” restaurant so your friends can also get what they want but it’s sometimes a pain to have to check the menu and realize there’s nothing for you. So finding a menu specifiying that you’re welcomed as a vegetarian and that they can arrange something for you is a nice feeling.

The reason for our trip to London was to attend the LifeLines conference. LifeLines is an organization in London that provides penfriends to death row inmates in the United States. I am writing to someone on death row, someone who became a friend, and it was wonderful for me to meet people from the organization, especially the California coordinators and other members. I hope to visit my penfriend soon.

Reflecting on past moments and expressing the feeling they gave us is a great way to be grateful and to make sure that we keep being aware of little (or big) things that come our way and that we’re happy about. Noticing positive and happy things in our lives and having a feeling  of gratitude towards them is a wonderful thing, but one that has to be practiced. There’s always something beautiful to look at if you choose to.

What have you been grateful for lately ? Tell me in the comments or use the gratitude page.

Positive Picks

What Happiness Sounds Like

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New-Intl-Day-HappinessToday is the International Day Of Happiness and as part of it, they created the world’s happiest playlist!

You can share the music that makes you happy by mentioning the hashtag #happysoundslike in your tweets and Facebook posts about it.

As far as I’m concerned, being a big jazz fan, Poinciana by the Keith Jarrett trio lifts my spirit instantaneously and makes me genuinely happy. It represents what I want my life to always sound like. It’s boiling with life and intensity and serenity too.

It feels like it connects the most beautiful aspects of my life together and show them to me. It’s just gorgeous and personal.

 

What about you? Which music makes you the happiest and why?

Thoughts

Non-Conformity Manifesto

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You have the right to disagree,

to think that cat videos are not funny,

that car commercials are stupid,

that acclaimed art is superficial,

to find mass consumption depressing and stepping in a mall unbearable,

to be offended by certain things,

to not want to gossip at lunch break,

to not conform to what is expected of you,

to say “fuck you” to social pressure,

to not find cool or hilarious what is labeled as “cool” or “hilarious”,

to not understand,

to have different references,

to not watch TV,

to live by your own principles,

to not have to justify your thoughts or actions,

to be coherent with yourself and not care what others make of it,

to not click,

to not watch,

to not subscribe,

to not like,

to not follow,

to not surrender,

to decide,

to exist in the exact way that you feel is right for you.

Seriously.

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