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Art Blog: I AM … Charlie

I AM Charlie Anger low res

I AM … Charlie

This is one of my original signature series of abstract portraits that I am working on.  Usually created in a deep meditative state, with headphones on … just connected to my soul.

Charlie is that part of us that has taken a hardship and converted it into a stepping stone. He’s the part of us that has let go of anger, and embraced compassion. Charlie is that intensity within us that makes us go after our dreams. Charlie is that silent strength within us who knows nothing is impossible. Charlie is the deep wisdom that is pulsating through our DNA.

I used charcoal to create this abstract portrait on paper.

The original artwork & high resolution digital downloads of the artwork are available on Etsy.

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Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Each one of us has had a wise mentor, someone who has helped us through our phases of life, giving us solid advice, guidance, teaching us little tips and tricks.  Tuesdays with Morrie is about Mitch’s mentor, his college professor, someone he lost touch with for nearly 20 years. Very simply written yet very powerful, Mitch translates Morrie’s wisdom, teachings, enlightenment, honesty, and most importantly – how to live your life fully when your days are numbered. Morrie gives a crash course on living with love and compassion, and how not to be daunted by the prospect of death.

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Morrie Schwartz

A phenomenal, courageous book full of wisdom, a true story told with a true soul.

Rating: 8.5/10 

The Path to Freedom

The Path to Freedom (Freedom in Exile & Ancient Wisdom, Modern World) by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

One of the first books I read on His Highness The Dalai Lama.   This book found me in a random bookstore in Beirut during a time of questioning and it was one of the first spiritual books I ever read. The Path to Freedom is actually 2 books combined in one.

Part 1 (Freedom in Exile) is an autobiography of Tenzin Gyatso, a person we all know as 14th The Dalai Lama. In his own words, he takes us through his life, from being recognized as an incarnation of the previous Dalai Lamas to being enthroned as the Supreme Spiritual Leader of Tibet. He describes the struggle of keeping Tibet free, to the invasion of China, to escaping and living in exile in India. He describes the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibet’s continued struggle for independence, and the importance of living in peace in today’s world. Highly Inspiring.

Part 2 (Ancient Wisdom, Modern World) deals with our quest for happiness as humans in today’s world, and how certain ethics of restraint, virtue, compassion etc can play a role in our life.   He simply tries to define a few truths that have transcended time and space, science and technology, and how it can provide us with the tools to live a happy and compassionate life, full of love and meaning. It is not based on religious principles, but rather the universal principles of life.

Rating: 7 / 10