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    Mesmerizing

    I love the trip around the woodwind section

    Maurice Ravel
    "Bolero"
    Gustavo Dudamel

    conducting
    The Vienna Philharmonic




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  • 06/18/17--22:01: Beauty: 061917


















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      One of the Most Important
    Musical Compositions in my Life


    Feel the Divine
    Feel your Spirit Soar

    From the 6:40 minute mark to the end of this video
    Was the music I listened to
    when I first saw the Grand Canyon
     
    This section of music will only take
    10 minutes of your time
    And well worth it
    If you don't want to spend that much time
    Then click over to the 6:40 minute mark
    And listen to the end
    But I highly recommend listening to the entire video
    I recommend headphones
    Open your Mind and Heart
    Close your Eyes
    Journey to these most special moments

    ~*~

    1:46 We hear the antiphonal horns
    In this symphony this means
    there is a separate group of horns off stage
    often positioned in the balcony
    They represent the horns of heaven

    4:10 A very lovely section

    6:40 The beginning of my Grand Canyon Music
    The climax coming at the 7:55 minute mark
    That's when I opened my eyes to see the canyon

    ~*~

    Gustav Mahler

    excerpt from 
    "Symphony No. 2 Movement 5"
    conducted by
    Leonard Bernstein
    London Symphony Orchestra




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  • 06/18/17--22:03: AOM Meditations: 061917
  • The Two Majesties (1883) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

    ~*~

    This is the best description of AOM's mission
    Why I do what I do
    This is a quote I read to start each day
     
    “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

    What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

    And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” 

    ~Howard Zinn


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  • 06/18/17--22:04: Hey Sweetie! 061917
  • Hey Sweetie,
    Happy Monday!

    It is a short post day
    But bursting with great stuff

    One of my favorite quotes
    One of my favorite pieces of music
       
    I invite you to be here tomorrow
    As I will be discussing the future of AOM
     
     Let us continue to promote
    Peace and Love
    and continue to build
    The more Beautiful World
    Our Hearts know is Possible
     
    I wish you a most beautiful day

    Peace and Love,
    AOM

    ~*~

    I invite you to join me now in this short Metta Prayer
    Radiating the energy of peace and love out to all living beings
    Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind
    And focus on the here and now
    This present moment
    Now
    Breathe in
    Filling your being with peace and love
    As you begin each line, breathe out slowly
    Breathing these thoughts into the world
    Reading, thinking, and feeling the words with peace and love
    Sending them from your heart
    Giving the energy to yourself and to all living beings
    Breathe in and repeat the process for each line



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  • 06/19/17--22:00: Beauty: 062017











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  • 06/19/17--22:01: ART: David Ligare
  •  The Phenomenal Paintings of

    D  A  V  I  D     L  I  G  A  R  E
     
    ~*~

     The Cane Gatherer


     Arete


     Man with Crow


     Diver


     Hercules Protecting the Balance Between Pleasure and Virtue


     Orpheus


    Sapere Avde (Dare to be wise) 


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    Gloriously Majestic

    Gorgeous Music
    Lovely Video
       
    Let the beauty of this music and video inspire you
    Let it strengthen our hope
    That Light will overcome darkness
    That Hope will over come despair
    That Love will overcome hate

        
    Michael Hoppé
    "This Majestic Land"

    Prague Symphony Orchestra




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  • 06/19/17--22:03: AOM Meditations: 062017
  • Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh
     
    ~*~
     
    Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh
    (A Teacher I greatly admire)
     
    “Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    ~*~
     
    “I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. ... Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    ~*~
     
    "Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth."

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh
     

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  • 06/19/17--22:04: Hey Sweetie! 062017
  • Alex Stevens

    Hey Sweetie,

    Happy Tuesday to you and yours

    I hope you are having a lovely day
     Thanks for your comments and E-mails
    I really appreciate hearing from you 
    You keep me blogging

    Sometimes I just open up my head
    And let you look inside
    It's a messy place
    (Yes! That is a hamster running on a wheel in that corner)
    :  )
    So here we go

    I mentioned yesterday
    That I would discuss the future of AOM today
    Well
    I don't know what I think
    Lately, I've been feeling stuck creatively
    I've considered many ideas
    But I don't know which direction to go
      
    I plan to continue blogging
    Whether it is here at this version of AOM
    Or perhaps create a new version of AOM
    Since I don't know what to do
    My plan is to continue posting here
    And play around with new ideas
    Or at least try to mix things up a bit
    Something to break up the routine
    And jump start some new ideas
    So
    As for now
    I shall continue posting here at this version of AOM

    The one thing I do know
    The creative process 
    Is a very messy mess to mess with
    A messy process to process 
    Especially for intuitive people like me
    Who travel along by feel rather than thought
    :  )

    With that said
    These days of stuggle and uncertainty 
    are just part of the process
    And that's a good thing
    Good things come from these struggles

    I wish you a Beautiful Day, my Friend

    Peace and Love,
    AOM

    ~*~

     I invite you to join me now in this short Metta Prayer
    Radiating the energy of peace and love out to all living beings
    Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind
    And focus on the here and now
    This present moment
    Now
    Breathe in
    Filling your being with peace and love
    As you begin each line, breathe out slowly
    Breathing these thoughts into the world
    Reading, thinking, and feeling the words with peace and love
    Sending them from your heart
    Giving the energy to yourself and to all living beings
    Breathe in and repeat the process for each line


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  • 06/20/17--22:01: Beauty: 062117














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     Fred Holland Day
    (July 8, 1864 - November 12, 1933)

    Day was an American photographer and publisher.
    He was the first in the United States
    to advocate that photography should be considered a fine art.
    Day's photographs allude to classical antiquity in manner,
    composition and often in theme.

    He spent much time mentoring poor immigrant children in Boston,
    and tutoring them in reading.
    One in particular, the 13-year-old Lebanese immigrant
    Kahlil Gibran,
    went on to fame as the author of The Prophet.
     Here are two portraits of
    Kahlil Gibran by F. Holland Day

      
    ~*~
        












      

    ~*~
     
    I highly recommend this wonderful book
    It graces my library shelves
    Suffering the Ideal
    by James Crump

    "The short-lived career of nineteenth-century photographer F. Holland Day is the basis for this important historical monograph. Though he is perhaps best known for his controversial "sacred subjects" in which he posed himself as Jesus Christ, Day quickly moved to the forefront of American photography with his portraiture and his later mythological series. Day was probably the first great photographer of the male nude. He was a friend of Oscar Wilde and an early proponent of gay rights, women's rights, and racial equality..." (Source: Amazon.com)


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    Gloriously Beautiful
    This begins very dark
    At the 1:16 minuite mark it opens up to a glorious light
    "The Light Eternal"
    Stay with this one
    I think you will really love it
    In a video, I heard Rutter say that parts of this piece
    Were inspired by the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony
     John Rutter
    Requiem
    "Lux aeterna"





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  • 06/20/17--22:04: AOM Meditations: 062117
  •  Sunny Autumn Day Dovedale by Rex Preston
     
     Thanks to our Friend for sending us this beautiful art

    ~*~


    (I found this quote when I was struggling with questions in my heart -
    Interesting how we find things when we are in need of them)

    Be patient 
    towards all that is unresolved in your heart
    and try to love the questions themselves.

      
    ~Rainer Maria Rilke
    (Letters to a Young Poet)
      
    ~*~
     
    Most of us play it safe by putting our needs aside when faced with the possibility of feeling guilty, disappointing others, or facing conflict of some kind. At home you may abdicate your need for support with the kids to keep peace with the spouse, letting your resentment build over time. At work you may allow a complaining coworker to keep draining your energy to avoid confrontation--and end up hating your job. Or you may go right back to saying yes to family members who give you a hard time to avoid their emotional rejection, only to feel frustrated by the lack of quality time that you have for yourself. We work hard to manage the perceptions of others, ignoring our own needs, and in the end we surrender the very thing that will allow us to live authentic, meaningful lives--our power. We have been trained to surrender our power early in life. Each of us has been taught to live by the rules imposed on us in both subtle and not so subtle ways by generations of parental influences, societal demands, religious expectations, and educational training.

    ~Cheryl Richardson
    (Stand Up for Your Life)

    ~*~

    You are more beautiful than you realize,
    stronger than you know,
    more powerful than you could imagine.


    ~Cory Booker

     


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  • 06/20/17--22:05: Namaste Sweetie! 062117

  • Hey Sweetie,

    Happy Hump Day!

    OH! WOW!
     Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    For your lovely comments and E-mails
    I am overwhelmed by your love and support
    I cannot express in words how good it feels
    To hear you validate what I'm trying to do through AOM
    Hearing that AOM brightens your day
    And Nourishes your Soul
    Touches me deeply
    I feel JOY unbounded
    It was so good to hear from old Friends and new Friends
    Thank you so much to letting me know
    That my work
    The time and energy
    Is doing some good in this world
    WOW
    Thank you
    YOU are the reason I do what I do
    YOU keep me blogging
     
    Let us continue to promote
    Peace and Love
    and continue to build
    The more Beautiful World
    Our Hearts know is Possible

    I wish you a most Joyful Day

    Peace and Love,
    AOM

    ~*~

    I invite you to join me now in this short Metta Prayer
    Radiating the energy of peace and love out to all living beings
    Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind
    And focus on the here and now
    This present moment
    Now
    Breathe in
    Filling your being with peace and love
    As you begin each line, breathe out slowly
    Breathing these thoughts into the world
    Reading, thinking, and feeling the words with peace and love
    Sending them from your heart
    Giving the energy to yourself and to all living beings
    Breathe in and repeat the process for each line



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  • 06/22/17--02:31: Beauty: 062217






















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    GLORIOUS JOY!

    Let's get our hearts a pumpin'
    And our blood a flowin'
    You will if you conduct this one

    HA! You ought to see me conduct
    Now that would be a funny video clip
    But I don't care
    I LOVE to move to music

    I would love for you to listen
    To this entire symphony
    But I realize most of us
    May not have the time right now
    So
    I try to keep our music posts
    Around ten minutes
    Today I want us to listen to the
    4th movement of this symphony
    So you will need to skip over to the
    26:50 minute mark in this video
    And listen to the end


    Mozart
    "Symphony No.39 Movement 4: Allegro"
    Bernstein

    conducting the
    Vienna Philharmonic




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  • 06/22/17--02:49: AOM Meditations: 062217
  • by Paul Gauguin

    Thanks to our Friend for sending us this beautiful art

    ~*~
     
    “As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

    As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

    As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

    As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

    As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

    As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

    As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

    As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

    As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

    We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!”

    ~Charlie Chaplin



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  • 06/22/17--02:59: Hey Sweetie! 062217
  • Yves Carradine
     
    Hey Sweetie,
     
    Happy Thor's Day, my Friend
     
    I'm so glad you are here with me
    I really appreciate your love and support
    I hope something I've posted
    Will Brighten your Day
    And Nourish your Soul
     
    I got a very late start today
    I got home yesterday
    Took a "SHORT" nap
    and woke up a 4 am this morning
    Thank goodness 
    I had the Music and Meditations selected
        
    Let's decide to have a wonderful day today
    And while we are at it
    Let's do what we can to help others
    Have a very wonderful day, as well
              
     ~*~
                   
    Let us continue to promote
    Peace and Love
    and continue to build
    The more Beautiful World
    Our Hearts know is Possible
     
    I wish you a most Beautiful Day
     
    Peace and Love,
    AOM
     
    ~*~
     
    I invite you to join me now in this short Metta Prayer
    Radiating the energy of peace and love out to all living beings
    Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind
    And focus on the here and now
    This present moment
    Now
    Breathe in
    Filling your being with peace and love
    As you begin each line, breathe out slowly
    Breathing these thoughts into the world
    Reading, thinking, and feeling the words with peace and love
    Sending them from your heart
    Giving the energy to yourself and to all living beings
    Breathe in and repeat the process for each line




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