The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gleam in someone's lake

Chapultepec Lake
A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing, when in effect he knows nothing.”

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

“An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the hell of it.”

“Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.”

“A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to lose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he’s clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything.”

“There’s no emptiness in the life of a warrior. Everything is filled to the brim. Everything is filled to the brim, and everything is equal.”

“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between the average person and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this and stays alert, deliberately waiting, so that when this cubic centimeter of chance pops out, it is picked up.”

“The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.”

“For a warrior, to be inaccessible means that he touches the world around him sparingly. And above all, he deliberately avoids exhausting himself and others. He doesn’t use and squeeze people until they have shriveled to nothing, especially the people he loves.”

“My laughter … is real, but it is also controlled folly because it is useless; it changes nothing and yet I still choose to do it. … I am happy because I choose to look at things that make me happy…”

“The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue.”

“The world is a mystery. This, what you’re looking at, is not all there is to it. There is much more to the world, so much more, in fact, that it is endless. So when you’re trying to figure it out, all you’re really doing is trying to make the world familiar. You and I are right here, in the world that you call real, simply because we both know it.” 
Carlos Castaneda


New York City and Washington series continue in Sketches of Cities. 
 (At Least Once A Week)

Gracias por su visita. / Thanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments and I appreciate them all. Stay tune.


MQPhoto said...

Love this shot, great capture, great toning as well. But if you looks at right side there is colour, a blue colour, why? Did you forget it or it is like that? And what is that on the bottom of left side? Overall great shot

Boom Nisanart said...

Great black & white : )

Unknown said...

Gorgeous shot!! and nice BW!

Jilly said...

Stunning shot! Amazing hailstones yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Your hailstone pic was fabulous. I hope it didn't damage the cars very much.

Your lake photo is mysterious and the clouds pop out like something inviting.

Thanks for the visit to Funky Portraits.

irinapictures said...

I wanted to skip the comment, as I have a hyper-sense for photoshop, my problem. But then I read Castaneda, could not help stop here and thank you so much for reminding me about him and Don Huan.

brattcat said...

Once again you dazzle us with your magical sense of harmonies in image, sound, and word.

Luis Gomez said...

This is just great! Image and text, gorgeous.

Rob Siemann said...

Another fantastic shot!


Very beautiful photo!

joo said...

It's like the scene from black and white movie - fantastic!

T. Becque said...

I'm running out of adjectives, again great! I appreciate the artistic angle you take with your photography.
Oh, and I like the text; I've always enjoyed reading insightful snippets.

Balaphoto said...

Great picture!! Congratulations!!


AB said...

Great, dramatic sky!