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

Friday, May 14, 2010


Ver. 2

IN THIS LIFE you are a solitary traveler. And if you don’t understand the nature of the journey, you will get lost, because life is the only journey that, by default, cannot go in a circle.
The agent that doesn’t allow you to go around in a circle is called time. Even if today you do exactly the same thing that you did yesterday, it won’t be yesterday. It’ll be today. And if you plan to do tomorrow exactly what you did today, it still won’t be today; it will be tomorrow. You can’t go around in circles. So where are you headed? Where is this journey of life taking you?

There are three major events that happen: One is birth. One is existence. And you know the third one, right? Everybody knows the certainty of that one.
The river of life begins with a drop, and it stops when it merges into the ocean. I am not talking about the first drop or about the merging. I am talking about the flow. In this journey of life, you’re flowing.
I am talking about the solitary journey of a human being. This is just about you and the breath that comes into you and fulfills you. I’m talking about the kindness that you have been given that you do not see as a miracle.
It is so unfortunate that you do not see your existence as a miracle until it is too late. Bad habit. Bad idea. You can change that. You can do something about it — start to witness it.
Here is the most normal thing that happens. The most incredible normal thing. It does not even take an effort. Breath comes into you. And it fills you. With what? It fills you with life. You live. You exist. You can think, you can see, you can admire. You can touch, feel, analyze, laugh, cry. You can be a dad, a mom, a brother, a sister; you can be whatever you are. Courtesy of life. Incredible miracle. Unbelievable. And it comes and it goes. Can you feel it? Can you capture its essence — as a moment? Can you be fulfilled by it? The answer is yes.

New York City and Washington series continue in Sketches of Cities. (Tonight: Soho Garden)
(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.


Susanne Alm said...

Interesting to read and beautiful pictures. I love the ocean :)

lewi14 said...

Very atmospheric shots. I would like to be there...

Kim said...

I like both versions, and my fave is the first one. What a wonderful image to be able to play with!
Hope you have a wonderful start to the weekend.
The music is super today!

brattcat said...

I agree with Kim. The texts really work with this post, too, Carraol!

B SQUARED said...

Today, you have inspired me. Thank you!

joo said...

Beautiful photos, and as usually interesting quotations.

Irina said...

Number two. And so very lonely.
Should I repeat again that post is the treasure?

Kate said...

Both images make me lonesome for the sea! Speaking of "time" you'd like the small fiction book, "Einstein's Dreams" which is all about the concept of time: linear, circular, personal vs. mechanical, etc. Fascinating read!!

Amin said...

Beautiful photos!

Luis Gomez said...

Hermosisimo texto y bellisimas imagenes.

Joy said...

I love that first photo! It's just beautiful. Love the hint of blue, the water, the sky, the drama. Wonderful!

Hope to see you on Norwich Daily Photo soon. Have a great weekend!

Anya said...

The shots and tekst are FANTASTIC

Have a Happy Weekend

Edu Crispi said...


mtpmcg said...

beautiful pictures!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful words and great shots !!I am impressed !!

Ventana Infinita said...

I like the treatment you gave to these photos. Well enforced rules. The most important thing: the image is a beauty ...

T. Becque said...

I am stunned - both are beautiful - the first is heavenly. As for your words, I see the miracle and not a day goes by that I don't thank God for it. Thank you.

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