Anna Slezak

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Alana Dee Haynes

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Pavel Samokhvalov

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The why & how of badass, drama-free trips for ballsy women.


Lately I’ve been fielding a lot of requests for advice about traveling alone as a woman. Like these questions from Travel Paint Repeat readers:

My adventurous side is just starting to come out, and I realized I think this is…

100 Sounds of the Shofar

Meditational map of the sounds of the Shofar

On Rosh Hashana we blow the shofar 100 sounds during the prayer service.
The 100 sounds of the shofar are associated with 100 aspects of love within ourselves. The pattern of the sounds is discussed in great detail in the Kabbalah, and is rooted in spiritual aspects of our inner consciousness called Sefirot.
In a simple understanding, the 1st sound of the shofar represents the lowest level of having love only for oneself. Each progressive sound of the shofar represents higher levels of spiritual development of having more and more love for everyone. The final extra long sound of the tekia gedolarepresents attaining the spiritual consciousness of complete unconditional love.
In one of the many kavanot (meditations) of the shofar blowing, the sounding of the shofar is associated with the aspects of right, left, center, and oneness. In Kabbalistic spiritual language, the aspects of right, left, and center are not directions in space, but rather represent spiritual states of consciousness.
Right corresponds metaphorically to our experience of thankfulness and our aspect of giving.
Left corresponds metaphorically to our experience of lack and our aspect of receiving.
Center is the balance and harmony of right and left.
Oneness is the spiritual realization of unconditional love and infinite goodness.
These 4 stages of consciousness correspond to the 4 letters of the Divine Name י-ה-ו-ה.
The kavanot of the shofar blowing breaks down on one simple level into the 4 aspects as follows:
tekia————-long sound————-right/giving————-י
shevarim———3 sounds—————left/receiving———-ה
terua————-9 sounds—————center/harmony——–ו
tekia gedola—–extra long sound——–oneness————–ה
When we count 100 sounds, tekia, shevarim, terua, and tekia gedola each count as 1 sound.
This painting depicts the 100 sounds of the shofar, starting from the bottom of the painting and progressing upwards. One triangle represents the whole sound of the tekia. 3 triangles represent the 3 sounds of the shevarim. 9 triangles represent the 9 short sounds of the terua. The large triangle represents the extra long sound of the tekia gedola.
The long whole sound of the tekia is associated with giving. The 3 broken sounds of the shevarim are associated with receiving. The 9 sounds of the terua are associated with harmony.
In addition to the shevarim being associated with receiving, it contains 3 sounds which correspond to all 3 aspects of giving, receiving, and harmony.
In addition to the terua being associated with harmony, its 9 sounds correspond to giving, receiving and harmony of giving + giving, receiving and harmony of receiving + giving, receiving and harmony of harmony.
The right column is discussed in the Kabbalah as the consciousness of our hearts overflowing with thankfulness. This corresponds to the sound of the tekia, which is a whole sound.
The left column corresponds to the sound of the shevarimwhich is the 3 broken cries of the shofar, our feelings of brokenness and lack.
The center column corresponds to the terua, whose sound is so broken that it is whole. The central column is associated with faith and prayer.

It is taught in the Kabbalah that when we reach our truest prayer of the heart, all our brokenness is brought to wholeness in the realization of complete oneness and unconditional love at the root of all creation. (via Tzfat Gallery of Mystical Art)

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Has anyone seen the new wheelchair symbol?  The symbol was not designed by or for the City, it actually began in 2009 as a guerrilla defacement project.  The new symbol will replace the outdated International Symbol of Access (white-on-blue icon of a figure seated in a wheelchair).

12.04.13 @ 23:026

(via Kodak No 1 Camera 125th Anniversary Photographs | HUH.)

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Unusual & rare acicular turquoise-colored crystals of Dioptase from Chile

09.21.13 @ 16:12271

Why don’t you…

… use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne?

… cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt, banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?

… tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child’s bed on Christmas Eve?

… paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?

… tie black tulle bows on your wrists?

And here are some of the more extravagant ones, inspiring nonetheless.

Why don’t you…

… own, as does one extremely smart woman, twelve diamond roses of all sizes?

… bring back from Central Europe a huge white baroque porcelain stove to stand in your front hall?

… wear violet velvet mittens with everything?

… have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermès of Paris will make this.

…wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?

…have a room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded, and poison greens?

(via Lagom Design)

09.15.13 @ 11:063