Get ready for Neighbors and Other things I hate pt. II- this Friday and Saturday at Kim Maxwell Studio. An amazing evening of storytelling with a super talented group of writers- I’m so lucky to have been able to share writing time with them! Join us!
One of my very favorite mugs is this one by Ojai ceramicist @wyattamendceramics ☕️ We have his mugs and vases in the shop. No two are exactly alike, but all totally related. That’s part of the charm and appeal of handmade things - their uniqueness. I love finding the one that speaks to me. Which personality do I feel connected to today? I love to drink my daily coffee, tea, and water from different vessels that seem to match my mood and the spirit of the beverage. It’s the little things. Finding creativity and joy in picking out a cup to drink from is one of my little pleasures. 🍵 #handmadeceramics#californiaceramics#ojaiceramics#wyattamendceramics#dailyritual#thelittlethings#ojai#cattywampuscrafts
@salamatceramics • Made in Los Angeles, CA and influenced & inspired by mood, nature, food, and art. Salamat pieces can be hard, raw and natural with a balance of playfulness. Their mission is to not only provide beautiful kitchenware and home decor, but to also hand make each piece personally, creating a bond between the piece itself and its next set of hands. Shop the collection 11/30 • 11am-5pm • S. Oak St. @downtownventura
The last in my #California sunrise diptych series. (P.S. This is a sunset.) #ojai
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MY BIRTHDAY DANCE PARTY IS THIS WEEKEND AND Y’ALL ARE INVITED🌟🎂🌟COME GET DOWWNNNN AND GROOVE WIT US!!! Sat. Nov 23rd @ojaiharvestbar🔥 9pm-2am🔥 featuring DJ SETS BY @aiyanasage@dear_future@nothimyst and I will be playing my favorite classic soul, R&B, rap, Hip Hop hits🔥🔥🔥EXPECT DANCE, DRINKS, FOOD, CAKE AND HIGH VIBES✊🏽⚡️✊🏽 LET’S GOOOOO🌟 Ps Every year I get the honor of celebrating a shared birthday with the legendary @tinaturner and y’all know we got that SAGITTARIUS SASSSS🏹 SO Y’ALL BETTER COME PREPARED ⚡️🔥⚡️
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“The Language Of Empathy”
8 1/2” x 11” ballpoint on rubbish
A Chewsday Night Doodle “On many issues, empathy can pull us in the wrong direction. The outrage that comes from adopting the perspective of a victim can drive an appetite for retribution.” -Paul Bloom-
The Articulated Word is the most uncommon form of communication. It is empathetic language you see mostly in nature. There are exceptions, but that’s for another post. Human beings have moved quite a distance from the primal language, but we are still very much affected by it. Generally you here empathy as being used to love and understand, which it is a powerful tool for doing so, but it is less popular to talk about the negative side of empathy. Mass hysteria, Mob mentality, Narcissistic Gaslighting, Con Artistry, Riots. All of these use empathy as the core linguistic mechanism. It’s interesting to see people set aside their better selves to tear into someone that has wronged another. They become slithering creatures of hatred in the pursuit of justice, “How dare you!” and feel compelled to exact punishment. Be it through violence, ostracizing, banishment or, more commonly , mere insult. You aren’t standing up for what is right, you aren’t expressing your disgust, you are becoming what is wrong, and frankly, that is disgusting.
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There’s something special about this place. Even people who don’t consider themselves to be sensitive to that sort of thing speak of it—the way that energy seems to be amplified here. You can’t run from a single thing. If something is not meant for you, it will most certainly fall away. If there is a calling you are meant to answer, you will be thrust into it. Your best bet is to simply embrace all of it, because resistance will only bring suffering. It’s a blessing but not always an easy one to receive for sure. In January it will be two years that I have called Ojai “home” and in that time I’ve faced off with so much of my shadow, the stories that I’ve carried like little stowaways, and truths about myself that I had not yet been ready to hold. It has been beautiful, gritty, terrifying, humbling and everything in between..and I wouldn’t take back a single moment of it. This journey has both softened and strengthened me all at once, and not a day goes by that I don’t whisper “thank you” to these mountains that have held me through every bit of it.
As one observes, we have always acted from a centre which contracts and expands. Sometimes it is a very small circle and at other times it is comprehensive, inclusive and utterly satisfying. But it is always a centre of grief and sorrow, of fleeting joys and misery, the enchanting or the painful past. It is a centre which most of us know, consciously or unconsciously. From the centre we act and we have our roots in it. The question of what to do, now or tomorrow, is always asked from this centre, and the reply must always be recognisable by the centre. Having received a reply, either from another or from ourselves, we proceed to act according to the limitation of the centre. It is like an animal tethered to a post, its action depending on the length of the rope. This action is never free and so there is always pain, mischief and confusion. Realising this, the centre says to itself, ‘How am I to be free to live happily, completely openly, and act without sorrow or remorse?’ But it is still the centre that is asking the question.
This centre is the past. This centre is the ‘me’ with its self-centred activities, which only knows action in terms of reward and punishment, of achievement and failure, with motives, causes and effects. It is caught in this chain. This chain is the centre and the prison.
There is the other action that comes when there is space in which there is no centre, a dimension in which there is no cause and effect. From this, living is action. Having no centre, whatever is done is free, joyous, without the pain of pleasure. This space and freedom is not a result of effort and achievement: when the centre ends the other is. #jiddukrishnamurti#jkrishnamurti#mind#quite#davidbohm#ojai#pupuljayakar#terencestamp#truth#inward#inwardrevolution#psychologicalrevolution#humanpsyche#beauty#joy#bliss#happiness#truth#attention#theflameofattention#theendingoftime#freedom#freedomfromtheknown#thefirstandlastfreedom#happyvalley#silence#meditation#action#totalaction
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Growing up in the 805, I’ve been spoiled surrounded by so much beauty. Endless inspiration 🖤✨
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T E N • D A Y S until our Holiday St. Fair, happening S A T U R D A Y 11/30! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s announcement on who will be joining us along with all of the happenings going on for the day. 60+ artisans, independent designers & creatives, workshops, bands and loads of local talent ✌︎ Poster Design @daniellamanini_art