SCRIPTURES II // COMING SOON
I just want to take a moment on this very dead blog and say that I am so incredibly proud of all of the photographs AMATAMASAMO has taken of me over the past 14 months.
Through them, I have learned to look at my body and see something beautiful. They make me feel comfortable in my skin.
A gift, more valuable than anything I have ever owned.
A gift I wish more girls could embrace. It is the true epitome of freedom.
Thank you for your beautiful art, my love. I will forever be grateful. Only maximum respect.
"dat ass" sayeth the lord.
It is human nature to look for an external cause of our unhappiness. But when we look at our present circumstances, we will find that there are some days when smiles and laughter come with the lightest brushstroke, and other days when simply moving forward feels like dredging through a swampy bog. Is the cause of this variance based on external circumstances? While occasionally it may be, the truth of the matter is that most of our happiness is determined by our inner state of mind, general vitality, and presence of being.
So much of our lives is spent focused on improving some external condition; More money, a better job, a new lover. But without a level of mastery of our own human being, the change in circumstances will only provide a new backdrop for our own inner volatility. Figure out what is correlated to your best state of being in your present circumstances, and pursue that with discipline—a Spartan ethos. Once you master yourself, it will be much easier to master your circumstances. And then when you do achieve what you desire, the rewards will be as you imagined they would be."
Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.
I am not talking about vanity or arrogance or being stuck-up, for that is not LOVE. It is only fear. I am talking about having a great respect for ourselves and a gratitude for the miracle of our bodies and our minds.
"LOVE" to me is appreciation to such a degree that it fills my heart to bursting and overflows. LOVE can go in any direction.
I can feel LOVE for:
*The very process of life itself.
*The joy of being alive.
*The beauty I see.
*The process of the mind.
*Our bodies and the way they work.
*Animals, birds, fish.
*Vegetation in all its forms.
*The universe and the way it works.
Let’s look at some of the ways we don’t LOVE ourselves:
*We scold and criticize ourselves endlessly.
*We mistreat our bodies with food, alcohol, and drugs.
*We choose to believe we are unlovable.
*We are afraid to charge a decent price for our services.
*We create illnesses and pain in our bodies.
*We procrastinate on things that would benefit us.
*We live in chaos and disorder.
*We create debt and burdens.
*We attract lovers and mates who belittle us.
If we deny our good in any way, it is an act of not loving ourselves. […]
Lack of self-worth is another expression of not loving ourselves.
Tom was a very good artist, and he had some wealthy clients who asked him to decorate a wall or two in their homes. Yet somehow he was always behind in his own bill paying. His original quote was never enough to cover the time involved to complete the work. Anyone who gives a service or creates a one-of-a-kind product can charge any price. People with wealth love to pay a lot for what they get; it gives the item more value. More examples:
*Our partner is tired and grouchy. We wonder what we have done wrong to cause it.
*He takes us out once or twice and never calls again. We think something must me wrong with us. […]
*We are afraid to ask for a raise.
*Our bodies do not match those in ‘Gentleman’s Quarterly’ or ‘Vogue magazine’, and we feel inferior
*We don’t ‘make the sale’, or ‘get the part’, and we are sure we are ‘not good enough’.
*We are afraid of intimacy and allowing anyone to get too close, so we have anonymous sex.
*We can’t make decisions because we are sure they will be wrong.