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An Edifice Unity window ode

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Behold: Montreal’s Edifice Unity.

Edifice Unity is one of the downtown skyscrapers built in the early 1900s, when it was illegal to build skyscrapers taller than ten stories. Tucked away at the corner of Saint-Alexandre and De-La-Gauchetière, right where downtown meets the financial district, this building is ten stories of architectural magnificence. I’ve always been especially in awe of its windows… Continue reading An Edifice Unity window ode

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Graffiti + Soul Work (Part 1)

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“The aim of soul work…is not adjustment to the accepted norms or to an image of the statistically healthy individual. Rather, the goal is a richly elaborated life, connected to society and nature, woven into the culture of family, nation, and globe. The idea is not to be superficially adjusted, but to be profoundly connected in the heart to ancestors and to living brothers and sisters in all the many communities that claim our hearts.”

– Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

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Matt Green: I’m Just Walkin’

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I found out about Matt Green when I was absent-mindedly leafing through Air Canada’s En Route magazine. An article featuring an excerpt from Dan Rubenstein’s book Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act caught my attention, and as I read on, Rubenstein introduced Green and all I was thinking about was, “Oh wow, I have to write something about this man for the blog!”

Matt Green is one of the most fascinating real-life flâneurs I’ve heard about. For the past few years, he has been on a quest to walk every street of every borough of New York City, with the desire to explore neighborhoods that he would normally never visit and document his discoveries. He posts photos from his wanderings on his personal website, imjustwalkin.com. Everything that’s red on the map in the image above represents the territory he’s covered thus far.

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Separation is an illusion… (Inspiration: Charles Eisenstein)

 

What is it that unifies all of these things

Today’s post is inspired by Charles Eisenstein, a writer and speaker whose work explores the boundaries of what is possible based on our current ways of being, knowing, and understanding. Eisenstein has published numerous books, including the recent The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, which provides a beautiful framework for replacing humanity’s old Story of Separation with the new, empowering Story of Interbeing. Soulful and practical, Eisenstein’s work is profoundly inspiring for anyone who wants to live an engaged, grounded, sacred life at a time when humanity seems to be on the threshold of major transformation.

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Flâneur Grace in “Saturday Night Fever”

 

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“Grace does not erase personal pain by any means. But it does grant the gift of a higher perspective than any you could attain with the limited skills of reason. In those experiences of insight that are beyond the boundaries of the mortal landscape, it is grace that helps you to defy the gravity of the earth so that you may take an enlightened view of the whole.”

–  Caroline Myss, Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason

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Daybreak Flâneur: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

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“…The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long; you’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?

…Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it. Nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then — then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!”

-Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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On Bridges and Montreal

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Montreal is a bridge city.

Many people here are evolving, transient…working bridge jobs, living bridge lives, moving at that particular rhythm that carries a person from one major phase to the next. There’s a feeling of groundlessness that comes with this rhythm – a waiting, a searching, a feeling of hovering in the unknown. Continue reading On Bridges and Montreal

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