"I am on a journey... With my work, my explorations, and a few sad stories. I travel with a suitcase full of outrageous blessings. I am on a quest for truth, beauty, and quiet joy. I am an artist, a writer, an explorer."

Monday, 8 December 2014

Be Authentic

 Photo by Alice Karayianni

'I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much.'

Emotion

Raw
Sincere
Authentic

Emotional nakedness is the sexiest state of all

If only we had the courage to always be real with each other, genuine; how much deeper our relationships with others would be. Food for thought :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Cold Front

Cold Front by Hammock

Now you're so gone
And it's so wrong...
Did I know you?
I get lost without you.
Where did you belong?
Now you're all gone...

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


I'll be cheating a bit today by giving you this link which is basically a blog post I'd written last year. BUT, it wasn't for Thanksgiving, so I wouldn't be cheating in that sense! I'd written it on a day I felt particularly thankful about the people in my life and if I were to type something up today, given the occasion, I'd probably type up the same thing with a bit of rephrasing here and there...

Thank you, and, I love you :)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Just Moping

 Morning Breaks by Craig Armstrong

This time of year always brings me back to you,  
But of course, so does the summer.

It hurts, being in the dark.

Not knowing how you are,
Not knowing where you're at.

I wish you'd given me a clue, some sign,
Sometimes I try to read within the lines.

How did we come to drift away,
Talking less, breathing stress.

We've changed and it just seems...
I've lost you on the way.

When will I learn?
By Alice Karayiannis

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Forest

Photo by Alice Karayiannis

I am there now, lost in the forest, dwarfed by the giant trees. Find me.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

High Hopes

High Hopes by Kodaline

Seems to me like I'm just scared of never feeling it again
 I know it's crazy to believe in silly things
But it's not that easy

But I've got high hopes, it takes me back to when we started
High hopes, when you let it go, go out and start again
High hopes, when it all comes to an end
But the world keeps spinning around

How this world keeps spinning around 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Just Sometimes

Just one of those days

Hiding in my headphones
Drowning myself in music.

From time to time
I've got the need
To relive (relieve)
Certain emotions.

Just trying to feel the beat
By Alice Karayiannis

Lost Memories

Eet by Regina Spektor

Feeling disconnected today...

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween

Photo by Alice Karayiannis

So this year we carved a pumpkin... I'd forgotten how much fun it is :)

Happy Halloween!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Evensong


Evensong by The Innocence Mission

Oh, the lives that brush against us, pass us by and by,
The friends who may or may not come if we would first invite
Oh, to open doors
To always gladly fly and fly
Into the sting of the cold
And prick of the barbed wire

Friday, 3 October 2014

Just This

All I Want by Kodaline

So you brought out the best of me
A part of me I've never seen
You took my soul and wiped it clean
Our love was made for movie screens

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Mist

Photo by Alice Karayiannis
(Listen to this while reading)

There is an eternal mist
So dense
It covers most of this town.

Part of it (One with it)
I'm hiding in it
Losing myself (Finding myself).

Wet and dark
In this quiet stillness
I find peace.

Strange how even in the mist
The beauty of Nature
Overwhelms.

Fadeaway

By Alice Karayiannis

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Just Nature

Timekeeper by Michael Brooks

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal. 
 ~ George Gordon Byron
There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods

Monday, 25 August 2014

Together Invincible

In My Own Words by Craig Armstrong

We sprang ourselves into fields of gold,
Above us the eternal blue with an occasional puff.
Wide awake and carefree,
Ready to conquer the world.
Together we were invincible!


For hours on end we talked, we laughed;
We re-discovered eachother.
Our thoughts and passions trailing away,
Disappearing into a silence of deep understanding between us;
Finally, we were known; we were loved.


And nothing could mar the perfection of it.

By Alice Karayiannis

Monday, 21 July 2014

Iron Sky

Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini

You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful,
to make this life a wonderful adventure

You just got to hold on

Monday, 14 July 2014

Footfalls Echo

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
~ T. S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

We have this stubborn habit of continuously attempting to grasp what is not here, be it in the past or future. The truth is there is only the present. What has happened, whether we regret it or not, will always remain in the past and is not redeemable. So why do we allow ourselves to suffer? I think regrets play quite a decent role in keeping us from letting go. We ceaselessly reflect back to what could have been had we chosen another path, over and over, as if this endless contemplation might miraculously change what has already happened. It is inevitable that we will sometimes wish that we could go back and relive certain moments, perhaps in order to act differently or to take action even for an inaction we regret. We keep replaying events in our minds, pondering on all different possibilities, as if we can actually change something now. Regrets are a part of life; the best we can do is learn from them. Whatever is done is done and shall remain in the past; I always say that it is for the best, no regrets. We might not be able to see how just yet, but everything happens for a reason, or so I believe. All that we have is the present; the future is not ours to see either. So let go of the past, make the most of the present and que sera sera :) 

Photo by Alice Karayiannis

Sunday, 22 June 2014

On Kindness

Kindness.

A little kindness can go a long way, isn't that what they say? A simple smile; smiling to strangers is what I like doing best, and it feels so good when they smile back. Encouraging others; it is so rewarding to see that we have managed to boost someone's self-esteem.

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
 ~ Plato

Little acts of kindness to help someone in need, a form of connection with the people we encounter in our daily life. I'm mainly talking about the ones we do on the spur of the moment; it is so fulfilling to feel that we have gone a little out of our way in order to help someone, made their day a little better, and opportunities lie everywhere. What is best is that every act of kindness seems to have a ripple effect on the universe; observing kindness in others helps us tune into our own feelings of compassion.

The beach I went to this morning, at Latchi (Paphos), had a special facility for people with mobility problems: a seat that enables these people to enter the sea by slowing moving them across a wooden ramp and into the sea where they can then be lifted off it. A woman was trying to get her husband into the sea via this device. However, it would get stuck once it reached a certain point down the ramp and this was caused by pebbles and sand trapped within the gaps on which the seat moved. The woman realised this, stopped the device, and began removing pebbles and sand from the gaps. She tried the device again but to no avail. To my surprise, the person on guard today did nothing. Slowly, however, people began to notice. A man went to give her a hand, followed by a woman, followed by her husband and eventually a couple of others. They all started removing pebbles and sand, more pebbles and sand. They kept trying the device, it wouldn't work. Two more women went to see if they could help with their own ideas. This was clearly a ripple effect! Amazing. Positive vibes all around, I could feel it. And it worked, it finally worked! They all let out a relieved cheer as they watched the device move past the point where it would get stuck, eventually transferring the man into the sea. It must have felt so good for all of those who had helped in the process. 

No act of kindness ever goes wasted, however small. But it's not only about doing a good deed and getting it over with; it's about doing it genuinely, developing kindness and compassion within us.


"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible"
~ Dalai Lama


 Photo by Alice Karayiannis

Thursday, 5 June 2014

My Selves

This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers

I came across this in the book I'm currently reading and it is spot on so I had to share. 

Now you know a little more about me, although I'm sure we all share these different selves from time to time :) Goodnight!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Summer Finally

Le temps de l'amour by Françoise Hardy

C'est le temps de l'amour,
Les temps des copains et de l'aventure...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Crane Dance

The Crane Dance by Ludovico Einaudi

Been listening to this on repeat all day. Its melody is so soft and soothing, it kind of brings you down to earth. Helps me focus on revision. Weird mood today; worried about exams yet too tired to actually feel anything. Meh... 12 days to go.

Have I ever mentioned that I love observing birds?

Friday, 2 May 2014

Blue Space

 Photo by Alice Karayiannis

Maybe they'll talk
Soul to soul head to head heart to heart eye to eye
Rise up to that blue space above the clouds
Where troubles die
And tears dry

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Separate Realities

 
Photo by Alice Karayiannis

 We each live in different realities.

No matter how much we've been around certain people, observed their reactions and approaches to different situations and watched them grow, we'll never be able to understand them as fully as we think. No matter how close we are with certain people, to the extent that one would believe that our realities may be interlocking, our realities are, indeed, different.

Our experiences are never the same; each of us sees things differently. So much effort is wasted in trying to make others see things the way we see them. We argue with them, trying to prove our point, and become disappointed when they don't seem to understand something that is so obvious to us. 

That is why we must realise that every pair of eyes is different; each of us interprets the world the way we want to, the way we've learned to as we were growing up. There is no one, single reality which is consistent to all of us and we must respect this in order to understand other people and situations better.

***
"It is neurologically obvious that no two brains have the same genetically-programmed hard wiring, the same imprints, the same conditioning, the same learning experiences. We are all living in separate realities. That is why communication fails so often, and misunderstandings and resentments are so common. I say "meow" and you say "Bow-wow," and each of us is convinced the other is a bit dumb."
~ Robert Anton Wilson

A Postcard

Postcards From Far Away by Coldplay

 I could feel it go down 
Bittersweet, I could taste in my mouth
 Silver lining the clouds

Oh and I
I wish that I could work it out 
...
Oh and I
I wonder what it's all about

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Drifting Apart

Sometimes we drift apart from people whom we thought would be with us for quite some time, for years to come even. I'm not saying forever because nothing lasts forever, after all. Life's all about learning how to let go; it's the only way to find peace and balance in the present moment since we can't always control what is happening. 

So why do we drift apart? 

People change as they go through different phases of their life, feelings change, things that were once common bonds, common ground, cease to be. Distance separates people (although I tend to disagree with this one because where there is a will there is a way). Sometimes friendships come to an end because one end realises that the only reason they were holding on for so long was because they were hoping for something stronger, love maybe. There's a fine line between friendship and love.

It's sad when long friendships fade out. The people who knew us best, with whom we'd talk every single day, no longer occupy the same space in our life. Strangely enough, though, most of the time these are the people who'll make us feel that not one day has passed since the last time we saw them; they'll always be a part of us no matter what.

Marooned by Pink Floyd
 
Goodnight :)

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Swan

"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it."


Photo by Alice Karayiannis

You flew gracefully towards me and past me and I gazed in awe;
Your elegant bearing confirming that you were not just any bird :)
~
Our encounter may have been brief, but my mission was accomplished!

By Alice Karayiannis

Sunday, 26 January 2014

I'm Back

And I'm back; back in St Andrews but also back to blog-writing. It's been a while - 25 days to be precise - and oh so many things can happen in such little time! Doors close, new ones open; people walk in and out of your life; life happens. Everything happens for the best :)

Time flies when you're enjoying yourself! I was free and carefree...and FREE. I realised, yet again, that amazing things can happen once you get out of that comfort zone. Life is full of little miracles, you won't regret it; surprise yourself! The past weeks seem like a distant, blissful dream; like those dreams you never want to wake up from, the ones which suddenly end and plunge you back into reality. 

It was about time though, I guess; let's get this semester over with! I'm ready.
 
Photo by Alice Karayiannis

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Year


I came across this last night. I think it perfectly captures everything I would want to wish to anyone - and myself included - for this new year; I couldn't have rephrased it better. A new year always brings with it a chance to make a new start, a brand new beginning. It may not feel like it yet; after all, 2013 was only yesterday, but we could start by thinking about some new year's resolutions and making some effort to keep them this time.

'Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.'

Let go of everything and anyone that makes you unhappy, that doesn't serve you in any way. Try to forgive the ones who have done you wrong and move on, they don't deserve your time. Learn to accept what is; surrender to the moment, even if it's not a pleasant one. Acceptance is hard but it frees us of a huge burden. There is no reason for resistance, just let it be. Always remember that when one door closes, another one opens.

Let your soul shine!

Trust in your heart. 
Be brave. 
Have courage. 
Be fearless. 
Be true to yourself. 
Embrace simplicity.
Create a life you love.

Never stop dreaming and never let go of hope
Believe in miracles :)

* Happy New Year 2014 *