ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL ARE SPIRITUAL
KNOWLEDGE SPEAKS, BUT WISDOM LISTENS.
-JIMI HENDRIX
PICTURE TAKEN: MUSEE D’ORSAY IN PARIS 

KNOWLEDGE SPEAKS, BUT WISDOM LISTENS.

-JIMI HENDRIX

PICTURE TAKEN: MUSEE D’ORSAY IN PARIS 

LAND ART

1. CHRISTOPHER JOBSON

2. WALTER DE MARIA

3. SIMON BECK

4. CHRISTO + JEANNE CLAUDE

5. NILS UDO

6. PATRICK DOUGHERTY

7. ROBERT SMITHSON

8. CHRISTO + JEANNE CLAUDE

TO GROW IS TO GO BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE TODAY. STAND UP AS YOURSELF. DO NOT IMITATE. DO NOT PRETEND TO HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR GOAL, AND DO NOT TRY TO CUT CORNERS. JUST TRY TO GROW.
- SVAMI PRAJNANPAD

PHOTOGRAPH OF STREET ART TAKEN ON YEHUDA HALEVI STREET, TEL AVIV.

TO GROW IS TO GO BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE TODAY. STAND UP AS YOURSELF. DO NOT IMITATE. DO NOT PRETEND TO HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR GOAL, AND DO NOT TRY TO CUT CORNERS. JUST TRY TO GROW.

- SVAMI PRAJNANPAD

PHOTOGRAPH OF STREET ART TAKEN ON YEHUDA HALEVI STREET, TEL AVIV.

THE BAND + NEIL YOUNG - HELPLESS

(Source: youtube.com)

BLTRX

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING BLTRX DESIGNER NOA KEDAR WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER BAG AND ASKED HER WHERE SHE BOUGHT IT. TO MY DELIGHT SHE EXPLAINED THAT SHE AND HER FRIEND TAMAR FRIEDMAN WHERE DESIGNING THE BAGS OUT OF TAMAR’S STUDIO.  LIKE SO MANY ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS IN TEL AVIV, NOA WORKS AS AN ARCHITECT (WHICH EXPLAINS THE CLEAN AESTHETIC OF BLTRX) WHILE DEVELOPING HER BAG BRAND. I AM DELIGHTED TO SEE THAT BLTRX IS NOW BEING CARRIED AT SOME OF MY FAVORITE BOUTIQUES IN TEL AVIV. LUCKILY MY AMERICAN FRIENDS CAN PURCHASE BLTRX BAGS THROUGH THEIR ETSY ACCOUNT.  

BLTRX STANDS FOR BELLATRIX WHICH IS THE THIRD BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE CONSTELLATION ORION, THE 27TH BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE NIGHT’S SKY. IT IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS THE AMAZON STAR. I HAVE A FEELING LIKE THEIR BRAND NAME, THESE TWO WILL HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE TEL AVIV FASHION AND DESIGN SCENE.

TO PURCHASE OR LEARN MORE ABOUT BLTRX, FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BLTRX?ref=l2-shopheader-name

ALL IMAGES PROVIDED BY BLTRX.

TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART

THE TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1932 BY MAYOR MEIR DIZENGOFF . SINCE THEN IT HAS GROWN CONSIDERABLY AND IS NOW CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSEUMS OF MODERN ART IN THE WORLD. WITH A NEW INNOVATIVE MUSEUM WING DESIGNED BY AMERICAN ARCHITECT PRESTON SCOTT COHEN, TAM (TEL AVIV MUSEUM) IS NOW CONSIDERED AN INTERNATIONAL LANDMARK. WITH EXHIBITIONS FROM SOME OF THE WORLDS LEADING ARTISTS, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING OF GREAT EXCITEMENT TO SEE AT THE MUSEUM. THE CURRENT EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO MARINA ABROMOVI, VIK MUNIZ, JOANA VASCONCELOS (SEE MY IMAGES ABOVE) AND ISRAELI ARTIST DAVID REEB.  MUSEUMS FEED MY SOUL, AND THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIELLE COLLINS, JUNE 2014.\

ONLY HE WHO HAS A DIFFERENT VISUAL OPENING CAN SEE THE WORLD IN ANOTHER WAY AND CAN PASS ON TO HIS NEIGHBOUR THE INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BROADEN HIS FIELD OF VIEW…LET US GET USED TO LOOKING AT THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS.

-BRUNO MUNARI

THOUGHTS ON DIVINITY
SHWETKETU WAS THE SON OF THE GREAT SAGE, UPMANU. WHEN SHWETKETU RETURNED HOME AFTER COMPLETING HIS STUDIES, HE – BEING AN EXTRAORDINARY, TALENTED YOUNG MAN – DEVELOPED AHANKAR – EGO – PRIDE THAT HE WAS THE BEST – HE KNEW EVERYTHING. SO HIS FATHER REALIZED THAT HE NEEDED TO BE TAUGHT THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON OF THIS WORLD – PROVIDING HIM THE GYAN, WISDOM. SO HE ASKED SHWETKETU THAT ‘YOU HAVE COLLECTED SO MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT GOD BUT HAVE YOU REALLY SEEN HIM?’ NOW SHWETKETU WAS BAFFLED – HE SAID – I KNOW ALL THE VEDAS, I HAVE READ EVERYTHING ABOUT GOD, THE DIVINE, THE SUPREME POWER – BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM’. HIS FATHER REPLIED THEN DO YOU WANNA SEE HIM? SHWETKETU WAS OF COURSE EXCITED AND WANTED TO EXPERIENCE THE DIVINITY.
SO UPMANU GOT ONE SUGAR CUBE AND A GLASS OF WATER AND MIXED THE SUGAR CUBE IN THE WATER. AND THEN HE ASKED HIS SON, CAN YOU SEE THE SUGAR INSIDE THE WATER? SHWETKETU SAID I CAN NOT SEE IT BUT I KNOW IT IS IN THERE. UPMANYU SAID YOU KNOW IT IS IN THERE BECAUSE YOU CAN TASTE THE WATER AND FEEL THE SWEETNESS – SIMILARLY, GOD IS ALL AROUND US, HE IS INSIDE US LIKE PRANA AND HE IS OUTSIDE US LIKE AIR AND NEITHER WE CAN SEE PRANA NOR THE AIR BUT WE CAN TASTE IT – WE CAN FEEL IT.
THE DIVINITY IS ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE.
STORY SHARED WITH ME BY MY TEACHER DR. CHINMAY PANDYA FROM DEV SANSKRITI UNIVERSITY, HARIDWAR, INDIA.
PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY ME IN NORTHERN THAILAND, 2012

THOUGHTS ON DIVINITY

SHWETKETU WAS THE SON OF THE GREAT SAGE, UPMANU. WHEN SHWETKETU RETURNED HOME AFTER COMPLETING HIS STUDIES, HE – BEING AN EXTRAORDINARY, TALENTED YOUNG MAN – DEVELOPED AHANKAR – EGO – PRIDE THAT HE WAS THE BEST – HE KNEW EVERYTHING. SO HIS FATHER REALIZED THAT HE NEEDED TO BE TAUGHT THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON OF THIS WORLD – PROVIDING HIM THE GYAN, WISDOM. SO HE ASKED SHWETKETU THAT ‘YOU HAVE COLLECTED SO MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT GOD BUT HAVE YOU REALLY SEEN HIM?’ NOW SHWETKETU WAS BAFFLED – HE SAID – I KNOW ALL THE VEDAS, I HAVE READ EVERYTHING ABOUT GOD, THE DIVINE, THE SUPREME POWER – BUT I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM’. HIS FATHER REPLIED THEN DO YOU WANNA SEE HIM? SHWETKETU WAS OF COURSE EXCITED AND WANTED TO EXPERIENCE THE DIVINITY.

SO UPMANU GOT ONE SUGAR CUBE AND A GLASS OF WATER AND MIXED THE SUGAR CUBE IN THE WATER. AND THEN HE ASKED HIS SON, CAN YOU SEE THE SUGAR INSIDE THE WATER? SHWETKETU SAID I CAN NOT SEE IT BUT I KNOW IT IS IN THERE. UPMANYU SAID YOU KNOW IT IS IN THERE BECAUSE YOU CAN TASTE THE WATER AND FEEL THE SWEETNESS – SIMILARLY, GOD IS ALL AROUND US, HE IS INSIDE US LIKE PRANA AND HE IS OUTSIDE US LIKE AIR AND NEITHER WE CAN SEE PRANA NOR THE AIR BUT WE CAN TASTE IT – WE CAN FEEL IT.

THE DIVINITY IS ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE.

STORY SHARED WITH ME BY MY TEACHER DR. CHINMAY PANDYA FROM DEV SANSKRITI UNIVERSITY, HARIDWAR, INDIA.

PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY ME IN NORTHERN THAILAND, 2012

EVERYTHING IS ENERGY AND THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. MATCH THE FREQUENCY OF THE REALITY YOU WANT AND YOU CANNOT HELP BUT GET THAT REALITY. IT CAN BE NO OTHER WAY. THIS IS NOT PHILOSOPHY. THIS IS PHYSICS.
-ALBERT EINSTEIN
I TOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPH IN JANUARY 2014 WHEN VISITING THE BRIAN ENO EXHIBITION IN MADRID, SPAIN.

EVERYTHING IS ENERGY AND THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. MATCH THE FREQUENCY OF THE REALITY YOU WANT AND YOU CANNOT HELP BUT GET THAT REALITY. IT CAN BE NO OTHER WAY. THIS IS NOT PHILOSOPHY. THIS IS PHYSICS.

-ALBERT EINSTEIN

I TOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPH IN JANUARY 2014 WHEN VISITING THE BRIAN ENO EXHIBITION IN MADRID, SPAIN.

THE PEOPLE OF TEL AVIV

WHENEVER I DESCRIBE MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE PEOPLE THAT RESIDE IN IT. MY REACTION FROM FRIENDS ABROAD IS “THAT IS SO NOT HOW I PICTURED IT.” THE DIVERSITY OF ETHNICITIES IN TEL AVIV IS ONE OF THE THINGS I TREASURE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE. IT DOES TAKE YOU BY SURPRISE TO SEE ETHIOPIANS, FILIPINOS, ARABS AND JEWS RESIDING IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD. SADLY WE ARE LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE THE MEDIA FOCUSES ON THE NEGATIVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THOSE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. ALTHOUGH THERE IS A LOT OF INTOLERANCE IN THE REGION, MOST OF WHAT I SEE LIVING HERE IS TOLERANCE AND COOPERATION. ABOVE ARE QUICK SHOTS I HAVE TAKEN IN AND AROUND THE FLORENTINE NEIGHBORHOOD. 

LAST IMAGE OF ME WAS TAKEN BY ALEX LEVAC

YOUR LOVE FOR THE OTHER, YOUR ABILITY TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON, DEPENDS ON YOUR ABILITY TO LOVE YOURSELF.
-BUDDHA 

YOUR LOVE FOR THE OTHER, YOUR ABILITY TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON, DEPENDS ON YOUR ABILITY TO LOVE YOURSELF.

-BUDDHA 

PET SHOP BOYS - LOVE ETC.

DEAR FRIENDS,
IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I SHARE WITH YOU MY NEW POSITION AS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AT UNITED HATZALAH. UNITED HATZALAH IS ISRAEL’S LEADING ALL-VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE ORGANIZATION PROVIDING LIFESAVING EFFORTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE VOLUNTEER MEDICS, DOCTORS, NURSES AND EMT’S OF UNITED HATZALAH CUT ACROSS ALL OF ISRAEL’S RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC GROUPS AND REPRESENT THE PLURALITY OF ISRAEL IN A WAY THAT FEW ORGANIZATIONS DO TODAY. UNITED HATZALAH’S PROPRIETARY GPS-TECHNOLOGY ENSURES THAT OUR VOLUNTEER EMT’S ARRIVE WITHIN THREE MINUTES OF AN EMERGENCY CALL, INCREASING THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL AND RECOVERY. THE GOAL OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO REDUCE THE RESPONSE TIME ACROSS ISRAEL DOWN TO 90 SECONDS, BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING LIVES, EVERY SECOND COUNTS.
IN ADDITION TO ITS 24/7 EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE SERVICES, UNITED HATZALAH CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS AID WITHIN ISRAEL AND ABROAD. UNITED HATZALAH’S TEN KAVOD PROGRAM IS PROVIDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND LONE, AT-RISK ELDERLY. TEN KAVOD EMPHASIZES EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL SUPPORT OF THE ELDERLY IN ADDITION TO ITS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. TO CULTIVATE DEEP COMMITMENT, VOLUNTEER MEDICS ARE PAIRED WITH A SENIOR WHO IS VISITED ON A WEEKLY BASIS. INTERNATIONALLY, UNITED HATZALAH HAS HELPED START LOCAL CHAPTERS IN BRAZIL AND PANAMA SO THOSE COMMUNITIES CAN PROVIDE THE SAME LIFESAVING FIRST RESPONSE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE JUST SENT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS TO UKRAINE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY THERE RESPOND TO AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE AND EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
THE VOLUNTEER PARAMEDICS OF UNITED HATZALAH RESPOND TO OVER 200,000 EMERGENCY CALLS EACH YEAR, 25% OF WHICH ARE LIFE-CRITICAL SITUATIONS. AT THIS VERY MOMENT, AS YOU READ THIS EMAIL, OUR VOLUNTEER EMT’S ARE RESPONDING TO A CALL AND PERHAPS SAVING SOMEONE FROM A LIFE THREATENING CIRCUMSTANCE. UNITED HATZALAH DOES NOT CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE, AND SO THE TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED BY THE VOLUNTEERS ARE SUPPORTED 100% BY DONATIONS. I AM HONORED TO ASSIST IN THE FUNDRAISING EFFORTS OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS PROVIDING SUCH SIGNIFICANT HELP WITH DISREGARD TO RELIGION OR RACE. AT UNITED HATZALAH, WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF SAVING LIVES. I ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN CONTINUING OUR EFFORTS.

WARM REGARDS,
BRIELLE COLLINS
FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW TO LEARN MORE.
http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_beer_the_fastest_ambulance_a_motorcycle
http://israelrescue.org/

DEAR FRIENDS,

IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I SHARE WITH YOU MY NEW POSITION AS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AT UNITED HATZALAH. UNITED HATZALAH IS ISRAEL’S LEADING ALL-VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE ORGANIZATION PROVIDING LIFESAVING EFFORTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE VOLUNTEER MEDICS, DOCTORS, NURSES AND EMT’S OF UNITED HATZALAH CUT ACROSS ALL OF ISRAEL’S RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC GROUPS AND REPRESENT THE PLURALITY OF ISRAEL IN A WAY THAT FEW ORGANIZATIONS DO TODAY. UNITED HATZALAH’S PROPRIETARY GPS-TECHNOLOGY ENSURES THAT OUR VOLUNTEER EMT’S ARRIVE WITHIN THREE MINUTES OF AN EMERGENCY CALL, INCREASING THE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL AND RECOVERY. THE GOAL OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO REDUCE THE RESPONSE TIME ACROSS ISRAEL DOWN TO 90 SECONDS, BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING LIVES, EVERY SECOND COUNTS.

IN ADDITION TO ITS 24/7 EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE SERVICES, UNITED HATZALAH CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS AID WITHIN ISRAEL AND ABROAD. UNITED HATZALAH’S TEN KAVOD PROGRAM IS PROVIDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND LONE, AT-RISK ELDERLY. TEN KAVOD EMPHASIZES EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL SUPPORT OF THE ELDERLY IN ADDITION TO ITS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. TO CULTIVATE DEEP COMMITMENT, VOLUNTEER MEDICS ARE PAIRED WITH A SENIOR WHO IS VISITED ON A WEEKLY BASIS. INTERNATIONALLY, UNITED HATZALAH HAS HELPED START LOCAL CHAPTERS IN BRAZIL AND PANAMA SO THOSE COMMUNITIES CAN PROVIDE THE SAME LIFESAVING FIRST RESPONSE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE JUST SENT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS TO UKRAINE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY THERE RESPOND TO AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE AND EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

THE VOLUNTEER PARAMEDICS OF UNITED HATZALAH RESPOND TO OVER 200,000 EMERGENCY CALLS EACH YEAR, 25% OF WHICH ARE LIFE-CRITICAL SITUATIONS. AT THIS VERY MOMENT, AS YOU READ THIS EMAIL, OUR VOLUNTEER EMT’S ARE RESPONDING TO A CALL AND PERHAPS SAVING SOMEONE FROM A LIFE THREATENING CIRCUMSTANCE. UNITED HATZALAH DOES NOT CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE, AND SO THE TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED BY THE VOLUNTEERS ARE SUPPORTED 100% BY DONATIONS. I AM HONORED TO ASSIST IN THE FUNDRAISING EFFORTS OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS PROVIDING SUCH SIGNIFICANT HELP WITH DISREGARD TO RELIGION OR RACE. AT UNITED HATZALAH, WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF SAVING LIVES. I ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN CONTINUING OUR EFFORTS.

WARM REGARDS,

BRIELLE COLLINS

FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW TO LEARN MORE.

http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_beer_the_fastest_ambulance_a_motorcycle

http://israelrescue.org/

WE DON’T RECEIVE WISDOM; WE MUST DISCOVER IT FOR OURSELVES AFTER A JOURNEY THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE FOR US OR SPARE US.
- MARCEL PROUST

WE DON’T RECEIVE WISDOM; WE MUST DISCOVER IT FOR OURSELVES AFTER A JOURNEY THAT NO ONE CAN TAKE FOR US OR SPARE US.

- MARCEL PROUST

THE BAND - THE WEIGHT