“Vibrant”  |  Anthony Satori

” ‘Just living is not enough,’  said the butterfly,  ‘One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.’ ” 

— Hans Christian Anderson

While recently walking near water, I came upon a shiny, dark-leafed flower.  The sunlight reflected off its surfaces beautifully, playing boldly with the reflectivity of its robust petals, softly enhancing the remarkable natural coloring of its bloom.  The plant seemed to be almost consciously trying to show me that there was light emanating from deep within its heart.  This was nature using color and texture to express a true inner vibrancy, presenting an expression of pure illumination before my very eyes.  Moments later, the sun shifted.  The colors became more subtle, more subdued.  But not before I managed to immortalize the inner sparkle of this flower, in this moment, in all its wonder.



"Serenity"  |  Anthony Satori

“Serenity”  |  Anthony Satori

“Words exist because of meaning.  Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words.  Where can I find someone who has forgotten words?  This is who I wish to speak with.”  — Chuang Tzu

When someone tunes out the noise of the outer world, allows their thoughts to become still and calm, and immerses themselves in the experience of a work of art, they are speaking with someone who has “forgotten” words.  This is because art exists in a mode that goes beyond mere language, reaching directly into the realm of pure meaning.BlogImage-footd

Dropping In

“Dropping In”  |  Anthony Satori

In skate and surf culture, there is something called the “drop in.”  It is when you go directly up to the edge of a half-pipe (or wave), stand on your board, lean your entire body out over the abyss, and then just drop, letting gravity pull you into the slope with full momentum.  It is fast and sudden, and you hit maximum speed almost immediately.  While it might seem dangerous, perhaps even reckless, it is actually one of the most stable ways to start a ride, because a large amount of the stability in skateboarding and surfing comes from forward motion.  Plus, when you drop in, there is no chance for hesitation.  There is no half-way.  It is full focus and full commitment.  Suddenly, all of your decisions become simplified: all that matters is making the most of your ride.

So the next time you are presented with a challenge, an opportunity, or even just the chance to have a new experience… yes, do your homework, make your preparations, and learn all that you can about how you want to proceed… but then, as soon as you’ve done these things, don’t be afraid to simply drop in.  Feel the wind against your face, feel the momentum of gravity pulling you along, feel the exhilaration that comes from unhesitant, unequivocal forward motion.  This is your ride… make the most of it!