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Another sunset at Bondi Beach.

Another sunset at Bondi Beach.

TODAY’S SUNRISE with Shima & Lorenzo Bondi Beach.Kinda Latin Rhythm by The Juju Orquestra.https://soundcloud.com/lilukaki/the-juju-orchestra-kind-of-latin-rhythmMauricio Mar Photography.

TODAY’S SUNRISE with Shima & Lorenzo Bondi Beach.
Kinda Latin Rhythm by The Juju Orquestra.
https://soundcloud.com/lilukaki/the-juju-orchestra-kind-of-latin-rhythm
Mauricio Mar Photography.

Early morning summer sunrise @BondiBeach 
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Early morning @

# #ationalbeachvolleyassociation #FIVBWoldTour # #MauricioMarPhotography

Advanced yoga asana. Do not try without expert supervision.

Advanced yoga asana. Do not try without expert supervision.

17 Things I learn after 10 days of consecutive silence, isolation and meditation
Back in November 2013, I had the amazing experience of joining of the Vipasana meditation retreats in Black Heat, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.
For years, I knew about this opportunity where you can go to a place for 10 consecutive days of meditation, but I never felt I was ready for it.
This time, I felt it would be great to have some “silence” time and as always I thought if I did not like it, then I will leave it.
The first 3 days it was a bit of a new experience, getting used to the fact I could not speak to anyone, do not have access to reading, writing, no physical exercise, no music, NOTHING.
It was great to see how the mind starts thinking bullshit, thinking sometimes I was not supposed to be there, or even funnier that the whole idea of the meditation was non-sense.
Day 4-5 as I was getting used to it, become ok, the fact that I was not even there for the half of the time yet did not really scared me or stress me. I was telling my mind that everyday was a new day.
During all these days the meditation seating was ok…it was hard to focus on the instructions but I just took it easy and told the mind just to relax and try to enjoy the calmness.
I started getting very engaged with the sounds and visuals of the place, listening the sounds of birds, checking out every leave, every flower, smelling trees, fallen wood sticks, branches.
I start creating my own sacred bench at the end of the male trail where I could sit and chill and feel the sun. I did not want for rainy days but I knew rainy days will bring that amazing smell when all trees and plants are getting dry.
Day 6 was the hardest for me. It was really a hot day and the energy of the last meditation seating was really heavy…I has for some reason some rapid heartbeats and I had to leave the room just before a minute of ending the last night session of meditation.
Day 7-10 were so much easier and it was just about to ensure I was going to make it. I kept doing the things I love - my stone castles- smelling and appreciating everything that natures offered me every day and also enjoying so much the food given to me.
After completing the 10 consecutive days and having an introspection, these are the main things I learn or at least remembered to take some action:
Have a laugh with family, connect with them more often.
Sharp the mind to do things you always want to do but for some reason you do not do them. I should surf more often, I should try skydiving.
Be connected to nature: wood, stones, leaves, flowers.
Build stone castles!!
Do not pressure any project, let it grow organically, press the accelerator but do not pressure people or things that do not want to come. Be ok if they do not happen the way I intended to.
Interruptive photography exhibition for my photos. I thought about qr codes to take viewer to interviews ( link to sound cloud).
Better at time management: spot waisting time on blogs or facebook stuff.
Find more clients, get out, call, never give up.
Volunteer farming as a way to learn how to grow food.
Decoration is important - Decorate room and house with the things you believe in.
Build your sacred home space: whatever it takes, moving out, changing house mates, etc.
Keep traveling and learning new fun activities: Acroyoga, Percussion, anything!! keep learning.
Let things pass away. Do not make them to bother you.
Dedicate time to the people you choose to love ( they are very likely they have already chosen to love you too)
Let sex comes naturally, organically. 
Glenbrook for hiking or mountain biking might be a good weekend plan.
MEDITATE.
Cheers
Mauricio Mar

17 Things I learn after 10 days of consecutive silence, isolation and meditation

Back in November 2013, I had the amazing experience of joining of the Vipasana meditation retreats in Black Heat, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

For years, I knew about this opportunity where you can go to a place for 10 consecutive days of meditation, but I never felt I was ready for it.

This time, I felt it would be great to have some “silence” time and as always I thought if I did not like it, then I will leave it.

The first 3 days it was a bit of a new experience, getting used to the fact I could not speak to anyone, do not have access to reading, writing, no physical exercise, no music, NOTHING.

It was great to see how the mind starts thinking bullshit, thinking sometimes I was not supposed to be there, or even funnier that the whole idea of the meditation was non-sense.

Day 4-5 as I was getting used to it, become ok, the fact that I was not even there for the half of the time yet did not really scared me or stress me. I was telling my mind that everyday was a new day.

During all these days the meditation seating was ok…it was hard to focus on the instructions but I just took it easy and told the mind just to relax and try to enjoy the calmness.

I started getting very engaged with the sounds and visuals of the place, listening the sounds of birds, checking out every leave, every flower, smelling trees, fallen wood sticks, branches.

I start creating my own sacred bench at the end of the male trail where I could sit and chill and feel the sun. I did not want for rainy days but I knew rainy days will bring that amazing smell when all trees and plants are getting dry.

Day 6 was the hardest for me. It was really a hot day and the energy of the last meditation seating was really heavy…I has for some reason some rapid heartbeats and I had to leave the room just before a minute of ending the last night session of meditation.

Day 7-10 were so much easier and it was just about to ensure I was going to make it. I kept doing the things I love - my stone castles- smelling and appreciating everything that natures offered me every day and also enjoying so much the food given to me.

After completing the 10 consecutive days and having an introspection, these are the main things I learn or at least remembered to take some action:

  • Have a laugh with family, connect with them more often.
  • Sharp the mind to do things you always want to do but for some reason you do not do them. I should surf more often, I should try skydiving.
  • Be connected to nature: wood, stones, leaves, flowers.
  • Build stone castles!!
  • Do not pressure any project, let it grow organically, press the accelerator but do not pressure people or things that do not want to come. Be ok if they do not happen the way I intended to.
  • Interruptive photography exhibition for my photos. I thought about qr codes to take viewer to interviews ( link to sound cloud).
  • Better at time management: spot waisting time on blogs or facebook stuff.
  • Find more clients, get out, call, never give up.
  • Volunteer farming as a way to learn how to grow food.
  • Decoration is important - Decorate room and house with the things you believe in.
  • Build your sacred home space: whatever it takes, moving out, changing house mates, etc.
  • Keep traveling and learning new fun activities: Acroyoga, Percussion, anything!! keep learning.
  • Let things pass away. Do not make them to bother you.
  • Dedicate time to the people you choose to love ( they are very likely they have already chosen to love you too)
  • Let sex comes naturally, organically. 
  • Glenbrook for hiking or mountain biking might be a good weekend plan.
  • MEDITATE.

Cheers

Mauricio Mar

Tourist Cart Driver @ Quintana Roo, Mexico.
As Mexico’s famous water holes sometimes are in remote locations, these guys offer the tourist the opportunity to get to them in a very convenient fashion.
Photo: Mauricio Mar Photography

Tourist Cart Driver @ Quintana Roo, Mexico.

As Mexico’s famous water holes sometimes are in remote locations, these guys offer the tourist the opportunity to get to them in a very convenient fashion.

Photo: Mauricio Mar Photography

Acro yoga at @ Marks Park, Tamarama, Sydney
Photo: Mauricio Mar

Acro yoga at @ Marks Park, Tamarama, Sydney

Photo: Mauricio Mar

BEST FIVE THINGS TO DO IN A SUNDAY MORNING
Breath. Meditate for whatever time you want. It is Sunday.
Stretch. Lay down in bed until late. Have a special slow-motion sex, no rush.
Get wet. Wake up early and go skinny dipping in the ocean while watching sunrise. Open your eyes in the water…see what’s in it.
Get inspired. Read your favourite magazine while having delighful breakky while laying on your comfy sofa/couch.
Create. Draw something you have never draw. 

BEST FIVE THINGS TO DO IN A SUNDAY MORNING

  • Breath. Meditate for whatever time you want. It is Sunday.
  • Stretch. Lay down in bed until late. Have a special slow-motion sex, no rush.
  • Get wet. Wake up early and go skinny dipping in the ocean while watching sunrise. Open your eyes in the water…see what’s in it.
  • Get inspired. Read your favourite magazine while having delighful breakky while laying on your comfy sofa/couch.
  • Create. Draw something you have never draw. 
Today all rabbits - including me - are so happy to welcoming, meeting and embracing Horse Year energy!

Today all rabbits - including me - are so happy to welcoming, meeting and embracing Horse Year energy!

Chanel girls in Bondi Beach.From an “exclusive” Chanel event invite postcard to another life on its own….(not far from some reality).

Chanel girls in Bondi Beach.

From an “exclusive” Chanel event invite postcard to another life on its own….(not far from some reality).

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Hoy mientras leía me acorde de ese día en Itacaré, Brazil. Hace mas de un año, un día raro, de esos que el destino los tiene lentamente en preparacion.

Ese día fuí a surfíar con la argentina y su novio alemán que me estaba enseñando unos trucos de surf, llegamos a una playa super linda y pasamos la tarde surfiando, hablando y descansando.

De regreso y despues de caminar 20 minutos por la selva que nos sacaba a la carretera principal un chico brasilero que era amigo de la argentina y su novio nos ofreció llevarnos de vuelta en su “ute” -pick up car - la argentina se ofreció acomodarse en la parte externa trasera de la “Ute” y los otros nos fuimos dentro del auto.

A unos minutos de manejar, la policía de carreteras nos ha parado y a confiscado la Ute y al chico porque su licencia estaba vencida y no habia sido renovada.

Después de una espera, ellos amablemente me ofrecieron que me fuera y que ellos se quedaban con el chico brasilero tratando de convencer a la policia de no poner multas muy graves.

Acepté la propuesta pensando que yo sin poder hablar muy bien Portuguez mi ausencia quizá era mas cómoda por si los policias aceptaban alguna negociacion.

Comence a caminar por la carretera en busqueda de un sitio donde pudiera espera un bus publico o en el peor de los casos protegerme de la lluvia. Ya ubicado en algo que tenia pinta de ser como un bus stop y en mi espera de algún bus público - que termino demorando casi dos horas - una chica muy joven local se sentó muy cerca a mi al lado de la carretera.

La chica se veía muy joven y de familia humilde. Algunas miradas pasaron si decir nada por algunos 20 minutos, y despues decidí acercarmeme y preguntarle si algún bus público pasaría con destino a Itacaré y si pararía ahí. Ella comento que seguramente un bus pasaría y pararía sin confirmar alguna hora especifica. Yo sin ninguna prisa en llegar a Itacaré decidí hacerle preguntas y pedirle que me tomara una foto.

Acertando a la simpatia de la mujer brasilera, sin ningún problema respondía mis preguntas y nos tomabamos fotos juntos. (Selfies with a stranger!!). 

Parte de la conversación giro en que ella estaba esperando el bus para Itacare porque ese día tenia su “trial” en su nuevo trabajo como asistente en un restaurante en la calle turistica del pueblo.

Ya ella iba muy tarde para su primer día y estaba un poco preocupada ya que no es facil conseguir un trabajo en la zona. Su día de trabajo correspodía a un pago de unos $8 dolares.

Después de casi dos horas el bus paso, paro y me monte. La chica local no se movía y mientras que yo y el asistente del bus nos encargabamos de meter mi tabla de surf en uno de los compartimientos del bus la chica solo me miraba.

Antes de subirme al bus le pregunte porque ella no se subía y rápidamente contesto que ese bus era mas costoso y que tenia que esperar otro que supuestamente era mas barato.

Le dije que yo le pagaba el bus con la condición de que pasara lo que pasara, tenia que ganarse su trabajo.

Con mucha alegría y por muchas noches la veía al frente de restaurante invitando a los turistas a entrar y cenar.

Al chico de la Ute -pick up car - me lo encontre borracho en una de esas noches de reggae y no trasaba disgusto por el acontecimiento con la policia. 

De alguna forma me sentí culpable por su mala suerte de ese dia, pero de otra forma y muy seguramente esa multa le iba a llegar tarde o temprano.

Crosswaters Ecolodge  Guangdong Province, S. China.

I love Bamboo! It grows super quick, it is light, strong and durable but most important flexible that no earthquake can bring it down!. 

Colombian architect, Simon Velez and his unique method to build bamboo foundations and roofs and with his collaborative partners: well known Australian Environmental Architect Paul Pholeros, Hong Kong Feng Shui Master Architect Michael Chang created this Master Piece as a form of an Eco Lodge.

From a FB post I was commenting on:

Personally I love eco-lodges as they are self-sustainable and allow guests to re-connect with nature, mind and soul. Most of those eco-lodges offer social programs where visitors can actively help local communities. This is “Holiday with Purpose”, a real social and environmental commitment that affects positively local communities and brings a different sense of ‘relaxation” experience to Urban Holidayers

Mauricio Mar.

Sydney is still away from really offering equality to urban mobility.

Peñalosa - on this TED talk- remind us why equal mobility for all is so important.

We invite you to share this at your local Sydney council meetings and ask for more equal mobility for pedestrians, cycle routes and exclusive bus lanes.

In honor to you Nelson Mandela.
Top image is an art illustration made with the words “My hero” by Huy Lam. Below images are other photographs and illustrations by other world artist.
Curator: Mauricio Mar

In honor to you Nelson Mandela.

Top image is an art illustration made with the words “My hero” by Huy Lam. Below images are other photographs and illustrations by other world artist.

Curator: Mauricio Mar

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nelson mandela sculpture

Nelson Mandela Sculpture

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nelson mandela painting

Nelson Mandela Illustration

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela Illustration

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Nelson Mandela painting by Michael Rinaldi

Nelson Mandela Sand Sculture by Oscar Rodriguez

Nelson Mandela in prision

Nelson Mandela sketch

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Graca Machel and Nelson Mandela

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Winni Mandela and Nelson Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela on their wedding day

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