One of the most impressive gothic style Cathedral that I have ever seen in my life. Duomo is a must see when you visit Milan. It took almost six centuries to complete and the details are just mind blowing💖
Honesty time: yesterday I got a bad case of the birthday blues; I did... I missed it because I was far from myself, because I was just thinking about everything I don’t have and everything I haven’t accomplished ... and today I woke up and I was still dragging my feet; didn’t want to paint or do anything; I was so much in my head; so in the number.... so... SAD⠀
But now I’m writing this because I just made it out and all of the sudden I have a smile on my face again! 🌈 How did I do it? ⠀
I paused, big breath; #firstthingsfirst and went into my studio: i looked st what I’ve made (as opposed to scrolling in instagram to see others’ fabulous creations) and what I made made me smile; because I see my effort and my passion in my creation. Because I see that when I painted it I felt happy and whole! I’m using this colorful and bright globe to remind me of a relaxed happy time and I’m consciously connecting to that emotion ⠀
So now I’m smiling, I’m going to blast some music; take a shower, get prettied up and start this day again. It’s a bright Saturday and I’ll try to make the most of it; and yes today I will PAINT! ⠀
And pardon me if I daydream a bit as I hope that anyone who owns one of my pieces also smiles when they see them and is also able to connect to this place of serenity and joy from where I create. Can I dream that my art carries a bit of this passion with it for others to take in as well ?? ⠀
HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND! I know I’ll now find the beauty in mine!
According to the beliefs of the Newari community of Nepal, the Royal Kumari (living goddess) of Kathmandu is the incarnation of the goddess Taleju - only young girls are chosen because of their inherent purity and chastity.
Eligible girls are from the Newar Shakya caste of silver and goldsmiths and the selection process is especially rigorous - they are examined for the thirty-two perceived perfections of a goddess, which include having a neck like a conch shell, a body like a banyan tree, eyelashes like a cow, thighs like a deer, chest like a lion, a voice soft and clear as a duck. Once a candidate has been identified, she would further need to prove that she has the serenity and the fearlessness that typifies the goddess who is to inhabit her.
Once the Kumari reaches puberty and her first menstruation begins, it is believed that the goddess vacates her body - at that time she is given a handsome dowry and sent home to continue her life as a normal young girl.
Then the frantic search for a new Kumari begins - again.
Photo : Udyog R. Singh
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