'I think therefore I am.'  Descartes            'I AM THAT I AM.'  Exodus.3.        'I am what I am.'  La Cage aux Folles

29 August 2013


Meditate on nature's endless cycle of creation and destruction.
Render and Thistle (2009) from Karl Cronin
Meditation is described as silencing the mind, removing extraneous thoughts and distractions so that concentration is increased and peace from the turmoil of a too busy world is achieved.
Here are thoughts and images of meditation and contemplation to soothe your soul perhaps relax you and direct you to paths of peace. Think and then stop.
Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. 
Henri Cartier-Bresson 
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. 
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. 
Divinely bent to meditation;
And in no worldly suits would he be mov’d,
To draw him from his holy exercise.
William Shakespeare, Richard III Act 3, Scene 7
If you mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.  In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.
Shunryu Suzuki
Is this a half lotus position?
Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.
I just like the idea of always thinking of nice things and hence extract the essence of niceness. Put beauty in your mind, contemplate it's glory and let it wash all over you. You will be trance like and you will find peace. You will be happy if all is beauty. Sleep and bathe in what is simply and deeply beautiful.
Many years ago I knew a beautiful person who had waist length hair and possessed a radiant face. Some years later he arrived on my doorstep as a Hare Krishna and still as androgynous as Krishna himself. He stayed a few days and was still mesmerisingly radiant as he meditated naked in my home. 
Now relax and take time for the beauty of 
The Great Bell Chant
The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar on Vimeo.

04 August 2013

Barefoot Divas


Sisters, daughters, mothers goddesses. The Barefoot Divas are all these women. They have real lives and their desires, fears, compassion, love and fiery passion find their way into powerful songs leaving no man, woman or child unmoved. The awesomeness of their voice, message and stories is overwhelming and an evening no one should miss. I yelled, I cried, I applauded and I bought the CD's.
The Divas and band on stage.
Ursula Yovich lets it all fire and looking wonderful and me looking froglike. Her voice is so powerful when she wants to belt and the smoothest of beauty as she touches your heart. It is simply a remarkable voice. Starring here recently in Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children she was described as giving a powerhouse performance and it certainly was from my centre front row seat. Ursula is also an actress in Film (Baz Lurhmann's Australia) and Television and winner of numerous awards. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Queen Elizabeth Hall London. Check out all you need to know at

03 August 2013

Beauty in the Nude Photo

Goodness I have some good looking friends.
Below are some of the artists I adore and have had communication with on Facebook, be it either the photographer and or the model, artist, singer, acrobat, dancer, actor or boylesque performer. Some I love, some are virtual friends and all are quite brilliant. I at least have been following their work and career for some time.

Boylesque entertainer and stripper Tom Harlow by Mark Liddell
Contortionist  David Pereira by Robert Pater
Singer, artist, actor etc Gio Black Peter by Slava Mogutin while filming with Bruce LaBruce
Juniper with Felix dÉon
Find extensive links for Felix's work through http://felixdeon.com/
Kevin by Mustafa Sabbagh
Actor, model, photographer, edtor etc. Marcel Schlutt by Brice Hardelin
King of Boylesque Mark Winmill by Elvis Di Fazio
Dancer, photographer, actor etc Anton Z Risan by Michele Martinoli
Stunning Alan Rance from Melbourne who works in theatre, film and modelling.
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