In the exhibition that is called Sturiale Paper Projects 2 five unique photographs by the photographer, Juan Hein wil be shown. This is one of the photos of the serial.
The Visit – 35 x 35 cm, edition of 7
There are a lot of beautifull details to be seen in Parma. A city with a lot of contrast. I was shocked by the dry riverbed of the river Arno. People told me that in the south of Italy they are having problems with the water and it is sold for a high price. In Napoli they tell me are other problems, children on the street that are stealing and rubbish that is not fast enough transported away, a lot of chaos in many places. Not to forget Lampedusa where the refugies are now more than the inhabitants.
When I am in Germany I feel often a heavy load, something pressing me down, whereas I experience Italy with an atmosphere of something moving, unsteady, unexpectable, as if sitting on a vulcano, that is soon going to errupt.
What I love about Italy is the warmth and loving way of the people, they are welcoming and spreading happyness. What I like less are situations that we experience while travelling with the circus. You never know when there will be the next meal, if the showers and toilets are ok and close by. Sometimes they are only open at certain hours, or no hot water is available. I discovered that I feel stressed, if the basic things that I need to feel well are not available, when I need them. Finding this,, I decided to take responsability and go shopping for myself, have always enough to eat in the car, and enough water to take a shower with a bottle of water. I am not a group person that for the sake of being in a group can relax and wait till I get what I am longing for. Rather I take action and give the things I need to myself. In the place we are now, the showers are only available at certain hours and as it is very hot, I was quite disappointed about this. Now I take my bottle get wet and immediately feel better. The weather is a bit strange at this time in europe. Usually it is colder, but this year we have a hot summer in the harvest!!
The parc we are staying at is a public parc with a lot of rules. One of them is not to parc the car on the gras, that anyway is dead on many spots. So they told us to parc the cars on the walkingways in the parc, which means that a lot of us have to stay with the car in the sun that is heating up the car a lot during the day! Regarding organisation, Germany is a paradise. Well I do not know about America, Canada or England, but I guess it is similar or even better concerning organisation. Well every nation has its talents and Italy as far as I experience it is not the best concerning organisation. So what do I learn out of this? To take more responsability for myself, not to wait for the organisation or the group to do something for me. And above all to be greatful if something is working well! And the last point isn´t that easy. I think I am spoiled. For me it is “normal” that the water in the shower is hot, that the water is running from the tap, and other things….How difficult it is to appreciate things instead of seeing them as something “normal” that has to be supplied! It is so beautiful to see people,that are appreciating daily things and situations, that are grateful for the things that others think they are normal. This is something that can make you happy – to appreciate what is there for you. Any little thing!
To be greatful! Not to be greatful and even to want more and better are the first steps into depression! While depressed you are not appreciating things and spend the time to be unsatisfied and disconnected from the love energy. Your own critisim falls back on yourself and makes you feel heavy and bad. What about the heavyness that I sense in Germany? Is it only created within me in my interpretations? Or is it something that many people do, being not greatful for all the good they are having? Is it just me, feeling like this in Germany? Are there many people in Germany that are talking things for granted wanting more and therefore are unhappy?
And how did this happen? Is there a connection to the past of Germany? To the history? I want to understand this. How much more do the people want? To do nothing lying in bed while watching tv and having robots doing the work? Or is it just my projection on this country?
This article I found really interesting. HERE is the link and here the text:
In honor of last week’s World Peace Day, let me begin this column with an excerpt from the UNESCO website: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defense of peace must be constructed.”
Last week’s celebration brought a multitude of positive initiatives to the forefront of our attention, as organizations and groups around the world came forward to do their part. Yet the week also brought news that reminded us of our differences more than bringing us together.
Take the news of another teen suicide, for example, caused by bullying and homophobia. How can we, as parents, as educators — as concerned citizens — help our youth meet each other through avenues other than discrimination, self-destruction and violence? What can we do in a world that rather than integrate seems to strengthen our differences? How can we heal the separation and division in society?
These playground behaviors are learned at home, be it from the family or the neighborhood: patterns of discrimination are parroted, roles are adopted that taint our experience of life.
Although we may not be aware of it, we have all adopted these roles in some areas of our lives, be it with our families, in society, at work, or even in the privacy of our own minds. Deep down, we all have inner dialogues of discrimination or criticism toward those we perceive as different.
Discrimination comes from a resistance to embrace anything outside of our own personal boxes. We discriminate against the unfamiliar, against that which we do not identify with, that which falls outside our theology, our ideas. In order to define ourselves as individuals, we must have personalities. Within those personalities we structure belief systems, but as soon as we start to identify with those belief systems, we must defend them, for they now define who we are. As we become love-consciousness, we realize that our belief systems are simply ideas we have cultivated throughout our lives. We start to embrace new perspectives with an open mind instead of an automatic rejection. When we become the love, we embody everything. When we limit ourselves to our personalities and belief systems, there is no room in our boxes for anything else.
Prejudice means always going to war. Prejudice means always defending an idea and justifying our discrimination with the excuse of the higher good — for the betterment of humanity, the will of god. “Isms” are always “good-isms” in the eyes of the self-righteous.
Historically, we have dropped bombs, fought, and slaughtered in order to protect our beliefs. Let’s not do that anymore. Every time we fight for an opinion, even within our immediate family, we are creating our own mini-war. The conflict we perceive in the world is just a manifestation of our own internal violence. As we start to choose joy, let’s learn to love the world’s duality and other people’s differences, knowing that they are aspects of ourselves. Let’s find the lightness of laughter and write a new story for the history books to come.
1. In what areas are you prejudiced toward other people, places, or things? Maybe you look down on the people who bag your groceries, or perhaps you turn up your nose to a particular type of food. On the other hand, maybe you put certain people or things on a pedestal, respecting or valuing them more than other things.
2. Pay attention to the thoughts you have as you go through your days, noticing the areas where you discriminate. Ask yourself, Are these my beliefs, or are they the beliefs of my parents, my grandparents, or my culture? Can you release them and open your heart to the things you’ve been shutting out?
3. Question every aspect of your personality. Look at it carefully and ask yourself, Is this my reality? Does this serve? Or are these prejudices keeping me trapped in a box, limiting my vision?
4. Don’t scrutinize yourself from a place of severity. Instead, joyfully become aware of your behaviors, and allow them to evaporate like water that forms clouds to later fall as rain, transformed as a nourishing and inclusive embrace of the world.
Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher. Her book and movie, “Why Walk When You Can Fly?” explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness.