Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Grow In All Directions

I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
Stuffed with the stuff that is course, and stuffed with the stuff that is fine,

-W. WHITMAN "Leaves of Grass"

-Andrew Tipton

Saturday, February 18, 2012

keep moving

Yukon Gold Co. Dawson,

Lakota Sioux Camp,

Our stories never stop moving. Never stop growing and becoming the birthpace of new thought in other people's minds.

We wear masks in the Roof

There is the art that everyone gets to glimpse at.. admire.. critique.. support or reject. There are the sculptures, the paintings, the poems.. And then there is art that exists beyond the common eyes. The details etched the walls and through the wiring. The intimate, the quiet, the purposed.. where, if you search closely, you find the sincerity of an artist to the moment in their hands.

Andrew Tipton

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rekindling the Accessibility of Well-being

A thought that has become very active in my mind recently is the accessibility of well-being . I have noticed in my own life that at times I neglect moving towards my goals of wellness, because I am overly focused on an ultimate outcome. There is, I believe, this false sense of distance between every-day action, and the output required to actually change. At times I think many of us feel this same way - that our ambitions outreach our means. We desire dramatic changes, we desire wellness, balance, peace.. yet we don't feel enabled to make such a vast and overwhelming jump. Often, aspirations of wellness are abandoned because there is simply too much effort between our present condition and "observable" success.

I was working with my friend Trent a few weeks ago putting a new ceiling in his house. Trent made the observation that we often overlook how dramatically simple actions affect our overall purpose. In order to "have a new ceiling", there were slight steps that had to be taken well before we were ready to actually install the panels of sheet rock. Buying screws, charging drills, ripping off wallpaper, cutting out old wood.. every step was critical for our ultimate vision. It is only by taking these small steps towards our purpose that we are able to succeed in a specific way.

At any time, when we say to ourselves, "I desire wellness, I desire well-being.", that statement does not have to be insincere or ambiguous. Well-being is accessible. Our intentions and slight actions daily are the driving forces behind great change. Even when we feel disconnected from our final purpose.. those simple steps take us inevitably into our desire.

Andrew Tipton

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Poet Lips

Say it,
Speak it right out of your mouth and
into mind.
I love the way your words have edges,
new angles. New eyes.
You've got your own voice,
your mouth is a straight line into my circle thoughts
into my stomach. ache because you punch hard with those similes.
I love how poetry does not wander aimless, that
it carves the heart out of eloquence and makes you stare
at the veins. When you press your poet lips to the microphone
the words are sixteen times heavier. full of weight. Chosen like a quiver
full of hand carved arrows.

Andrew Tipton

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Felipe Restrepo - Falling in Love with Life

Here is a person that resonates my own pursuits and thoughts.. I have followed his videos for several weeks and I highly recommend listening to what he has to say.

Here is the link to his YouTube channel.. check him out. Especially, "Giving yourself permission to be Free"

Felipe Restrepo

Andrew Tipton