simple pleasures: grandes bénédictions, blessings so large

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

grandes bénédictions: i've always considered love to be very much like a rubber band that surrounds us + those we love; no matter how far away we may travel, no matter the time or distance between us, that love stretches around us, encircling us with elastic arms, until we return to the people we love + care for. when i'm traveling, i keep small tokens in my pockets, on my person, or inside my camera bag to remind me of my friends + their never-ending love + support. these items include:

1/ a prayer card from my father

2/ a picture of my nephews + parents

3/ a tiny heart-shaped pin from my dear friend taylor

4/ an artisan-made necklace from my best friend lauren

5/ a handmade card from the ying to my yang, my lovely friend cats

we carry things both tangible + intangible with us, including words of wisdom + tokens of affection. take a moment to remember the love that buoys us up each day.

{simple pleasures} le recyclerie: guerrilla gardening in paris

I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. in such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.
— Masanobu Fukuoka

the art of farming: another happy discovery in paris. a dusty train station turned dynamic cafe, bar + organic farm. this new venue {from the makers of comptoir general cafe} is full of sunlight + good food; upcycled decor + passionate gardeners. this is where ingredients are picked fresh from an onsite garden/farm + the service can't be beat. vegan pizza on the menu.

craving more veg goodness? here's a list of 14 plant-powered cafes in paris read more about japanese farmer + philosopher, masanobu fukuoka, author of one-straw revolution, a spiritual memoir + natural farming manifesto. his journey towards a life dedicated to farming that used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers is clear-sighted + galvanizing. this is how a green revolution gets started.

from fukuoka, the father of guerilla gardening: 

"the ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."