Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Jacob's Vision

Let us consider how to live peaceably with all living things.


In collaboration with the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and As Nature Intended vegan footwear, a pair of hand-painted shoes are being auctioned to raise money and awareness for animal rights. All proceeds go to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, in support of their selfless work.
[The] Woodstock Farm Sanctuary envisions a peaceful world in respect and justice for all living beings. We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.
matthew reid, as nature intended, vegan shoes, hand painted

matthew reid, as nature intended, vegan shoes, hand painted, woodstock farm sanctuary, Jacob's vision

matthew reid, as nature intended, vegan shoes, hand painted


The shoes are a men's size 9, hand-painted and signed by Matthew Reid.

Auction starts on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 7am EST.
Auction can be found here.

Video and editing, graciously from Wilfredo Suarez.


Monday, June 4, 2018

just relax

Just Relax: a short discourse on mediation 

just relax matthew reid meditation mihn how strangely we are made

just relax matthew reid mihn meditation how strangely we are made


just relax matthew reid mihn meditation how strangely we are made


Just Relax is now available in the STORE. Released one year after the publication of Mihn, this small discourse discuses the process of internal gardening. A stand-alone discourse on meditation, Just Relax also serves as a reader's guide to the concepts within the story, Mihn.
Author’s note 
The summer months of 2017 provided the opportunity of setting out on a cross-country book tour in support of the publication of Mihn. As the book contains a mere 28 words, the tour formed itself into an opportunity to speak with folks about the importance and benefits of a spiritually-centered life. These talks addressed the elements contained within the story Mihn, in addition to their application through the cultivation of a regular meditative practice. While each talk was unique in its own way, they shared foundational commonalities. Originally titled Just Relax, the idea behind this discourse was to put those words into writing.
3"x5" 
Paperback

Hand stamped front cover. 
First printing of 100 copies.


-visit the HowStrangelyWeAreMade store-

Monday, May 21, 2018

one year later

Matthew Reid short discourse on meditation

This Friday, join Kew & Willow Books as they celebrate the launch of A Short Discourse on Meditation. This small book is a comprehensive follow-up to Mihn, whose publication was one year ago.  The evening will consisting of a discussion, Q&A and signing. 
All are invited to attend.

"The summer months of 2017 provided the opportunity of setting out on a cross-country book tour in support of the publication of Mihn. As the book contains a mere 28 words, the tour formed itself into an opportunity to speak with folks about the importance and benefits of a spiritually-centered life. These talks addressed the elements contained within the story Mihn, in addition to their application through the cultivation of a regular meditative practice. While each talk was unique in its own way, they shared foundational commonalities. Originally titled Just Relax, the idea behind this discourse was to put those words into writing."


Friday, May 25, 2018

Kew & Willow Books
81-63 Lefferts Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

6:45pm

Monday, January 1, 2018

the new year


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The new year; a time for major changes, resolutions, a fresh start. Use this day to reflect on the fresh start we are given each morning, let alone each moment we are alive. Every second is a fresh start, and an opportunity to make a choice. For many of us, this choice remains on the surface, sticking to a diet or exercise program, to read more, watch less television, however they are reflections of our internal workings in regards to commitment, discipline, compassion, forgiveness, etc. 
The new year is seen as a mile stone. It marks a calendar year passing, another beginning, and thus having already taken for granted another year of this lifetime. A daunting task. With humility and gratitude, appreciate each day, each sunrise, each sunset. Say: 
G-d, thank you for this new dawn, that it may be spent in a way that pleases you. Offer me the guidance to serve you in humility, sincerity, and love. Let me not take this day for granted, nor the contents of its hours.
This adjustment of perspective is beneficial on several levels, the most obvious being that we thank our Creator for sustaining us anther day, which is humbling in itself. Appreciation builds within as we recognize the profound beauty in the most basic things that has been hiding from us this whole time. Walking, eating, sitting, breathing, all of things hold a world of subtle elegance within themselves. Take a moment to experience and give thanks for them. 
Reflect on the choice in every action, thought and word. Do we act outside of love, compassion, and selflessness?There is an opportunity, every moment, for another chance! G-d always forgives. In spite of plans, the content of our days is out of our control, and things often do not go 'as planned'. In his heart a man plans his course, but the L-rd determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9 ). A trajectory ay exist in mind or heart, but the steps are not within our hands, and sometimes, they lead us to unexpected places. This in mind, give up control, and build faith in G-d's love. He will always guides with infinite compassion, although it is easy to become blind to it in momentary daily occurrences. 
What can we control? Inner nature, and thus reactive nature. Thoughts, actions,  and words, Are they loving, compassionate, selfless, sincere, honest? In every moment? Truly a difficult thing, however examining the hidden (or often not so hidden) agendas within allows for self reflection, with meditation as a foundational element of this. This new day, make time to sit quietly. Be honest with ourselves and with others. Let words and thoughts come from a place of love. Strive for a purity of heart. These are the elements within our immediate grasp, while the world around (and within), help us to traverse through, constantly. 
Give thanks for today. Each day.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

walls




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Brooklyn, New York
October, 2017

Very gratitude for your time, talents and kindness.
Dave Fitz
Kimberly Young Sun
Genmotion

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