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


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Brooklyn, New York
October, 2017

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

Matthew Reid on instagram: notMatthewReid

Saturday, July 1, 2017


The upcoming weeks have presented the opportunity to travel around the country on a book/speaking tour, in support of the release of Mihn (this being done in a 1995 Toyota Previa, converted into a rather minimal camper; a hermitage on wheels). While intertwined is the opportunity to spend time in the natural beauty of this country, continued progress on a second book is also there, L-rd willing.
If you are nearby any of the stops, do not hesitate to come say hello. It would be a blessing to cross paths.
(and if not, follow notMatthewReid on instagram)
Each event will last roughly 45 minutes to an hour, and will consist of a reading and discussion.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
Looking forward to this journey.
more dates to come:

Begging Bowl
I humbly ask your financial support on this, and future books to be created. Even $1 will help.
You can do so through Patreon:


or Paypal


My love

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mihn; a picture book

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Mihn is now currently available online at the STORE
First printing of 1000 copies, each hand stamped and numbered. 

"Follow Minh, a young girl who appreciates the rhythms of nature that surround her. Her story reminds us of the sacred connection that links us all to the natural world. As we watch the plants grow, we grow. The sun rises and sets, we wake each day and return to sleep every night. As Minh admires the changes in nature around her, she cultivates beauty and peace within her. Beautifully illustrated by New York-based illustrator Matthew Reid, this simple story has something to teach us all."
-Isa Romero

Kind words about Mihn:
"Sometimes it's difficult to extract meaning from something so minimal; however, the simplicity of the message and the rich, detailed artwork combine effortlessly to express the wonder in the ordinary.  Mihn captures the overall beauty in creation, which is often hard to put into words." 
-Holly Nikodem, The Queens Bookshop Initiative  
 "This [Mihn] is beautiful. It shows the simplicity of life that I hope to achieve every morning I wake. For real."
 -Brian Lane, Brand New
"Matthew is a precious gem of a person. It is fitting therefore that he author children's books, as childhood is perhaps the most precious stage of a human life.  He seems to have more than an average connection with his own "inner child" as they say. Meeting him, his sweet voice and gentle demeanor immediately puts one at ease.  You can tell he has a sincere desire to enrich the lives of children and I do feel his efforts in this area will pay off with great results in the years to come."
- Corey Dowds, Eye of the Veda 

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From the opening at Extra Butter, NYC, on Thursday:
( photos by Amy Torres  & Wilfredo Suarez )

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A huge thank you to everyone who made it out, physically or in spirit, and those who donated food, time, and talents. Forever grateful. 

Artist statement:
"You must plant in your heart the seeds of faith, certitude, and determination; the seeds of truth, wisdom, love, compassion, equality, and tranquility; the seeds of inner patience, contentment, trust in God, and praise of God; and the seeds of of God's qualities, His actions, and duties. A point of truth grows from each of those seeds. Take the point from each one and plant them all within your inner heart. Cultivate them and they will bloom within you as completeness."
-M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Mihn, a picture book written and illustrated by Matthew Reid, will be made available for purchase on Thursday, May 25, at Extra Butter's lower east side location (available for purchase online after the opening). To make this first release memorable, the Extra Butter family will host a gallery opening, displaying the artwork, sketches, doodles, and notes from the process of the book's creation. All are invited to come join Matthew, Jason, and the Extra Butter family for the release of Mihn!
Artist will be present.
Cross-country tour to follow.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Extra Butter
125 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002