Monday, June 4, 2018

just relax

Just Relax: a short discourse on mediation 

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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

Matthew Reid on instagram: notMatthewReid

Saturday, July 1, 2017

patta


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
-m


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