Friday, April 26, 2013

Tarkovski on Arts, Solitude and Life

I don't care much about these TED videos that people share on their facebook accounts or any other network that could be something much similar, but finding this video on youtube I encountered with an enlightened person whose name is Andrei Tarkovsky. The director whose works not only full of exquisite shoots, but meaningful passages that will make you scream in your brain evey time you will watch. A simple question and answer video with Tarkovsky's thoughts on art, youngsters, their experiences and life. Sometimes I consider Tarkovsky as a zen buddhist or just a person who knows much of it. But as zen buddhism is nor religion nor philosophy, life style or hipster movement I have no need in calling him so. What to tell more? Just watch it. Maybe no more could be said.

Some extracts from video:

Monday, April 22, 2013

What I Learned From Exercising

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' ”
– Muhammad Ali, Boxer

      If there was a competition for the laziest people in the world I could be the 2nd. I'm not that lucky to be first. To tell you the truth I started exercising again after a month of travelings and designing lessons I attended online. It's not that comfortable to exercise and make a body workout. If you do it for 30 minutes it's even harder. But, do you know what? I lose the idea of time as soon as I start the workout. Just 30 seconds of pushups and I'm ready! I just imagine myself in an isolated island where I have a concrete floor and a high bar and I have nothing else to do. I start and I go with it. And when I'm finished I look at the clock and see that it took me 30 minutes! If you try it by yourself you will see how it's unbelievable. When you start you will think that it's gonna be eternity to finish it all and when you finish you feel like you only did it for 10 minutes. And that's most relaxing thing I've ever seen.

Exercising taught me:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Top Websites to Change Your Life

       As a person who has been reading lots of articles from self-growth sites, I can surely tell you it's only in your competence to change your life in any direction. But there is one thing which you have to remember: Everything you read, everything you listen, every person you meet, every film you watch, every food you eat influence you in direct or non-direct ways. We just filter these processes around us. And I have always looked for the sites that would help me to be confident in myself and to find out that I'm not the only person who is curious about everything living life wildly. Like Steve Jobs said: Hungry and Foolish. So, here is my top 5 list (believe me, it will feel like a top 1000 list when you start browsing them) of the best web sites that will bring a new breath to your life and make you hungry for new experiences:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Modern Slavery

"The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states"
Mahatma Gandhi 

We are governed by the governments that ensure us to think that we are free, when we are not free anymore. I even think that people in Middle Ages were much "more free" than us. Because our "un-freedom" consists of two:

1. Slave is the person who can't stop or decline working by his/her own will
2. We THINK we have freedom

In ancient times there was a gold and silver to exchange for goods. But then someone invented money. And it's the time slavery got its best improvement.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Top Songs to Give You Goosebumps

What are goosebumps and why it happens? Well, watch this video.

Please don't check your facebook or email inbox while you listen. Relax and just listen! 
p.s. the best time to listen is at night after 23:00

(Janis Joplin - Ball and Chain.)

This song will not only shiver your body because of Janis' exciting voice. That psychedelic sound on guitar solos will just get you higher.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How I won the Blog Post Contest (without hard work)

This is the last post of My Top Three Stories Of Success: " How I won the Blog Post Contest (without hard work)".

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
Lao Tzu

It was in November when I was checking that famous student website where I found a new announcement on blog post contest among the bloggers.
The person who gets the first place would get paid 500 AZN (almost 500 euros), the second 300 and the third 200. It sounded very appealing, so I couldn't just read without doing something. I decided to join. And yes, it was my first time doing it! 

The idea of the subject for my blog post came quickly. It was because I had that idea long time ago and I wanted other students like me to read about the Bologna process in Azerbaijan and what rights they actually have and which are quite different than the European model. People always look for other examples, problems that are similar to theirs. It makes them feel better, because they are not alone anymore. Somebody has that problem too. So, why not to write about that common problem? 

I was comfortable by myself still excited about it, but not starting anything yet. I waited.