Arctic, Art, Beauty, Culture, Dharma, DIY, Dzogchen, Everyday life, Genealogy, Indigenous, People, Photography, Photoshoot, Saami, Sápmi, Sewing, Spirituality, Uralic, Vajrayana

Things that are yours to keep

Sámi headdress by me, shawl hand-me-down. Photo by Sebastian Wilches 2020.

Some things I truly believe are yours to keep, that no one can take from you:

Your spiritual practice. In my case, it is vajrayana buddhism. It has saved my life in many ways – both in dealing with chronic illness, but also the normal existential stuff like finding purpose and joy 🙂🙏🏼📿

Your ambitions and dreams (if they come from a place of pure motivation and love). In my case now, it has been starting a little family with children 💜🤱

Your ethnicity and ancestry, no matter how lost or scattered it is in this modern world. In my case from my personal experience, I feel very connected to my home in the Arctic and being uralic/finno-ugric (sámi). I didn’t as a kid and teenager, at all, but now as I am older, I feel like I can “own” it more. I don’t speak any of the uralic languages, and feel a sadness about this. A disconnection from my own culture. And a feeling of not belonging to a community, when they can’t speak to me. But I have found other ways to express this – primarily through art and duodji. Not all languages are of verbal nature, but are equally important, I think. 🎨

Your creativity. Not necessarily arts, but anything you find a solution to that involves stepping out of the habitual intellectual mind and into a state of spontaneity and flow.🌊

Your struggles. This sounds negative, but for me I mean that my struggles are valid. I have a body that has its big share of physical problems, and I don’t mean to whine. At all! 🙂 Just to express that this is my reality, and that chronic (perhaps invisible to others) illness can happen to anyone, any time in life.💙

Your love. This one sounds cheesy but I think we all can feel love and that we have love as a basic human need. To receive it and give it. And we all have different ways of showing it. I like giving gifts for example.. but am not so good verbally expressing how I feel. I like receiving kind loving deeds, but not to be smothered. So understanding how we show it differently is important too. I also believe that as humans we have the capacity to love many at the same time. Whether it is friends or partners, plural. Romantic, familial or platonic.❤

Arctic, Art, Beauty, DIY, Indigenous, Landscape, Outfit, People, Photography

Complementary colours

Did you know there is a reason why orange+blue and yellow+purple work together so well? 🧡💙💛💜 They are considered complementary colours! “Complementary colours are pairs of colours which, when combined or mixed, cancel each other out by producing a grayscale colour like white or black. When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast for those two colors. Complementary colours may also be called ‘opposite colours’.”

Arctic, Beauty, Dharma, Dzogchen, Everyday life, Indigenous, Meditation, People, Photography, Quotes, Spirituality, Vajrayana

Remembering impermanence is a good motivator

“The buddha, the dharma and sangha are the triple gems of the spiritual life beyond the bounds of this world. … Humility is the moisture or fertilizer from which devotion will grow. To help that devotion grow, remember the following: Your friends, family, identity or projects, big or small, will not provide you with the fundamental basis necessary for bliss and happiness. Absolutely everything around you is impermanent, even your body, and while you can be sure you will die, you can have no certainty about when, where or how. The people with whom you associate, who accompany you through this life, will all eventually lead you to pain. All your relationships are temporary. When you check into a hotel you don’t immediately think that you’ll spend eternity with the managers, maids and waiters. Your home, your friends, your ideals and values are just part of a hotel experience. Sooner or later you will have to check out and leave them all behind.”

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

I don’t think this is a negative quote or way to look at things, although it sounds negative at first! Remembering impermanence is a good motivator for making the best of life and our time here.

Arctic, Beauty, Culture, Everyday life, Hair, Indigenous, Make-Up, Outfit, People, Photography, Photoshoot, Uncategorized, Vajrayana

No need to try to fit in

Photography by NS Photography (true.earth.lover on Instagram)🇵🇱🇳🇴📸

You don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan to be buddhist. I am not.

You don’t need to be able to handle cold well or have any knowledge about reindeers to be sámi. I don’t.

You don’t need to be eccentric to be a painter. I am not.

You don’t need to be good at maths or into technology to be autistic. I am not.

You don’t need to have “everything in order” before becoming a parent. I don’t.

You don’t need to be scared to call yourself disabled if you have a chronic illness which limits you. It’s not a bad word, it’s just an explanation of your lived reality.

I am all these things and labels, but just mostly myself.❤

Beauty, Everyday life, Photography, Spirituality

Calm sunday

Peruvian lilies 🌸

There is something super beautiful and attractive about people who knows what they want and have healthy boundaries. Knows how to say No and what doesn’t work for them. Knows who they wanna spend time with, who and how many partners they want. How many kids they wish for, and what friends brings out the best in them. What hobbies or goals to pursue and aim for. I think one needs real calmness of mind to know this stuff about oneself.

Have a calm sunday 🙏🏼🌸

Adventure, Arctic, DIY, Everyday life, Health, Indigenous, Outfit, People, Photography, Saami, Sápmi, Uralic

Vinterbaby

Fikk endelig “møte” den lille som kommer tidlig neste år 👼
💜
Søte samiske tøfler jeg kjøpte for litt over to år siden i Kirkenes 😊
Håndstrikket av den kommende farmor 🌹
En vintage brukt sparkedress fra Etsy
Masse fint brukt og gratis
Dundress til vinterbabyen☃️ samt liten lue og genser også kjøpt for noen år siden! Fant også en billig bra sutt på ‘Normal’ i naturgummi. 💛

Adventure, Arctic, Dharma, Everyday life, Landscape, People, Photography

Sommeren så langt

Et lite arktisk bad i Bukta 🌊☃️
Telegrafbukta
Hundekjeks!
En liten hvit valmue i misnattsol
💚🌿
Kokoslatte med vanilje ☕
Spist store mengder jordbær så langt i sommer 🍓🍓🍓
Kjøpte noen veldig fine peoner som alltid lukter helt fantastisk 🌸🌸🌸
Vært på kafé et par ganger siden lockdown har løsna litt opp igjen 😊
Første dag ute i solværet med finfolk i juni 💜
Stine 🌷
Heidrun 🌻
Heidrun og Lisa 🦋
Sole mæ ⛱
Det fine med sommeren, er jo at man kan gå i noe annet enn boblejakke ☘🙏🏼
Arctic, Art, Awareness, Beauty, Culture, DIY, Everyday life, Indigenous, Landscape, Photography

Changing, changing..

Portrait by my partner with my new camera 😊
45 x 55 painting, acrylic on canvas. Sold 🙂
Sun symbol painted on my denim vest 🌿 Sápmi flag sewn on my bag 🌸

Did you know only around 10-20% of the whole sámi population speaks/write one of the sámi languages today? The longlasting banning of the languages caused identity crisis for many, but I am happy it is changing slowly 🐢 I feel proud to be part of the generation that is reviving our own culture, with not only language but art, clothing and music too 💚

Arctic, Beauty, Everyday life, Make-Up, Photography, Photoshoot

Without fail

Portrait from four years ago. I like the sunlight and shadows on my face here.
Photo by Irina Bileanschi. Edits by me.

Some thoughts of today:

It’s unrealistic and a bit dillusional to think that you will get along with everyone and that everyone will like you. The important thing is that you like you. There can’t be as many versions of you as there are people you meet. There can only be one, and that version of you will always be the realest, most authentic one without fail. Whatever makes you weird and wonderful is your strength. 🌹🛸✨

Adventure, Arctic, Everyday life, Indigenous, Landscape, People, Photography, Poems

Winter poem as we enter spring

I like this picture; my hair is frozen and my eyes look bigger than normal 😅👌🏻❄
Somewhere near Målselv.

Poem by Suzanne Bates. I really liked it:

An awesome scene the artist paints, expert and deft his hand.
Brush strokes swift, he draws with ease, a winter wonderland.
Landscape sketched from memory, heavens and land entwine
Rapidly the scene is set, exquisitely divine.

Pine trees reaching tall and proud, like statues standing still.
There is no wind to speak of, more an icy winter chill.
Strong branches dusted with the snow stretch their fingers high
As if welcoming the blanket bequeathed by the darkened sky.

Crisp snowflakes twirl like dancers, pirouetting to and fro,
Waltzing to their silent tune toward the ground below.
Pale moonlight generously showers diamonds all around.
Its treasure glints and sparkles upon the hardened ground.

Snowfall in shades of silver envelops the land below,
Lighting up the darkness with its soothing, gentle glow.
Mellow in its nature, no preference where it lays,
Takes refuge where and when it can, throughout the winter days.

Though bereft of colour is the scene, prevailing grey and white,
Its awe inspiring beauty is apparent day and night.
Who nonchalantly paints this scene, for all on earth to share?
His strokes proficient every time, precise and so aware.
Jack Frost paints wondrous pictures with his palette of frozen dew,
Then stands back when his work is done and proudly admires the view.

Animals, Art, Dharma, DIY, Hair, Pets, Photography

Onsdag

Kom meg ut en tur idag i finværet 🌞 Fortsatt kaldt, men mye lysere og snøen har begynt å smelte for fullt.
Anskaffet meg en fredslilje. De er kjent for å være luftrensende. Elsker å omringe meg med planter. Håper jeg klarer å holde den i livet 😄🌿
4 små 15 x 15 cm lerret. Skal prøve å lage en liten sesongserie; et maleri av sommer, av høst, vinter og vår!
Solskinn og et ikonbilde fra Bulgaria.
Loke på sjeselongen 🐶
Adventure, Art, Everyday life, Landscape, Photography

Ask the mountains

Me and my little racer car, Laura.
Grøtfjord beach.

Just updated my domain and header. All in all, still the same blog with same content; art, photography, occasional personal thoughts and ideas, adventures, health related stuff and maybe some tantra/dharma. The name Ask the mountains comes from my favourite song by greek artist Vangelis and swedish singer Stina Nordenstam.

Animals, Art, DIY, Landscape, List, Photography

World penguin day

Acrylic on canvas from last summer.
Photo by @tobiasvisuals
So cute. Widowed penguins in Melbourne.

Some cool penguin facts for world penguin day:

– There are currently 17-26 types of penguins, depending on definition (I read many conflicting definitions). Emperor, adélie and macaroni penguins being my favourites 😁

– Male penguins searches their habitat for the perfect stone to present their chosen female. They mate for life and they both take care of their offspring.

– Penguins are defined as birds although they cannot fly. Their wings are made for swimming. They are great in water, but a bit awkward on land.

– Penguin feathers are shorter and stiffer than most bird feathers, which makes penguins more streamlined in the water and traps more air to keep them warm.

Southern rockhopper penguin, native to the Falkland Islands. Amazing photo 😄👌🏻
Macaroni penguins. The most abundant penguin species.
Emperor penguins. Tallest of the penguin species. “These penguins nest almost exclusively on Antarctic sea ice, making them the only bird species that never sets foot on land.”
My little emperor penguin painting. Mother and baby.
Fairy penguins, native to New Zealand.
Adélie penguins, small and fierce.
Everyday life, Landscape, People, Photography

Spring in Tromsø, part 2

Hair dresser. Norwegian and sámi road signs.
People sitting at Solid café.
Bastard bar and Huken pub.
Taxidermy wolf with the cathedral in the reflection.
Shop window.
Sticker in window for a sámi publishing company.
The candy shop
Running girls statue by Italian artist.
Hampen.
Melting snow.
Skansen.
“One day everyone will die, every other day we will not.”
New restaurant by the bridge.
All the dry shampoo.
Utepils
Rakettkiosken.
“Alt blir bra” – “Everything will be okay”.