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A lesson from the Diva by Misha Lyuve

Apr 28, 2012

Mona was a diva. She carried her white drizzled with black spots furs with significance. She moved with slow grace and even the way she jumped on the wooden table where her food was had a whim of royalty.

I met Mona in the house we rented for the weekend in upstate New York where she was a cat.

Mona didn’t require attention all the time, but when she did – she requested it, or I could say demanded it.  She started by walking towards me meowing.  Then she rubbed against my leg and jumped on the sofa. She wiggled her sides against my shoulder and pushed her head against my hand. The next thing I knew, she was sitting on my lap and my hand was going back and forth through her fur. Mona was purring.  That continued for some time. Then Mona jumped off my lap and, as if nothing had happened, slowly went minding her own business. I admit, for a moment I felt used.

My meeting with Mona occurred the day after I lead my first session on the topic How to live a work-of-art life while working in my company, a large consulting firm.  It is great to talk about dreams, creative projects and discuss what brings passion to one’s life.  But it takes more than words to organize your life so that it has qualities of a work of art - like being willing to ask for what you need. That was one of the concerns that came up during the session.

Your work-of-art life will depend on your requests and negotiations with your bosses and coworkers, friends and family. You should consider taking lessons from Mona. She gets what she needs.

Please don’t miss Pina by Misha Lyuve

Apr 17, 2012

There are many languages of expression. For example watch this.

Pina”, a visually stunning and thought provoking documentary by Win Wenders, shows the medium of dance as language. Not just in a perfection of movements, coordination and balance – but the language that comes out of the deep humanness, alive as a conversation. It will evoke in you many feelings: from loneliness to longing, disgust to aliveness, humor to fear. This all might inspire or disturb you, bother or move you – but it won’t leave you indifferent. This documentary will keep you on the edge of your seat as a thriller, touch you as a love story and spin you as a drama.

Some say that this move is about Pina, a legendary German choreographer. Not really. It’s dedicated to her. Pina passed away just as this movie started being made by her friend director Win Wenders. The unexpected de-tour the film had to take in its own journey made it into more than just a movie “about” somebody or something. It is a celebration of the form of expression.

This celebration is woven of love, gratitude and accomplishments of Pina’s students. They came from all over the world and cover all age groups – and they all speak about Pina allowed them to open up their unique essence, feeling and talent. “Pina gave me language.” Pina taught them to dance with their eyes closed. You will be blown away by what a teacher can give.

This film had me wonder: what else is hidden inside of my gift box? What else is hidden inside of yours?

And Life is NOT going to be the same by Misha Lyuve

Apr 8, 2012

When was the last time you experienced something that made you feel like life is not going to be the same? I say these moments define the level of your aliveness.

… I am hanging out with a year and 2 month old Brooke. She can’t walk by herself yet and for the past several weeks she has been thoroughly observing her twin sister’s moves. Brooke can grab on to big fingers of an adult and walk like that. But this time around I’m taking away my hands. She stands for a second semi-puzzled. And then she makes her first step by herself. And then another one. And another one.

What I found most profound in this situation is the expression on Brooke’s face as she took her first step. There was joy in its purest sense. There was a clear understanding of consequences of this event – the toddler somehow unmistakably knew that her life wasn’t going to be the same…

Can I for a second be jealous of children? – they are lucky to experience these transformational moments in abundance. As adults we require, for the most part, a very conscious effort to reach them. They come with awkwardness of doing something new or something old in a completely new way. And those new ways come with self-consciousness of graceless falls and embarrassments of getting up, that youngsters don’t have a concern for. I’ve just experienced it yesterday, working for the first time in a recording studio – but this might warrant a separate blog posting.

Looking at Brooke making her first step – please answer in the comment section, what did you do that made you feel like life is not going to be the same?

A blurry photo by Stephanie Woo, Brooke’s & Mackenzie’s mother and a founder of the wisest parenting blog Montessori on the Double.

Legs by Misha Lyuve

Apr 3, 2012