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Being alive as a privilege by Misha Lyuve

Jan 27, 2013

Over the years I’ve learned there are ways how to profoundly experience being alive: by allowing yourself to be vulnerable, by letting yourself to be moved by what life has to offer whether it is big or small and noticing  the interactions and relationships between life participants.

Last Sunday it was one of those winter days that felt more like fall or a beginning of spring; the sun and people were out and I was strolling around the Washington Square park. Washington Square probably has seen it all and I’ve seen quite a bit there – but this makes me pause. There is a real grand piano and virtuoso guy playing Chopin expressively right in the middle of the square. While my hands are in gloves and in the pockets of my coat, this man is taming piano keys with his bare fingers and giving us a gift of music. And this all is happening right in front of the Washington Square Arch where Fifth avenue starts and you can see it disappearing far far out. And I just got so moved…

And then I turn around and a see a bunch of kids – different ages, colorful jackets – running around in the square. And there was so much joy in their movements and sounds, that I just couldn’t help but pay attention to them. There are so fun to watch as they disperse and then reunite, running after each other, participating in a game that only they can understand – the natural state of kids, the play.

And then there is the Love Space. Someone actually drew it. I am not likely to find out who that person is but I am now connected with him or her (by the way, if you are that person, please give me a shout!) And a happy couple that is passing by tells me “We want to get inside, we want to get inside!” And I take their picture inside the love space and we joke about it and laugh like kids. And now we are also connected.

These simple moments, if noticed and appreciated, add up into a significant thing – being alive is a privilege.

Mystery by Misha Lyuve

Jan 21, 2013

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ARE WE READY, iTunes, orphans & the game by Misha Lyuve

Jan 18, 2013

13 years ago my mom passed away and today is a perfect day to give birth to something awesome and inspiring – worthy of my mom’s life and who she was for the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am ecstatic to announce:

ARE WE READY, the album of my songs, is now out in the world – on iTUNES and CDBaby.

As I was mixing up music and love, passion and making a difference, I came up with THE GAME:

to sell 170K albums and raise $1,000,000 for Wordwide Orphans Foundation (WWO)

WWO is a fascinating organization dedicated to transforming lives of orphans around the world. Can you imagine – my music will touch someone’s heart and an orphan in Haiti will get love and care? That’s what’s possible.

Would you please PLAY with me?? It’s easy: buy my album and buy a few as gifts for your friends, share AREWEREADY.org and the game with your friends in a conversation and on social media or donate to Wordwide Orphans Foundation directly.

But most importantly, I would like 1,000 influencers to hear about this project, participate in it and share it with their followers. By influencers I mean those who blog or write in magazines or newspapers, are on radio or TV, have following on twitter or some other place – it could be someone you know, or someone you know that knows someone – please connect me. And let me know if you want to be a part of this project in any way.

Let’s have the world blossom.

Please hold the date of February 2nd for the release party and performance in New York City – details to follow

Every thing by Misha Lyuve

Jan 14, 2013

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Mosquito lessons by Misha Lyuve

Jan 13, 2013

Last night I fed an army of mosquitoes.
They made a feast of my flesh and blood.
And as I laid helpless in the darkness
I felt like a martyr for nothing.

I tried to reason with them that I have an album coming out,
That I lead a consulting gig and that I am a good person.
But they didn’t give a damn, preferring to my goodness,
The sweetness of my blood, they found abundantly favorable.

I was madly furious, for never I’m ignored so bluntly
And no one molests me unpunishingly.
The stings itched godlessly and kept me awake wild-eyed.
But when I felt most desperate, I was granted wisdom.

What is there to hate mosquitoes for?
Only fault of theirs is that they are true to their nature.

Granted I’m not fond of their nature,
But their “being true” is quite admirable.
I wish I had that much zeal to stay true
To my self in my endeavors and obligations.

And if in times when I feel as tiny as a mosquito,
I could create as much impact as it does -
Then, at the moments of my greatness
I could sweep the universe of its feet.

Koh-Lanta, Thailand
November 2012

What you want by Misha Lyuve

Jan 7, 2013

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2013 Manifesto by Misha Lyuve

Jan 1, 2013

Let us not measure success of 2013 by lists of our accomplishments and failures, money we make or lose, promotions and hard work – don’t worry, those aren’t going anywhere.

This time around I suggest to look into the quality of our intentions and the source of our drive. The real measure of greatness of our lives is the time we spend “in the light” – when we move ahead from what is possible or a higher purpose, when the motive of our actions and words is kindness and generosity, when the self is expressed truly and fully.

It ain’t easy to stay “in the light” when we rush through our wordly responsibilities, manage daily chores, disagree with someone, upset, scared or lost. And then there are these corners of our souls and parts of our life that haven’t seen much of day light, period.

I say that contemplating on this “light” in the very first days of the new year takes priority over usual goal setting and resolutions. And if you are willing to face what it would take to stay “in the light” for this year, please declare with me:

Let this be a year of light.