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Celebrating Unions that Are Greater than the Sum of Their Parts by Misha Lyuve

Dec 30, 2011

To make a long story short: 4 years ago on this day out of unreasonableness of my intentions, auspicious alignment of stars or some other unknown to me reasons, I met my other half. There is evidence: Love from the first sight exists. We got married in 2010.  

As one of the marriage side effects, I had to commit myself to a piece of jewelry. And I wanted it to carry a message: as a part of this union each of us lives a life of an expanded potential. And if I ever to forget that, I wanted my ring to scream at me with a reminder. My inspiration led me to this:  

Lyuve, Infinity Ring

And as I continued my inquiry into a universal archetype of a union I discovered a new language – of shapes, patterns and metals. Through the combination of white and yellow gold I have expressed the duality of being an «individual» unit and a «couple» unit at the same time. And what comes with it for us and any other couple is an unpaved path ahead with many wild cards and unexpected turns, joys and disappointments, passions and boredoms. As well as patience, forgiveness, harmony and love required to keep the union together.  

And today it is officially coming to life -  

« celebrating unions that are greater than the sum of their parts »  

a jewelry line with a capacity to represent and remind of our values, intentions and promises.  

This is a soft launch – the official website will be ready in April, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share.  
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2011 on One’s Toes & Bestest of the Year by Misha Lyuve

Dec 24, 2011

What kept you on your toes this year? What kicked your behind to have you be open to life, notice its intricacies and just go for it?

One of my butt kickers will be celebrating its first birthday in a week. Oh ART BEAUTY LIFE blog, you impregnated me with ideas and schemes; you took hours from my sleep and wrinkeled my forehead while I was finding words to express you; you threw me off my soft pillows and had me push myself to open my senses till I saw anew. Thank you!

If you don’t have a butt kicker in your life – you just gotta find it! In fact, though now it’s a great time to reflect on 2011, there is still a whole week left in this year to plant seeds to grow in 2012.

And now 2011 bestest of ART BEAUTY LIFE blog.

Bury me on Facebook: Includes important modern-day tips on self-sorry – not to miss!

Nakedness: Lucian Freud at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: You have till the end of the year to indulge yourself. Warning: some would argue that it is not “indulge” but “repulse” – go and see for yourself.

What I Have Learned from Peahens: Also find out about the true nature of peacocks; you will be shocked.

Living Your Life As a Work of Art: Let’s put your life in a frame, under the glass and let critics in.  Just kiddin’.

Unthinkable – Rethinkable: Contemplations on massive changes of mind over time.

Symbiosis for Survival: When art is elevating our consciousness and actually makes a point.

Remember? For New Yorkers.

If I missed your favorite, please add them in the comments! Thank you for being on the journey.

Plans by Misha Lyuve

Dec 20, 2011

To rule the state, have a known plan

To win a battle, have an unknown plan

To gain the universe, have no plan at all

from Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” Verse 57

Life P****** by Misha Lyuve

Dec 19, 2011

Do you know what’s your life purpose? This question used to make me uncomfortable. Everyone seems to be eagerly preoccupied looking for life purpose, a blurred concept which instigates a persistent search that supposedly distinguishes humans from other species. But it does not seem to be easily tracked down either in smart books or far-away journeys or deep prayers. Others say that the life purpose is there to be “created” – but it is missed in school syllabuses and it doesn’t seem to be easily glued together from pieces of positive thinking, good ideas and inspiring words.

One thing that used to be clear to me: those who found it, like artists, innovators and mothers theresa-s, are out there, and they are busy creating art masterpieces, inventing new technologies and saving the world , while I am aimlessly roaming around my purposeless life.

And it also seemed that once I finally have the life purpose, my choices would become straight forward, my confusions would clear and in selfless sacrifice to humanity I would live in peace with myself.

… And recently the moment has arrived: a phrase got formed from what it seemed like million pieces of me and felt like the key had finally matched the stubborn lock I had been trying to open for years.

My purpose is to live a work-of-art life and through personal example inspire others to live meaningful fulfilling lives.

And after experiencing a brief moment of joy similar to finding something long lost in one’s bag, I realized that I created a bigger problem: now that I am in touch with my life purpose I can clearly see the parts of my life and moments in my day that are not lived consistently with it.

And then I was also flooded with questions to which I didn’t have answers: “what does it even mean to live a work-of-art life?”, “now you are a judge of what’s meaningful?” and “what do you know anyway?”

I will ponder on those and you will be the first ones to know when I have answers.

And in the mean time for fellow seekers – please keep looking. The good news is your life purpose is already guiding you even if you don’t know what it is.

Buddha of Borobudur by Misha Lyuve
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Dec 13, 2011


Temple of Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

Lessons of Indonesia – How Little We Need to Communicate… by Misha Lyuve

Dec 7, 2011


My silence experiment in the previous posting was inspired by traveling through Indonesia. I was warned that driving would require some very special skills so I didn’t risk driving myself. But I paid attention and managed to discover the unique skills of Indonesian drivers among other treasures of the islands.

Narrow roads of Indonesia are hustling with motorbikes, cars and vans, small businesses on both sides and kids playing right off the road (my friends who are parents would probably lose their mind from the idea). This is the world that is not regulated by many streetlights or signs (especially outside of big cities), doesn’t have many handrails or clearly designated pedestrian areas, but nevertheless lives in order. And while children car seats are mandatory in the US, in Indonesia many times the little ones just hang off their parent’s shoulder who is riding the motorbike.

For the world of Indonesia traffic to function, the inner intelligence of self-governance created a new language – the language of honking. Unlike New York City where honking is a sign of irritation and impatience, anger and detest, in Indonesia it speaks a warning before a turn on a windy road, gratitude when you acknowledge someone who let you move in front of them, courtesy when you allow someone to pass you and a greeting if you see an old friend.

How little we need to communicate…

Photos by Dr. Mikhail Tis

Slowly by Misha Lyuve

Dec 7, 2011