Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak
against yourself, or to gossip about others. Use the power of
your word in the direction of truth and love.
Sakurako Shimizu’s waveform jewelry. The brooches represent (from top to bottom) “wow”, a yawn and a sneeze. The wedding rings very appropriately include the waveforms for “I do”. However, I think my favorite piece is the necklace which represents the separate sounds of a giggle.
The people on the street recognize you right away. If you have negative thoughts in your mind, people get this right away. If you really want to do something good, they understand and feel this too. They can sense what your intentions are—that you have not come not to steal anything, or do anything bad—and then they try to help you. People help you when you have showed up just because you are curious about the lives others lead. The entire essential deal with photography is that you have to be honest. If you don’t really like people, or look down from above on them, they will react similarly to you. If you go somewhere where you don’t actually like the local people, there is no way you can do good work there. Communications with the people whose photos you are taking is vital. And you do not absolutely have to have words or phrases at the ready to strike up communications. What is really important actually is emotional communication. Actually, the thing that gives me the most pleasure when it comes to taking photos is that feeling of having “been accepted.” I mean, I go to a completely foreign place, and I start dialogues with the people there. When these people who I never knew before accept me, and take me into their lives, it is an incredible feeling.
Be universal in your love. You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being.
If you want to learn anything, learn trust. Nothing else is needed.
If you are miserable, nothing else will help—learn trust. If you don’t feel any meaning in life and you feel meaninglessness, nothing will help—learn trust.
Trust gives meaning because trust makes you capable of allowing the Whole to descend upon you.
If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos.