DOCUMENTARIES THAT INSPIRE POSITIVE CHANGE

How many times have you heard the following statements:

  • “One person can’t make a difference”
  • “What we don’t know won’t hurt us”
  • “Ignorance is bliss”
  • “They (politicians/companies) won’t do anything, so why bother”
  • “I’m not voting – it’s not going to make a difference anyway”
  • “That’s (insert subject matter here) not true, I don’t believe it”

We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and to seek the truth.  If we continue to walk around with our ‘blinders’ on, we remain ignorant to the events that are happening around us.  Ignorance is not bliss, it is just plain ignorant.

I have compiled a list of documentaries that explore different political and social issues that have allowed me to become more informed and educated on the certain specific topics of what the films are based on.  I hope that you allow yourself to ‘remove the blinders’ and become more aware of what things are happening throughout the world, who the players are and become inspired to act for the greater good of the planet, your health and for the wellness of all of humanity.  Here is my list:

Forks Over Knives (2011)

Directed by Lee Fulkerson

This movie examines the benefits of a low-fat whole foods, plant-based diet as a means of combating a number of diseases.  It also provides an overview of a 20-year China-Cornell-Oxford Project that led to Professor T. Colin Campbell’s findings, outlined in his book, The China Study (2005) in which he suggests that coronary disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer can be linked to the Western diet of processed and animal-based foods (including dairy products).

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Directed by Davis Guggenheim

Al Gore’s film about the current and potential future effects of global warming or climate change.

Zeitgeist:  The Movie (2007)

Directed by Peter Joseph

Presents a number of conspiracy theories based on religion, the financial crisis and the September 11, 2001 attacks.  This movie has companion pieces in the form of Zeitgeist:  Addendum and Zeitgeist:  Moving Forward.

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Directed by Michael Moore

A look at the Bush administration and the events that took place prior, during and post the 9/11 attacks.  This documentary is currently the highest grossing documentary of all-time (preceded by Madonna’s Truth or Dare, which held that title for 11 years).

I Am (2011)

Directed by Tom Shadyac

Narrated by Tom Shadyac – this movie follows Tom’s personal journey to seek the answers of the nature of humanity and materialism after a near-fatal bicycle accident in 2007. 

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Directed by Robert Epstein

Looks back at the rise, death and legacy of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to get elected into public office in the United States.

Blue Gold:  World Water Wars (2008)

Directed by Sam Bozzo

This movie looks at the world water crisis and examines the impacts (both environmental and political) on the planet’s decreasing water supply

Who Killed The Electric Car? (2006)

Directed by Chris Paine

Narrated by Martin Sheen, this movie explores the creation of the electric car and the bureaucracy/politics as to why they were not made widely available.  A great companion piece to this documentary is the 2011 documentary (also directed by Chris Paine) entitled:  Revenge of the Electric Car.

March of The Penguins (2005)

Directed by Luc Jacquet

A look at the lives of a group of emperor penguins in the Antarctica and the hardships they face.  This Oscar-winning documentary is narrated by Morgan Freeman, Sotie Grabol, Marek Kondrat, Gosta Ekman, Amitabh Bachchan and Fiorello.

Sicko (2007)

Directed by Michael Moore

Investigates the state of the health care system in the United States and compares it to other health care systems around the world.

Vegucated (2011)

Directed by Marissa Miller Wolfson

Explores the challenges faced by those who have chosen a vegan diet.

Bowling For Columbine (2002)

Directed by Michael Moore

This film takes an in-depth look at the causes of gun violence in America after two students went on a shooting rampage in a Columbine High School.

Inside Job (2010)

Directed by Charles Ferguson

Who helped create the 2008 financial crisis that crippled world economies?  This film helps us answer this question.

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)

Directed by Rick Ray

This movie follows the filmmakers attempts to seek the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) in hopes of asking His Holiness questions such as:  “Why are the poor traditionally so much happier than the wealthy?” and “Is it necessary for a society to abandon its centuries old traditions to move into the future?” – just to name a few.  The move also delves into the history of various cultures despite the threat of the political dangers.

Grey Gardens (1975)

Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer

This documentary looks into the everyday lives of a reclusive mother (Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale – Big Edie) and daughter (Edith Bouvier Beale – Little Edie) who both live in a run-down, rodent infested home.  Both reminisce about the past and their socialite past.  A HBO film called ‘Grey Gardens‘ starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore was aired on HBO in April 2009.  The film won six Primetime Emmys and two Golden Globes.

Super Size Me (2004)

Directed by Morgan Spurlock

Morgan documents himself as he eats nothing but McDonald’s – the results are not very surprising but never-the-less interesting.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

What Can You Do To Create a More Positive Life?

I believe that we can always improve our lives towards a more emotionally, physically and positive lifestyle.  The journey to this more emotionally, physically and positive lifestyle is not easy and you just can’t ‘wish’ it to magically appear – you must work at it.  For example;  you can’t have a goal to be more fit and just exercise and eat fries, burgers and pizza all day long – you must combine a good fitness regime with proper nutrition in order to become more fit.  Wishing for a more positive and better life will not make that happen – you have to be proactive in your approach to attaining the goals in having a more positive and fulfilling life.  Here as some questions I have asked myself that have guided me (and continue to do so) towards a lifestyle that will create positive change for me and for what I care about:

Am I happy in my job?

I am very happy in my job.  I enjoy the people I work with and am paid reasonable well for what I do.  Having my current job allows me to get the knowledge and expertise I require for what I really want to do in the near future.   Is the reason you have your job to attain more material possessions, to get you out of debt or is it because you are happy and passionate about it?  Ask yourself – do you feel happy when you think about going to work?  If you really and authentically love what you do – you are blessed.  If not, maybe it is time for you to think about what will make you happy and start planning on how to reach that place of happiness and contentment.

I can’t leave my job now…and what I really would love to do isn’t going to pay me enough to live…..

You don’t have to leave your current job to start working towards a life that you authentically want to live.  If this is because you have too much debt – start by focusing on removing your debt.  Do you really need your big house?  Do you really need all the credit cards you currently have?  You will have less stress with less debt.  Do you really need the latest electronics, the biggest televisions, cars etc….is all that materialism going to be conducive to a more balanced and positive life?  Decreasing your debt will allow you to really focus on whatever it is that your are passionate about because you will not have your mind clouded with all those debt distractions.

Visualize – see yourself doing what you love and send that intention into the universe

I see myself living on a water-front property and giving advice on holistic health and natural health remedies to promote healthier living.  I also see myself defending nature and promoting a healthy environment for our planet and future generations.  I also see myself continuing my advocacy for the humane treatment of animals and promoting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.  I have already achieved half of my goal – I am currently an advocate for the environment, planet and animals by the awareness I create by writing my blogs or sharing information with friends and family.  I am also gradually taking courses that will ensure I have proper certification and knowledge about holistic health.  These are things that began with a notion, a belief and conviction – I visualized it and sent these intentions into the universe and slowly they are taking shape.  I am not putting any pressures on myself in trying to attain a goal of living a more emotionally, physically and positive lifestyle because I believe the process should be as enjoyable as whatever goal it is you want to reach.  Don’t get weighed down by any obstacle along the way instead, ask yourself why the universe put those obstacles in your way, acknowledge them, rectify them and move forward.

Is the negativity of other individuals getting in your way?

Don’t get caught up in other people’s drama or negative behaviours.  Most of the negative things people say about others is usually telling you something specific about that individual.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something – we are all capable of doing great things.  If you find that you are surrounding by people who have a defeatist attitude and feel that ‘one person can’t make a difference’ – then maybe you are surrounding yourself with the wrong crowd.  When I am around people who have a negative outlook on life, people who may say things like; “I hate my life”, “My life is so boring”, “I can’t do that”, “we can’t change it so why bother trying” etc…I find that these types of people suck all the good energy out of me, that is why I try to politely avoid them.  There have been many people in my life who only seem to want to create drama and bring negative energy into their lives – I have no regrets that they are not part of my life today.  It is okay to remove yourself from those who don’t allow any light into their lives – just because they live in darkness doesn’t mean you have to.

Do things you enjoy – if you haven’t tried it how will you know whether you enjoy it or not?

I love reading X-men comics, love writing my blog posts, walking with nature, sitting by water, watching movies and animals – I am not limited to just enjoying these things, I do try new things.  If I didn’t try – I would never have discovered that I love to paint.  Don’t be limited by what you think you can’t do without even trying it.  I don’t enjoy heights and am not a fan of being in an airplane but this doesn’t mean I will never sky-dive????  You never know if you don’t try.

Be grateful  

I have gratitude for so many things – the relationships I have, my partner, my dog, my family, my job, my friends and my health.  The gratification I feel for these relationships I have is what allows me to work towards creating a more fulfilling and positive life.  

In our society – we are brainwashed to believe that the more you have the happier you will be.  It is not the things we have that will define us – it is what we do and how we treat others that will have the most impact on our lives and in our world.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

GAY MARRIAGE – IS IT THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT?

I have been legally married to my partner of almost 20 years now for just over 6 years.  Our marriage has not brought down the ‘wrath of God’, it has not disrupted any of the lives of our friends or family and it certainly hasn’t inconvenienced any of those who adamantly opposed it for years.   In the eyes of Canadian law – my partnership/marriage is treated as equal as that of my sister and her husband’s partnership or the partnership of my mother and father.  As it should be.

The Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS) is preparing to hear arguments in the Prop 8 (Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed in November 2008 state elections.  The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California DOMA) and DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act).

It is my belief that if religious institutions don’t believe in gay marriage – they shouldn’t have to perform them and should not be forced to do so.  What I don’t agree with is when businesses deny their services or products to individuals because of their sexual orientation and religious beliefs.  I don’t understand why homosexuals would even support these religious institutions or businesses that blatantly discriminate against them because of who they love. 

Psychology Today listed Top 10 Reasons to Support Gay Marriage back in May 2012 – here is the Top 10:

  1. Discrimination frays the human spirit.
  2. Making committed human connections is good for physical and mental health.
  3. Forming families, traditional or not, is good for the soul.
  4. Marriage is a basic human right and an individual personal choice and the State should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry.
  5. Homosexuality is a normal variant of adult sexuality; gay men and lesbians possess the same potential and desire for sustained loving and lasting relationships as heterosexuals including loving and parenting children.  This is supported by hard data, not just opinion.
  6. Discriminatory marriage laws deprive gay and lesbian couples of over 1000 federal rights and benefits.
  7. Deprivation of these benefits has demonstrable negative psychological and social impact on same-sex couples, their children and families.
  8. Change and adaptation make for a stronger and psychological richer society.
  9. Same-sex couples can teach heterosexual couples how couples in relationships lacking gender-based power dynamics often solve problems and make decisions with more respect and mutuality.
  10. Ending discrimination enhances the human spirit and makes all of our lives better.

(Some of these reasons are taken from the position statement of the American Psychoanalytic Association on gay marriage approved in 1997 and revised in 2008. To read the entire statement and other American psychoanalytic Association position statements on gay rights and other social issues, go to http://apsa.org/About_APsaA/Position_Statements.aspx)

Gay marriage or homosexuality – will not be the end of civilization.  Homosexuality has been around since the beginning of time and the world has been no different.  People tend to fear what they don’t know or understand.  If people don’t let go of their fears and come to understand that we are all the same – then they will never be able to let go of their ignorance and intolerance. 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

 

CAN WE CHOOSE OUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION?

Many people seem to think that gays and lesbians have chosen their lifestyle and that they are not born this way.  To those people, I ask:  “What day was it that you acknowledged that you chose to be straight?”   If it is that clear – then all straight people must have made a choice about their sexuality too, right?  Are straight people not born straight?  If not, that would mean that they can choose to be gay also.

So, how do I know that I didn’t choose to be gay.  We need to go waaaay back to before I was a teenager.  I can’t pinpoint the exact date or age but I do know that I was physically attracted to men for the longest time.  I didn’t have a reason – I didn’t know any ‘gay’ people and there was certainly no television programs that promoted or encouraged that lifestyle in the early 80’s.  As a matter-of-fact, it socially unacceptable to be gay. I know I had attractions to the same-sex because at an early age – I would get excited just by looking at men modelling underwear in department store catalogues whereas the women’s section did nothing to arouse me – but that didn’t make me gay.  I remember finding a pornographic magazine at a neighbour’s house and curiously flipping through it.  Again,  I found that the women in the magazine didn’t arouse me at all but that I did enjoy looking at the men.  But that didn’t make me gay.

Growing into my teens, I understood that being someone who was attracted to those of the same-sex was not a very popular notion to have.  Society mocked them, ostracized and even used violence against them and made them feel like lesser human beings because of their sexual orientation.  This was morally justified by most religious institutions.  Being gay or lesbian meant that there was something wrong with you – you had a condition that was previously treated with shock therapy.  Even today – people are told to ‘pray the gay away’.  This is not possible (at least for me it wasn’t).  So what could I do about all those feelings I had inside of me – where was I able to feel safe and be with like-minded people?  I had no clue.  All I knew about being homosexual was what I learned around me – homosexuals were “fairies”, “faggots”, “pussies”, “tinkerbells”, “dykes”, “women that wanted to be men” and “men that wanted to be women” and that “they should all be dead or killed.”  There was no way I wanted to be part of that.  This was a choice I made.

I thought “hmmm, I’ll just try to do what everyone else is doing”.  I tried dating girls and always felt that it was wrong – I like their company but there was no physical attraction what-so-ever.  I thought I fell in love but later realized that I wasn’t in love with that person, I was emotionally drained and just wanted to ‘give in’.  I was never going to be able to meet a man and be in a relationship with a man because men like me didn’t exist and if they did – they were forced to exist in secret.  This was a choice I made.

I did manage to connect with other gay people but it was always ‘in secret’ and always in public – shopping centres, subways and parks but people would never know because we learned to hide our attractions very well because our attractions were not acceptable.  It wasn’t until junior high school that I realized there were other gay people and that I could live my life without shame, fear and free from hiding – or so I thought.  Yes, there were other gays living openly and free but those kids were bullied, gay bashed and harassed on a daily basis and didn’t seem to be living too freely to me – I did not want to be one of them.  This was a choice I made.

I eventually met other gay guys who refused to be victims and who introduced me to the ‘gay village’ – a community of lesbian and gays who lived regular lives with their partners in what seemed to be domestic bliss.  I was astounded and felt a huge load lifted off my shoulders – there were others like me and they had what I have always wanted a home and someone to love without shame, hate and fear.  Then came AIDS.  AIDS was the ‘gay disease’ – it was God’s punishment for living a life of sin.  I was terrified.  It seemed like society finally found a reason to justify their hate and proof that this lifestyle was an abomination in God’s eyes.  I decided to continue to hide my ‘secret’.  This was a choice I made.

I eventually began a relationship without someone of the same-sex.  It was my first serious relationship and it happened to be with someone who was HIV positive.  I learned that I could have a ‘normal’, healthy and safe relationship without fear of being infected with the virus.  Through this relationship, I learned much about HIV and AIDS and also met some of the most incredible individuals I have ever met.  People of different backgrounds – gay, straight, bi-sexual, Caucasian, Black, Chinese, men and women who all had one thing in common – they were HIV positive.  Our relationship lasted 5 years and I have never seen him since but I do thank him for what that relationship has given me –  the ability to come to terms with my homosexuality and to live openly and authentically as a gay male.  That was a choice I made.

Today – I am married with a man who has been in my life for 20 years.  Despite all the hurdles and obstacles we have had to overcome individually and together, we have managed to build a life that I am completely proud of.  We fought judgement, hate and bigotry from friends, family and religious institutions.  I have conquered physical and emotional abuse.  I battled internal homophobia and almost lost the most important person in the world because of it.  Mostly – I have conquered my fear.  The same fear that paralyzed me to not live as my true authentic self.  I am so glad that I was born gay.  I am glad that I have learned all the lessons that I was supposed to learn because without them, I wouldn’t be that man I am today.  I did not choose to be ridiculed, hated, gay-bashed or bullied – I chose to live.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

SONG OF THE WEEK

Emeli Sandé is a brilliant vocalist with a beautiful voice.  She was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland 26 years ago.  Her parents relocated to the UK in 2012.   “Next To Me” is what I chose as song of the week this week.   “Next To Me” is a beautiful song with inspiration lyrics released from her 2012 album entitled Our Version of Events

2 different videos follow – the official video and then an acoustic version follow the songs lyrics.

NEXT TO ME  

You won’t find him drinkin’ at the tables
Rolling dice and staying out ’til three
You won’t ever find him being unfaithful
You will find him, you’ll find him next to me

You won’t find him trying to chase the devil
For money, fame, for power, out of grief
You won’t ever find him where the rest go
You will find him, you’ll find him next to me

Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
You will find him, you’ll find him next to me

When the money’s spent and all my friends have vanished
And I can’t seem to find no help or love for free
I know there’s no need for me to panic
Cause I’ll find him, I’ll find him next to me

When the skies are grey and all the doors are closing
And the rising pressure makes it hard to breathe
Well, all I need is a hand to stop the tears from falling
I will find him, will find him next to me

Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
You will find him, you’ll find him next to me

When the end has come and buildings falling down fast
When we spoilt the land and dried up all the sea
When everyone has lost their heads around us
You will find him you’ll find him next to me

Never in my life have I met someone like him
I’m blown away by his love for me
If you ever wonder where it is you’ll find him
You will find him, you will find him next to me

Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
You will find him you’ll find him next to me

Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
Next to me ooh, ooh
You will find him you’ll find him next to me

For more information about Emeli Sandé – please visit her website:  http://us.emelisande.com/

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

LOVE IS LOVE – A LETTER FROM A SON WITH TWO DADS…….

There is so much to be said about this video……Two dads or two mothers can provide a loving and nurturing home to their children – just as many straight couples do.  Enjoy this letter written by 12-year old  Daniel:

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WHO WILL BE THE ‘CHOSEN ONES’?

I recently watched the visually stunning movie The Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee based on the book written by Yann Martel.  Yann Martel indicated in an interview with PBS that he wrote the book during a moment in his life when he felt lonely and needed some direction, ” I was sort of looking for a story, not only with a small ‘s’ but sort of with a capital ‘S’ – something that would direct my life.”

Without delving too deeply into the plot so as not to spoil any moments for those who have not watched the film or read the book – I would like to talk briefly about Pi’s curiosity and fascination with religion.  His curiosity allowed him to explore aspects of different religions in order to find his connection with God.  Pi took the best of all the religions he studied and allowed that to direct his life.  This is what I believe to be the key message of all organized religion however, I feel that this message has been lost leaving many people to become disenfranchised in their religious beliefs.

So, what religious denomination is the ‘true’ one?  Who is the true son of God – Jesus, Mohammed, Ganesh or Krishna? Who will be the ‘chosen ones’?  Because I choose not to believe many of the things written in The Bible – I am condemned to Hell for being a non-believer.  As I have said many times – I was born gay, in many religions, that is an abomination according to God – even though it is said that he made man in his own image (except gays).

If religion allows people to act out of kindness, love and compassion – then I do not have a problem with it.  If religions teaches people not to judge or hate but to embrace everyone as their equal – then I do not have a problem with it.  When religion is used to promote hate, fear and violence – then I have a problem. 

I don’t belong to any organized religion however, I do believe that there is a presence that is BIGGER than anyone or any religion.  Is that God?  Maybe – I don’t know.  What force is driving me to write these words and ask these questions?  Are my questions not as important as the beliefs people have about their own religion?  If there is a God – I will answer to Him/Her.  If there is A God – what if He/She is working through me?  I don’t have the answers because I DON’T KNOW and I am okay with not knowing.  What I do know is that I want to live for the moments I have on earth, now.  I want to breathe clean air, I want to enjoy nature, I want clean water, I want others to have the same opportunities that I have, I want to spread love, peace and tolerance – that is my religion, that is my God and that is what I believe in.  People that have different religious beliefs need to understand that their beliefs are no better or more right than those I believe in.

So – who will be the chosen ones?  If you can answer that – let me know and I will join your cause.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one. 

 

I HAVE NO WORDS – FOR THIS VIDEO

I don’t watch television much…someone send me this clip of a British television program……I have nothing more to say except…..Coalition of Positive Energy was created to spread positivity and inspiration into the world and what more inspiration can we get from this wonderful story!!!!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

A LESSON TO NOT BELIEVE GOSSIP YOU HEAR ABOUT CELEBRITIES

Sinead O’Connor is – in my opinion – one of the most brilliant vocal talents in my lifetime.  Her debut album The Lion and the Cobra, released in 1987,  was a masterpiece and critically acclaimed.  Sinead became a household name after releasing a cover version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990.  Known to be direct, honest and out-spoken, Sinead was adamant about sharing the truth about the scandals of the Catholic church and the sexual abuse many suffered at their hands.  On October 3, 1992 she appeared on Saturday Night Live in which she performed a capella version of Bob Marley’s “War”.  During the performance, she held a photo of Pope John Paul II and tore it up and said “fight the real enemy” and threw the pieces into the camera.  Sinead was brave enough to ‘out’ the Catholic church and one would think this would create dialogue to address the issues of pedophilia in the church.  Instead, their was a huge backlash – Catholics around the world came together to destroy her cds and ‘pop radio’ turned their backs on her music.  Interestingly enough – this scandal would rock the foundations of the Catholic church almost a decade later.

Society automatically ostracized Sinead for making a statement without fear, why?  Was it because she was criticizing a religious institution?  Was it because she was a very opinionated women and had conviction in her beliefs?  Whatever the reason, it was evident that Sinead’s claims were correct and yet, she never lost faith in the holy spirit.

Sinead hasn’t disappeared – she has been quite busy since the huge commercial success of I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990).  Since then, she has released the standards cover album Am I Not Your Girl (1992),  the alternative rock album Universal Mother (1994), the fantastically under-rated and spiritual journey that is Faith and Courage (2000), the eclectic Sean-Nos Nua (2002) – which is a collection of traditional Irish songs, the reggae covers album Throw Down Your Arms (2005), the inspiring Theology (2007) and her current masterpiece How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (2012) (which is one of my favorite albums of 2012).

Here is a recent interview were Sinead talks about her personal life, religion, the SNL incident and her altercation with Prince – Skavlan 2013.  The interview is very candid, honest and very enlightening for those who haven’t followed Sinead since her isolation from top 40 radio.  Sinead is truly one of the most inspiring artists of my generation and her music has been pivotal in getting me through some really rough moments in my life.  I am very grateful that the universe has given us such a great gift.

For more information – touring, discography, blog etc., please visit Sinead’s official website at: http://www.sineadoconnor.com/ You can purchase all Sinead O’Connors music via iTunes. 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.

THE INTENSE LOVE STORY OF A PERFORMANCE ARTIST

Marina Abramović was born on November 30, 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia.  She was a performance artist that began her career in the early 1970’s.  Abramović’s work explores the relationship between the performer and audience, the limits of the body and the possibilities of the mind.

In 1976, after moving to Amsterdam, Abramović met the West German performance artist Uwe Laysiepen, who went by the single name Ulay.  Marina and Ulay collaborated during their time together and after several years of tense relations, Abramović and Ulay decided to end their relationship which would definitely explore the limits of their bodies and possibilities of their minds.  The spiritual journey that would end their relationship would take place on the Great Wall of China.  Each of them walked the Great Wall of China, starting from the two opposite ends and meeting in the middle.  As Abramović described it:  “That walk became a complete personal drama.  Ulay started from the Gobi Desert and I from the Yellow Sea.  After each of us walked 2500 km, we met in the middle and said goodbye.”

Between March 14 – May 31, 2010, the museum of Modern Art held a retrospective and performance recreation of Abramović’s work.  Abramović performed “The Artist is Present”, a 736-hour and 30 minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum’s atrium, while spectator’s were invited to take turns sitting opposite her.  Ulay made a surprise appearance at the opening night of the show – here is Abramović’s reaction to their reunion:

Such a truly remarkable moment – Love is powerful.  They ended their relationship in such a unique and therapeutic manner and were brought together in the same unique manner, only this time, there were no words spoken – they only had the power of the heart and their emotions to speak for them.

Here is the link to the documentary film “The Artist is Present” – http://marinafilm.com/about-marina-abramovic

Marina Abramović will be bringing her life story to the stage in “The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.  The North American premiere begins on June 14, 2013 at 7:30pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Bluma Appel Theatre, Toronto, Onatario – Canada.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one.