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BY NATHAN KOROL / Instagram: @npkorol

This past month has been a continual opportunity to reflect, share, grow and create. Out of that came my latest artistic series “Thankvember.� My intent was to extend gratitude to aspects of life (both pleasurable and painful) that contribute to a radical acceptance of self and the highest appreciation of the world as it is.

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I welcome the adventure of life and the relationships forged within it while maintaining healthy boundaries of what is reasonable, safe and permissible. By identifying and replacing patterns that take us further away from who we are inside, we are liberated to become the best versions of ourselves we can. With healthy boundaries, all behaviors and responses flow from a place of life wisdom, towards a more compassionate self and world.


I stand in my truth and maintain my integrity, whether others approve or not, even if it means making difficult changes in my life. Remember your roots, your innocence, your curiosity, your joy. Be grateful of the opportunity to forge a new set of beliefs and a new worldview that is more resilient and enduring than your previous.

THANK YOU SURRENDERING Surrender means to give up, abandon, relinquish, and remove. As we do so to the extraneous layers of expectation, judgment, and inadequacy in our lives, we reveal that deep down there is actually nothing missing. Surrendering does not mean we stop trying to create our best life or give up in the face of adversity, it simply means we give up on the hold that stress and worry have on our physical body.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao Tzu


I embrace my vulnerability, frailty, and weakness as core parts of the human condition. Meaningful and unguarded disclosure guides a life of honesty and builds the most secure bridges between ourselves and those around us.

“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty…” - Stephen Russell


“You only get one shot at life, which is scary, but it also sets you free. If our life is all we get to experience, then it’s the only thing that matters. If the universe has no purpose, then we get to dictate what its purpose is. Humans will most certainly cease to exist at some point, but before we do, we get to explore ourselves and the world around us. We get to experience feelings, food, books, sunrises, and being with each other. It’s easy to think of us as separated from everything, but this is not true. We are as much the universe as a neutron star, or a black hole, or a nebula. Even better, we are its thinking and feeling part. The sensory organs of the universe. We are truly free in a universe sized playground. You get to decide whatever this means for you.”

- Kurzgesagt, Optimistic Nihilism


In an endless sea of possibilities, there can be no greater comfort than the unconditional love and support of family. Exploring and appreciating your ancestry can make the world feel a little more interconnected and exciting. Hug your family tree deeply and often if you can! Gratitude for family also means acknowledging the special people in your life who are part of your tribe in spirit, who have helped shape who you are today, even if not related by blood.


Though we are strangers, we are all kindred in spirit. By endeavoring to connect with the tender and gentle pieces of self that loves unconditionally, we allow our caring and compassionate qualities to emerge. This abundance of compassion then ripples outward, uplifting, urging, and encouraging universal love for one another. Notice the kindness rippling around you in your daily life; radiate your joy wherever you see still water.


I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences that follow by honoring my successes and learning from my failures. Wisdom from failure teaches that starting and stopping is not the same as giving up. Like the rise of a phoenix cycling between life and death, forgiving pain and resentment of the past will yield a brighter present moment.


Listen to your fear, it wishes to tell you, ‘you are alive,’ to remind you of the life inside you waiting to be lived fully, that there is good work for you to do in the name of your freedom and joy. Don’t be afraid to feel fear, it is but a fierce reminder that life, your life, is in your hands. By confronting our own shadows and bringing the light of awareness to them and forgiving them, we transform fear and terror into insight and positive action.


In a world of overwhelming opportunity, stimulation and immediate gratification, it’s easy to lose our individual practice. Expectations of the common denominator weave worn paths into labyrinths of disappointment and suffering. Instead of always wanting to do and be more, find clarity and humility in the sacred gift of simply being as you are.


Nature is our greatest provider and teacher. While resting to smell the roses or taking a stroll through her mossy cathedrals, be aware and grateful of what slice of wilderness you have been afforded. Take inspiration from natural systems and life forms; sometimes improving means doing more with less. Live in a way to leave this planet better off than how we found it!


Underneath the static and the noise sits an unobstructed presence, a universal stillness between thoughts, breaths, words. By accessing this place often, we carry back pieces of patience, kindness, relaxation, and bliss. All life needs rest and incubation, to reconnect with its nature and sprout again like a tree during the winter. Do not avoid your call to rest, for only in solitude does one find richness of self.

Thankvember 2017  

(November 2017): This past month has been a continual opportunity to reflect, share, grow and create. Out of that came my latest artistic...

Thankvember 2017  

(November 2017): This past month has been a continual opportunity to reflect, share, grow and create. Out of that came my latest artistic...