Ian Daniel@ianjamesdaniel

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Ian Daniel

romance your self my loves
squeeze your own thick skin
my sleepy head on his chest
is what I loved the most probably
the many hims
then when he went
like the rest
a pillow between the legs tried to replace
now I hold my own hand in bed at night
sometimes it’s necessary
sometimes that alone is heaven enough
#happyvalentinesday #lol #queerlove #instagay #selfromanceisabliss Photo: @ryanduffin is 🔥


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“For most of his life, Baldwin had an interest in masks: the mask of race, of hidden sexuality, of how we obscure tenderness and vulnerability with the mask of hardness and hate.” - @hilton.als curator on #jamesbaldwin loved this exhibit “God Made My Face” @davidzwirner nyc #hiltonals #richardavedon


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my president @ellenpage
I've watched this 100 times in awe of the rawness of my friend's words and expression of pain and passion.
I'm feeling fortunate to be witness to the universal depths she taps into and the honest way she expresses her truth...how she uses her voice to benefit all people, in spite of the risks of speaking out.
And I feel she walks the path of her fame with grace, integrity, and with an intention to serve. Using it as a tool to give voice to something much greater than her career.
Making Gaycation together was one of the greatest gifts yet in my life. It woke us both up, and I think many other people. But it also cracked me. I've spent over a year working to heal, to center my mind and build strength so I can better step up to really help others. Witnessing the very often painful reality of what LGBTQ go through daily around the world will leave you in a sort of despair (and will empower you). And most vividly we encountered how the words and actions of our leaders easily influence the well-being of their people. So yes, when Pence, Trump and hundreds of politicians in the US and around the world speak as if LGBTQ people (or any other minority) are unwanted, diseased, not human (and put laws in place to oppress them/shut them out), some will start to believe these words. Some LGBTQ people will stay in hiding/ go into hiding (and erode in that shadow), some will kill themselves, some will be abused and thrown to the streets. And some anti-lgbtq people will feel empowered by these leaders to incite violence with their own hands. these are just quite simply the current realities. I receive messages often from people asking for help of some kind. Yet, yes, I see many people not believing this rhetoric and are shining on, speaking up ever more amazingly. That should and will continue. in general we all are responsible to shift the story. which starts with our individual intentions. who we choose to put into power yes. & what we choose in each moment. fear/hate or awareness/compassion/kindness.


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See ya later India and Nepal
I found access to bliss here (in me) that I started to think might be lost
for 2 months I was on a holy pilgrimage, without realizing it at first, constantly surrounded by masters of compassion and transformation work
And my many simple encounters with people and strangers on the street I think taught the most
when you start to recognize yourself, everything recognizes you
I saw myself so vividly in the eyes of others
the god in all of us
I learned to trust my own visions
follow the pulls of my inner voice 
to be alive to every moment and quite honestly the miraculous arrives
something much more magnificent exists beyond the binding, painful stories we tell about ourselves or that we feel we are stuck in 
the trip has reminded me of that
of our potential to open doors and shift the story 
of the monumental love, poetry, ecstasy there is in the world
of how central we all are to each other 
in helping untangle our sorrows, suffering, and confusion 
to together awaken bliss
a peace 
now
I'm grateful to everyone that I met
that journeyed with me, lent me a helping hand, smiled at me on the street, chanted next to me, danced with me up hills, lifted up my life
to everyone that helped me really see a world of glorious possibilities
thank you
I bring it all back with me, to share
I love you
#india #nepal 🙏👁✨


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when I started this trip I had no idea I'd end up in the Himalayas performing (with a Butoh master and a group of artists)
I had asked for possibilities to enter new realms and every step of the way on this journey those were revealed
I followed the openings
let go of judgement
ended up here
We gathered for several days and got to know hidden parts of body which are forgotten
hidden joints, hidden muscles, hidden skins
the last day, here, we created together a movement piece centered on "sinking into the darkness of the body"
birthing, entering, dissolving into a new strange dimension
without borders
one I’m questioning staying in
#india


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for the past 10 days I’ve been in Dharamsala India experimenting in movement and performance with a Butoh master and group of brilliant international artists. I joined to observe and learn but ended up co-creating a full performance. Here, we leave thinking mode, listen to the darkness of our body, resonate with each other in a trance-like state.
one intention for my trip to India was to remove spiritual and creative obstacles/blockages
Here, a fire was started
woke up a sleeping self
engulfed a self
transcended ourselves
found new ways to get lit
#dharamsala #india


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I make a plan to leave India then it lures me back in. It’s snowing tonight in #dharamsala. Staying warm from the love of people here. Sending some your way wherever you are. #india


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On the road I find I’m more awake to the mythological in us
finding a story in the symbols of my surroundings
absorbing more of the ecstatic in subtle gestures of living
listening more closely to all of the vibrations speaking outside of language
a twist of a hand lures me into new realms
a lingering look carries with it a lesson
deep eye contact shows me my own wise soul
making a stranger laugh reminds me of our ridiculous oneness
our small movements become mythical
and I become more connected to the electricity of my own
my simple head bob is able to communicate more kindness than words
how we move/choose to move has a power
now to apply that awareness to every day life
in all hours
in all situations
in all lands
#india


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dawn on The Ganges River
also called Mother Ganga
said to purify anyone/anything that comes in contact with her
transforms them into herself
more than a million people each year come to float on top of her power
and bathe in her waters
in rituals to purify what they feel is polluted in them
it’s believed traditionally that she is an infinite realm open to physical and metaphysical refuse
but she also provides drinking water to much of India
today there are protests and projects working on cleaning it up
purification of the purification
#varanasi #india


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Sadhu who lives along the Ganges river teaching me his morning practice 🙏 #varanasi #india


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Aghori Sadhus dwell mainly in cremation grounds all over India (here in Varanasi)
spread the ashes of the dead on their bodies
and use the bones of the corpses from the burning ghats
in rituals of transcending social taboos
Their renunciation practice centers around the removal of sensual pleasure, anger, greed, obsession, fear and hatred.
Spiritual practice in burial grounds destroys fear
They play in the darkest dark to reach the big light
devotees of Shiva (the lord of cosmic destruction who becomes the lord of worldly medicine by ingesting deadly poison and transforming it into a life sustaining substance)
they heal in their confrontation with pollution
One belief I heard is that all humans are naturally born Agohri until we are programmed into fear and discrimination
we learn domestication
we find any way to deny our own filth/mortality
when we might face/embrace it as a means for healing and enlightenment
#india #varanasi


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emerging from 5 days caught up in the vortex that is Varanasi India
Also known as Kashi - the city of light and death
this ancient holy land is infamous for it’s vibrancy and sensory overload
Many Hindu people consider it a blessing to go here to die
Here, an early morning boat ride on the Ganges River to the Burning ghats
Men load in wood to build the funeral pyres
that have already started hissing with the ritual of death
Bodies are brought here to be washed in the river and placed on the fire for public cremation
The ashes you see here will be washed away into the Ganges
It’s believed that to be released here you will reach heaven and escape a rebirth
flesh particles fill up the air and lungs
fog your sight
Yet a piercing reminder of our impermanence and our western disconnect to (fear of) death
here I grappled with my own darkness
mourned a death of identity that’s been weighing me down
and danced the streets celebrating LIFE
#india #varanasi


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