Taking the "road less travelled" enabled Prince Albert of Monaco to meet his wife Charlene Wittstock, the sovereign ruler said in his wedding speech.
Speaking at the wedding dinner, Prince Albert of Monaco made reference to Robert Frost's famous poem, The Road Not Taken. He said: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
So far so good ? ...
Why in the world did you, Prince Albert choose the most missunderstood poem of all times for your wedding speech...
The road not taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Several generations of careless readers have turned it into a piece of Hallmark happy-graduation-son, seize-the-future puffery. Cursed with a perfect marriage of form and content, arresting phrase wrought from simple words, and resonant metaphor, it seems as if “The Road Not Taken” gets memorized without really being read. For this it has died the cliché’s un-death of trivial immortality.
The poems title is not “The Road Less Traveled” but “The Road Not Taken.” Even as he makes a choice (a choice he is forced to make if does not want to stand forever in the woods, one for which he has no real guide or definitive basis for decision-making), the speaker knows that he will second-guess himself somewhere down the line—or at the very least he will wonder at what is irrevocably lost: the impossible, unknowable Other Path. But the nature of the decision is such that there is no Right Path—just the chosen path and the other path. What are sighed for ages and ages hence are not so much the wrong decisions as the moments of decision themselves—moments that, one a top the other, mark the passing of a life. This is the more primal strain of remorse.
The Raw Shark Texts begins three years after an accident that the protagonist has forgotten. Personal injury and amnesia are recurring themes in cult fiction. The most recent example is Tom McCarthy's Remainder, in which the protagonist has suffered from an accident that a large company have paid him millions of pounds not to talk about.
The Raw Shark Texts is, for once, a novel that genuinely isn't like anything you have ever read before, and could be as big an inspiration to the next generation of writers. And if a big-name actress does get involved with the project, I hope she's invigorated by the innovation of the book, and agrees to strap on the fin.
“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world”-- BUDDHA
This is the first in a series of short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light. In each video I will sound the singing bowl for 3:33min. and ending in approximately 4:00min. To just check in and recenter a specific chakras in a busy day or to take your time to go through each chakra individually. ...You may use the affirmations below or just Be in the sound and light. ENJOY
While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silently to your self:
I am Safe...I Trust more...I fear less...I am centered and grounded.
This is the second in a series of seven short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light.
While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silenntly to your self:
I feel my emotions and my pain...I reawaken my passions...I surrender to this moment.
This is the third in a series of seven short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light.
While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silently to your self:
I am courageous...I am whole...I stand in my power
This is the fourth in a series of seven short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light.
While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silently to your self:
I am Loved...I let Love in...I am kind to my self...I live in peace and gratitude Kategorie:
This is the fifth in a series of seven short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light.
While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silently to your self:
I play in my imagination...I create my reality...I know and share my truth
This is the sixth in a series of seven short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light. While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silently to your self:
I honor my intuition...I accept my path...I am healing, mind, body, and
This is the last in a series of seven short videos for the chakra's using crystal singing bowls and light.
While the bowl is sounding repeat slowly and silently to your self:
I connect with Spirit...I invite sacred transformation...I embrace the unity of all beings
One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from?
With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.
Beginning with Charles Darwin's first encounter with the teeming ecosystem of the coral reef and drawing connections to the intellectual hyperproductivity of modern megacities and to the instant success of YouTube, Johnson shows us that the question we need to ask is, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing, and inspiring as Johnson identifies the seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and traces them across time and disciplines.
Most exhilarating is Johnson's conclusion that with today's tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it. Where Good Ideas Come From is essential reading for anyone who wants to know how to come up with tomorrow's great ideas.
it was a very special "mothers day" to me last Sunday! My son Felix , who will be eighteen this summer ,worked on our new Flower of Change - Youtube ... for me ...
So we were sitting togehter ,for quite a long time , trying to catch the spirit of the Flower of Change .
My heartfelt THANK YOU goes to Felix , I love the result very much .
The touching indianstyle music of the video comes for Sayama Richard Hiebinger ( he is a Flower of Change parent as well ) who was kind enough to let us use these wonderful loving energies.
Sayama has studied and practiced holistic forms of meditation and energy work for about 20 years now and has experimented with aromas, fragrances and colours, combined with his harmonic music and sounds with the intention to produce life-positive and energetic music, giving the listener aesthetic and sensual moments of relaxation.
Please join us on our meditative voyage to the essence of the Flower of Change .
Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can give to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience, multi-award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman has recorded the thoughts and ideas of fifty of the world's most prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, musicians, and religious and business leaders, all over sixty-five years old. To create profound, honest, and truly revealing portraits of these luminaries, Zuckerman has captured their voices, their physical presence, and the written word. The resulting book and film, included here on a DVD, provide an extraordinary legacy for the generations that follow, and a timeless portrait of the common experiences that unite us all.
About the Author
Andrew Zuckerman Andrew Zuckerman was born in Washington D.C., in 1977. After an internship at the International Center of Photography in New York, he attended New York University's School of Visual Arts to study photography and film, and graduated in 1999. His photography and film work has been commissioned extensively for numerous brands throughout the world and has received many awards, including the D&AD Yellow Pencil award for excellence in photography.
Zuckerman's first film, High Falls, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 before going on to win Best Short Narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival. His last book, Creature, was published worldwide in November 2007.
Alex Vlack Alex Vlack was born in New York in 1974. He has produced documentaries for television and media installations for museums. In 2006 he co-founded Late Night and Weekends with Andrew Zuckerman, where they create books, films, and broadcast content. He wrote and produced High Falls, and produced and co-directed Still Bill, a feature documentary about Bill Withers.Andrew Zuckerman is a New York–based photographer and director, and the author of Creature.
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama is a multi-media art exhibition that brings together 88 respected artists representing 30 countries. With the full life of the Dalai Lama as inspiration, the intention for this project is to shift the world's attention towards peace.
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama is the result of a collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation. We see this project as a unique opportunity to explore the idea of art as an interpretation of, and a catalyst for, peace. Through the artist's work, we also hope to broaden appreciation for the Dalai Lama and the principles he embodies. The project and exhibition title is an evocative play on words - peace will always be elusive, or missing, in our world, but the Dalai Lama consistently shows that dedicating oneself to peace is anything but pointless. The word 'portrait' is used very loosely. Artists were given the freedom to explore the full life of the Dalai Lama; each 'portrait' was the result of personal interpretation.
NOW at the San Antonio Museum of Art — March 12, 2011— July 31, 2011. Details here http://gallery.tmpp.org/gallery/en/index.jsp
The Manifesto emerged from the radical transformation that’s underway in the way men and women relate to each other. We’d like your assistance in giving expression and life to this awakening movement. You may know of our work as writers and teachers in the areas of spiritual development and relationship transformation. Now, though, we speak to you primarily as men committed to a new era of co-creation with women. Whether you are a man or a woman, we invite you to join with us in creating the new era.
Apology and New Commitment One intent of the Manifesto is to offer a genuine apology for actions in the past and present, so that we can start afresh with new commitments that can guide us in bringing the new era into reality. Our apology is rooted in the original meanings of the word--to give an account, to acknowledge with regret, to express sorrow for present or past actions. A genuine apology never shames or blames either person, nor does it deny either person’s right to take full responsibility for the actions.
A Commitment To Usher In A New Era Of Worship We believe that the next step in our evolution rests is a restoration of our capacity for such deep respect, attention and love in human relationships that we become capable of seeing the divine in another. We speak of this as the capacity for a man to “worship” a woman, and vice versa. We know that “worship” is a charged word for many; it has been kidnapped by patriarchal religions and often evokes a sense of subjugation. We wish to restore “worship” to mean a mutual capacity to express and see the the divine dimension in each other, to look through and beyond the personal as a window to the universal.
Please Join In Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. Author of The Big Leap, Five Wishes and co-author of Conscious Loving
Love is the best antidepressant—but many of our ideas about it are wrong. The less love you have, the more depressed you are likely to feel. By Ellen McGrath,
Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It's not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are at risk.
It is also true that the less love you have, the more depression you are likely to experience in your life. Love is probably the best antidepressant there is because one of the most common sources of depression is feeling unloved. Most depressed people don't love themselves and they do not feel loved by others. They also are very self-focused, making them less attractive to others and depriving them of opportunities to learn the skills of love.
There is a mythology in our culture that love just happens. As a result, the depressed often sit around passively waiting for someone to love them. But love doesn't work that way. To get love and keep love you have to go out and be active and learn a variety of specific skills.
Most of us get our ideas of love from popular culture. We come to believe that love is something that sweeps us off our feet. But the pop-culture ideal of love consists of unrealistic images created for entertainment, which is one reason so many of us are set up to be depressed. It's part of our national vulnerability, like eating junk food, constantly stimulated by images of instant gratification. We think it is love when it's simply distraction and infatuation.
One consequence is that when we hit real love we become upset and disappointed because there are many things that do not fit the cultural ideal. Some of us get demanding and controlling, wanting someone else to do what we think our ideal of romance should be, without realizing our ideal is misplaced.
It is not only possible but necessary to change one's approach to love to ward off depression. Follow these action strategies to get more of what you want out of life—to love and be loved.
* Recognize the difference between limerance and love. Limerance is the psychological state of deep infatuation. It feels good but rarely lasts. Limerance is that first stage of mad attraction whereby all the hormones are flowing and things feel so right. Limerance lasts, on average, six months. It can progress to love. Love mostly starts out as limerance, but limerance doesn't always evolve into love. * Know that love is a learned skill, not something that comes from hormones or emotion particularly. Erich Fromm called it "an act of will." If you don't learn the skills of love you virtually guarantee that you will be depressed, not only because you will not be connected enough but because you will have many failure experiences. * Learn good communication skills. They are a means by which you develop trust and intensify connection. The more you can communicate the less depressed you will be because you will feel known and understood.
There are always core differences between two people, no matter how good or close you are, and if the relationship is going right those differences surface. The issue then is to identify the differences and negotiate them so that they don't distance you or kill the relationship.
You do that by understanding where the other person is coming from, who that person is, and by being able to represent yourself. When the differences are known you must be able to negotiate and compromise on them until you find a common ground that works for both.
* Focus on the other person. Rather than focus on what you are getting and how you are being treated, read your partner's need. What does this person really need for his/her own well-being? This is a very tough skill for people to learn in our narcissistic culture. Of course, you don't lose yourself in the process; you make sure you're also doing enough self-care. * Help someone else. Depression keeps people so focused on themselves they don't get outside themselves enough to be able to learn to love. The more you can focus on others and learn to respond and meet their needs, the better you are going to do in love. * Develop the ability to accommodate simultaneous reality. The loved one's reality is as important as your own, and you need to be as aware of it as of your own. What are they really saying, what are they really needing? Depressed people think the only reality is their own depressed reality. * Actively dispute your internal messages of inadequacy. Sensitivity to rejection is a cardinal feature of depression. As a consequence of low self-esteem, every relationship blip is interpreted far too personally as evidence of inadequacy. Quick to feel rejected by a partner, you then believe it is the treatment you fundamentally deserve. But the rejection really originates in you, and the feelings of inadequacy are the depression speaking.
Recognize that the internal voice is strong but it's not real. Talk back to it. "I'm not really being rejected, this isn't really evidence of inadequacy. I made a mistake." Or "this isn't about me, this is something I just didn't know how to do and now I'll learn." When you reframe the situation to something more adequate, you can act again in an effective way and you can find and keep the love that you need.
You’ve done your morning yoga, you’ve meditated, prayed for world peace, had your blended soy chai mocha-frappa-latte, flipped off and cursed the crazy driver who cut you off in traffic…you’re a vegetarian, a yoga teacher (who isn’t these days) and better than everyone else…life is good.
BUT HAVE YOU LAUGHED TODAY?
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what your spiritual practice is, how many times you’ve been to India, Peru, how many hours you’ve clocked at the yoga studio or how many sweat lodges you’ve done: Master Puppetji speaks to all.
His insightful and useless “Socksangs” are light-hearted reminders that help us open our eyes to a new way of SEEING. A master at squashing illusion with Wizdumb, humor and meaningless insights, Puppetji cuts through the spiritual mumbo-jumbo and gets right to The Truth: According to Puppetji.
Considered to be one of our last great enlightened masters, Puppetji selflessly delivers his meaningless words of Wizdumb to anyone who will listen and even those who don’t.
Puppetji’s message is simple: “You take life too seriously…Enlighten-up”
When Puppetji isn’t demystifying dogma, karma, dharma, yoga or busy practicing the art of nothingness, he helps run the family store in Pune, India: The New Delhi Deli; home of the famous six foot Swami-Pastrami.
Ah, the plastic cycle of life! Heal The Bay produced this advocacy video, the message of which is: put an end to plastic pollution. The short-form "nature mockumentary" is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and tracks the "migration" of a plastic bag from a grocery store parking lot to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean.
• Antioxidant / Anticlastogenic / Radioprotective: Antioxidant, anticlastogenic and radioprotective effect of Coleus aromaticus on Chinese hamster fibroblast cells (V79) exposed to gamma radiation: The hydroalcoholic extract of CA showed dose-dependent radical scavenging against free radicals, rendered radioprotection against radiation induced DNA damage. Study results establsihed antioxidant, anticlastogenic and radioprotective activities and suggests a potential for chemoprevention. • Antioxidant: Study of freeze-dried aqueous extract of Ca clearly established the antioxidant potency of freeze-dried extract of C aromaticus. • Mast cell stabilization property: Study showed stabilization of mast cells in rat mesenteric tissue and suggests further studies into mast cells with its role in Type 1 hypersensitivity-mediated diseases like asthma and rhinitis. • Antimicrobial: (1) Antimicrobial Activity Of Coleus aromaticus (Benth) Against Microbes Of Reproductive Tract Infections Among Women : Results suggests the herb could be an ideal choice for treating reproductive tract infections. (2) Study showed the antimicrobial effect of Coleus ambonicu, Lour folium infuum toward C albican and Strep mutans. • Anticlastogenicity: Study of ethanolic extract of C aromaticus showed a protective effect against cyclophophamide and mitomycin-C induced cytogenetic damage. • Anti-Inflammatory: In a carrageenan-induced rat paw edema model, the aqueous extract of Coleus aromaticus exhibited potent anti-inflammatory activity, attributed to the inhibition of mediators released from the 2nd phase of inflammation. • Antibacterial: Study showed both ethanol and hot water leaf extracts of Coleus aromaticus to possess potent antibacterial activity, the ethanol extract showing greater activity. Results provide scientific support for the centuries-old use of the plant as a medicinal herb. • Forskolin / Antioxidant / Anti-Asthma / Pulmo-protective: Study isolated forskolin, a diterpenoid, from a methanolic extract of C aromaticus. C aromaticus has been used to treat asthma. Forskolin has been thought to be responsible for its pharmaceutical activity through resotration of antioxidant enzyme activity with its ability to scavenge free radicals. The results validate the use of forskolin as an anti-asthmatic agent.
. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.
Originating in India and then spreading to Egypt, Greece, Rome, Tibet, China, Russia and Japan, Ayurveda is probably the oldest continually practiced holistic health care system on the planet. It's estimated to be between 2500 and 5000 years old.
The word Ayurveda comes from Sanskrit words, Ayus meaning life and longevity, and Veda meaning Knowledge or Science. Therefore, Ayurveda is The Science of Life, specifically referring to harmonious integration of the body, mind, senses and spirit; An art of living, an art of being.
This ancient system was devised after careful observations of hundreds of thousands of individuals, animals, plants, trees and nature in general, over thousands of years. Ancient Ayurvedists recorded in encyclopedic writings the strategies that worked and those didn't for every aspect of health and way of living. The result: A highly sophisticated nature-friendly healing system that has its foundation an immensely valuable herbal and spiritual science.
Furthermore, a stream of scientific studies nowadays, continues to provide confirmation of their efficacy and a better understanding of Ayurveda.
During the two centuries of colonial rule, Ayurveda almost went un-noticed by the British due to its complicated ancient Sanskrit and pali text or most of them did not believe in it or discarded it as some esoteric healing. Furthermore, the British Empire no longer funded Ayurvedic training and over the next century much knowledge and understanding were lost.
However some Ayurveda and Ayurvedic formula did make it to the west and extreme orient. The most popular one which we all know would be "Amala" and "Aritha" fruits to make "champoo" for hair which gave birth to modern day "Shampoo" in use until this day including the word.
European surgeons translated and brought into practice Indian surgery technics described in the Sushruta Samhita (1000 B.C.) including that of to repair damage to the face; traditional aesthetic treatment which was devised to restore the beauty of the Maharajas and princes who were deformed while fighting a battle. This technique fostered the discipline we now call plastic surgery.
Greeks and Arabs were totally inspired by Ayurveda. 'Unani' Greco-Arabic medicine manuscripts describe in detail the knowledge of Ayurveda and technics adopted to suit their needs and stressed that all doctors were incomplete without a visit to India and knowledge of its medicines. Chinese travellers regularly came to learn at Nalanda university and took back with them Marma science which we today know as Chinese acupuncture. Tibetan medicine is essentially Ayurveda efficiently adopted for use in high altitude plateaus of Tibet. Meditation known as 'Dhyan' is Sanskrit to restore the peace of mind, travelled and became Chyan, then Chen and by the time it reached Japan it became Zen.
Thus, Ayurveda for centuries has prevailed consciously or unconsciously in our existence regardless of where we live; but is still awaiting its long due to be in light. Only because our era of mad-cows, crazy chickens and polyester pigs demands it. Rise in global temperature has created havocs in year 2000 and worst is still to come. In the times of net, news and nuclear we as mankind are asking this question more seriously then ever before: Whether healthy man means healthy earth or healthy earth means healthy man?
Ayurveda posed that question nearly 2000 years ago.
Robbie Kaye, photojournalist, traveled in her car to salons throughout the US to photograph and interview women in their 70's, 80's and 90's, while at their weekly beauty parlor appointments. Why? To learn about these women and their relationships with their stylists in order to invite change as it pertains to the perception of beauty and how beauty is in fact...ageless. Beauty of Wisdom is partly a preservation of history since the styles and rituals of these women will someday be obsolete.
An unprecedented philosophical art cinema experience, PROBLEMA is a film that looks at you as you watch it, that speaks to you in a multilingual mantra made of the voices, insights, perceptions and reflections of over 100 people sat together at the world's largest round table. Spanning seventeen questions confronting who we are and where we're going, PROBLEMA asks you to ask yourself, amid a mindbending, visually thrilling ride into a world of global dilemmas.
One way to foster a feeling of intimacy when your family is spread across the country or the globe is to all share in the same tradition. "I know one family that sets a time the day before and they all make pie at the same time, using their Grandma Betty's pumpkin pie recipe," says Meg Cox, traditions expert and author of The Book of New Family Traditions. Grandma then "calls around to the different households and speaks to each of her grandkids, wishing them a Happy Season --and a delicious desert."
Use Technology Consider this the upgrade to passing the telephone around the room. Why not set up a laptop at the end of the table to video chat with your far-flung family? Decide ahead of time to have a Skype cocktail hour or dessert, suggests Susan.
Catch Up Time Whether you're seated at the same table or talking face-to-face via video chat, it can still be difficult to really know what's going on in people's lives. Don't be afraid to get to the heart of the matter. "One family, spread from coast to coast, has started a new tradition of 'catch up time' that begins as the turkey is being cleared and continues through dessert," says Susan. "Going around the table, each person speaks to these questions: What's going on with me now? What's been the most challenging part of the past year and the most rewarding? What am I looking forward to in the coming year?" If your family isn't used to talking about serious stuff, this might feel awkward at first, but the sense of closeness it nurtures will be well worth any initial discomfort.
Put It In Writing Some people might feel uncomfortable sharing aloud with the group. With that in mind, Susan suggests "[asking] each person to fill out a card noting something another person in the family did during the year that meant a lot." Or make it more broad by having people write down something they are grateful for in general. Place all the cards into a basket or jar, fish them out one-by-one and read the cards over dessert.
Here's to a joyful and meaningful Christmas time !
is a short documentary film on Taoism and martial arts filmed in China in 2009. Scholars, top martial artists and monks explain the principles of the way, a treasure of wisdom that survived thousands of years. The film highlights the interconnectedness between the philosophy and the natural world and how its principles manifest in certain martial arts and meditative arts.
Today I woke up and I was everything I wanted to be. I forgave myself of everything that had ever made me feel ashamed. I loved everyone everywhere... even those who hurt me. I sent love to those who have lost their way. I wasn't afraid... of anything anymore. I realized...
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
The Prince of Wales today presented an honorary CBE to Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey for his services to drama.
The 51-year-old star, and Prince’s Trust ambassador, is the star of a string of blockbusters such as American Beauty and The Usual Suspects.
The Oscar-winning actor has also been Artistic Director of London's Old Vic theatre since 2003.
He received his award from The Prince of Wales at a private ceremony in Clarence House, in Central London.
Mr Spacey said: "I was hugely, hugely delighted that Prince Charles has awarded me the CBE, which the Queen has so generously given to me for my services to theatre."
Honorary awards are made to foreign nationals in recognition of exceptional service to the UK.
Mr Spacey has attracted star names to appear at the Old Vic during his seven-year tenure and has regularly appeared in productions himself.
The Southwark-based Old Vic is one of London's oldest theatres, having opened in 1818.
Mr Spacey said: "He (The Prince) was just extraordinarily generous about the work we've done at the Old Vic over these past seven seasons that I've dedicated myself to the revival of this brilliant, wonderful theatre and for all the belief that I have that arts and culture are a hugely important part of our lives."
The actor, who now lives in London, was briefly interrupted as a number of guards in ceremonial dress marched behind him.
He added: "Frankly for me to be standing here today in front of Clarence House having a rather British scene happen directly behind me makes me feel very happy and proud to call London my home."
I just love this book and wish that as many people as possible can get its message. If you don´t have the chance to read the book , but would decide to give 10 minutes of your lifetime ... these 10 minutes could change your life forever...
Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run -- competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.
After school, Mullins did some modeling -- including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen -- and then turned to acting, appearing as the Leopard Queen in Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle. In 2008 she was the official Ambassador for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
She's a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about prosthetics, and recently mentioned to an interviewer that she's been looking closely at MIT's in-development powered robotic ankle, "which I fully plan on having."
take a close look around you - you are reflected in the things you call your own...
You can dramatically change the look and feel of your home without spending a dime. In fact, even if you do have a budget to decorate it’s still a good idea to work with what you have and get your home to a place where you enjoy and appreciate it before you spend money and start purchasing. This is for two reasons: a fresh canvas will help you see clearly what the room really needs and therefore help you avoid making expensive mistakes. You may even realize you don’t need to change as much as you originally thought.
it’s enjoyable to meditate in a quiet place, but it is not always possible.The key is to not resist noise. Don’t try to ignore the noise or to block it out. Simply let it be and continue with your meditation.
Everything is a part of meditation — the noise, your thoughts about it, the way the mind may start to resist it, the emotions that arise about it. Treat everything that arises in meditation the same way — let it be, let yourself be !
On February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and made a wish: for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. Since that day, thousands of people have contributed to the process so that on November 12, 2009 the Charter was unveiled to the world.
The Golden Rule requires that we use empathy -- moral imagination -- to put ourselves in others' shoes. We should act toward them as we would want them to act toward us. We should refuse, under any circumstance, to carry out actions which would cause them harm...
....interessieren mich wirklich sehr ... Bestimmt habt ihr als Paten schon einige nette Momente oder Begebenheiten im Zusammenhang mit der Flower of Change erlebt... Ich würde mich freuen an dieser Stelle davon zu erfahren.... und mit mir bestimmt die gesamte Flower- Family :-)
Meine schönsten "Augenblicke" ,mit der Flower of Change, erlebe ich derzeit in der täglichen Beobachtung des Heranreifens ihrer Blüte...
Herzlich grüßt Annette Maria
Dear friends ,
I would love to recive your stories of "lucid moments, winks "connected with your Flower of Change ... You are very welcome to post them right here . I am sure that the whole Flower - Family would love to read your story .
These days I find most intense moments with my Flower of Change by keeping an eye on her while she starts to bloom...
“My experience of conflict is that those who are involved in it long for even a day of peace. To have a day of cessation of violence, that to me is an idea whose time has come.” Mary Robinson, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, from a filmed meeting with Jeremy Gilley
Dear friends ,
today I will send out new offsprings of my Flower of Change ...one will be sent to Israel for the very first time !!
Mark Allens "Plants on Vacation" in the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles during the entire month of August was a very loving way to connect plants to people ...
Every summer as their families take a summer vacation, houseplants-- alone and unwatered-- wait on windowsills for their owners to return...
Last month the Hammer Museum was hosting a “Houseplant Vacation,” giving jilted greenery a chance to stretch their roots with a series of plant-specific programming that included readings and music... even houseplant porn.
Mark Allen, the artist in residence responsible for the vacation, had organized a month of cultural activities for the houseplants to ensure that their time away from home was relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoyable. Here you see him with our Flower of Change Daira - Etienne :-)
"Over the course of the month we had different kinds of programming for the plants," said Allen. "We havd poetry for the plants, we had musical performances for the plants [and] we had plant psychics coming to heal the plants psychic energy."
The exhibit even had a phone system set up so that moms, dads, aunts or any plant relative can talk to their plants while they’re away. A speaker system planted within a rock allows the calls to be automatically broadcast to the room of plants.
Allen and the museum had compiled a collection of readings they think may interest to houseplants, including everything from contemporary poetry to "19th century historical accounts of botanical exploration."
Plant parents and museum visitors stopped by and saw the plants, played ping-pong for the plants or partaked in the cultural activity of the day.
Again I would like to thank Mark for this loving idea that ended up in a great exibition. And then I would like to thank my dear Flower of change friends Anna for taking this nice pic ...and Jennifer for taking her Flower of Change to the Hammer Museum.
You ask me where to begin Am I so lost in my sin You ask me where did I fall I'll say I can't tell you when But if my spirit is lost How will I find what is near Don't question I'm not alone Somehow I'll find my way home
My sun shall rise in the east So shall my heart be at peace And if you're asking me when I'll say it starts at the end You know your will to be free Is matched with love secretly And talk will alter your prayer Somehow you'll find you are there
Your friend is close by your side And speaks in far ancient tongue A seasons wish will come true All seasons begin with you A world we all come from One world we melt into one Just hold my hand and we're there Somehow we're going somewhere
You ask me where to begin Am I so lost in my sin You ask me where did I fall I'll say I can't tell you when But if my spirit is strong I know it can't be long No questions I'm not alone Somehow I'll find my way home
"The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake."
- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010 Obesity by the numbers
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
Kids today lead a very different kind of life. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and school sports have been cut and are often replaced now by afternoons with TV, video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. Snacking between meals is the norm, not the exception.
While kids thirty years ago ate just one snack a day, they are now trending toward three–so they’re taking in an additional 200 calories a day just from snacks. And one in five school-age kids has up to six snacks a day.
Portion sizes have also exploded. Food portions are two to five times bigger than they used to be. Beverage portions have grown as well. In the mid-1970s, average sweetened drink portions were 13.6 ounces. Today, kids think nothing of drinking 20 ounces of soda at a time.
The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
And the average American child spends more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, using cell phones and computers for entertainment, and playing video games, and only a third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
That’s the bad news. The good news is by making a few simple changes we can help our kids lead healthier lives–and we already have all of the tools we need to do it. We just need the will. Let’s Move!
We can solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight if we all work together. Through the Let’s Move! campaign—a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented initiative that addresses all of the various factors that lead to childhood obesity—we are engaging every sector of society that impacts the health of children to provide schools, families and communities the simple tools they need to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.
In his first indepth interiew in over thirty years Phil Spector tells stories about "his brother" John Lennon, their love for each other and the wonderful music they produced.
Almost one million fans from every corner of Earth visit Strawberry Fields and the Imagine mosaic every year. Our film documents their outpouring of love for John Lennon with dozens of fan interviews filmed over the last seven years.
A photographic narration documenting the many milestones in the life of John Lennon from birth through assassination.
Let us honor our greatest singer-songwriter and the most influential political artist of the 20th century with an International holiday every October 9th http://JohnLennonDay.com
A black hole as in this case, represents greed, and how our soul is visualized after greed overtakes us. And when the guy gets trapped in a safe, I think that represents a cold dark place in which we shall end up in one day because of what money and other material things have done to us. The fact of the matter is: Someone like this ends up alone in darkness, with literaly nothing, in the end. Money isn't important. It's only temporary. LOVE is forever...
I keep watching this movie over and over again ... it holds so many "everlasting elements" that for some reason never seem to change : Does time actually pass by ? How do we free ourselfs from time ?
THE ANSWER MUST BE IN THE HERE AND NOW
warmly Annette Maria
With the exception of the opening and final scenes, the action takes place within the span of a single day in three different years, and alternates among them throughout the film. In 1923, renowned author Virginia Woolf has begun writing the book Mrs. Dalloway in her home in the town of Richmond in suburban London. In 1951, troubled Los Angeles housewife Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) tries to find escape from her dreary existence by reading the same book. In 2001, New Yorker Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) is the embodiment of the title character of Woolf's work as she spends the day preparing for a party she is hosting in honor of her friend Richard, a poet and author living with AIDS who is to receive an award for career achievement.
yesterday I got some beautiful Flower of Change pics from our italien Artist for Flower of Change Boris Savoldelli . Viewing the photos of his plants I can actually feel the passion and love Boris gives into what he declares his life ...
-“A technically dazzling, musically engaging show” - Bob Bannister (contributor to Time Out New York Magazine)
-“One of the most intriguing vocal projects to come along in years” - Arnaldo DeSouteiro (producer Jazz Station Records, New York)
-“Definitely a genius.” - Iouri Lnogradski (contributor to Jazz Russia Magazine and Jazz.ru)
-“A modern variation on Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau” - René Yedema (contributor to IoPages Magazine Netherland)
-“I am still mighty impressed by the crafty use of Boris' many voices” - Bruce Lee Gallanther (Downtown Music Gallery New York)
-“He knows every moving piece of his elaborate puzzle and has a round and powerful voice” - Suzanne Lorge (contributor to All About Jazz New York)
-“Very few singers pick up the thread that Bobby McFerrin left behind, but Boris takes it a step beyond” - Herman Te Loo (contributor to Jazz Flits Magazine, Holland)
-“A really great voice” - Rigobert Dittman (contributor to Bad Alchemy Magazine Germany)
-“A unique talent, An arresting mix of painstakingly overdubbed vocals, human beatbox effects, African-inspired choral music” - Chris Parker, (contributor to Vortex Jazz Magazine, UK)
-“Welcome to the tower of song when all is voice and voice is all” - Dmitry M. Epstein (contributor to Dmme Magazine, Israel)
...only to mention a few
I myself used to have problems with cover songs of the Beatles ... until now .
Can almost feel John Lennon, George Harrison , Paul Mc Cartney and Ringo Starr jamming with Boris Savoldelli...
Dear friends, today is one of "those days" : Everything just turns out perfect :-) This morning, I recived photos of our Flower of Change exhibited in the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles .
Our american " Artist for Flower of Change" Anna gave one of her offsprings to her friend Jennifer, and Jennifer took her "Diara-Etienne" to the Hammer Museum.
The Hammer invites to give houseplants a vacation during their August Cultural Retreat for Plants. Throughout the entire month participants plants will be installed in the light flooded linbrook terrace, and presented with a series of readings, performances and musical events for plants. Plant portraiture provided by Lisa Anne Auerbach.they will provide a dedicated (one-way and auto-answering) phone line connected to a loudspeaker should you wish to call in and speak to your plants.
Enjoy this photoshow as much as I do ...and find "Diara-Etienne"
The "plant vacation" is such a great idea, there is so much love involved...
Once our Flower of Change- Festival will take place something very smilar to this event will occur ...
My warm gratitudes and blessings go out to Anna , Jennifer "Daira Etienne" . And also to Mark Allen (http://machineproject.com founder of the idea) and Anna Lisa who helped finding "Diara-Etienne" for me...