Monday, September 28, 2009

Discover Who You Really Are

Debbie Ford - the New York Times best selling author wrote and published her new book, The 21-day Consciousness Cleanse.

In this book she will guide you to love, to trust, surrender and connect with the most powerful force in the Universe. You will learn to live in the present and to discover your true calling.

The book will urge you to listen - listen deeply to the most amazing sound that there is - the sound of your own soul, as you are being guided to follow the call of your soul's highest potential. Moreover, the book will "act as a dose of a spiritual medicine, a warm hug, and a good friend". Ultimately, you will be able to feel passion for life and to love who you really are.

It is possible at any time to make peace with your past, to get honest about the present, and to create a solid foundation for your future. Embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

"Life coach extraordinaire, Debbie Ford, offers an inspiring program to cleanse toxic thoughts and behaviors to help everyone achieve an emotionally freer, loving, more authentic life. This book is a 21 day guide that is easy to practice and benefit from." - Judith Orloff, MD, author of the Emotional Freedom

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Friday, September 18, 2009

A New Phase in Evolution


Is the evolutionary process speeding up? Millions of years of biological evolution produced our exquisitely complex human brain, but over the last few thousand years, evolution at the level of genetic mutation and natural selection seems to have slowed down considerably. In fact, our DNA hasn’t actually changed all that much since the dawn of civilization. And according to the great British theoretical physicist Stephan Hawking, this is no coincidence. Hawking says that “we’ve entered a new phase in evolution,” where the evolutionary baton has been passed from our genes to our minds, intellect, and technology. Read on

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Rosh Hashanah


A New Year's celebration provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and to make a fresh start for the future. The Jewish New Year celebration, Rosh Hashanah, begins with the blowing of the shofar (the ram's horn) in synagogue. This marks the start of the ten High Holy Days of the Jewish calendar. 

This year Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday evening September 18, 2009 and continues through Sunday night, September 20, 2009. In the Jewish calendar it is a beginning of the year 5770.

The holiday is a period of prayer and reflection shared with one's family and friends. It's a time to ask for forgiveness for one's actions over the past year, and to commit oneself to a fresh start in the coming one. 

The Jewish faith believes that God is merciful and will forgive one’s bad deeds from the previous year. There is an excitement to begin a New Year because there are more good deeds to be done. Much of the joy of the New Year’s celebration is reflected in the holiday’s food customs. 

Among others, sweet foods are consumed on Rosh Hashanah as a symbol of a wish for a sweet year. 

In biblical times, honey was the sweetener. Honey also represented good living and wealth. The Land of Israel is often called the land of milk and honey in the Bible.

A pomegranate is often used as the new fruit on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. In the Bible, the Land of Israel is praised for its pomegranates. It is also said that this fruit contains 613 seeds just as there are 613 mitzvot. Another reason given for blessing and eating this fruit on Rosh Hashanah is that people wish that their good deeds in the ensuing year will be as plentiful as the seeds of the pomegranate.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

May All Beings Be Free From Suffering

May All Beings Be Free From Suffering by Tracy Cochran

Eight years ago this morning,  I was riding a Metro North train down to Manhattan when a conductor ran through the train with the terrible and surreal news that the World Trade Center towers had collapsed and that the Pentagon had been hit.

I knew about the two planes going in when I boarded the train but in a distant echo of the way so many other New Yorkers acted that day, my instinct was to head towards the trouble. When I heard the terrible news, I spontaneously began to say a Buddhist metta prayer for all the people I pictured falling to their deaths: May you be free from suffering… May you be at ease. I wasn't in denial. It was one of those rare moments in life where the heart steps in and takes over for the head and all the distracting thoughts, fears, and sense of separation between myself and others came down. It was as if my heart was with them, as if they were the same as I was.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Art of Collecting

 Photograph by Philip Clayton Thompson

Our personal tastes, our budget as well as the space  that we have to our disposition will determine the character and the size of our collection. One does not have to be a connoisseur to start a collection. But one will become one as soon as his or her involvement with the collection gets more and more serious. 

There are many things that can be collected, both modern and vintage, and many ways to display them. There are no limits to our creativity...

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Cities of the Future


In the future "it would be far easier and would require less energy to build new, efficient cities than to attempt to update and solve the problems of the old ones. The Venus Project proposes a Research City that would use the most sophisticated available resources and construction techniques. Its geometrically elegant and efficient circular arrangement will be surrounded by, and incorporated into the city design, parks and lovely gardens. This city will be designed to operate with the minimum expenditure of energy using the cleanest technology available, which will be in harmony with nature to obtain the highest possible standard of living for everyone. This system facilitates efficient transportation for city residents, eliminating the need for automobiles...

Skyscrapers would be constructed of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete, steel and glass. They will be stabilized against earthquakes and high winds by three massive, elongated, tapered columns. These support structures will surround the cylindrical central tower, which is 150 feet wide and almost a mile high. This tripod-like structure is reinforced to diminish compression, tension, and torsion stresses. These super-size skyscrapers will assure that more land will be available for parks and wilderness preserves, while concurrently helping to eliminate urban sprawl. Each one of these towers will be a total enclosure system containing a shopping center, as well as childcare, educational, health, and recreational facilities. This will help alleviate the need to travel to outside facilities."

These excerpts come from a longer article published on a wonderfully visionary and futuristic website The Venus Project

Image: Architectural project by Zaha Hadid


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Tao of Now


“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes,” writes Henry Miller, as quoted by Josh Baran in The Tao of Now. “Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.”  This sums up how I feel about the collection. After reading it cover to cover, it struck me that there is no rhyme or reason - no set path - in the order of the passages other than to point out Present Moment Awareness.   According to Baran, a former Zen monk, these quotes are the most “re-mindful” when it comes to “looking at now.” And he’s right. I was surprised how many times I found myself totally present with the book in hand, especially when Baran adds his own personal comments and reflections directing our attention back to the present moment: “Are you reading now, in full presence and connection?”
Baran’s anthology offers much inspiration to “be here now.”  You do not have to follow any particular tradition or way or technique or believe in any individual thing to reap its benefits: you just have to bring your attention again and again to the “now.”  The Tao of Now (in its first incarnation, 365 Nirvana Here and Now) incorporates quotes from great poets and novelists.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

In Praise of Shadows...

We Orientals find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and darkness which that thing provides. - Jumichiro Tanizaki

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