30 May 2011

Utility art

Utility art: "Local artist Mickael Broth painted utility boxes along Broad Street between Madison and 7th as part of the Great American Cleanup. Video by Penelope M. Carrington/Times-Dispatch."

Mickael put together the cover for my Yoga Nidra cd. He's a talented guy!

04 May 2011

Nevis Cannon Recovery February 2008



Did you ever have a friend who you knew would do anything in the world for you? It's an incredible feeling. Fred Davis was that kind of friend to me, and to many others. This video shows some of Fred's friends on the island of Nevis working very hard to surprise Fred with one of the things he loved - cannons!

03 May 2011

First Three Chakras

This is a link to the Ashram Yoga website, home of my beloved teacher, Swami Shantimurti Saraswati. The chakra info he has posted so far covers Muladhara, Swadhistana, and Manipura. These are quite simply explained and illustrated and offer some very good and basic information.

One book you might want to consider if you are serious in learning more about chakras is Theories of the Chakras by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. Swami Satyananda wrote the intro to this book. While this is certainly not the only book on chakras, it's my favorite. The practice of tantra yoga is discussed along with asana, pranayama, bandhas and mudras.

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith is another chakra text you might want in your library, and may actually be a better way to ease into a study of this energy system.

Some of you have done yoga nidra with me where we have used the chakras as touchstones of our visualization. This can be a powerful practice. Hari Om

01 May 2011

Orchids: Blue orchids aren't really blue

Isn't this beautiful?!

The photo was taken by my old friend, Ariel Skelley. The orchid was grown by my new friend, Art Chadwick of Chadwick & Sons Orchids. To view thousands of orchids, you can visit the Chadwick greenhouses in Powhatan. They also have a storefront on Belmont in Carytown.

I previously wrote a post about the color blue and it seemed fitting that when Art mentioned his interview in the RTD, I include this photo and a link to that story in my record.

Susan Orlean, who is one of my all time favorite writers, wrote a book called The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession. I read this when it first came out in 2000 - I used to visit south Florida regularly and the story takes place down there. Like all of Orlean's work, characters come alive and there's a compelling and often complicated story that follows them. The movie, Adaptation, with Nicholas Cage was loosely based on this book. Talk about blue, Cage plays the part of two brothers, Charlie and Donald Kaufman, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film. One of them is very blue, as in depressed. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper, Adaptation was directed by Spike Jonze.

Where am I going with this? Nowhere, really. I just wanted to post a photo of one of Art's spectacular orchids and, as usual, got led down a path. I'll stop here - it's time to go back to reading Infinite Jest, an altogether different path along the ever pathless one.