Lucid Practice

A Blog Featuring Enriching Content on Travel, Wellness, Art, and Yoga

18 Jun
2013

The Ends of the Road

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/06/the-ends-of-the-road/100534/ “Inspired in part by the great geography game GeoGuessr, I spent some time recently in Google Maps, finding the edges of their Street View image coverage. I’ve always been drawn to the end of the road, to the edges of where one might be allowed to travel, whether blocked by geographic features, international borders, or […]

18 Jun
2013

FastCompany’s 100 Most Creative People in 2013

http://www.fastcompany.com/section/most-creative-people-2013 “Data geeks, world-changers, actors, rappers and all types of innovators prove the value of creativity at a crucial time in business.”

17 Jun
2013

6/17 Art: Peruvian Artifact

  Gold Mochica Octopus Artifact, North Peru, 200 B.C.- 600 A.D

17 Jun
2013

Seek Company That Strengthens Your Faith:

“I traveled throughout India trying to find someone who knew God. Such souls are rare. All the teachers I met told me about their beliefs. In spiritual matters I was determined to never be satisfied with words about God. I wanted to experience Him. What I am told has no meaning for me unless I […]

17 Jun
2013

22 Unbelievable Places

http://www.boredpanda.com/amazing-places/ Incredible pictures of 22 places around the world.

17 Jun
2013

Drive Nacho Drive Reading List

http://www.drivenachodrive.com/ A interesting blog. “At the end of 2011 we quit our jobs and set off in our 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon, “Nacho”. Our plan? To circumnavigate the globe, slowly, while discovering culture, food, recreation, and emergency roadside Volkswagen maintenance.” Their reading list: http://www.drivenachodrive.com/our-essential-overlanding-reading-list/  

17 Jun
2013

How Money Affects Morality

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/how-money-affects-morality/?partner=rss&emc=rss “Human history is full of examples of money’s ability to weaken even the firmest ethical backbone.” “Money sows mistrust. It ends friendships. Experiments have found that it encourages us to lie and cheat. As Karl Marx, the scourge of capitalism, noted, ‘‘Money then appears as the enemy of man and social bonds that pretend […]

17 Jun
2013

Lost Civilization in Cambodia

http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/world/lost-civilization-in-cambodia-20130613-2o5v2.html?selectedImage=9 “Sydney University Professor Damien Evans is leading several teams of archaeologists to the discovery of an entire Ankor city in the Siem Reap region of Cambodia. Using new maps and LIDAR to discover previously unknown sites where previously only a few isolated temples were known to be. The holy plateau region known as Phnom […]

14 Jun
2013

Japan’s Underground Bike Parking

http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/26963/Japan+Underground+Bicycle+Parking+Systems.html Interesting technology promoting sustainability in the east.

14 Jun
2013

6/14 Quote:

“Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.” – David Williams

14 Jun
2013

Oil Pulling — Everything You Need to Know

What is Ayurvedic Oil Pulling? We first started learning about Ayurveda while on a backpacking trip in Thailand. We think eastern medicine is fascinating. Our personal opinion is that eastern medicine involves much more sacrifice and work. Western medicine usually provides the way for the “easy way out.” In the US it is common for […]

14 Jun
2013

This Too Shall Pass

“Everything passes, everything.” ~ Anthony de Mello from Awareness Ah, impermanence. Everything passes. Reminds me of Abraham Lincoln and my Vipassana meditation teacher, S.N. Goenka. First, Goenka: One of the key ideas during my 10-day silent Vipassana meditation experience was the idea of Anicca—a Pali word that means “impermanence.” Life is change and we suffer when we […]

13 Jun
2013

5 Ways to Get More Time:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9795/5-tips-to-get-more-time-to-yourself.html 1. Take time for yourself to start each day (Practice) 2. Establish a routine.  3. Delegate.  4. Make a list or become aware of where you spend most of your time.  5. Spend less time consuming media. 

13 Jun
2013

6/13 Quote:

“When we are inadequate ourselves but our ego is strong, we tend to blame others.” – Swami Rama, Living with the Himalayan Masters

13 Jun
2013

When Good is Excellent.

http://www.dailycupofyoga.com/2013/06/11/when-good-enough-is-excellent/ Contentment. Santosha. Life is beautiful and the best part about it is this current moment. A lot of people who came before us would love to be here now.  

13 Jun
2013

Yogic Art @ Smithsonian Institution

  http://yogadork.com/news/smithsonian-yoga-exhibit-seeks-to-explore-mysteries-of-yogic-art/

13 Jun
2013

Cacao Powder

http://www.builtlean.com/2012/04/12/raw-chocolate/ Cacao is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate. Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including: Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat Protein Fiber […]

12 Jun
2013

Behind Kanye’s Mask

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/arts/music/kanye-west-talks-about-his-career-and-album-yeezus.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 “great art comes from pain” “In a conversation that spanned several hours over three days, and is excerpted here, the Chicago-raised Mr. West, 36, was similarly forthright, both elliptical and lucid, even as long workdays led to evident fatigue.” “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve […]

12 Jun
2013

Ujjayi Pranayama

What is Ujjayi Pranayama? (also referred to as Ujjayi breath) Many beginner students often ask, “What is this strange Ujjayi Pranayama breathing technique?” As a beginning yoga practitioner, it might seem odd that some of your fellow students sound like Darth Vader while they’re practicing. Here’s the explanation: In Sanskirt, the word ujjayi means victory. Ujjayi or victory […]

12 Jun
2013

Code in 8 Weeks

http://lifehacker.com/how-i-taught-myself-to-code-in-eight-weeks-511615189 “To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that have recently been put online for free— teaching yourself to code has never been easier. I started learning to code earlier this year and can say from experience that learning enough to […]

12 Jun
2013

Nutritional Yeast

http://www.delightedmomma.com/2013/01/the-benefits-of-nutritional-yeast-10.html Paz and his girlfriend, Danielle, introduced me to a natural cheese and dairy replacement, nutritional yeast. It’s awesome. You can find it at Whole Foods. Here are some of the facts and benefits: So what exactly is nutritional yeast?   Nutritional Yeast is deactivated yeast (not to be confused with Brewer’s yeast, which has a […]

12 Jun
2013

7 Physical & Mental Benefits of Cold Showers

7 Physical & Mental Benefits of Cold Showers What are the key benefits of cold showers? Cold showers are incredible. By taking cold showers, you can improve your physical and mental health listed below. Updated 8/9/2015 1. Increased Tolerance to Stress Exposure to cold water gives your body a higher tolerance to stress by purposely […]

12 Jun
2013

Involving Children in Growing Your Own Food

You don’t have to be a vegan to teach your children the magnificence of nature. When they are able to participate in the experience of seed to plant, they develop a different relationship to their food. Children are more likely to take ownership and are more likely to eat vegetables they have personally grown. With […]

11 Jun
2013

Meditation is a Lucid Practice

One of the better feelings one can come across is “pure meditation.” The closest I get to “pure meditation” is during savasana at the end of a yoga practice. Letting go of everything and being one with world is an awesome feeling. Over time, I know meditation will aid in destroying ignorance, hate, and greed. […]

11 Jun
2013

Your Definitive Guide To Fiber

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9396/your-definitive-guide-to-fiber.html “Quite simply, fiber is plant roughage — the part of veggies, fruits, beans, grains, nuts and seeds that resists digestion.” “Fiber helps clean out your digestive system and get rid of things (namely extra hormones, cholesterol, toxins and waste) that shouldn’t be there.” “The recommended intake for disease prevention is 14 grams of fiber for […]

11 Jun
2013

Investing and Yoga

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324798904578529302166205428.html?mod=us_most_pop_newsreel “Everything is impermanent, especially the market’s level,” says Mr. Kessel “He is one of a breed of financial advisers who are taking yoga and meditation out of the ashram and putting them into Excel spreadsheets. The values and teachings of these Eastern-inspired traditions, proponents say, impart a special kind of financial wisdom that, among […]

11 Jun
2013

Who Wins the Internet TV Race?

http://www.idearocketanimation.com/2157-who-wins-the-internet-tv-race/ “Some people think it will be Hulu, Netflix or Amazon. All three companies are using the Video as a Channel model. They charge a subscription fee for access to licensed content that is usually not exclusive, combined with some original content that is exclusive.” “What if the winning model is the Platform, like Apple’s […]

10 Jun
2013

Going to college is worth it – even if you drop out

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/10/going-to-college-is-worth-it-even-if-you-drop-out/?wprss=rss_ezra-klein “The economic case for college is simple: college graduates make more money. In fact, they make over $500,000 more over the course of their lifetimes, on average.” “Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, who’ve done some of themost comprehensive work on the returns to college, have estimated the returns on going to college without getting a degree. They’re very […]

10 Jun
2013

Authentic Happiness

http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. I recommend you take the “VIA Survey of Character […]

10 Jun
2013

Social Comparisons and Happiness

“We found that the happiest people take pleasure in other people’s successes and show concern in the face of others’ failures. A completely different portrait, however, has emerged of a typical unhappy person—namely, as someone who is deflated rather than delighted about his peers’ accomplishments and triumphs and who is relieved rather than sympathetic in […]

10 Jun
2013

My Dinner With Ali

http://thestacks.deadspin.com/in-the-early-90s-i-watched-a-60-minutes-piece-on-ali-511982911 Awesome piece on Muhammad Ali that was originally published in 1989 in the Louisville Courier-Journal Magazine.