Lucid Practice

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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.

9 Jun
2013

Backbend Bible

Outstanding pictorial & textual guide to beginning & advanced asana backbends: http://www.mryoga.com/backbends Benefits of backbends: Improves spinal flexibility and strength creating better posture, stimulates the central nervous system, abdominal organs and aids in digestion, tones the adrenal glands, kidney, pancreas and liver thyroid gland, abdominal organs and lungs, stretches the chest, lungs, upper and lower […]

9 Jun
2013

Ai Weiwei Brings 150 Tons Of Rebar To Venice

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672750/ai-weiwei-brings-150-tons-of-rebar-to-venice#1 “THE ARTIST AND DISSIDENT AI WEIWEI HAS ERECTED A 150-TON LANDSCAPE OF STEEL AT THE 2013 VENICE BIENNALE.”

7 Jun
2013

6/7 Quote

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” ~Steve Jobs

7 Jun
2013

“What is my passion?”

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/05/how-can-you-follow-your-passion-if-you-dont-have-a-passion.html “The fact that Max and other young college graduates can even entertain this question — “What is my passion?” — is a new conundrum, and still a luxury not everybody enjoys. Tyler Cowen believes it is “a central question of our time.” Questions to consider when looking for a job in today’s world: How much […]

7 Jun
2013

When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/9338962/when-beautiful-game-turns-ugly Wright Thompson’s profile on racism in soccer and Italy.

7 Jun
2013

Gandhi’s Yoga:

http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1983/isep83/gany1.shtml Mahatma Gandhi was a karma yogi who tried to put into practice various yama and niyama. He tried to follow the path of truth, non-violence, self-restraint, brahmacharya, etc. The following ten rules (1) guided him through life: 1. Truth. 2. Ahimsa (non-violence). 3. Brahmacharya (chastity). 4. Restraint of palate, which he elaborated as eating […]

6 Jun
2013

How Commerce Expands Culture

http://theumlaut.com/2013/05/07/how-commerce-expands-culture/ “Take our friend Beethoven. His stellar musical rise was fueled by the productive powers of capitalism. The commercialization of the printing press allowed the Maestro to sell sheet music directly to middle class families and make a cozy artistic freelance living. Businessmen eager to peddle instruments to a growing middle class improved production and […]

6 Jun
2013

Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Some profound thoughts from Pattabhi Jois via Victoria’s blog: “Since his first arrival in Mysore he went through exceeding difficulties. He knew neither friends nor relatives in the town, and was forced to beg for food during his first few years of staying there.” “ ..the primary steps are first to cleanse the body of its physical […]

6 Jun
2013

Morning Creativity Practice

How do you get started on a creative project? One way is to wait until inspiration arrives. But who knows when that flash will come? A better way is to get into the habit of working! Carve out a little time each day, maybe bright and early before your “real” day begins, and get in […]

6 Jun
2013

No Coffee, No Prana

http://theconfluencecountdown.com/2011/12/15/studies-support-gurujis-claim-no-coffee-no-prana/ “No coffee, no prana,” Guruji used to say. “Tim Miller tells great stories about being just wiped out after practicing in the early days in Mysore, lying down for 10 or 15 or 20 minutes in Savasana until Guruji’s wife, Amma, would stick her head into the room and quietly ask, “Tim? OK? Coffee, […]

5 Jun
2013

Guilt Complex

Why Leaving a Book Half-Read is So Hard: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323469804578525354146879558.html “It goes against how we’re built,” says Matthew Wilhelm, a clinical psychologist with Kaiser Permanente in Union City, Calif. “There is a tendency for us to perceive objects as ‘finished’ or ‘whole’ even though they may not be. This motivation is very powerful and helps to […]

5 Jun
2013

Learning to Code..

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672655/designers-learn-to-code-heres-how-to- “WHEN YOU START EXPERIMENTING WITH CODE, YOU FIND THAT THE NEW TOOL HELPS YOU DO YOUR JOB BETTER. JUST THINK OF IT LIKE GETTING PUNCHED IN THE FACE FOR THE FIRST TIME–ONCE IT HAPPENS, YOU REALIZE IT’S NOT THAT BAD.”

5 Jun
2013

Seth Godin’s 5000th Blog Post:

“I’ve done this longer than any professional project I can remember, and I still consider it a joy and a privilege. I write and edit every word myself, and always have. This is me, unvarnished. Thank you for letting me write this blog for you, and thank you for being along for the ride. Showing […]

5 Jun
2013

Consciousness of Gods Presence

Life is meant to be loved. Happiness is attainable. Living a life of truth can be a reality. In daily life, if you happen to tell a lie, ask yourself, “Why did I really lie?” Did you lie for social gain or ego purposes? Did you lie to create a false reality to make yourself […]

5 Jun
2013

www.AllisComing.com

http://alliscoming.com/ Yoga comics, illustrations and infographics.

5 Jun
2013

Amazon Groceries

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/04/net-us-amazon-grocery-idUSBRE95311Q20130604 Amazon could be the company that finally delivers sustainable fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that do not have proper access. “Amazon.com Inc is planning a major roll-out of an online grocery business that it has been quietly developing for years, targeting one of the largest retail sectors yet to be upended by e-commerce.”

4 Jun
2013

Join Wall Street. Save the World?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/31/join-wall-street-save-the-world/ “Why this compulsion? It’s not for fast cars or fancy houses. Trigg makes money just to give it away. His logic is simple: The more he makes, the more good he can do.” “Many people talk about saving a life as one of the greatest things you can do,” says Robbie Schade, a roboticist […]

4 Jun
2013

All News is Sports News:

http://theumlaut.com/2013/05/13/all-news-is-sports-news/ “So why do they care? It’s all about belonging to a group, as well as simply living vicariously through stories. Just as soap opera audiences love to feel outraged by the scandals of fictional characters, some sports fans love to feel outraged by the scandals of professional athletes. Just as we can take comfort in […]

4 Jun
2013

Plain Living, High Thinking

Happiness should never be influenced or subject to any outside influence. People have the ability to manifest in their minds anything they want. “Plain living and high thinking” is an awesome way to practice and go about life. A way to attain peace: Focus your intention on meditation, physical activity (yoga, running, sports), and learning. […]

4 Jun
2013

What is Asana?

Asana is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates as “poses” or “postures” in English. Asana is one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. When the average Westerner thinks of yoga, they think of the asanas. It’s great to see that so many Westerners are finding yoga but we also feel that as a result, yoga has become […]

4 Jun
2013

An Unusual Indian City

Pune is in East India only 75 miles from the financial center of Mumbai, and, unusually for India, it has great transportation and nothing like the traffic problems of other Indian cities. It feels new, fresh and almost Californian in its energy and, unlike 99% of Indian roads, the Mumbai Pune Expressway is a joy […]

3 Jun
2013

LocalHarvest.org

http://www.localharvest.org/   “The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use local harvest’s website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.”

3 Jun
2013

A Story about Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva:

In India there is a popular story about Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. They were boasting among themselves about their tremendous might. Suddenly a little boy came up and said to Brahma, “What do you create?” “Everything,” Brahma replied grandly. The boy asked the other two gods what their work was. “We preserve and destroy everything,” they answered. The young visitor was holding in his hand a single piece […]

3 Jun
2013

Clean Water Investments

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/02/us-singapore-water-idUSBRE9510EG20130602 “Water companies in Singapore are attracting big-name investors as they profit from exporting their expertise to China, which plans to spend $850 billion over the next decade to improve its scarce and polluted water supplies.”

3 Jun
2013

Tim Duncan is just Tim Duncan

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/52056813/ns/sports-nba/page/2/   A great profile of one of the most humble athletes in sports.

3 Jun
2013

Secrets of Successful Yoga Studios

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YFka6fbQTo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5b8JCM_6kY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wch7FkLCj50  

3 Jun
2013

NYT: Self Driving Cars

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/technology/self-driving-cars-for-testing-are-supported-by-us.html?hp&_r=1&   Self Driving Cars will be giving the next generation much more free time.

3 Jun
2013

Mount Fuji Art

http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2013/05/28/yukio-ohyama-has-devoted-his-entire-life-to-photographing-mt-fuji/ “Yukio Ohyama has devoted his entire life to photographing Mt. Fuji.” “Sometimes she smiles at me but other times she won’t even look at me.” Via MarginalRevolution

2 Jun
2013

12 Happiness Activities:

1. Expressing Gratitude 2. Cultivating Optimism 3. Avoiding Overthinking and Social Comparison 4. Practicing Acts of Kindness 5. Nurturing Social Relationships 6. Developing Strategies for Coping 7. Learning to Forgive 8. Increasing Flow Experiences 9. Savoring Life’s Joys 10. Committing to Your Goals 11. Practicing Religion and Spirituality 12. Taking Care of Your Body: Meditation + Physical Activity + Acting Like a Happy Person   Via Entheos.com […]

31 May
2013

6 Dioramas Depict Ai Weiwei’s Life In Captivity

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672708/6-dioramas-depict-ai-weiweis-life-in-captivity#1 “THE ARTIST AND ACTIVIST CREATES SOME OF HIS MOST POLITICAL WORK YET.”

31 May
2013

The Gift of Siblings

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/bruni-the-gift-of-siblings.html?src=me&ref=general&_r=1& “It’s a resolve, a priority made and obeyed. Mark and his wife, Lisa, could have stayed this weekend in the Boston area, where they live, and celebrated his 50th with his many nearby college buddies. Harry and his wife, Sylvia, could have taken a pass on a trip to New York: they’re traveling all […]