Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Walls As Air

Escape the walls; mue
The substrate left to bind/
Recreate the mind. An apple carefully chewed
And transferred
Bit by bit; a fiery red enigma
of pain. Loathe not ourselves
Or the temporal fire,
For you are I and I am, too.
Yet, who made the puzzle?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Top 10 Adventure & Travel Movies to Itch the Scratch

Aloha from the Island of Kauai, Hawaii-

Having travailed the Na Pali Coast's Kalalau Trail this past weekend, many thoughts (and miles) have been devoted to the following compilation of the best hiking/travel movies viewed thus far. Please comment below for additions and suggestions to add to the list. Happy trails and wondrous travels to you all!

1. Wild (2014)



2. The Way (2011)

 
 
3. Into the Wild (2007)
 


4. Walk in the Woods (2015)


5. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)


6. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004(


7. 180 Degrees South (2010)

 
 
8. Up (2009)
 

 
 
9. 127 Hours (2010)
 

 
 
10. Vertical Limit (2000)
 


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thoughts on "Planetary Collective"




We belong as a continuation of space and exist in the system of all life. We are part of the cyclical energy that breathes this life through our veins and knows no boundaries between this matter and the matter of all nature. We cultivate mindfulness and gentleness in conjunction with lightless and ease. We begin as this.

We exist as the Whole exists. As life, flowing through the energy that created it, we understand the fluidity that nature brings forth. Like water, we adapt to our surroundings and are one with the physics of the natural realm. There is no beginning and no end. We flow with the gravitational beauty that surrounds us.

Returning to nature, we find the connection spark and we see this beauty that is always present around us, always flowing. Through the circle of time and timelessness we feel the bridge of space and nature. Life is energy that we breathe. Our breath is life that sustains life that sustains all life. We begin with the breathe and live as the tides. "Let life overtake you"...be present and simple and steadfast in connection with beauty. We are this very world.

Reconnect.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Unfinished Journals

http://www.elephanthouse.biz/index.html
http://vimeo.com/25807062

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_and_Child

It remains to be documented how the greatest of writers collect their thoughts. While I was in Edinburgh, Scotland I walked past the "Elephant House" where J.K. Rowling scripted the early books in the Harry Potter series- busy and not as "quaint" as I imagined...in Oxford, the opposite incidence occurred after a half pint in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien's "Eagle and Child" small English pub most famously known for housing discussions that prompted many of Lewis and Tolkien's most famous works. I am delighted to be traveling to New Zealand to view Hobbitland this December and continue to remain in awe at the occupation of writing as if I, too, could someday admit that it would be a marvelous way to spend the day indeed.

I like to believe that Jack Kerouac's "Dharma Bums" had it right- thoughts and books stored in stacks and crates full to the brim in empty apartments.  Almost as if they were peculiar enough to lie/sit/and joyfully squander their own meanings of this beautiful void of sand and stars in the quiet...their trees crashing in the forest with sound heard for miles upon miles.

Within the madness of our minds, we come home to half-scrawled journals and notebooks as if coming home to a love...always unfinished and in motion. Yearning perhaps to help us remember the self, the 3"x5" notecards and to-do lists, and the people who have set us free...

I glance around my own apartment full of mismatched things that I never use and wonder the shift in perception of coming home to a collection of thoughts on this wooden floor, or in a quaint café, or around a campfire next to Stack Rock, Idaho. I imagine it would be most empty and informidably wondrous.

Two years and two months ago I sold all of my things for a journey into these thoughts. And now, in such short time my apartment is again filled and cluttered with things. No longer shall I wait to date the page in the unfinished journal that I just happen to find first. I shall wade through the clutter of this life and work and silly inclinations of doubt and document my thoughts most honestly and purely...lying to no one. A journey into the self...undiluted being of thought. Elephant Café and English pubs beware!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Vinyasa: A Toast to the Beautiful"



They call Vinyasa Yoga the "Flow" yoga...an alignment of both movement and breath: an almost pairing of the soul, if you will. It is through this practice over the last two weeks that I have come to know more about what I crave and love about this beautiful life (Nanikeola) and the honor of a more shifted awareness- "free breathing with sound".

I crave the transition between...everything. The un-pose. The sound between the breath...the pause in exhale               inhale. The space between where nothing is supposed to exist and yet our minds transition...our bodies move...and WE exist. The sound within the music...underneath each note..The invisible beautiful.

I crave moving through the wormhole and summoning a breath that is still learning to appear. The movement becoming absolutely mindless...the breath controlling...and yet releases...journeying through the asanas (poses), as One...connected as the Zen. Within and without. Here and NOw.

In with the tides...pause with the tides...and out again...

I crave the human potential and the alignment of movement and breath.

...keeping us alive.

"The light and the teacher in me honors the light within you..." Namaste.

Let the honor continue...in love When I'm No Longer Beautiful.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vegan Trial #1

                                   

Other than having the flu virus for the last 3 weeks which delayed my education in veganism, I have learned a tremendous amount about the vegan-style way of life. According to the International Vegetarian Union, "a vegan diet includes avoiding all animal products and their derivatives such as milk or milk powder, eggs, butter and honey" ( http://www.livestrong.com/article/185769-which-brands-of-bread-are-vegan/).

See link for "My First Vegan Grocery List" which is very helpful for starting Vegan-ers: http://www.vegan-nutritionista.com/first-vegan-grocery-list.html


Foods in the "go":

1. All fresh fruit

2. All fresh vegetables

3. Whole wheat grains (must check! A lot of brands DO contain animal products)

4. Brown rice, pastas (egg-free: whole-wheat, spinach, rice, artichoke, tomato, etc.), sweet potatoes, quinoa, barley, millet, buckwheat, rye, etc. (still exploring here)

5. Beans/lentils/peas

6. Nuts & seeds (nut butters, flaxseed, chia, etc.)

7. Soybeans/soy substitutes

8. Water, water, water, water, water, infinity symbol!

9. Almond, coconut, soy, rice, oat milk

10. Earth Balance margarine

11. Vegenaise Mayo

12. Boca, Tofurky, Trader Joe's, Quorn, Luna Bars (still looking for more meal replacement products!)

13. Any food strictly labeled "vegan"

14. Olive oil

15. Some high fiber cereals (Kashi)

16. Tempeh (a cake-like soy-based product originally from Indonesia- still on the "to try" list)

17. Vegan supplements: B12, Vitamin D, possibly Calcium (easy to get through dark veggies and food)
18. Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar (1-3 Tbsp/day in 6 oz of warm water)


Interesting items that are NOT vegan:

1. Gelatin: Supplements that contain a gelatin capsule (made from animals)- must specify "vegan" on label

2. Honey: Bees= animals! Watch out for products that seem vegan, but contain this sweet source of animal product (my favorite almond honey butter :(- use Madhava Light Agave Nectar as a helpful substitute

3. Most alcohols (use http://www.barnivore.com/# to search vegan beer, wine, liquor- Yay! All Menage a Trois reds= vegan friendly :)

4. Chocolate...milk :)...sorry.


Questionable items:

1. BCAA's (branch-chained amino acids- although most are made in a lab, these are the building blocks of animal protein...hmmm)


Recent Vegan Foods I have tried from Whole Foods:

1. Vegan Iron Supplement (5 out of 5 stars)

2. RAW Meal Replacement (1 out of 5 stars...soooo gritty)

3. Ak Mak Sesame Crackers + Hummus (5 out of 5 stars)

4. Tofurky (0 out of 5 stars...never happening again)

5. Go Veggie! Cheese substitute (3 out of 5 stars...we can find something better!)

6. Madhava Light Agave Nectar (5 our of 5 stars!)

7. Linwoods Ground Flaxseed, Cocoa, Strawberries & Blueberries (4 out of 5...yum!)

8. Barlean's Organic Cold-Pressed Flaxseed Oil (many flavors!) (5 out of 5)

9. Starfruit (4 out of 5 stars)

10. Organic Bananas (5 out of 5 stars- one food I will never buy not-organic again!)

11. Fresh Ground Almond Butter (5 out of 5 stars)

12. Hemp Seeds (4 out of 5 stars- even good to just snack on!)


Let the games continue!


P.S. My mother and father have been eating vegan for the past 10 days have seen their blood pressure return to normal, 8-10 lbs of weight loss, and energy level improvements. Check it out!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Child 31- The Story of Mary's Meals


From the Creators of "Human Experience", Grass Roots Films Presents "Child 31":


"The immediate hope is surviving."

 "It could have been any one of us..."
 
 

"Mary's Meals is an international movement that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

Mary's Meals is a simple idea that works - by providing a daily meal in a place of education, chronically poor children are attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides an escape route from poverty.

Over 800,000 children receive Mary's Meals every school day. The average cost to feed a child for a whole school year is £10.70 / €12.40 / $16.80."

See website: http://whoischild31.com/

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Buses to Coffee Talk (from Jan. 30)



Today my thoughts lie
Deep in Coffee Talk
And holistic friendship-
Pulling me to memories
Of Africa and Peace Corps
And the selfless-endeavor
I came to crave: Tsavorite.

Two years time feels lifted
From this ever-evolving life and love,
Yet it keeps me close
As friends remain friends...
No notice needed.

"The Vegan's 100 Food List"


I just finished the documentary "Vegucated" (2010) this morning (see: http://www.getvegucated.com/), and have decided to start exploring veganism for the next 7 days.

I found a food list to start from a website that does not seem to be particularly research-based, but sets the pace as far as its counterparts are concerned. As much as I have loved learning about nutrition in the last few years the, "Animal Liberation Front", is an entirely different ball game. Let's see what we can find.

As copied from: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/09/vegans-hundred-100-foods-you-should-try.html.....

The Vegan's Hundred

Here’s what I want you to do:

1)
Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment on this post linking to your results.

The HHL Vegan Hundred:

1. Molasses
2. Cactus/Nopales
3. Scrambled Tofu
4. Grilled Portobella Caps
5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
7. Arepa
8. Vegan Cole Slaw
9. Ginger Carrot Soup
10. Fiddlehead Ferns
11. Roasted Elephant Garlic
12. Umeboshi
13. Almond Butter Toast
14. Aloe Vera
15. H and H Bagel NYC
16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
17. White truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Freshly ground wasabi
20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream (not store bought)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
23. Organic California Mango (in season Sept-Oct only)
24. Quinoa
25. Papaya Smoothie
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet (habanero) pepper (just a bite!...hot!
27. Goji Berry Tea
28. Fennel
29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread
31. Starfruit
32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread
33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
34. Sauerkraut
35. Acai Smoothie
36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
39. Falafel
40. Spelt Crust Pizza
41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
42. Jicama Slaw
43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings
44. Hemp Milk
45. Rose Champagne
46. Fuyu
47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich
49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice...with Extra Ginger
50. Grilled Seitan
51. Prickly pear
52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk
53. Concord Grapes off the vine
54. Ramps
55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut56. Organic Arugula
57. Vidalia Onion
58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
59. Honeycrisp Apple
60. Poi
61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
62. Grape seed Oil
63. Farm fresh-picked Peach
64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus
65. Chestnut Snack Packs
66. Fresh Guava
67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
69. Fried plantains
70. Mache
71. Golden Beets
72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
73. Liquid Smoke
74. Meyer Lemon
75. Veggie Paella
76. Vegan Lasagna (raw optional)
77. Kombucha
78. Homemade Soy Milk
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Lychee Bellini
81. Tempeh Bacon
82. Sprouted Grain Bread
83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh
84. Vanilla Bean
85. Watercress
86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself

87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
88. Flowers- (honeysuckle for me!)
89. Corn Chowder
90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
92. White Flesh Grapefruit
93. harissa
94. Coconut Oil
95. Jackfruit
96. Homemade Risotto
97. Spirulina
98. Seedless 'Pixie' Tangerine
99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought
100. Fresh Plucked English Peas

Starting Results: 11 out of 100 foods. Ready to try it all. Whole Foods here we come...


Monday, January 27, 2014

Casey Neistat- "Doin' it Right"

 
           Enough education- let us start blinking on the radar for change!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule



In his book, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell references a study by Anders Ericsson (see link below) to support his thesis on people who work toward success and greatness in their lives. Throughout his research, Gladwell found that the most prominent crossover relating these peoples' success was 10,000 hours of time spent in "deliberate practice and coaching" within their field of study.

Sometimes I feel as though this time spent perfecting our craft separates us from those who are not. On the other hand, I have to believe that this calm before the storm or the preparation before the fight in the expert in all of us does allow an "Outlying" vantage point in which we are able to more aptly contribute to societal gaps. We are living somewhere between 1 and 10,000 hours...

Last week I came across a similar idea in a TED talk by Jane McGonigal, founder of Gameful whose secret mission is to change the world through gaming (see link below). She speaks on Gladwell's theory of the 10,000 hour rule and describes how gamers in the world today, especially in the World of Warcraft, are now becoming "experts" in the world of gaming often by the age of 18. But the question she poses is what exactly are they becoming experts in?

McGonigal suggests that if we spend more time researching different ways that we can make gaming and these expert gamers a part of our world-changing push, we can discover a whole sector of society that could be used for possibly a greater purpose. Interesting huh? So the next time you go over to your friend, sibling, or boyfriend/husband's house and they are parked in their gamer chair just think about them wearing a superhero mask and fighting the bad guys with one game at a time...it helps :) You just might decide to play yourself (or choose Brain Games, Bejeweled, or Tetris instead!)

P.S. What are you becoming an expert in?


References

The Making of an Expert:
Ericsson, Anders K.; Prietula, Michael J.; Cokely, Edward T. (2007). "The Making of an Expert". Harvard Business Review (July–August 2007).

Gaming Can Make a Better World:
http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

Thursday, January 23, 2014

When in Doubt...



What makes the present moment so desirable is that it is not a memory nor a future. In order to feel alive within it we must BE in it.

As I sit here on the point of Hanauma Bay Crater with the sun on my thoughts and the waves in my senses it is apparent why the present moment can not be summoned like a memory. With each new passing of time the present moment is both born and killed...yet remains to exist between this very gap (like the thought between). In it no emotion, thought or knowledge seems likely to survive…only our connection with its unwritten energy. Might this ability to exist within be what defines “being alive”?
Human beings are quite possibly the only life force that dwell in three different frames: memory, present, and future. Animals and vegetation, although granted a similar biological clock, have a different awareness of time (I have ever seen a dog with a conscious 3”x5” notecard to-do list or a flower that is fretting over its last pollination partner) as do the forces of nature. How is it that this life we so preciously call our own is spent mostly outside of this flow experience with mere glimpses, like that which I experience today, to tease us? Where do our tendencies to plan and record, calculate and analysis fit into our lives when they seem so foreign to the present moment, yet so akin to our human minds and know-how?  Should an immediate ban on notecards (for thinkers) and picture albums (for keepers) be in order? Or, does the art in the making of this masterpiece involve like most things beautiful, a scale that contains a greater balance between the two?
Might we Zen like the flowers Zen, or at least place ourselves in a position to get some sun, water and proper pollination? Let us Go Outside to flower, or go where we go to flow...even if this means Battlefield + Xbox One. Report...NOW!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Make it Count"

 
 
 
In an attempt to recreate this video by Casey Neistat, a friend has startted compiling short "running" clips in front of worldwide famous monuments and landmarks. By asking total strangers to film these scenes on his iPhone, he includes the incentive of taking their picture to be included in his video. Stay tuned for his attempt (great music included) in the next few years.
 
 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jet-Lagged and Loving It


Oxford Street- London, UK
 
It is 4am and I am wide awake in a seemingly other dimension after taking a nice cup of jetlagged English tea- oh the mysteries of travel! 

Being in London after three short days has opened up a fun lens. The people here, although speaking English (not American English), seem to have such an amazing sense of time well lived engrained in their very “[h]Ello”. It amazes me to see how much they prize fashion here…the tall black boots and coats and scarves and leggings/black tights and heels and flawless skin. People in London have their own style, yet it appears a style in itself. Passengers on the underground Tube and on the famous double decker buses dress themselves as a pleasure and yet convenience in this Northern cold. The men done scarves and leather carrying cases with their leather boots and skinny jeans, peacoats, trendy designer hats…nowhere else have I seen people as fashionable as a whole. The women seem perfect in their imperfections and I envy the ease they portray their feminine beauty.
Upon an outing to Selfridges, a four story department store or upscale Macy’s, for those of us in America, with Eva, it is inevitable to notice the passion that people have in their daily work. Instead of selling “hurry the heck up, buy, and get out of my department” they SELL passion…for anything with a name to it, although if choice of designer- Why Not? Whether shopping for Gucci or Louis Vatton, stockings, or Christmas decorations, the people always have the most friendliest of “[h]ellos” that it is hard not to smile at the innocently aged greeting of the English. When asked a question they usually reply “well, let’s have a look (highly accented on the Looook) now shall we”, or ask you to “have a think on it” when deciding if you want to buy or not (one of my particular favorites to far). They seem so helpful and knowledgeable and seem to be so Zen in this state of fashion while at the same time seem like they could sell red lipstick to a nun in serenity. It truly amazes me. Mother/daughter, boyfriend/girlfriend, they look like pictures walking down the street, or rather models of English life...on their walks to the Tube Station and tea time. How doth one pursue this type of passion for things seeming so…minimal??? Or so I always think of fashion as…but maybe, just maybe, there is a place for these small things of fashion and passion. Maybe I just have yet to dance to the tune of black boots, Gucci, and high-end stature kind-of drum- in pounds and pence! On with the beat of exploration in the UK!