The Perfect Village

So what about the slow dissolution of the ego? Is it a good thing or not? Should we let it go and seek a unity of spirit with the cosmos or nurture it and define ourselves fully as a an entity in this reality?  That’s probably the big question for anyone. And everyone may have a different answer. Did you come into this life to be something particular so you could explore a state of being? Or did you come in to learn how to let it all go and become consciously aware of this reality, one eternal moment at

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New Yoga Mat Review: myMAT by Manduka

I went with a cheap 3mm basic mat from the local big box to get started but quickly discovered that 3mm isn’t enough for my trick knee at the moment. At the same time I didn’t want something so think that it took away from the balancing postures. I am quickly learning that I need to feel the floor to balance and since balance is one of my challenges, I’m not going to put a 1/2 inch of foam between me and the floor. The next size up at the local big box was a 5mm thick mat.  The 3mm

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Yoga, Heavy Metal and World Peace

I’m trying not to drown in the near infinite sea of information that is the Internet concerning all things yoga to the point that I’ve declared a moratorium on surfing the subject until I’m further along. There is so much information out there and some of it doesn’t match up. So I will stick to the reading list and pay attention in class for now and focus. Teacher has mentioned once or twice how it’s possible to be addicted to information which can rob you of the experience of the moment and I swear she’s looking at me every time

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Music for a Rainy Day

I have rediscovered some of my favorite music on recent rainy day. I think I’ve mentioned before that my tastes are eclectic and the modern music distribution system hasn’t helped me settle to a particular genre. I really don’t believe in the genres anyway. I believe in the artists and the Internet has given us, the listeners, almost immediate access to their work without the filter of corporate marketing. So I offer my rainy day rediscoveries. Perfect for lounging and reading with the white noise of a storm outside. These are primarily independent artists and I’ll direct you to their

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Yoga and Fitness: Some Early Observations

I’ve always had an interest in fitness and health but I’ve never found a workout routine that I could commit to and stay with. I think boredom was the most common eventual excuse for no other reason than if you stick to a regular routine, your body will get used to it. And soon you have to up the intensity to keep developing or keep to the same routine just to maintain. And then you get bored. And then you quit. The current answer to this is Crossfit and it solves the boredom issue by varying the routine daily.  This

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Yoga and the Deep End

It’s odd to be so close to something and be so unaware of it’s existence. It’s like living next to someone you see every day but never interact with until one day you meet on the sidewalk and an introduction is forced and, low and behold, this person is a friend. Maybe more than a friend. And they’ve been living right next door to you the entire time. That’s me and yoga, at the moment. In all my spiritual explorations and dalliances, I’ve always known that yoga was there but I never took the obvious step of finding a teacher

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Project Update

The mead worked and worked well and I’ve moved into new batches with fruit additions (called melomels) including jalapenos and raspberry. Only one disaster so far which is a low count for me as far as new projects are concerned.  I backsweetened a batch of raspberry mead and bottled it without shocking the yeast so fermentation kicked in again and I came home to find the corks had popped and sprayed mead all over the closet. Lesson learned. A very, very sticky lesson learned. The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit

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