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Skytree, ‘Lodestar’

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By Erin Palmore

Upon listening to Lodestar, the first track off of the album Mineral Environment, it feels as if you are surrounded by water. As if you are in an aquarium looking at the Dolphins swimming around you. You feel the vibration of the song rising. As you rise with the song it feels as if you are flying or floating through the universe. It definitely puts you into a meditative state.

Closing your eyes while listening takes you even deeper. Phototrope sounds like birds chirping or just fun all around you. Waking up as a kid for one Saturday morning was one of the best feelings in the world at the time. This instrumental has a similar excited adrenaline to it. A sense of love and heart chakras being opening to infinity. As the beat slows down toward the end you can feel a joyous peace soothing your soul. Around 1:09 in Forever Dream it elevates into another state.

The different levels of the beats and rhythms of this instrumental allows you to realize this is how dreams normally are, taking you through different stages. It definitely has an Astro travel feel. The last song on the album Strange Attractor allows you to reach a state that feels like you have arrived. It seems as if it’s a place you know but now have clarity that it’s leading you in the right direction. Mineral Environment is special and takes your to a place of grace.

Kuf Knotz, ‘A Positive Light’

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By Lizzie Rose

A Positive Light, the new album from Kuf Knotz is perfectly named, as it is practically an instruction manual on how to transmute energy. Beginning with track 1, “Intro Deuces”, we learn right off the bat that “Positive Energy Always Corrects Errors.”

I never need another definition for personal peace for the rest of my life. That says it all, and is the foundation for the rest of the album, each track raising the vibration higher and higher, reminding the listener that you’ve got the power. It’s all in you. In the catchy “Movement Red,” Kuf shifts our perception of red from passion, fire, communism to happy and vibrant.

I will remember to “define red, escape the blue” the next time I need a pick me up. In the final track “Colour Shift,” he says it all: “This is healing music, you’re right at home.”

It’s that little piece we often forget – home is peace, home is healing, home is A Positive Light.

AIR

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Hello my dear veggie warriors! As the leaves are transitioning in color and beginning to detach themselves from the trees, we are beginning to detach ourselves from the summer breeze; tuning into our fall celebrations. As many of you know, I have been doing a lot of work with the elements of nature and this past weekend I had the honor of becoming one with them. The element of air has taken the front row (sharing the stage with the element of metal, depending on which philosophy you choose to follow), providing the wisdom nature would like us to embrace in this moment here and now.

We danced with air through yoga, meditation, eye gazing, and sharing our thoughts.

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For those who were admiring the essence of air in a different way and couldn’t be physically present with us this weekend, I wanted to share a few words that were expressed during shavasana to get you more connected with the breezy aspect of La  Naturaleza.

Element of Air:
My expansion is limitless.
I flow freely through space and time.
My essence represents the color of the SUN.
As I exist, communication and consciousness develops. 

With each breath, I feed the heart chakra. The sense of unconditional love empowers our being.
Crisp breeze softly transcends through each molecular space in the body, manifesting a cooling and purifying sensation of the body and mind.
My existence is known as air. I represent the transcendence of the fire. I have the power of cooling down the flames, releasing that which we have accepted to let go while feeding the flames of which we resist to overcome.
By becoming one with our breath, we tap into the clarity that air provides knowing which fire to cool off and which to ignite.
I am an expression of continuous rebirth. Each drop of breath brings a rebirth of our true nature. As duality is ever at stake, we must use air’s beautiful characteristic of consciousness and make a choice from the connectivity of the heart chakra to know which true fire to feed.

Notice how each breath feels in your body. Each inhale expands your awareness. Do you feel soft and connected? Is there any place of tension in your body or mind? Tension and force are a union that can and should be detached from ourselves. Let the out breath fall from you without force to release tension. With that softness, invite the in breath to fill in the space you have created. Allow the element of breath to guide your rhythm. As you inhale, you tune into that awareness, as you exhale you let go of the tension and soften a bit more. Air is at the heart of transformation. This is our involuntary vitality. We are continuously one with our breath regardless our sense of mindfulness. The great creative air builds new possibilities. It provides room for new creations to manifest. If there’s something you would like to let go of, exhale and release it into that breath that represents this element. Allow that crisp breeze to transform it.

If you were not one of the fortune warriors who got to indulge in the beauty of the elements this weekend, no need to worry! We have an Elemental Connection coming up in just a few weeks, October 24th. Contact me at fridmanflorencia@gmail.com for more info.

Until next time veggie lovers!

~ Florencia Fridman veggieflow.com

Breath of Life

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Air, the breath of life, shows us that we are one of a kind. Air creates space for us to walk through and breath in. Air, the breath has cultivated an environment that is perfect for our sound vibrations to travel through, being expressed and heard. Breath like life energy is subtle, making air very close in form to life energy. Breath connects all to each other, to Ancestors, and future generations. This is a time to nurture our relationships to ourselves and others, connect with those who came before, and define how we are creating space for future generations. These relationship are a reflection of our lungs and their relation to the major and minor organs. The air has cooled down and created a crisp breath to open the lungs. We now stand to remove all toxins so we may be open to touch and be touched by others like a gentle breeze. Our expression becomes purified through the freshness of the fall air. We begin to shed our leafy layers that blow with the wind. We retract so that we utilize the fire & light cultivated in the summer season to keep our core warm When the body undergoes cold conditions, the blood is restricted to the major organs to keep them warm above all extremities. This is the wisdom of the body. Our fire is dependent on the fall air to keep its flames burning, we must continue to fan the flame. Now is a time to be courageous as the beliefs sowed & grown are changing colors and are ripe for the picking. The states of minds we have cultivated must be observed. Those beliefs that no longer serve must be challenged, changed, and let go of. The leaf no longer serves the tree once it’s color has changed, the fruit will rot if not picked. Pick your fruits and decide which ones are ripe for the eating and which ones must be composted. This allows one to avoid any possible depression or grief that begins to arise during the fall season and peak in winter. Root vegetables are ripest for the picking at this time, eat plenty. In our contraction we go to the root of our being to assure we have the proper warmth to move into the winter season. We ask ourselves, what seeds of beliefs have we sowed? What fruits of thoughts, emotions, imagination, and actions must we pick, eat, and throw away? The tree remains standing while the leaves fall off. Are we nurturing our Tree of Life or our leaves of comfort? What are you harvesting to feed your destiny?

Want to connect and learn more about the element of Air? Click Elemental Connection to learn how to attend our event Saturday 10th at 2:00p.

Cleansing with Ease, an Ayurvedic Perspective

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Originally written by Divya Alter

Detoxification is a delicate process, one that should work with your chemistry to determine which of the many procedures are best for you, considering body type, imbalances, age, life style, etc.

No matter what cleansing protocol you choose to follow, the main principle is to go slowly and gently. Your goal should be to have more toxins going out of your body than coming in. As soon as you cross over this line, you will start feeling better.

Dr. Vaidya Mishra of the Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda tradition teaches that detoxifying should be so slow and gentle that you should not even feel that it is occurring!  The elimination of toxic buildup should be evacuated through the natural channels in such a manner that no detox symptoms, such as rashes, allergies, or intense mood swings, etc., should occur. In addition, detox should be a non-invasive yet continuous process, without having to interrupt one’s daily routine. Gradual and gentle protocols yield better and more thorough results, especially because they do not distress the physiology.

Word of caution: rapid or even brisk detoxifying can create a downward spiral and an exaggerated return of original symptoms. Most of the detoxification programs I have tried or examined try to detoxify the patient in drive-through, overnight fashion. The important thing to remember is that during detoxification, toxins are released into your blood stream. Inducing the release of toxins is not difficult. The problem is how much of those toxins can you excrete? If your detoxification program releases more than you can excrete, then you become re-toxified. This means that, for example, the old mercury stored up in your bones can be released and find a new home in its favorite places—your brain, heart, kidney or liver. Two years later you may find out where it went during that “detoxification” program. If detoxification makes you feel ill, then you are a victim of re-toxification. Our goal is not to burn the house down to get rid of the roaches. You do not need to be a toxin-free invalid.

Unlike other protocols, the Ayurvedic protocol aims at supporting the body’s own natural detox intelligence, awakening and allowing it to work as it is meant to. Resetting the body’s own detox clock is what it is all about. If the body’s natural intelligence is not receptive to detox, nothing that is ingested or cleansed will work.

Read more on holistic living on Bhagavat Life.

Dining with Divya: Rice with Shredded Carrots and Coconut

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Originally written by Divya Alter

Yamuna Devi

This a favorite recipe is from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking, a cookbook classic by the late Yamuna Devi. She was a remarkable person, an exceptional chef, and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to learn from her. Yamuna Devi wrote several award-winning vegetarian cookbooks. I highly recommend them to everyone who wants to improve their knowledge of food and skills in the kitchen.

You must try this recipe: a pale golden rice marbled with shredded carrots and toasted coconut. A touch of raisins adds a little sweetness. The aroma of this dish is divine. You may serve with along with vegetables or with a salad.

Rice with Shredded Carrots and Coconut

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati, long-grain rice, or 1 1⁄4 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 1 1⁄2 -inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons fresh or dried coconut
  • 1 2/3 – 2 cups water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons raisins or currants
    1. If basmati rice is used, wash, then soak for 10 minutes and drain.
    2. Heat the ghee in a heavy 1 1⁄2 quart saucepan over moderate heat until it is hot but not smoking. Add the sesame seeds, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and coconut. Stir-fry until the coconut turns light brown. Stir the rice into the mixture and fry for a few minutes until the rice grains are slightly translucent.
    3. Add the water and remaining ingredients, raise the heat to high and bring to a full boil.
    4. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and gently simmer without stirring for about 20 minutes or until the rice is fluffy and the vegetables are tender-crisp and all of the liquid has been absorbed.
    5. Turn the heat off and let the rice sit, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the fragile grains to firm up. Just before serving, remove the cover and fluff the piping-hot rice with a fork. You may want to remove the whole cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon stick before serving, as they are not meant to be eaten.

Preparation & Cooking Time: about 35 minutes

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Eric Levinson shows us how to stir up our own dressing!

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What’s a salad without a tasty dressing … that you can whip together yourself in just a couple of minutes??

Eric Levinson reaches back into his cabinet to share how he makes his favorite delicious salad that’s swimming with health benefits!

Happy Healthy Eating!

Four Meditations: 3 of 4

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Meditation Three: Opening

By Jesse Johnson

You’ve come in the door, with all your parts and pieces. You’ve taken off your shoes, you’ve settled in with a cup of tea and a comfortable conversation. Your body softens, starts to relax. Your heart moves with this softening, and opens to connect to love.

Notice the parts of you that feel open and breath into those parts.
Notice the spaciousness and expand it as you breathe.
Just a little more open, just a little wider.

Let yourself become a receiver of love, of energy, of healing.
Let your body become the vessel, your breath the portal.
Let love and light flow into your energy body from all directions, coming in through the cracks and spaces, opening everything just the right amount, streaming into you from the front, the back, both sides, above and below.

Please share anything and everything that’s coming alive for you as you practice. What’s waking up? What’s getting stuck?

Four Meditations: 2 of 4

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Meditation Two: Welcoming

by Jesse Johnson

You’ve made the choice to arrive and taken a seat. Now it’s time to welcome yourself with a hug and a smile. Let’s add something like these words into the mix of our meditation soundscape:

Imagine that you are the host of a party and you are greeting every part of you at the door and inviting them in.
For this meditation there’s no part of you that should be kept out – everything and everyone gets to come to this party.
Relax your body from head to toe, sending breath and that sense of welcome to each part as your attention moves down.

Sometimes when we relax like this it highlights all the places inside us that are tight. That’s normal – just a part of the unfurling and unwinding.

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Follow Rumi and let everything in. Let your whole day become a welcoming of yourself in all your imperfection and glory.

NYC CONTACT IMPROVISATION LAB

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Filming and Video by Arin Crumley

Filmed on August 5th 2015 at Bill Young’s Dance Studio

NYC CONTACT LAB FACEBOOK PAGE 

Contact Improvisation has historically been practiced in roughly three contexts: a class/workshop, in which there is a teacher and students; a jam in which there is a space and dancers and everything else is open; and finally a lab, in which there is a focus or area of study that a group explores together.

Bill Young is generously supporting the existence of an ongoing lab in NYC, and we have created this facebook group to organize, coordinate, curate and promote it.

Welcome to the NYC Wednesday night CI Lab!

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