Thursday, September 30, 2010
"The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube, according to a University of Maryland study that analyzed 34 years of data from more than 45,000 Americans. They’re more likely to spend time socializing, reading, or attending religious services—habits that are linked to better moods and health. "
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
To inaugurate the day, the "Peace Bell" is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the Diet of Japan, and is referred to as "a reminder of the human cost of war." The inscription on its side reads: "Long live absolute world peace."
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Last Sunday while we were having a walk in the woods we ran across a group of dancers having a rehearsal. It was pleasing and calming. We made our excuses to stop and watch a while as others did as well. We all just stood and gazed while these lovely ladies silently swept through the trees. To add to the delight they had the most wonderful props. A little wooden table and a chair in the forest with some writings from the Fells. My favorite was the Voice of a Tree in The Middlesex Fells written by Rosewell Lawrence and published by the Appalachian Mountain club in 1883. There was also a book on ornithology and some old binoculars.
October 9, 2010 from 1-6pm there will be several free performances throughout the Middlesex Fells. These pieces will include music, trees, dancers and dogs. You can find information on times, places and directions at The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation or Two Roads performance projects.
How ideal, a walk in the woods on a lovely autumn days with musicians, dance and dogs. Sounds perfect!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
If we will accept each other
And be open to each other
And believe in each other
We will understand
That we are all a beautiful combination
Equal and different
If we want, we can
We are all a great combination
Of human beings
Friday, September 10, 2010
Viparita karani or feet up against the wall position has profound restorative effects on the body. If your feeling a real need to rejuvenate and come back to balance its good to devote a practice to this one pose. A daily practice would be 20-30 minutes. As a general rule its not recommended a person should exceed this amount of time in this inverted position.
This position leads to an increase in blood flow to your upper body as well as to your brain which is very useful to maintain your blood pressure and calm your nervous system. It has numerous other benefits as well but for now that's what I'm aiming for a little calm and relaxation to get me to sleep at night.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Pumpkin, carrot, cabbage, cauliﬂower, winter squash, spinach, parsley, parsnips, kale, turnip, carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, daikon, radish, pickles, adzuki beans, millet, barley, brown rice, fennel, kuzu (Japanese arrowroot – clears and tones lungs/colon), watercress, seaweeds (excellent to regenerate mucous membranes) ie kombu/arame/wakame.
Flaxseed oil (use in smoothies or add to foods), fenugreek spice.
Stewed apples and pears (peeled) with brown rice congee/porridge.
Marshmallow tea, raspberry leaf tea, green tea.
The Fall is the best time to enjoy local fresh apples. According to Ayurvedic medicine, apples help draw heat out of the body that accumulates over the summer. Heat can dry out and cause digestive distress in the winter season. The pectin in apples also helps to clean and heal digestive mucosa. A fun autumn Ayurvedic prescription is to eat as many apples as possible over a period of several weeks.
Beneficial yoga asana includes pawanmuktasana ( wind relieving poses), all inverted poses where the head moves below the waist, all twists as this helps to regulate the intestines, slow sun salutation with breaths in each pose and extended shavasana (corpse pose) for proper grounding.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
"Well, the sun’s not so hot in the sky today
And you know I can see summertime slipping on away
A few more geese are gone, a few more leaves turning red
But the grass is as soft as a feather in a featherbed
So I’ll be king and you’ll be queen
Our kingdom’s gonna be this little patch of green
Won’t you lie down here right now
In this September grass
Won’t you lie down with me now