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Volume 2 Issue 31


Open the Heart: And not just between working hours, but always. Not unlike a neon restaurant sign, the Anahata Chakra is associated with the color green, which stands for transformation and love energy, or… today’s special. If your fourth chakra is properly balanced, this is indicated by your personal conduct and whether or not you leave a tip. Those with an open Heart Chakra are full of love, forgiveness and compassion, and that’s really the point of it all. So when you see a monotomic tube of gas inviting you to dinner, stop and ask yourself if you are in the right state of mind. (photo: Caroline B.)

One of Toronto’s major healing events of the year, the Yoga & Wellness Show, begins September 30th at the Enercare Centre (on the Exhibition grounds). Less corporatized than similar events, it draws a true crowd of yogis and craftspeople and the atmosphere is relaxed and peaceful. Visit their site at the icon.

Tendrils: The restorative ability of a small household garden or a large community garden is fascinating to behold. Children and the elderly always gravitate to these places for the indefinable energy they receive. Even youth damaged by the vanities of street culture begin to find themselves again once they begin the process of tending and caring for plants they have grown all on their own. PACT does some amazing work bringing this opportunity into communities and schools. Read more at the sprout.

Movenplay: Saturdays, for some odd reason, are frequently ignored as a danceable day. It may have something to do with our  long-running routine of weekday ecstatic gatherings; we all know what habits can do to human nature. DJ Greg Bonser has shaken up the monthly schedule with a dance night planned for September 30th, with the added feature of live musicians accompanying the tracks. Register soon to reserve a spot on the hardwood.

Free From Birth: Not everyone would understand the context of that lyric, but George Harrison of the Beatles certainly grasped the theories of reincarnation when he wrote the song Give Me Life, which equates the one with the other. It’s a song that, unlike most corporate top forty, will always remain relevant and needed. Tune your heart into the headphones and remind yourself that music can be a enlightening experience.

Nuit Blanche has little to do with hulled almonds (much to our dismay) and more to do with conceptual art. So devotees of the event will be filling the streets of Toronto on the evening of September 30th to wander aimlessly, searching out technological spectacles that generate plenty of question marks. Institutionalized art, funded by financial institutions and multinationals, is usually stripped of all dissent, protest and fun, but extraordinary talent does ocassionally happen. The real show is the crowd. Watch the herding patterns, the food distractions and the incomprehension expressed on the blanche faces of the majority of the attendees. Then you might feel it was worth your while.

Ka-Pow! For every global military conflict, you can trust the weapons manufacturers to be happily watching from their box seats.  However, it probably lowers their spirits to know that the number of war deaths has been declining since 1946. In some years in the early post-WWII era around half a million people died in wars; in 2007, by contrast, the number of all war deaths was down to 22,139. Concurrently, the number of books published about the topic of war has also gone down, which might suggest that when we stop glorifying the idea, the kids stop dreaming of killing each other when they grow up. For now, the libraries are still filled with these remnants (see photo at icon).

inconvenience Store: There’s nothing like a little presidential or eco commentary to get the blood boiling and draw the schoolyard bullies away from their TV sets and into the fray. You may already know about this film release, but in case you don’t, here’s the trailer. Pick your side, and come out fighting.

Doves Not Hawks: Though you had to look closely among the headline news to read anything about it, September 21st was International Peace Day. Micro events of meditation and marching were scattered across the globe, but a world weaned on aggression and sports addiction mostly let out a collective yawn. What might be more effective is to reverse the idea and create an International Day of War, with the rest of the year committed to peaceful co-operation. On that one day, we equip all hostiles with Nerf baseball bats and let them beat each other senseless until they recognize the meaningless of it all. Popcorn anyone?

Making Scents: After a very busy summer during which their team visited many powwows and other events, the Blue Eagle Invocation company continues to improve their therapeutic line of perfumes and aromatherapy sets. Read more at their site and learn about the evolution of their work.

The Big Love: The Centre for Social Innovation was transformed into a mini-fest this past Saturday, as spiritual healer, Darren Austen Hall, held a four-hour gathering to usher us into the fall equinox. It amounted to a glorious sweat lodge of healing that left everyone elated, full of love and compassion. An inspiring visit from ‘Granny’ Shaman added a deep reminder to the importance of restoring connection with the Earth spirit. Rapid-fire djembes, high-octane dance tracks, cacao elixirs, crystal sound rooms and roving pipers and percussionists were all part of the unforgettable evening. The Halloween edition is up next and NHC will keep you posted with more info soon.

Hold The Spice: Last weekend saw both the Toronto Ukraine and Polish festivals dancing in unison as the last remnants of these beautiful cultures are shouldered out by bland normcore retailing that is homogenizing once-vibrant neighbourhoods. Hand-crafted embroidery and affordable peasant street food may soon be destined for the museum display, but at least you won’t have to walk far for your mochaccino el grande and pad thai.

Four Strong Winds: United Steelworkers Hall has been the host of a fascinating night of folk music for over five decades. It’s the Fat Alberts Jam and it happens every Wednesday evening starting at 7 PM. Most of the the performers are authentic 60s-era folkies and those who relate to the singer-songwriter genre. This is an open mic, so feel free to sign up and sing your favourite protest song. The website is a little out of date but you can’t blame them for that, they are having too much fun pickin’ and grinnin’.

Friend Me: It may not be the best speech eva’, but it’s a reasonably good speech that explains a great deal about the minions of smart-kids who are finding out that the world does not owe them anything, despite what they were told. This is a wake up call for entitled youth and misled adults everywhere.

Yes, we all know about the pyramids, and theories abound, but pyramids are not privy to any ethnic group or to any geographic location. Stones have been piled and engineered vertically since they were first tripped over by man. Here’s a massive discovery in Australia that you might not know about, wonderfully named the Gympie.

NHC contributing writer Andrea Bussinger has begun a creative coaching practice which is available online and by appointment. It’s an opportunity to break down the walls of inhibition and explore your inner artist while managing the process with structure. A highly recommended teacher and well worth investigating. See Ordinary Dreams at the icon.

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