Visions of Utopia: For flights of creativity that do circles in the atmosphere and lose sight of reality, it doesn’t get more original than the work of Luigi Serafini. He’s the writer/author of the Codex Seraphinianus. The link at the icon will provide you with a great introduction to the eclectic book of ideas. However, there’s one image that we found fascinating, a drawing of an early eco-village. It’s mesmerizing, and may not be as far off the mark as it appears.
The Grass Is Blue: At this time of year the grass is mostly brown or hidden by snow, but in Kentucky, once the weather warms up, the grass takes on a distinct hue of blue-green. Away from the strip malls and suburbs, the pace is slow, but very productive and progressive, as you are about to read. Yes, there is hope for the American farmer, thanks to organizations like this. Read more at the seedling.
Leaves of Tone: The lyrical theme is a personal reflection on what it means to fearlessly and open-heartedly share your gifts and your truest essence with the whole world or with a loved one in these times of great healing. That’s the way Jeremy Legault describes this piece of music we are about to hear, so turn off the Cuisinart for a moment and lend an ear to this inspired musician as we take you over to his site. Click the headphones.
Leaves Of Grass: With the barren days of winter lingering beyond welcome, there is nothing quite like a good book, or the searching out of a good book, to warm the inner being. Forget the e-Reader and other such gimmicks that eliminate the tactile joy of the book experience! Have a look at this article published last year here at NHC.
Sound Garden: If your Freudian shrink is playing Suduko while nodding his head as you recount your early life trauma, you may wish to consider a fresher approach to psychotherapy. The Lindan group approaches it this way—music can appeal to people’s creativity in ways that words often cannot: it can bypass verbal pathways at both sensory and emotional levels and it can often connect people with each others’ experiences and values in ways that words often cannot. It’s well worth visiting their site to learn more.
Anger For Sale: It’s tamas in full flower, as well as a bleak and sad bloom that attempts to convince us that not-having means being non-human. The annual greed-fest returns to Toronto and we will let the landing page do the talking. Study the visage and projected emotion. Look closely at the wording on the page and the aura of the ‘purpose’. Then shed a tear with the rest of us who believe that this prehistoric me-first behaviour is no longer welcome in a conscious world.
Habits: In this short and elegant video, Maria Mena brings beauty here, to our sedentary moment in front of the glowing rectangle of technology, in a way that inspires us to get up and move—slowly, consciously and without distraction.
Iceberg Lettuce Or Not? You have likely seen their vans whisking around Toronto and weaving gently in and around the giant Sysco 18-wheelers. They are the Mama Earth people and they do more than just deliver food and reap the profits, they give back to the community and genuinely care about how and what we eat. Learn more about their philosophy at the link.
Tread Lightly: But also accurately, and that’s not always an easy thing to do when a choreographer has to describe the sequence of foot-work required by a dancer. Systems do exist, and one was created by Rudolph Laban, the pioneer behind the Laban Kinetography. His three-dimensional use of space was transcribed into a dance notation that is still used. There is even an international conference on the subject should you wish to really get involved (at icon).
Into The White: And into the music of Simrit Kaur, sonic explorer and emotive soul who will be performing in Toronto on April 28th. The NHC did this short interview with her several weeks ago to find out more about her approach to the very unique sound and presence she brings to the world of music. Enjoy!
The Sweet Spot: One of the most popular out of town retreats for the Conch crowd is Sugar Ridge, north of Toronto. It’s a picturesque and quiet getaway that also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. If you’re not inclined toward the mansions-on-the-lake that has begun to define the Muskokas, this might be the place for you. You don’t have to own it to enjoy it. Visit via the Tao icon.
Keeping the Fire Lit: Groups that are prone to promoting divisiveness don’t usually get a lot of press at NHC for obvious reasons, so when we happen upon projects that do the opposite, we welcome the opportunity to share the news. One Fire Movement thinks in very broad terms, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Their logo is very similar to our original (“Om Union”) and we dig where they’re coming from. Read about what they are doing at the peaceful heart.
What’s In An Aura?: Here’s a possible answer in a visual form. It’s the work of artist Luc Tessier, who varies his technique as needed, depending on his state of consciousness. The first example brings a polychromatic approach to the glow of life. The second renders the the world into a whole, emphasizing the botanical connection. You can see more of his work here.
Cashing Your Chips: At some unexplainable point in western history, poker became regarded as a sport, in the most grasping sense of the word, where nefarious-looking individuals in dark glasses and baseball hats, as well as broken-down celebrities, gathered to deceive each other in the pursuit of winning money. What is forgotten or lost on the participants and spectators is that playing cards once had sacred symbolism attached to it. The four suits stood for the four seasons, the 13 cards in each suit stood for the 13 lunar months and the 365 spots, or pips, in each deck represented the days of the year. And as we all know, the gambler never wins.
Fallen Branches: Crystals are well known for their various energy qualities, but wood is also cherished by intuits who gather rare shapes and species to adorn their gypsy abodes. One company in Toronto builds and designs unique furnishings from off-cuts, and the aged and broken remnants of the arboreal world. Take a gander at Zenporium to see how salvaged and sustainable wood can be used in the home setting.
Hostility 101: The chill of the winter season has a tendency to make us rush and move about quicker than we would prefer, and that, of course, causes us to be selfish and aggressive rather than considerate toward others. It’s something we learned to do early on, and this article from last year tells us a bit about why that carries on into adulthood.
Hay Seed-Of-Life: It’s a media trope created by the Hollywood conspirators and it needs to go away. The stereotypical image of the degenerate bumpkin has been a source of uncountable revenue at the box office since the birth of cinema, but the truth is stretched like taffy and hardly represents a fraction of that demographic. This essay by our friend Monita talks about Willie Nelson. You may begin to reconsider country music as a result.
Cymbals & Bear Bells: Frozen tundra and glacier-strewn mountainscapes are the sister environment of the equatorial yoga world we are most familiar with. To tour into the northern region, mat and yoga pants in tow, is an incredible experience that should be on the list of the mendicant-minded yogi. Here’s one tour group that offers this very thing in Alaska.