February 2013

February 24, 2013


Stated most simply, Qi Gong (CHEE-gong) is breath. It is the art and science of combining breathing, body posture, and a meditative mindset for healing. I am very fortunate to have Dr. Baolin Wu, a Taoist master and monk from the White Cloud Monastary in Beijing, as a teacher. Dr. Wu is a Qi Gong master and utilizes the practice of Qi Gong to replace the body’s Qi with healthy and vital Qi energy from nature.

The most fundamental Qi Gong practice is proper breathing. Without breathing, there is no life. Proper breathing will allow you to prolong your life and combined with Qi Gong practice, you will be able to heal yourself. I will share a lesson from Dr. Wu:

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February 23, 2013


Antoni Gaudi [1852-1926] became Barcelona’s most famous architect. With designs that could only have been born from the most creative imagination, Gaudi’s works redefined the city of Barcelona…and have made it somewhat of a Mecca for art enthusiasts.

Though most known for his work on Sagrada Familia [“Church of the Holy Family” in Barcelona dedicated to Jesus Christ and his earthly parents, Joseph and Mary], the Casa Battlo [rooftop pictured above] captured my attention during a visit to Barcelona. The myriad of colorful tiles make it stand out from all of the surrounding buildings.

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February 23, 2013


Sufism [“The Way of Love”] is a beautiful and mystical artform [I do not view it as a religion, since it can be found at the root of all religions] that teaches through poetry and stories which question one’s thoughts and beliefs. The chief purpose of this education is to lead the student to true understanding, freedom, and ultimately love.

Among the most famous Sufis are Rumi and Hafiz, who have influenced generations through their beautiful poetry. Another instrumental teacher in Sufism is Mulla Nasrudin. Nasrudin is the classical character created by Sufi masters to increase consciousness of any who listen and understand the deeper meaning of the jokes and stories told by the Mulla. There are many levels within each simple teaching, and each story should be contemplated on a deeper level. Perhaps the most prolific writer on all things Sufi, Idries Shah, shares the following illuminating discussion and story in his book The Sufis:

“People do not know where to look when they are seeking enlightenment. As a result, it is hardly surprising that they may attach themselves to any cult, immerse themselves in all manner of theories, believing that they have the capacity to distinguish the true from the false.

Nasrudin taught this in several ways. On one occasion a neighbor found him down on his knees looking for something.

“What have you lost, Mulla?”

“My key,” said Nasrudin.

After a few minutes of searching, the other man said, “Where did you drop it?”

“At home.”

“Then why, for heaven’s sake, are you looking here?”

“There is more light here.”

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February 22, 2013


  In keeping with the cool theme of the day, this is such a creative piece of art and fashion, it begged to be shared :)   Photo source: porcelain dress

February 22, 2013


DEAR SAGE: My life has been speeding by and a lot of changes are occurring and I feel like I am losing control. I have recently made a few bad decisions in my love life and I don’t know if I should be honest about my mistakes or live with the guilt I face.

DEAR FLOWER: This is serious. I can feel your anxiety. I received your letter and literally stopped everything because I want to help you find peace. So before we get started, I want you to please pause everything and take a deep breathe with me [long inhale, hold it…then long exhale]. Slow everything down and allow yourself to relax in this moment. Keep breathing slowly and consciously with me while we work through this. Ok, let’s do it!

Sometimes life really does flying by when we lose connection with our purpose and goals. What are you really trying to do? Where are you really trying to go? What is it that you really want? Despite all of the things going on, take a step back and first reflect on these questions. You can either let change control you or control the changes. When we get lost, sometimes it can feel like we are swept up in a wave and tossed in different directions outside of our control. The reality is that when we don’t have a goal, the waves really do determine our direction. If we know where we want to go, we can start swimming in that direction. You are on the right path because you realize you don’t want to keep floating along. So right now, it’s time to swim to shore, my dear.  Let’s get you grounded and address your key concern: your love life…

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February 22, 2013


This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! Art, fashion, and story all set to music and portrayed by some truly lovely ladies…Wooooow! Since I’m buying all of the songs used on this vid (as listed in the credits), just thought I’d list them here for you: Turn your lights on – Emanative ft. Ahu – Read More –

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