Thursday, 29. November 2007
Facial Yoga

Facial Yoga is a fairly new type of yoga. It has all of the elements of regular yoga: the practitioner is asked to relax and tries to tone the muscles through specific poses, but it focuses wholly on the face!

This practice helps to tone up the muscles of the face and reduce the effects of aging. Facial Yoga is rapidly gaining popularity as a natural and healthy way to stop and reverse aging without the use of any creams or botox or surgery. All this because the Facial Yoga will tone 57 muscles of our face and neck.

I collected some Facial Yoga poses to try. As usual, there are not much information about a discipline like this, but I hope to be successful.

Exercising your face muscles tightens, tones and, according to practitioners, combats aging. Annelise Hagen offers a gallery of some of the more intriguing poses. Found at Skip the Botox. Try Facial Yoga by TIME.


Free Your Tongue: It is recommended that you hold this pose for 60 seconds. It is good if your eyes water; that flushes the toxins that may have accumulated there.


Temple Dancer Eyes: This exercise works on the ring muscles of the eyes to prevent sagging skin and crow's feet.


Surprise Me: Widen your eyes, as though surprised, but try not to wrinkle the brow. Focus on a point in front of you for about five to ten seconds. Then repeat, four times.

The serie continues after the jump ... Read more ...
Category: Yoga & Fitness |

Wednesday, 28. November 2007
The Man Who Planted Trees

If you like trees, this will fill your heart up. A film of great beauty and hope, this story is a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person.

The Man Who Planted Trees (French title L'homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as 'The Story of Elzéard Bouffier'; 'The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met'; and 'The Man who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness' is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953.

The story begins in the year 1910 when this young man is undertaking a lone hiking trip through Provence, France, and into the Alps, enjoying the relatively unspoiled wilderness.
The narrator runs out of water in a treeless, desolate valley where only wild lavender grows and there is no trace of civilization except old, empty crumbling buildings. The narrator finds only a dried up well, but is saved by a middle-aged shepherd who takes him to a spring he knows of.
Curious about this man, and why he has chosen such a lonely life, the narrator stays with him for a time. The shepherd, after being widowed, has decided to restore the ruined ecosystem of the isolated and largely abandoned valley by single-handedly cultivating a forest, tree by tree. The shepherd, Elzéard Bouffier, makes holes in the ground with his curling pole and drops into the holes acorns that he has collected from many miles away ...

A true story? The story itself is so touching that many readers have believed that Elzéard Bouffier was a genuine historical figure and that the narrator of the story was a young Jean Giono himself, and that so the tale is part autobiographical. Sorry to disappoint you, but Elzéard Bouffier is a fictional person.

This Oscar winning, animated adaptation of the story was produced by Frédéric Back in 1987 and narrated by Christopher Plummer. You can also read the short story here.

A truely inspirational animation, a story of one person can change the world.
Worth watching twice ...
Duration 30 minutes.

Category: Fairy Tales & Fables | Movies & TV |

Tuesday, 27. November 2007
2 Free Tarot Programs: jTarot & Eikon’s Thoth Tarot




'jTarot and Runes' will do a "reading" for you at any point you feel you might need some advice. The reading consists of displaying a certain number of cards in a certain order and then describing what these cards mean. You then must take the desciptions of the cards and try to apply the meanings of the cards to your present situation or problem.

'jTarot and Runes' is free software and it should work on most any computer and operating system. That includes Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 95,98,me, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and most any other unix based system.

jTarot and Runes
Available in English, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español, Français, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands, Portuguese, Русско, Svenska, 汉语, 漢語 and عربيّ.

You can also have the same Tarot readings that you get with jTarot on your on your mobile telephone or mobile device.

Eikon’s Thoth Tarot

Tarot is an application that will aid you in your fortune telling endeavors. It's perfect for beginners who want to learn Aleister Crowley's Thoth deck because it contains detailed descriptions of all 78 cards and also the entire Book of Thoth in HTML format. You can access the book at any time with Tarot's built-in browser. Other features include:

  • High quality images of the major and minor arcana
  • Notes window that saves your scribblings from run to run
  • User.cfg that saves options and window settings so that Tarot reopens just as you left it.
  • Large and small card sizes
  • Reversals
  • Choose from 15 different card backs
  • Configurable table color

Eikon’s Thoth Tarot PC Program

I found this at the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, where you can follow the history of the program from the beginning in 2004 till today's final version.




Category: Tarot & Oracles |

Om Yoga: Its Theory and Practice


Yoga is all about freedom. Only a fraction of the world’s population is formally imprisoned, but the entire human race is imprisoned in the body and the earth itself. None are free from the inevitability of sickness, age, and death, however free of them they may be at the moment. The human condition is subject to innumerable limitations. Who really controls his life fully, attains all his goals, and knows no setbacks of any kind? No one.

Our real self, the spirit, is ever perfect and free. But we have forgotten that. So we identify with our present experience of bondage and consequently suffer in countless ways. Our situation is like someone who is asleep and dreaming that he is being tortured and beaten. In reality he is not being touched at all; yet he is experiencing very real pain and fear. He need not placate, overpower, or escape his torturers. He needs only to wake up. Yoga is the procedure of self-awakening.


Om Yoga: Its Theory and Practice – Discover the world of meditation: a complete, in-depth book on the practice of Om Yoga Meditation, the most ancient and authentic method of meditation in Hinduism by Swami Nirmalananda Giri. (Also available as pdf.)

Discover more about the principles which form the basis of the world's religions: Sanatana Dharma as found in the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Bhagavad Gita.

And don't miss the articles on Om, Om Meditation and Yoga.
Category: Meditation & Mind | Religion & Early Cultures | Yoga & Fitness |

Monday, 26. November 2007
Sumo: Japan’s Big Sport

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A sumo tournament is as much ceremony as action. An extensive set of rituals based on centuries of religious, military, and court tradition culminates in brief, explosive bouts that may last only a few seconds. The sport has strong roots in Shinto rituals of purity, fertility, and harvest. The pillars and roof of the central arena suggest the architecture of a Shinto shrine, and the costumes of referees and officials resemble those of Shinto priests.

Wrestlers on opposing East and West sides position themselves for the ring entrance ceremony, wearing brocade aprons. At the left, the drum tower can be seen rising above the box seats.
Temple fund-raising events (kanjin) in the form of theater, dance, and sumo contests became common by about the fifteenth century. In some cases, audience members would challenge the champions. In the Edo period, the tendency of loosely organized benefit matches to devolve into brawls prompted strict government regulation.

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When wrestlers enter the ring (dohyo-iri), they perform a series of rituals for purification and to honor the gods. These rituals include rinsing the mouth with water, throwing salt into the ring, and stomping. Yokozuna, the top ranking wrestlers, wear a rope (shimenawa) and folded paper ribbons (shide), which are Shinto symbols of purity and demarcations of sacred space.

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From its legendary prehistoric beginnings until the present day, sumô wrestling has dominated the world of traditional Japanese sport. Like Kabuki actors and noted courtesans, wrestlers were idols of the urban popular culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and so appeared frequently in woodblock prints. "Sumo, Japan’s Big Sport" features not only portraits of famous wrestlers and scenes of their greatest bouts, but also views of wrestlers as celebrities in everyday life, legends and Kabuki plays featuring wrestlers as heroes, and fantasies in which animals or supernatural beings enjoy wrestling just as humans do.

Sumo: Japan's Big Sport by The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Category: Martial Arts & Combat |

OpenEEG project

Many people are interested in what is called neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback training, a generic mental training method which makes the trainee consciously aware of the general activity in the brain.


This method shows great potential for improving many mental capabilities and exploring consciousness. Other people want to do experiments with brain-computer interfaces or just want to have a look at their brain at work.

Unfortunately, commercial EEG devices are generally too expensive to become a hobbyist tool or toy.

The OpenEEG project is about making plans and software for do-it-yourself EEG devices available for free (as in GPL). It is aimed toward amateurs who would like to experiment with EEG. However, if you are a pro in any of the fields of electronics, neurofeedback, software development etc., you are of course welcome to join the mailing-list and share your wisdom.

OpenEEG project

Category: Body & Health | Meditation & Mind |

Sunday, 25. November 2007
Secular Believers

Beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as 'religious'. This program by BBC 2, aired at September 2007, provides an introduction to a fascinating range of non-religious people and their beliefs.

It explores the meaning of some of the important terms which they use to describe themselves - e.g. humanists, atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers and rationalists - and examines the ethics, values and sense of human meaning and purpose that are associated with them.

Featuring interviews with many prominent atheists including Richard Dawkins.

BBC always has the good shows! Duration: 59 minutes.

Category: Movies & TV | Religion & Early Cultures |

Saturday, 24. November 2007


The success of YouTube has inspired many imitators looking to address niche markets. GodTube is the latest example I've discovered, it's a video-sharing website for Christians and Non-Christians who "are interested in Christ, Christianity, and the meaning of unconditional love and faith".

In the FAQ you can read "We are a family-friendly site where people of all ages, races, backgrounds, and nationalities can share and belong."

Here is an example. Which Way To Pray:

UPDATE 14.12.07:

Christians aren't the only ones using the Internet to share their faith. For Jews, there's JewTube, and for Muslims, IslamicTube.
Category: Lifestyle & Trend |

Friday, 23. November 2007
The Golden Key

How many movies have you seen in life?
How many more would you like to see?
In every single day of your life, you make choices, you face new opportunities.
You are the screen writer, the director, and the actor of your life.
This is the movie of your life ...

Enjoy this truly inspirational video with music by Loreena McKennitt:

Category: Poetry & Inspirations |

First People


My grandfather is the fire
My grandmother is the wind
The Earth is my mother
The Great Spirit is my father
The World stopped at my birth
and laid itself at my feet
And I shall swallow the Earth whole
when I die
and the Earth and I will be one
Hail The Great Spirit, my father
without him no one could exist
because there would be no will to live
Hail The Earth, my mother
without which no food could be grown
and so cause the will to live to starve
Hail the wind, my grandmother
for she brings loving, lifegiving rain
nourishing us as she nourishes our crops
Hail the fire, my grandfather
for the light, the warmth, the comfort he brings
without which we be animals, not men
Hail my parent and grandparents
without which
not I
nor you
nor anyone else
could have existed
Life gives life
which gives unto itself
a promise of new life
Hail the Great Spirit, The Earth, the wind, the fire
praise my parents loudly
for they are your parents, too
Oh, Great Spirit, giver of my life
please accept this humble offering of prayer
this offering of praise
this honest reverence of my love for you.

H. Kent Craig

More: Native American Poems And Prayers


Over 1400 Native American Legends online and plan to add a lot more.

Read the words of wisdom from such people as Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Chief Luther Standing Bear and others.

Read also Geronimo - His Story.

Over 1800 photographs of American Indians - people, Tipi's, lodges and encampments, canoe's and other sailing vessels, and some old photographs by Edward E Curtis.

All creatures are sacred to the First People. Some, like the American Eagle (47), Wolves (287), Grizzly and Brown Bear (68), and American Buffalo (153), appear in stories and legends. Many of these pictures are "wallpaper" size, so you can use them for backgrounds on your PC.

This and MUCH more at First People by Paul Burke.
Category: Ethno & Shamanism |

Thursday, 22. November 2007
Just for a Laugh





Found @ PC Weenies by Krishna M. Sadasivam
Category: Games & Humor |

Tibetan Avenue Online Radio

Tashi delek!

Listen today - and whenever you want - to the soul of Tibet in the form of streamed Tibetan music from Tibetan Avenue, just click the play button.

See and listen also Online Phayul Radio. Further they have a Live Webcast of Live Buddhist Philosophy Class, if not online check the daily archive.
Category: Music & Voices |

Wednesday, 21. November 2007
The Colors of the Soul

In the Autumn, in temperate zones such as New England, it is not uncommon to travel a distance to view the Fall foliage in all its splendor. One of the colloquial terms for this is "leaf-peeping," and it applies to those who take advantage of the cool but gentle days of early Fall to appreciate the beauty of Nature's landscape that does not appear in quite the same way at any other time of year. The "peepers" know what they are looking for - the breathtaking spectacle of orange, bright gold, and red-leafed trees that give forth one last burst of glory before letting their leaves fall to the ground, there to mingle and mix with the earth in its softer and more muted tones.

Such travelers who seek the glorious colors of Autumn and the Divine paintbrush that Nature applies to the quickened foliage, would be amazed to learn that similar color can be found as attributes of the soul, attributes that do not expire in a burst of glory, but rather that form the basis for a soul's expression upon the earth.


If this parallel universe of color were known, many more would embrace the amazing spectacle of souls in their varied hues with the same fascination and awe that they presently attend to the Autumn leaves. Such travelers would not waste a moment on the exterior trappings of people in their more narrow presentations, but would seek the unmistakable heart and soul of whomever they were with, relishing the uniquely precious individualized beauty that each possesses, and savoring the particular shadings that each strives to bring forth.

The colors of the soul are splendid in their array. They vary from purple, to blue, to green, to orange, to yellow, to white - not along a visual spectrum which belongs to the physical world, but along an emotional and energetic spectrum which, if it were translated into the language of color, would partake of all of the shades of the rainbow, and even within these, divide into more subtle and particular shades and hues. The colors of the soul exist as part of the soul's essence, and even the individual bearing the stamp of a particular tonality may not recognize it as such - may not perceive that it is part of their unique identity.

Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Colours & Flavours |

Celtic Photography and Artwork


Angela's work is inspired by the Celtic myths,legends and folklore of Great Britain and reflect the sense of magic and mystery only found on these ancient shores.

Based on the breathtaking Isle of Mull , Western Scotland, Angela has a wealth of inspiration and material right on her doorstep and uses the mystical landscape of the Island for many of her unique images.

Celtic Photography and Artwork by Angela Jayne Barnett.


Organic Religion:
"The Kingdom of Heaven is inside you and all around you.
Split a piece of wood and I am there.
Lift up a stone and there you will find me."
Category: Art & Visions |

Tuesday, 20. November 2007
It’s not Hailey’s, but Comet Holmes may be worth a view

You remeber: Comet 17P/Holmes shocked astronomers on Oct. 24, 2007, with a spectacular eruption. In less than 24 hours, the 17th magnitude comet brightened by a factor of nearly a million, becoming a naked-eye object in the evening sky. (Related Entry: Comet Holmes Undergoes Huge Outburs)


Last night I searched the sky, there was the comet, a kind of blurry smudge, quite distinct in appearance from the nearby twinkling stars. There is a great deal of light pollution in my neighborhood; even so, I could see it with naked eyes. With binoculars, I could then make out much greater detail.

You too can see Comet Holmes and it does not take previous knowledge of astronomy to find it. I hope that many families will venture out on a clear night to observe it because this comet should not be missed.

Although Comet Holmes is now fading to the limits of naked-eye visibility, tonight provides a good time to the sky show, as the comet passes right in front of Mirfak, the brightest star in the constellation Perseus. The map below helps you locate the fuzzball in relation to the easily recognizable "W" of Cassiopeia's chair in northern skies.


It is easy to distinguish the comet from the stars. The comet is blurry, whereas the stars twinkle. If you can do so, look at the comet through binoculars or a telescope. That way you may even see the beginnings of a tail, which a few astronomers have already noticed.

Check out also's 20-page gallery of photos and their Interactive World Map of Comet Photos.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy |

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