Archive for March 25, 2013

architecture and other links        –  a residential treehouse community in its formative years in the south Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica – assist communities throughout Latin America in regenerating rainforest assets and restoring native habitats to encourage healthier lifestyles, economies and opportunities. applying remedies to some of the most pressing ecological and social maladies impacting the Southern Zone of Costa Rica ………….

Our mission is to assist communities throughout Latin America in regenerating rainforest assets and restoring native habitats to encourage healthier lifestyles, economies and opportunities.    – Free educational media , interesting articles/videos  on psychology literature etc.

gr8  vintage site –

another gud collection –

retro   –   Alvar Aalto         –  site featuring architects – classic and contemporary ……..found most of the designs  representing the  funcionalist ideology

Excerpt    from  –     the complicated behavior we call multitasking is just doing many things poorly, and none of them well.

the pace of modern life, increased and supported by our technology in general and our personal electronics in particular, has resulted in a short attention span and an addiction to the influx of information. A mind so conditioned has little opportunity to think critically, and even less chance to experience life deeply by being in the present moment. A complex life with complicated activities, relationships and commitments implies a reflexive busy-ness that supplants true thinking and feeling with knee-jerk reactions. It is a life high in stress and light on substance, at least in the spiritually meaningful dimensions of being.

Are you aware that your life has become too complicated? Are you always rushing to catch up? Do you find yourself doing so many things at once that you barely remember the day, barely recall what you’ve accomplished, don’t remember thinking hard or feeling anything especially keenly? Do you feel you are stressed by all the “shoulds” of your life, by the countless material things you must keep track of and care for, by the endless commitments you’ve made, the formidable list of titillations you find yourself unable to ignore, the responsibilities you have shouldered in order to feel more substantial, more a contributing member of society, more an important personage? If so, it may well be time to simplify your life.

Start with the easy part. Attack your garage, your closet, those kitchen drawers in which you dump everything. The number of things you call yours is likely the number of steps you are away from enlightenment, and a materially cluttered life just gives you more excuses not to think about life’s important issues because you’re too busy pottering around with your stuff. Throw things away, give them away, sell them. Thin out. Simplify your stuff.

Work on your ability to say no to invitations, suggestions, more commitments. Look hard at the reasons you’re afraid not to go to dinners and parties even when you’re tired or in the mood to stay home. Ask yourself why you think you have to be everywhere all the time, what you’re worried others might think of you, why you care so much. Remember, time spent simply and quietly, no matter what your age or station in life, can benefit you by giving you the peace and quiet you need to bring your body and mind into harmony. Simplify your schedule.

Simplicity is purity. It is facing the true nature of things and embracing it instead of ducking and weaving and dodging, instead of filling a hole inside you with chaotic activity or an overabundance of stuff. A simple wardrobe, a simple routine, a simple home, a simple lifestyle, simple, straightforward, meaningful relationships, these words describe freedom, not limitation, intensity, not distraction, focus, not mental fog, a life fully lived, not a life of lack. A simple life is a deep life.

Years ago, trend watchers began to say that less is more. Today, it’s clear that simple is simply better.


Qs and pics

As is the human body,

So is the cosmic body.

As is the human mind,

So is the cosmic mind.

As is the microcosm,

So is the macrocosm.

As is the atom,

So is the universe.

“Upanishads  (Ancient Sanskrit Hindu Scriptures)

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.” E.E. Cummings

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose.”Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 

“For each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger.”Ursula K. Le Guin

genesisthegreykid:discover something impossible… from: 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”Pablo Picasso


wethinkwedream:but wait this is true


“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”  Rick Warren

was thinking of how a good ost can make all the difference to a  thriller – movie or tv show………..and you get to know artists you’ve never heard before, not only indie films………which have an excellent combo of gr8 story+indie artists……….especially world cinema – french thriller with a few retro english artists  thrown in the background for example  (though the japanese /korean  filmmakers rely on their soulful instrumental stuff for all genres  )…….is all that it takes  to set the tone required …………haunting or dark or just a subdued piece in the background  or simply  the music to go for a sleek tv show……………….the right  potpourri – musical and plot ingredients will turn it into a    ……… killer thriller

attended the Neurochoreography lecture yesterday and down with sunstroke…………….but ’twas  well worth it……… of a kind and a lot to learn – both – from the subject and the speaker as well .

Excerpts from the presentation –

series  of lectures + 7 dance numbers ………. not boring at all , …… the main dancer explained in her introduction  , since it was an experimental  theme……..the focus would not entirely be on core classical bharatanatyam………….so there were ballet splits………. an acrobatic- type dance to show one of the neuronal themes…….western instrumental music accompanying indian classical dance- overall a visual /auditory…… , a total aesthetic treat .

The best part to me , was the speaker …….an eminent neurosurgeon …………………but what strikes one immediately   is the stark simplicity of the man –  in  his  dressing ( when will  i learn ????????????  i doubt in this lifetime )……….blending into the audience  really and his unassuming demeanor …………you realize  the dancer was not exaggerating  when she described him – as ” so simple, humble and modest “………………..  a rare breed . He took the lecture from science to arts …… blending them and ended  with – spirituality.

  • first was an introduction – parts of brain – lobes etc. brain states are body states
  • neurophilosophy/neuroaesthetics – dance of the brain
  • we automatically tap our feet to the music
  • PET scans of the brain reveal inner choreography
  • every proton/atom in the brain undergoes the dance of creation- destruction………………….(.i luved  this  metaphor- all life is but  a dance of creation and destruction……….and beyond ………)
  • The BODY MANDALA –  the space surrounding the movements of the body – when dancing –PERIPERSONAL SPACE
  • body schema – dance moves at unconscious level – gracefully
  • kinetic – one performs movements in brain virtually
  • ingredients of dance
  1. rhythm
  2. coordination
  3. balance
  4. multisensory integration
  5. emotions – amygdala
  6. motor activation

Ended with a beautiful definition of dance  – something like – quadri……….quintessential………….should luk it up.

Last but definitely not the least  ……………. his   correlation between- mind -body -spirit……………lllluved the way he put in words – pure  literary treat ” natya shastra to veda …..from veda to yoga …………shiva the dancer – in the nataraja pose- explained by a pic

he controls the demons /negativities with his foot , at the same time balancing and maintaining a graceful posture………to have balance in thought , word and deed………and an undisturbed serenity/tranquility in his face – the ultimate goal of   life ..from ananda to anantha ……… if  dancing in bliss to the divine dance……….will help us reach the tao of lao …….the zen of zenith…… the nirvana of the buddha  …………

intercepted with quotes by poets and neurologists……..wordsworth, oliver sacks etc.

heard m.s’ s  madhurashtakam used in one of the pieces…….

everything is interconnected now ……….  arts-science-spirituality……mind-body-spirit

reflected by wordsworth’s quote in the lecture “ And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.   ( )

events in march  – 3rd , 17th ,   10th and 24th .