Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Road To Mastery




''Shuhari roughly translates to 'first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.' It is known that, when we learn or train in something, we pass through the stages of shu, ha, and ri. These stages are explained as follows. In shu, we repeat the forms and discipline ourselves so that our bodies absorb the forms that our forebears created. We remain faithful to these forms with no deviation. Next, in the stage of ha, once we have disciplined ourselves to acquire the forms and movements, we make innovations. In this process the forms may be broken and discarded. Finally, in ri, we completely depart from the forms, open the door to creative technique, and arrive in a place where we act in accordance with what our heart/mind desires, unhindered while not overstepping laws."

    - An Interview with Endô Seishirô Shihan Aiki News, Dou, No. 144 (2005).

Friday, 21 February 2014

Graham Hancock at the National Arts Club: Exploring Consciousness



"If we live in a society which does not allow us to be sovereign over our own consciousness then how can we claim to be free in any way? "


 






Graham Hancock gives a lecture for the historic National Arts Club- Art and Technology Committee to a capacity audience. The title of the lecture is "Exploring Consciousness: Upper Paleolithic Cave Art to Modern Day Shamanism". He covers his views on consciousness, his controversial TED Talk, and his experiences working with visionary plants.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Monday, 17 February 2014

Spicy Warming Millet Porridge





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 'Cooling thermal nature; sweet and salty flavour; diuretic; strengthens the kidneys; beneficial to stomach and spleen pancreas; builds yin fluids; moistens dryness; alkalizing--balances over-acid conditions; sweetens breathe by retarding bacterial growth in mouth; high amino acid (protein) profile and rich silicon content; helps prevent miscarriage; anti-fungal--one of the best grains for those with candida overgrowth. Also useful for diarrhoea (roast miller before cooking), vomiting (millet soup or congee), indigestion, and diabetes. Soothes morning sickness--eat millet soup or congee regularly. Millet is known as the 'queen of grains'.



-Excerpt from Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchfod









Spicy Warming Millet Porridge

Millet can be a challenging grain to cook, much like a risotto or polenta;  too much water and it turns into a liquid mess, too little and it will dry up to fast and begin to burn. Really you have to cook this recipe over and over to find out how water quantity effects the final consistency of the dish. As a general rule begin with less water (say 2 1/2 cups water) and add more if its begins to evaporate to early and millet begins to dry before becoming fully cooked. Serves 1 as a main meal or two as a snack. Vegan and Gluten free.






Ingredients



What to do

1.Soak millet over night in 1 litre of water. In morning drain and rinse millet under running water until water runs clear.

2. Put millet into saucepan with 3 cups of water and bring to the boil. Upon reaching boil lower heat to the lowest flame available (or number if using electric) and cook with lid off until all water has been absorbed and millet has fluffed up and softened, usually around 20 minutes.

3. When cooked place lid on the pan and leave to sit for 10 minutes to allow millet to expand more.

4. Add spices, oil and salt and stir and enjoy.



Variations

Spices can be added at the beginning of cooking instead of at the end. Different oils can be used such as organic extra virgin hemp oil or pumpkin seed oil, alternatively fresh nuts and seeds can be added ground at the end if you prefer the whole food version of the plant to the isolated oil. Fresh fruit can also be added at the end such as organic raisins or apples.

Further Reading

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53
http://bodyecology.com/articles/millet_nutrition_benefits_uses.php

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ai Weiwie Rooted Upon



Rooted upon, 2009, 100 pieces of tree trunks

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Rooted upon, 2009, 100 pieces of tree trunks
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The Art of Biohacking With Dave Asprey




''"Biohacking" refers to managing one's own biology using a combination of medical, nutritional and electronic techniques. This may include the use of nootropics and/or cybernetic devices for recording biometric data.''




Monday, 3 February 2014

Quote of The Day



"There are three things which build and maintain civilization throughout time: pristine air, pristine water, and pristine food. And as an eternal truth I say unto you, that there are three things which bring the end of civilization, even the mightiest that have ever been and shall ever be, from the beginning-less beginning to the endless end of all time: impure air, impure water, and impure food."


-Zenda Avesta, 3000 BC.