What is the
living and regret,
how do feel
what is this
in our chest,
where do we go
tell me what
what is the
an answer to
save our breath,
long letters, heart
felt quests, the
belief in love
and death, do we
thrive or only
do we lie, how
do we determine
when to fly,
when to reply,
when to cry,
death is never
finished, we circle
and replenish, our
seeds laid, pollens
replicate, do we
die or reincarnate
is life moving,
is expiring known,
what do we hide,
what do we show,
the soul to
settle and grow,
when do our
roots configure to
a universal flow,
are we the Gods
on planet Eden,
are angels among,
the eagles and crows,
what do we sing
how do we know
tell me slow.
This essay is a classic semiotic text where Roland Barthes analyses an advertising image and uses it as a means of teasing out how different messages are conveyed by a system of signs. The ad he uses is the Panzani advert, within which he finds a rich layering of meanings.
Barthes commences by remarking that the word image stems from a Latin term meaning ‘imitation’ and then poses the central question of his essay – can images truly function of conveyers of meaning given that they are essentially imitations (or direct analogical representations) of something else. Do they really constitute a language, and if they do, how does meaning work within this language? He uses an advertising image to analyze these questions, as advertising images clearly have intended meanings. The image used is the Panzani ad which is reproduced below.
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The Library of Congress has a fascinating series of vintage movie theatre “etiquette” posters from 1912. At the time, films were silent as movies with sound didn’t become prevalent until the late 1920s. Sadly, a September 2013 report by the United States Library of Congress announced that a total of 70% of American silent films are believed to be completely lost. [source]
Enjoy the collection below and check out the Library of Congress for additional information. And mind those hats people!
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The past 10 weeks have been the most challenging yet rewarding. I have been training to become a Yoga Instructor and have learned beyond the poses and flow. I was so nervous for the strenuous aspect of becoming a physical expert, I never expected to learn so much about my true soul and inner being. Yoga has a bad reputation for the difficulty in stretching, awkwardness of silence and skepticism in spiritual practices. It is the connection of mind, body and soul. The acceptance of yourself and the journey within. The ability to see the beauty and light within yourself and share the wisdom and love outside yourself. You develop a philosophy practice and acquire a healthy mindset.
The transition of Fall to Winter is gradually starting to affect me. I am a fan of warmth and the outdoors. I find value in being able to explore the outdoors and be active. I excel in the heat and am a fire sign, so naturally I am always moving at a high speed. With the cold creeping on me, I’ve approached multiple signs for my inner heat and flame to slowly settle. For the past three years, I have gotten a ticket in November for speeding, entered a relationship I wasn’t ready for and experienced a shift emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I generally put on weight, become lazy and have climate depression. With a new awareness, I am wanting to place my energy more positively during the Winter and enjoy every moment. I have accepted nothing will excel if I am negative and nothing will be accomplished with a closed mind.
I am entering a progressive stage in my life and finally I am aware of my surroundings, the universal signals and temperature reactions. A few weeks ago my training’s education was our Auryvedic element, what essence we are in relation to in the world, times frames we thrive, seasons we respond well to and associations to avoid. I was shocked to discover I am compatible to the Fall and Winter season and I am balanced with the calming cold.
As much of a scrooge I am to the shivering weather and Christmas spirit, I have secret spot in my heart for the theme of the season. Staying in with family, warming up on the couch and finding ease in the simple things. This season is all about comfort, act of giving and the ability to settle in your happiness. Finding joy with the significant others and sharing warm presence indoors. Being present with your presence and creating the fullest memories is the best gift you can give.
This is my passage to progress and potential. My declaration to my dreams and true self. My ode to express my spirit and soul. My devotion to develop my mind and body.
One thing I’ve taken for granted is education and learning. I took time off of school and focused on working. As much as I love the freedom of no homework or tests, I longed for being taught and researching information. I started reading more, watching documentaries, writing creatively, creating projects and developing goals for myself. I gravitated towards the Law of Attraction in The Secret documentary and used the concepts to outline my philosophy and karma.
I envisioned my future and formulated who I wanted to be. I was eager to illuminate my mind, enlighten my soul and emerge my body to reach it’s fullest potential.
I am on the path to chase my highest vision and deepest dreams. Taking classes, courses, projects, trainings etc which better myself. I am accepting the guidance and grasping the edification advantage. I want to direct my consciousness to my desired study and fuel my brain with every culture. Relating every action, experience, person, work as a learning opportunity, a chance to connect to another embrace or element.
I choose not to chase after people, beliefs or activities which distract me or demote me. I will no longer focus on one aspect being more significant over another. Accepting every manifestation because the ideal aspects already exist around you and attract to you. Existences meant to be in your environment, will be. Whether for love, support, growth or fulfillment ….The right relations will either join your equation or link you to the next correspondence.
I am trying to become the fullest expression of myself. The ultimate outcome. I need to construct the optimal version of myself before I can completely give myself or my fortune to another. I am not interested in sex or lust. I am interested in love and compassion. The joining of energies to form reactions and results. Accessing the association of equal kindness and mutual understanding between an embrace or element. Producing an environment of balance and establishment, within your universe and the external realm. I need to construct my own world and horizon before I can share it.
I thirst for absorbing art, breathtaking nature, encountering philosophies, inspiring words, uplifting music and soul-escaping moments. I aspire to become the most innovative and reactive self, expressing my inner and outer abstractions.
Developing a magnet effect by establishing goals to achieve and destinations to discover. Devoting space and thought for self-evolution. I think down time should include reflecting, refueling, restoring and renewing the mind, body and soul. Finding the passageway to a clear consciousness and active awareness.
Traveling and feeding the spirit with wisdom and experience. Every human encounter teaches us a lesson and contributes a piece to our puzzle. An emotion shared which brings you closer to your soul. Such instances enrich you to act out your message, passion and purpose.
LOVE THIS MOVEMENT
This past March, on the 29th, Xandari supported the 60+ Earth Hour movement by hosting a candle-lit dinner and inviting guests to turn off their lights between 8:30-9:30PM to join hundreds of millions of people around the world in saving energy. In 162 countries and around 7,000 cities, people joined Earth Hour and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature to symbolically pledge to do more for the environment and engage in energy-saving efforts throughout the year. Watch the video below for some footage of national monuments around the world flipping the switch for an hour, and learn more about the 60+ movement.
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The graceful gift of art and literature,
beautiful emergences on fresh surfaces,
essences crafted, presence from the inner chi,
constructed display of thought and release,
free of judgement, creative ease,
No rights or wrongs, emotions of songs,
styles to fly, reasons to salt the stye,
feelings stroke meaning, wanders to whys,
a spirited cry, euphoric self high,
the message to give, a proposal to live,
a quest to reel, expression of one’s real,
propaganda’s to flow, a swept away soul,
the once clouded, now risen and guided,
words flayed, fingers prayed, joys laid,
here’s my treasure, my core’s endeavor,
a light shown, my awareness cued,
an honest renew and seen so few,
cherish this hue, my canvas traced true,
a glimpse of love, to share with you.
peace & blessings,
New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. The research could have major implications for treatments of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
The research is published online in TECHNOLOGY, a new scientific journal featuring cutting-edge new technologies in emerging fields of science and engineering.
In the study, researchers involved a total of 36 participants. One group of 12 had at least one year of experience in yoga or meditation at least two times per week for one hour. The second group included 24 healthy participants who had little or no yoga or meditation experience. Both groups were new to systems using the brain to control a computer. Both groups participated in three, two-hour…
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Now that the summer is over and the fall is here another season in my life has gone by. As I reflected back on the last three months, it seems God is moving in me in many different ways. There are so many things I could share, but these are some of the themes that I am coming to a deeper understanding in.
1. A deeper understanding of the importance of gratitude. Gratitude is not always easy for me. In fact, it is probably one of the most difficult practices as I live in the North American culture of consumerism where we are always wanting more all of the time. I have had to discipline myself to be content in the present moment.
It is very easy for me to see what is not and forget about what is, the good gifts that life has brought me in this stage…
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