Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bollywood Movies Recommended by Kumar

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Amitava Kumar's Bollywood Crash Course

*Sholay is the biggest hit in Bollywood history. Kumar says it has "melodrama, violence, sex and dance," all the "characteristic marks" of a Bollywood film.

*Satya is a Hindi crime film from 1998.

*Ankur, or The Seedling, started "the new wave of Indian cinema," according to Kumar, with its "eye for social observation and injustice."

*The Bandit Queen is the fictionalized story of Phoolan Devi, a modern day, female Robin Hood in India.

Image from 'Monsoon Wedding'

Monsoon Wedding, from 2001, was directed by Mira Nair. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award. © 2001

Listening to NPR's Talk of the Nation today I found myself browsing the Bollywood films on Netflix. Adventure awaits.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh Happy Day! - Isabella is here!

Here's my little grand niece, Isabella. Isn't she beautiful? She is 4 days old. What a gift and blessing she is.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tell a New Story

This morning when I was driving around Venice running errands, I listened to an Abraham-Hicks cd from a live workshop (6/28/08 in Boston, MA). I heard an interesting thing about Law of Attraction. If we keep speaking about "reality" instead of our dreams, we'll keep attracting more of that reality instead of attracting that which we are wanting to call forth into existence. When we "tell it like it is" we get more of that - even if it's true. "If you keep expressing how it is, it can't change," says Abraham. "Stop arguing for your limitations. Be more hopeful. Be willing to dream. Be optimistic. It requires focus to look where you want to look. Try to see through the eyes of Source. Allow yourself to be the expanded being that Life has caused you to become."

All day when I talked to people who asked about this or that ("How are you feeling? How did your show go last night?), I noticed myself trying to be really honest about my responses. Each time I stopped myself and reframed my replies in more hopeful language. I refused to say,"It was okay but ..." and instead said, "The show was good (I couldn't get myself to say great yet) ... I met lots of new people and I sold a bunch of art." Throughout the day I noticed how often my thoughts dwelled on "reality" and I reframed some of the conversations in my head as well.

Abraham suggests we ask ourselves, "This may be how it is, but is this the way I want it to be?" If the answer to that is "No, that's not how I want it to be" then, stop reading that book and stop writing that story. Start telling a new story. Tell the story of how you want it to be.

Most people would think of me as a positive, optimistic person. I've been at it for over thirty years. Yet, I was surprised at how much of my language is focused on the truth of my experience rather than the enthusiasm of the dream I am moving toward. I realized not "telling it like it is" is going to take some practice. But practice I will. I'm going to tell myself a new story and share it with the world.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mark Zuckerberg's most important statement about Facebook's intentions

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In reality, we wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want. The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work. Our goal is to build great products and to communicate clearly to help people share more information in this trusted environment.
Integrity is key. Thanks to FB for reverting back to previous TOS while working on new language. Also, thanks to the user's uprising that alerted FB to need to take this action. For now, I'm going to trust the process - holding out for honesty, trust and the continuation of a great social networking site. Read more on The Facebook Blog.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spiritual Sensitivities by Rebbie Straubing

"Today children being born in the world are ushering in the New Age of God Consciousness. They are born aware of their intuitional and spiritual nature...

"Many a person with lack of understanding will say, 'Stop your imagination!" or 'Don't lie!" and as a result, the child turns within and hides his or her true nature. And perhaps the spiritual side of the child never opens again or because of this early scar, opens after they have suffered in the world unnecessarily, due to the hard shell of protection they created for themselves."

I pulled this quote from "The New Sun" by my teacher of many years ago, Hilda Charlton.

This book was written in 1989, and the children she is talking about are moving into young adulthood. So, if you are in your late teens or early twenties, this statement is directly for you. And it is meant to soothe your spirit and inspire you to not only trust, but embrace your intuitive nature and your role in the evolution of human consciousness.

And if those born about 20 years ago with a deeper and broader intuition are crashing into the hardened belief systems of mass consciousness, what about those of us who smilingly remember young adulthood as we watch our hair turn gray? What about the sensitive souls who have struggled, maybe all our lives in a world that seemed strange and unsympathetic to our sensitivities?

How did you deal with your spiritual perceptions when you were a child growing up in whatever decade you found yourself here? Did you have mentors? Did you feel isolated? The sensitivities of the children can humble us as adults. These young fresh beings have access to something that we may have lost touch with long ago. Let's love and welcome it in our children. Let's revive and nourish it in ourselves. I invite you to be the sensitive, beautiful, spiritual harbinger of the New Age that you most certainly are if you have read this far.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Theresa Foley and the Venice Cat Coalition

The Venice Cat Coalition (VCC) is a group of small cat rescue organizations working together to save the cats of Venice, Florida and nearby communities. The Key West Cat Society (KWCS), a 501 C3 non-profit, was founded by Theresa Foley to help outdoor, homeless, abandoned and feral cats and kittens primarily by means of spay-neuter and Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs. The two groups have trapped and fixed hundreds or cats in Key West and dozens in Venice. The Venice Cat Coalition was formed in 2008 to bring together trappers and colony caretakers working with feral cat colonies in South Sarasota County. Theresa's cat rescue organizations are involved in fostering kittens, finding permanent homes for adult cats and kittens, increasing the number of volunteer trappers, teaching members of the public to trap and spay-neuter the cats they feed on their property, and raise funds to pay for more surgeries for cats. Their mission is to "conduct the maximum number of spay-neuter of cats, primarily free-roaming outdoor cats, in the Venice-Englewood-Nokomis area of Sarasota County, and in Key West, Florida, as possible, with the objective of seeing cat euthanasia rates in Sarasota and Monroe Counties drop to 10% per year of all cats turned into or caught by shelters there by 2010."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Law of Attraction Online Workshop with Jerry and Esther Hicks

Join Jerry and Esther Hicks for a 2-hour live workshop on Hay House Radio - featuring dialogue with Abraham from callers all over the world. Only $20. Thursday, February 19, 2009.
Show: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Pre-show: 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm PST

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ah-Ha Moment at Theresa Foley's Writers' Group in Venice

Theresa Foley read a passage from p. 72 of The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron at last evening's Writer's Group in Venice, Florida.

"When I teach the concept of creative ceilings," writes Julia about what I had earlier that evening described as my own glass ceiling, "I often talk about Chicago, a city filled with old buildings that feature wonderful, high, ornate pressed-tin ceilings -- ceilings often obscured by a lower, "modern" Styrofoam ceiling. It used to be a game of mine to tap the panels of these Styrofoam ceilings (they weren't really solid) and see what glories they had hiding up above. In many ways, we are a lot like those buildings with the artificially low ceilings. The hidden gifts we believe to be far above our creative capacities are often merely obscured from our view. A tiny whisper of the gift may remain, tapping at our consciousness like a mouse scratching at the ceiling. When we hear the whispered wish of that gift, we say, "Oh, I could never do that! That's so far above my head...."

OMG. Immediately the Light dawned in my consciousness and I perceived the illusion of the ceiling and the gifts hidden above. That was my "Ah-ha" moment.

Like the writing practice I learned and loved from Natalie Goldberg's book about living the writer's life, Wild Mind, our next exercise in class was to write for six minutes about "The Gift". Here is my six-minute essay:

"The Gift" by Raphaella Vaisseau
How intriguing to visualize the hidden ceiling above the glass ceiling that I have felt so inadequate to crash through. Suddenly it felt light and airy up there, with smiling faces and cheering crowds who have been waiting for me to climb on up, jump up, rise up to be on a level I have held myself back from. I've known it was me all along, but still, nothing seemed to lift me above until now. I'm enjoying the effortlessness of it all, the floating, joyous feeling of ease and accomplishment I would have thought would come from hard work and breaking glass to force my way in, but the accomplishment that has a sense of knowing and a confidence and also has a joke about it. I'm falling into the arms of the wise ones, my guides and angels and all who have gone before me. It's a celebration and a party. I'm dancing now on what once was the glass ceiling I could not see above.