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Beyonce’ public breastfeeding March 3, 2012

Filed under: Beauty and Fashion,Sound and Music — skyscraperyoga @ 3:58 am
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Thousands of mothers will follow singer Beyoncé and her initiative: Singer and young mother Beyoncé added fuel to the fire in a stormy debate about the permissibility and correctness of breastfeeding in public places: Beyoncé began to feed her darling daughter Ivy Blue right in a bustling Manhattan cafe!

Recently, Beyoncé, with Blue Ivy in her arms and accompanied by her husband Jay-Z, appeared in the elite cafe Sant Ambroeus, which is in West Village (Manhattan). The family had lunch, after which Beyoncé began breast-feeding her baby at the table directly in front of visitors and staff. It would not hurt for businesses to think about mothers, and give them a place where a mother could breast-feed her baby in privacy, without sacrificing her own interests, family plans or dignity. (more…)

 

The Lotus Flower and the Power of Roots. February 16, 2012

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The lotus which grows in the muddy water of still ponds and lakes has been described over the centuries as a symbol of purity, enlightenment and divine birth. This magnificent blossom unfolds gradually, one petal at a time. As the flower awakens and starts blooming at the first rays of the morning sun, the interdependence between the lotus and the sun is a symbol of life.
In China the lotus flower represents creative power and purity in adverse surroundings. Chinese poets use lotus flowers to inspire people to continue moving through difficulties and to present their best part to the outside world, regardless of how bad the circumstances could be. In Buddhism the lotus flower symbolizes faithfulness. The golden lotus that is often mentioned in Buddhist sutras has several meanings including being a symbol for the achievement of enlightenment. In Hinduism the divine consciousness is the ultimate symbol that the lotus stands for.
Browsing through the local stores I discovered that in addition to symbolism and the beauty of the flower, every part of the lotus plant – seeds, leaves, and flowers as well as the roots – have long been respected in the East and now in the West for their medicinal and nutritional properties. For instance Lotus roots are an excellent source of vitamin C: 100 g provides 44 mg or 73% of daily recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant and it is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Unlike in the West, Eastern and Hindu traditions make no distinction between food and medicine. According to the Eastern and Hindu tradition, food and medicine are from the same (Mother Earth) sources. In Eastern and Hindu cultures respect for the healing properties of food is integrated into the fabric of everyday cuisine.

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How someone got arrested for making the world a better place.. December 19, 2011

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Igor Stravinsky was a composer, pianist, and conductor. “He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music. Time Magazine named Stravinsky as one of the 100 most influential people of the century. He first achieved international fame with three ballets: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911/1947), and The Rite of Spring (1913). The Rite, whose première provoked a riot, transformed the way in which later composers thought about rhythmic structure, and was largely responsible for Stravinsky’s enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary, pushing the boundaries of musical design as a pianist and a conductor, often at the premieres of his works.” (via Wikipedia).

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“His Name is Luka”, Suzanne Vega’s Lesson on Compassion December 12, 2011

Filed under: Sound and Music — skyscraperyoga @ 4:26 am
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By E. Shlychkov.

Every once in a while, a new music star comes along whose work resonates with the hearts and minds of a generation. Benny Goodman created his luminous jazz style in the midst of the Great Depression. Frank Sinatra’s tones were a favorite of America’s greatest generation and the prosperity of the post-war boom. Bob Dylan became synonymous with the rebellious ‘60s movement, while the sophisticated lyrics of the Beatles were associated with idealism during the cultural revolutions of this time period. What was the “message in the bottle” that was so captivating about these stars? Will the era of Michael Jackson be replaced with the era of Adele?

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