Archive | August, 2012

Reflection for today…The Seduction of Consumerism -Chuck Palahniuk

28 Aug

“Are these things really better than the things I already have?

Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now?” 

― Chuck PalahniukLullaby

Art by Barbara Kruger

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This incisive quote reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk’s other novel Fight Club which was made into an enlightening film called Fight Club– one of my favourite films. 

{I highly recommend watching Fight Club because of the acidic social commentary, intriguing story and excellent acting}.

Here is the trailer in case you are interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUXWAEX2jlg

In essence, Chuck Palahniuk is alluding to commodity fetishism. The term that Karl Marx invented to describe how commodities are being fetishized and given an intrinsic value. It analyzes how the means of production and the relationships between consumers and workers are being obscured. {I apologize for the poor definition but I hope to elaborate on this in future posts}.

This quote asks us to re-consider our consumerist urges and desires.

Why do I really want a new thing?

Do I really need it?

Or do I simply just want it?

Why do I want it?

Do I just have a materialist itch to scratch?

Is there actually anything wrong with the one I have or am I just getting caught up in the consumerist zeitgeist?

These are questions we can ask ourselves…

Peace & Namaste…

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For more information on the author Chuck Palahniuk, please click on this link to go to his official website:

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/

Fight Club the book :

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/books/fight-club

For more information on Fight Club the film, please click on this link to go to the Internet Movie Database Page for Fight Club:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/

For more information on Banksy, the mysterious and elusive graffiti artist, please click on this link to go to his official website:

http://www.banksy.co.uk/

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Reflection for today…The Enlightenment of Reading -Ezra Pound

25 Aug

“Man reading should be man intensely alive.

The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

– Ezra Pound

Designed by Dutch firm Studiomeiboom, The Enlightenment illuminates your shelf rather your soul.
Made from plexiglass and lit by an energy-saving bulb, the lamp plugs into an outlet with a standard cord.

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During my hunt for pictures in the universe of the internet, I came across a brilliant idea from a WordPress blog called: Words&Words.

He has an inventory of all the books he has read.

Recently, he has even added dates. Eventually he says that he will even organize it in alphabetical order.

What a clever idea.

Would you ever keep a reading inventory?

{Most people only keep reading lists}.

Here is the link if you are interested: Words&Words Reading Inventory

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Goodreads is an excellent place to create readings lists and your reading inventory.

It really is a dream website for lovers of books.

Peace & Namaste.

Reflection for today…Challenge Yourself -Charles Bukowski

20 Aug

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.

This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.

It could mean not eating for three or four days.

It could mean freezing on a park bench.

It could mean jail.

It could mean derision.

It could mean mockery — isolation.

Isolation is the gift. 

All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.

And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.

And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that.

You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.

You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.

It’s the only good fight there is.

Charles Bukowski {Factotum}

I love this Bukowski quote.

It really begs the question of how far any of us are willing to go in order to live our potential.

It is all about sacrifice and isolation according to Bukowski.

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Go Against The Flow -E.E. Cummings

18 Aug

“To be nobody but yourself —

in a world which is doing its best, night and day,

to make you everybody else —

means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;

and never stop fighting.”

-E.E. Cummings

Surrealist artist Salvador Dali

Actor Gabriel Byrne

Francisco Goya’s “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.”

How can you be more authentic and honest in your life?

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…The Capacity To Be Alone Is The Capacity To Love -Osho

17 Aug

 

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. 
It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. 
 
It is an existential truth: 
only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, 
of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person – 
without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, 
without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. 
 
They allow the other absolute freedom, 
because they know that if the other leaves, 
they will be as happy as they are now. 
Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, 
because it is not given by the other.”
 –Osho

 

Ceelo speaks about resilience, love and the price of success…

16 Aug

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgcStm2MWUY

I first “met” Cee-Lo  Green on Goodiemob’s Soulfood album.

For me, it is a classic hip hop album which I still listen to.

Cee-Lo’s soulful singing and rapping is unforgettable.

Here is a song that I listen to when I need some strength. I include it to give you an idea of Goodiemob’s and Cee-Lo’s soul. 

It is Goodiemob’s “Free.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk126fF8-Yk

   Goodie Mob has since broken up although there might be a reunion in the works. Cee-Lo has moved on to Gnarles Barkley and a solo music career.

He was interviewed on The Hour and I love what Cee-Lo says at 1:20:

“…People would maybe envy the success that you have or the fame, the celebrity…you know but I’m not sure if we talked about it you know specifically, if you want to pay the same price that I did…”

He paid quite the price. 

Cee-Lo felt he was “thrust into manhood” because his mother had become a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident. He had to watch his mother suffer for three hellish years from complications due to her paralysis until her death.

He felt there was “a transferral of energy” and that he took on her spirit and her wish for him to be a success as a person. 

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His fierce love and reverence for his mother is so inspiring.

He speaks about it in the chilling song “Guess Who” on Goodiemob’s Soulfood album.

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-FBjYlEaok

Cee-Lo’s fierce love and heart felt devotion to his mother makes my heart melt every time I listen {along with the rest of Goodiemob’s’}.

He is a phoenix that rises from the ashes; his resilience is the essence of who he is.

 

Reflection for today…My Body Is My Temple -Raquel Welch

15 Aug

“My body is the shape I live in and it shapes the way I live.”

Raquel Welch

Miss Raquel Welch has always dedicated herself to healthy living.

She practices yoga regularly, exercises and eats a very healthy diet.

She was a yogi before it was “cool” to do yoga.

Raquel Welch and her discipline is such an inspiration for me.

Health is Wealth friends!!!

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…The Power of Being Gentle -Gandhi

13 Aug

“In a gentle way,

you can shake the world.”

– Gandhi

An Iranian woman shows Persian writing on her hands reading women should have same rights as men. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA.

Reflection for today…Surprises About Humanity- The Dalai Lama

12 Aug

 

“What surprises you so much about humanity?

 

Man.

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;

he lives as if he is never going to die,

and then dies having never really lived.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Peace & Namaste…

 

Gabriel Byrne Discusses The Abyss of Depression & Alcoholism…

11 Aug

Gabriel Byrne discusses depression and alcoholism in an interview on Irish television channel RTÉ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g51AcR8Et-g

It really is an excellent interview from a show is called The Meaning of Life.

To watch the full interview, please click here: http://archive.org/embed/GabrielByrne-TheMeaningOfLifeWithGayByrne

You can also click on this link Gabriel Byrne Meaning of Life Interview. Then click on the January 17, 2010 The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne interview.

http://www.rte.ie/tv/meaningoflife/s2p1.html Gabriel Byrne The Meaning of Life

GabrielByrne-TheMeaningOfLifeWithGayByrne

{I apologize but I was unable to embed or send this video as those options were not available. If you could help me to embed this video from the internet archive, then I would be ever so grateful}.

I copied and pasted the description of the interview from the show’s web site:

“…The basis for a searching interview, in which Gabriel talks engagingly and openly about his life: his decision to enter a UK seminary at the age of eleven; his experiences of clerical sexual abuse; his reasons for giving up on any idea of priesthood and his search for another vocation, which found fulfilment in acting; his relationships with the two key women in his life, Aine O’Connor and Ellen Barkinhis on-going struggle with twin demons – alcoholism and depression – in which he knows he is far from alone in this country; and the reason he thinks so much about death.”

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Gabriel says that alcoholism and depression are seen as moral failings– as if something is wrong with the person for being “weak” or “not good enough.” These feelings of inadequacy have probably existed before. They only become exacerbated with drinking and by the judgment of others.

***Alcohol only adds fuel to the fire.***

He also notes that alcoholism and depression are often intertwined; hence the “twin demons” reference. They are so inextricably linked that I wonder how one can be divorced from the other. I don’t believe that they can- especially since alcoholism is a depressant. People drink to get out of depression. The more they drink, the more depressed they become; hence, the vicious and self-destructive cycle continues.

Gabriel says that, “Part of the disease of alcoholism is removing yourself from reality as quickly as possible.” Essentially he is describing an emotional disconnection, spiritual disconnection- numbness.  He describes binge drinking as a plague because people emotionally disconnect from themselves, from others and from life. 

I think it is vital for people to be honest about depression and addiction {in any form}. Awareness and honesty is what will give them insight. Courage will allow them to look in the mirror and take the first step on the path to healing.

Then people can start to fight their demons.

I pray that they win.

*People suffering from any addiction or illness need our compassion.

{You never know if your compassion can give them strength to battle their demons and to heal}.

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For more information on Gabriel Byrne,

please visit…Byrneholics.

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Interrelationship -Thich Nhat Hanh

10 Aug

“You are me, and I am you.
Isn’t it obvious that we “inter-are”?
You cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that I will be beautiful.
I transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.

I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…What is The Key To Untie The Knot of Your Mind’s Suffering? -Hafiz

9 Aug
What is the key
To untie the knot of your mind’s suffering?
 
“What
Is the esoteric secret
To slay the crazed one whom each of us
Did wed
 
And who can ruin
Our heart’s and eye’s exquisite tender
Landscape?
 
Hafiz has found
Two emerald words that
Restored
Me
 
That I now cling to as I would sacred
Tresses of my Beloved’s 
Hair:
 
Act great.
My dear, always act great.
 
What is the key
To untie the knot of the mind’s suffering?
 
Benevolent thought, sound
And movement.”
 -Hafiz

Reflection for today…Becoming An Adult -David Lynch

8 Aug

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults

but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”
― David Lynch

How can you bring back that child-like wonder and curiosity back into your life?

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For more information on David Lynch,

please visit his official website: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Our Deepest Fear -Marianne Williamson

7 Aug

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,

talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people
won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest

the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

{read by Nelson Mandela at his inauguration ceremony in 1994}.

To learn more about Marianne Wiliamson and her writing,

please click on this link: http://www.marianne.com/

Peace & Namaste…

 

Reflection for today…Mistakes On The Road To Truth -Buddha

6 Aug

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;

not going all the way,

and not starting.”

-Buddha

Reflection for today…The Duty of A Revolutionary -Che Guevara

5 Aug

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.”
― Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Reflection for today…Essential Life Questions -Johnny Depp

4 Aug

 “There are four questions of value in life:

What is sacred?

Of what is the spirit made?

What is worth living for?

And what is worth dying for?

The answer to each is the same.

Only love.”

-Johnny Depp

What are your essential life questions?

Reflection for today…Some Never Awaken- Anais Nin

3 Aug

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world,

and you believe you are living.

Then you read a book… or you take a trip…

and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating.

The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness.

The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all.

It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death.

Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it.

They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children.

And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death.

Some never awaken.” 

― Anaïs Nin

American Beauty is a movie that will awaken you.

What a brilliant film!

Spectacular.

Reflection for today…Repaying A Teacher -Friedrich Nietzsche

2 Aug

“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.”

-Nietzsche
What better teacher-student relationship than
Morpheus and Neo from the enlightening film The Matrix?
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The Matrix is definitely one of my favourite films of all time.
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For more information on The Matrix…
please visit…
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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Go Deeper -D.H. Lawrence

1 Aug

Go deeper than love, for the soul has greater depths,

love is like the grass,
but the heart is deep wild rock
molten, yet dense and permanent.
Go down to your deep old heart,
and lose sight of yourself.
And lose sight of me,
the me whom you turbulently loved.
Let us lose sight of ourselves,
and break the mirrors.
For the fierce curve of our lives is moving again to the depths
out of sight,
in the deep living heart.”
-D.H Lawrence

Reflection for today…Improvement -Aldous Huxley

1 Aug

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,

and that’s your own self.”

-Aldous Huxley