In the last blog we discussed the importance of detoxification and how we could support our bodies to “detoxify” from the chemicals that we are exposed to. It is literally impossible for anyone on our planet to avoid toxins because our ocean and wind currents carry toxins to the farthest reaches of our world. The level of toxic cbemicals in the native peoples of the pristine arctic circle, for example, are so extreme that their future fertility is threatened. They dine on sea life that has consumed toxins carried to the arctic from the United States and other countries. We are exposed to plenty of toxins in our own environment and the most important steps we can take are to enhance our own health and well-being so that our bodies can deal with their “toxic load.”
SANTA CRUZ - Deadheads of the world now have one more reason to anticipate the opening of the Grateful Dead Archive at UCSC’s McHenry Library. Composer Lee Johnson presented the score of his acclaimed “Dead Symphony No. 6” to the University Library last week at the 2009 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Marin Alsop, renowned conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, showcased Johnson’s work at the festival to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. The Grateful Dead Archive will open to the public next summer.
Every group of like-minded people has its annual summit, a combination group hug, think-tank, motivational kick-in-the-pants, meat market, and (sometimes) drunk tank. Fantasists have Comic-Con, pagans have PantheaCon, computer hackers have DEFCON, and the cinema elite have plain old Cannes (some of you just pronounced that correctly for the first time).
A transformative tale of three local shapers
Wave-smoothing kelp beds, world class point breaks, and a relatively protected southwest-facing bay together tailor Santa Cruz into a high-performance surfing mecca. Marry nature’s bounty with the ingenuity of three local shapers at the forefront of producing red-hot, light and durable custom boards out of expanded polystyrene (EPS), and you’ve got one potent combination.
Photo Credit, Kelly V
When I was a kid I had no idea that comic books came out every Wednesday. Growing up without much money made trips to the shops pretty scarce so I would rarely see the same books twice. For all I knew my store was visited by the comic fairy constantly since every time I went, there would be all new and amazing reasons to warrant the public humiliation of begging for 2 dollars from my Mom. Back then the only scheduled comics that I knew of and could look forward to came in the newspaper - the daily black and whites (which felt like nothing more than a temporary fix) and that glorious Giant Sized Sunday Annual that came buried beneath what felt like pounds of coupons every week.
What happens when I see evidence of the rumblings and origins of the Earth? Seeing an erupting volcano makes me question my understanding of this planet and my life, as I know it. The volcano is evidence of forces still active on this Earth and a reminder of continual changes. The calm summer days of Santa Cruz are a memory as I witness the drama of steam pushing its way out of random crevices, dark clouds forming over the top, huge moon-like craters. My life is short in comparison and I stand in awe. I am able to observe a movement of time and see the physical turmoil of the earth. We humans continue to alter our planet to suit our needs and are shocked when eruptions erupt and earthquakes quake.
Maybe this is why the breathing helps. It brings me back to my natural rhythm, allowing me to become calm, to erupt, or to quake. After all, we are a part of the earth and can learn a few lessons from the surprises that it continues to give. Krishnamurti asks us to observe the whole movement of time and relate this to the movement of thought. He says that thought and time are not two different things. Neither ever ends.