THE SPIRITUAL GIRL GANG GETTING AMMA'S DARSHAN (HUG)
BY GALA DARLING | JULY 3, 2014
Jamie, Gala, Ruby, Gabby and Betsy. Photo credit: Gala Darling
Known as the hugging saint, Amma spends her life travelling the world, offering a free hug to anyone who wants or needs it. She asks nothing in return.
In an interview, Kelly said, “I had this huge spiritual awakening when I met Amma who literally ate me up and spit me out with all her compassion. She gave me a new awareness…”
The next morning, a group of us — me, Gabby, Jamie and Ruby — met up and headed to the (Jabob) Javits Center. We walked into an enormous room. There were hundreds of people sitting in chairs meditating, a lot of them wearing white.
Jamie saw me looking around incredulously, and said, “Oh, this is nothing. On Saturday night, it will be a full-on party in here… And packed to the rafters.”
I was blown away by the huge variation of people I saw — young and old, of every colour and religion, some wearing saris, others in business suits.
And then there was me, wearing sequins and silk with my motorcycle boots, and no idea what I was doing there...
Amma embracing Gala Photo credit: Gala Darling
When you’re wrapped in Amma’s embrace, time seems to stop. The hug takes forever. It isn’t rushed, like you might expect, given that there are hundreds of people behind you.
It’s a hug of pure love: no judgment, no expectation, no awkwardness. As she pulled me towards her, she said in my ear, “My daughter, my daughter, my daughter, my daughter.”
She smells like lavender and rose, and she holds you tight.
I didn’t know what to think yesterday: my logical mind was whirring about it all night. But this morning, I woke up to the realisation that my experience wasn’t about thinking or making sense of it — it was simply about feeling it.
There are people who say her hugs heal. The woman ahead of me was crying the whole time. But what I think is most remarkable is the incredible amount of love and selflessness Amma demonstrates every day.
It makes you think, ‘In what ways could I be more open, loving, vulnerable and available?’
The sheer scale of love, sacrifice and devotion she offers the world blows my mind.
Meeting Amma made me reconsider what compassion actually means… And not in an abstract, navel-gazing kind of way. Today, I was able to really and truly put myself in someone else’s shoes, and heal something that has been hurting me for five years.
So, yeah, her hug did heal me.
Believe the hype.
Amma is in New York City (this weekend, July 5-7.) If you’re intrigued or feel like this is something you should experience, I encourage you to do it… And to read Ruby’s interview with one of Amma’s volunteers
“Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone.” (Amma)
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RAINBEAU MARS RELEASES 21-DAY SUPERSTAR CLEANSE WITH FOREWORD BY WOODY HARRELSON
APRIL 14, 2014
Since her birth under a double rainbow, Hollywood health guru RAINBEAU MARS has motivated and guided others on their journey to a greener, healthier lifestyle. The VIP yogi's sold more than 2,000,000 yoga DVDs worldwide and downward dogged with A-listers including David Duchovny & Grammy-winner Jason Mraz.
Mars caused a stir last summer when she invited guests attending her high-profile Hawaiian nuptials to take part in her signature 21-day vegan cleanse. Now she's finally releasing her long-awaited book 21 Day Superstar Cleanse: A Rejuvenating Lifestyle Program to Help You Feel Younger, Healthier and Ready to Rock the World, outlining her zero-calorie-restriction cleanse, complete with a step-by-step road map to the rejuvenating program and a foreword by Woody Harrelson, taking readers on an adventure of food, yoga, fun, and personal awakening! 21-Day Superstar Cleanse also includes endless recipes for delicious, alkalizing, energizing meals like vegan pizza, banana-topped pancakes, and chocolate shakes to name a few.
The mom to ten year-old Jade will throw a glam ‘green carpet’ event on May 4th hosted by Russell Simmons, Shannon Elizabeth, & Rosanna Arquette to celebrate the official release of her book, which was published by Deeper Well Publishing.
“Put aside the foods that pollute, destroy and harm, and eat what the mother has provided us—food that's healthy for your body and the planet. Rainbeau will show you how.” - James Cameron / Oscar Winning Director
“Rainbeau inspired me to appreciate the power of natural health, beauty, and fitness through healing and delicious foods. I am grateful to call Rainbeau one of my best friends and teachers and excited that now, you will also.” Josie Maran / Supermodel/Entrepreneur
"Rainbeau Mars is the rare gift in a teacher: able to lead by instruction, example, and inspiration. I love everything Rainbeau does ... why don’t we all give this program a try as well?” - David Duchovny /Actor
“Rainbeau Mars looks great and if you’re like me, you’ll try anything to look great. So why not give this program a shot.” - Joan Rivers / Comedienne/TV Host
LE BERNARDIN CHEF ERIK RIPERT
GREEN PAPAYA SALAD
APRIL 11, 2014
ANGIE MOSIER FOR AVEC ERIC
Green Papaya Salad
1 large green papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into matchsticks
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup lime juice
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tsp. ginger, minced
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp mirin or ½ tsp. sugar
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to evenly coat. Let the salad marinate for 10 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.
H&M LAUNCHES CONSCIOUS COLLECTION
APRIL 3, 2014
“H&M is proud of its sustainability work. Conscious and Conscious Exclusive show the breadth of possibilities with sustainable materials, and our new Clever Care labelling lets our customers join our mission towards a more sustainable future for fashion,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M´s Head of Design, New Development.
Conscious Exclusive collection is made in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think-tank EVER Manifesto, who share H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future for fashion. Ever Manifesto will also appear in the Conscious Exclusive campaign together with Amber Valletta, the supermodel and actress also known for her commitment to sustainability. Amber Valletta is also the face of the Conscious collection campaign.
Conscious Exclusive is a special designed limited collection made by high quality fabrics and dramatic and intricately details inspired by flamenco and bohemia. New introduced materials are organic leather, leather from cows bred for organic meat production in Swedish farms, and organic silk that is silk cultivated in organic mulberry trees. The collection will be available in 150 selected H&M stores worldwide as well as online. Amber Valletta has recently launched the site Master & Muse for socially responsible customers and selected pieces will be sold on yoox.com in the area dedicated to Amber Valletta´s Master & Muse.
This year’s Conscious collection is full of key fashion pieces made by more sustainable materials and perfect for the spring. Key pieces is a bright orange dress that is longer at the back and made from Tencel with polyamide and a loose-cut kaftan covered in a hand-drawn zebra print. The collection will be available (on April 10, 2014) in all H&M stores as well as online."
SHAILENE WOODLEY, LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THIS PLANET
by CORAL DEL MAR | MARCH 31, 2014
I'm going to be a citizen of this planet, and I'm going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her. - Shailene Woodley
Tommy Hilfiger swimsuit and pants / Marie Claire cover
Shailene Woodley, costarting in the movie Divergent is gracing April's cover of Marie Claire. At only 22 years of age, her take on life is quiet astounding.
As per Gaby Wood's interview on Marie Claire, "Woodley's mandate to live in harmony with the Earth extends beyond her wardrobe. She totes around a glass Mason jar for drinking water because she doesn't want to expose herself or the planet to the estrogen-like chemicals used in plastics. She has no current home ("I'm doing the vagabond lifestyle for a bit," she says), but when in Los Angeles, she lugs 5-gallon carboys up in the mountains to capture her own drinking water. She and her two best friends -- a long-haired brunette and a young man who looks like he just stumbled out of a Phish concert, her constant Sundance companions whom she declines to identify -- forage for strange fruits in whatever city they visit.
She is "remarkably relaxed about exercise and food (though she's addicted to raw chocolate and makes her own). Unless it's for a yoga class or a 5Rhythms session, she doesn't go to the gym. 'My whole life I've been so self-conscious about being skinny. And just recently I don't care anymore. All insecurities are projected because of what you think others are saying about you, but they don't really matter at all. My only real insecurities in high school were having such long legs and thick hair—things I'm so very grateful for now.'
"Kate Winslet, who plays the bad guy in Divergent as Erudite faction leader Jeanine Matthews, makes a point of praising Woodley's even-keeled sense of self. 'There's an honesty and an openness to her that is really rare in young women of that age, let alone young women in a fast-paced business that can chew you up and spit you out as soon as it's said hello to you. You see young actors and actresses coming up and doing well, and then suddenly they start to unravel a bit and they forget themselves. With Shailene I get the sense that the more she does and the more of the world she sees, the more well-rounded she becomes.' "
Shailene has decided to take a few months off just to see who she is as "that woman in the world, because I've never been able to experience it outside of this industry." FULL INTERVIEW >>
HOW THE NEW YORK POST MISCONSTRUES E! INTERVIEW ON GWYNETH PALTROW
by CORAL DEL MAR | MARCH 29, 2014 (REVISED 4.1.14)
On March 26, Brian Hood from the NY Post wrote an article titled "NEXT FOR GWYNETH PALTROW: BREAK FROM ACTING MORE TIME WITH KIDS," where he shares his own perception and writes "She also pointed out that things are more difficult for her than other moms, because of the demanding nature and unpredictable schedule of her acting career," followed by one of Gwyneth's last quote from the whole article where she ended by saying 'I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set,”
Gwyneth entire interview which quote sequence I have included below was in response to her decision of not shooting anything for a while, developing some material and working on the site [Goop] in order "to go back to mommy." (note: bold statement is the only part Brian Hood used to quote Gwyneth paragraph above while the rest was his perception)
"I just finished a movie in January that I was doing at the end of last year in London with Johnny Depp, and then I had two weeks here, and then I did a couple of episodes for Glee for the 100th episode, so I have to go back to mommy…I have a rule about one movie a year, so I can't shoot anything for a while, but I'm developing some material and working on the site [Goop] and raising kids. It's much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because…for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, 'Where were you?' I don't like to be the lead so I don't [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing. I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
On March 27th, Mackenzie Dawson another writer from the NY Post writes an article titled "A WORKING MOM OPEN LETTER TO GWYNETH," clearly in response to Brian Hood's article. Mackenzie is expressing her views on how much she really enjoyed her recent comment to E! (with a hyperlink to Brian Hood's article as the source). An article that sparked a shocking number of hate comments on Gwyneth's FB page and all over the online community. Mackenzie's letter to Gwyneth was based on the already distorted piece written by Brian Hood while claiming it was in response to the E! interview.
As journalist, it is our responsibility to do accurate reporting without distortion of facts. It is very sad when this role is neglected especially during a time when another human being, by the name of Gwyneth Paltrow, while already going through a very difficult process of divorce, is also forced to deal with bad press as result of subjective reporting.
You can read the entire E! article here.
Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine is a media multitasker: rock star, budding actor, king of reality TV. How does he hold it all together? With a centered attitude and a crapload of yoga |
Yoga anchors his balancing act. "I have a hard time sitting still," Levine says. "I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place." Yes, it keeps his stamina up, his physique toned, and his abs ripped. But many forms of exercise can deliver superficial results like these. "Maybe more than anything else," says Dennis, "yoga teaches you to be still and calm under challenging circumstances." READ MORE >>
WHY I'M VEGAN BY MOBY | ROLLING STONE
"As time has passed, my veganism has been reinforced by learning about health and climate change and the environment. I found that eating meat and dairy and eggs are to a very large extent responsible for people developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I found out that commercial animal production was responsible for 18 percent of climate change (more than every car, bus, truck, boat, and plane combined). I found out that producing a pound of soybeans requires 200 gallons of water but that producing a pound of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water. I found out that a leading cause of tropical deforestation is cutting down trees to create grazing land for livestock. And I found out that most of zoonotic diseases (SARS, mad cow disease, bird flu, etc.) are the result of animal agriculture. And as a clincher: I also found out that eating a high fat, animal product-based diet can be a leading cause of impotence (as if I didn't need more reasons to be a vegan).
'So, the more I studied health and the environment, the more committed I became to being a vegan. READ MORE >>
FIND YOUR ATHLETIC EDGE
| by BRENDAN BRAZIER
What’s the difference between average and breakthrough athletic performance?
Careful considerations of the foods and supplements one uses before, during and after training. READ MORE >>
NEW ALBUM SEXANDLOVE
IS FULL OF LIFE & SOUL |
by CORAL DEL MAR | March 17, 2014
Enrique Iglesias performed live this morning for the "Today Show" promoting his new album titled SEX AND LOVE which is released on the iTunes Store on March 18. An album blending many styles & genres of music including dance, ballads, and electronic in both, English and Spanish that would please anyone's music taste.
Duets with singers of the caliber of Marco Antonio Solis in "El Perdedor" and a gorgeously sung ballad with India Martinez in the song titled "Loco" where Enrique's voice becomes soulfully embodied. In "Bailando," a song I already envision becoming a hit, is a duet he made with "Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona" with a contagious beat and strong Spanish influence in rhythms and vocals (watch below). The album also features duets with Pitbull, Flo Rida, Yandel & Juan Magan, & Romeo Santos. SEX and LOVE is the kind of album you would want to add to your music collection...
Watch some of Enrique's performance on the Today Show below...
"BAILANDO" with "Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona"
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SEX AND LOVE ALBUM STREAM ON FB
CODE RED | GQ
"I still have plenty of vices, but alcohol isn't one of them. It's probably just down to sleep and diet. If you travel long haul a lot or don't sleep much, it's not going to last very long, that's for sure. I'm pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I've been that way for a long time - 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process. READ MORE >>
JARED LETO'S MOVING OSCAR SPEECH...
Here is the full speech:
"Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you. In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream. To my brother, Shannon, the best big brother in the world, you’re a true artist. Thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars, and for being my best friend. I love you. Thank you.
To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight.
And this is, is incredibly special as well because there’s so many people that helped me get here. And I just want to say thank you to Focus Features, to Mick Sullivan, to Jim Toth, to Jason Weinberg, to Emma Ludbrook, to Kelly Adams, to the entire Dallas Buyers Club team. Matthew, I love. Jean-Marc. And this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you so much and goodnight."
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD at MTV VMA's PRE-SHOW...IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST LIVE...
by CORAL DEL MAR | August 27, 2013
...The second I heard the voice of the lead vocalist, Jesse Rutherford along with the overall sound of the band I was hooked. There is a fusion of so many music styles & genres in their album, titled "I Love You." ... I was immediately turned into a fan of their music. Their sound is as mesmerizing as it is sensual, Rolling Stones finds their music "moody" & "atmospheric..." even the song "Afraid" was sung with words uttered so elegantly with so much feeling & respect, if there's such a thing. Their performance was phenomenal. One truly feels they bring in all their heart and soul creating a great vibe in the room... READ MORE >>
“I’ve been practicing yoga for over 20 years. I think developing a mindful practice like yoga is an excellent way to get closer to one’s purpose. It was through yoga and meditation that I first began to realize my potential. Not only has my yoga practice strengthened my own sense of purpose and well-being, it has prompted me to advocate for the well-being of others, as well. Yoga is a life practice for me and involves so much more than Asanas alone.” Christy shared on this interview...
“Women are unique with built-in compassion and empathy which make us good at understanding people and giving of ourselves.”
Philanthropy and service have long been a part of Christy's personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world. In 2005, Christy became an advocate for maternal health for both CARE and (RED). In 2010, she debuted her documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY, about the global state of maternal health, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Mother's Day 2011. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Christy launched "Every Mother Counts", an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. READ MORE >>
BHAKTI TRUMPS ALL | BY SHARONN GANNON
Remember that karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service. As described in the Bhagavad Gita it can only be truly practiced by someone who is willing to relinquish the fruits of their actions. A karma yogi is one who acts selflessly for the greater good, is humble and does not expect any reward, not even acknowledgement or appreciation from others for their good actions.
I am not saying that we should be apathetic and not aspire to live a committed life that focuses on uplifting the lives of others and making this world a better place. On the contrary, we should aspire to living in a way that enhances the lives of others and strive to abolish all forms of animal and Earth cruelty and selfish exploitation. I am only pointing out that if we neglect to remember God in our whirlwind of compassionate activism we will lose sight of our ultimate goal and mire ourselves in undeserved fame, trapping us deeper into the grips of ignorance and ego identification. The solution is to devotionally offer every thought, word and deed to God—striving to align with and love God more. Be humble and remember that the cause of everything is God. Don’t try to do everything all by yourself. Let go and let God be the doer; be His instrument, His conduit. When you can become a conduit for God’s grace then you “can-do-it.” Allow God to work through you and give God credit for any accomplishments you may appear to have achieved. When others congratulate you, immediately defer to the real doer who is behind every action and proclaim, “All glories to Shri Krishna!” If invoking Krishna is too religious for you, that’s fine, but at least be humble enough to defer to a power higher than your own limited, mortal self. READ MORE >>
MIND OVER MEDICINE
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW ON THE DEB COLITTI SHOW
As doctors, we are traumatized by our training, the limitations of the health care system, and the very nature of what it means to be a doctor to be on the front line of a lot of suffering - death, disease, disability, despair. We’ve had to come to work sick, we’ve skipped our postpartum leave and left our babies, we’ve had bloody scalpels thrown at us by physician professors who curse at us, and we’ve stayed awake to help others in 72 hour shifts. We’ve witnessed the deaths of children, dismemberment, and patients who die when we did everything we could to save them. We’ve gone through a hazing worse than any fraternity and similar to what soldiers experience. Yet people expect soldiers to have PTSD, but not doctors. READ MORE >>
FAME | BY LUCIE BOSHIER
"Sadly in our modern culture we have become obsessed with celebrity life. Pulling someone down, who we have often never met, gives us a momentary flash of light and instant gratification, but in the long run, it hinders our growth and causes us deep pain. If we can point the finger at somebody else, it takes the focus off having to look at ourselves. So much of the media revels in stories of politicians having affairs, child abuse cases and celebrity misfortunes – taking the edge off the writer’s own fears, fantasies and failings. But it’s sad for the public, because I think we’re smarter than that. The shitty press is easy for us to digest quickly because we don’t have to think. But if the media used their job responsibly it could be a major tool and platform for spiritual growth and multiply peace on earth." READ MORE >>