I wish you all a lot of boredom

I am sitting in front of thPlaceholder ImageI am sitting in front of the blank screen, thinking about writing. It has been like this for the last 2 days but, all of a sudden, my mind has become as blank as this screen. No words, no images, no thoughts… nothing but a quite peaceful emptiness! Only one questions kept on lingering: what to write? What to write?

This is the experience of everyone of us, the experience of the missing word. And we can’t stand silence easily for it makes us unease. With social media in reach, media, news, explosions, celebrations, discussions, debates, loads of writing and posting, the world is talkative and noisy, too exposed and too exposing. Where one is forced to give an opinion, to protest, to cry, to laugh, to ask, to answer, to speak..is where silence is unbearable! For silence is the luxury of boredom!

Boredom is troublesome because it makes our mind wander. Martin Heidegger pointed out that boredom makes us reach the being! In a more simple language, boredom makes us think about the core, about the substantial: life, love, movements, actions, feelings, death, loved ones, hate, beauty, ugliness, freedom, justice, sex…. Boredom makes us think about the existence… about the being!

I wish you all a lot of boredom!

Writing…

Writing is about inventing something new, as in a life, an existence, a becoming. For the becoming is creativity, a change, becoming other, creating hope for us in this world we live in. Art, philosophy, mysticism have a responsibility: the becoming of our societies!

Philosophy: the emergency kit

 

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I was asked to do a small seminar about the relationship between philosophy and religion throughout history. Not a small task, I decided to go very simple and schematic, knowing that my audience is made of people who are not familiar with philosophy. Therefore I divided the session into 4 parts:

  • The ancient Greek philosophy: the turning point was that philosophy started as a rational thinking to explain everything, instead of relying on religion that offers an irrational explanation of the world
  • The Christian era until the end of the Middle age: here philosophy was the spoke person of religion
  • Modernity until the beginning of the 20th century: a separation between religion and philosophy. Philosophy as the big critic of religion and religiosity
  • 20th century until now: Post-modernity is a difficult time where everything is exaggerated. On one hand there is pure reason, science and philosophy and on the other hand, there is religion as an identity crisis.

I believe that the main aim of philosophy nowadays is to give religion what it deserves by cleaning it from all forms of religiosity and fanatisme, by undermining the political power of it, and saving spirituality. This world needs spirituality in its large meaning, as much as it needs nicer people, more humans and humanists from all sides. 095

life is a precipice!

via Daily Prompt: Precipice

As I read the word “precipice” on the daily prompt, I couldn’t help eating a chocolate egg. The link between eating chocolate and the precipice relies on the fact that eating chocolate, while I am on a diet, is choosing to jump into the pleasurable precipice. And that’s life: an ongoing precipice. Always having to make choices and take actions… or not. regretting an action or regretting no to make any action. Life is exciting and living is always edgy. I have learnt this lesson the hard way.

Being born in a war zone, and living half of my life under bombs, in Lebanon, I have come to learn that living is surviving. In the survival mode, everything is a precipice but one must take the risk, walk the walk and go on. The price of it? Life or death. There is always a kind of pleasure in the free fall!

 

Gossiping in the hospital 


Gossiping, as bla bla bla talk, is an emptiness filling, people can’t remain silent for too long, hence the difficulty of meditation. As silence is energy (at least in the eastern philosophy), I wonder where talkative people get their energy from and why do they speak that much. Sometimes I ask myself this question, for I am a teacher, going tired to class and ending up speaking for hours! Besides that I am paid to speak and besides the constant social media harassment and communication forcing, why is their a need to share stories, sometimes stupid ones? In a noisy world where one needs to lock oneself in a bedroom to be silent  (unless one lives in a big city), why isn’t all the outside agitation enough? 

As I was sitting in the hospital cafétéria,  two women were sitting nearby and one of them was endlessly talking; from her favourite meal to the story of her life, all this in a loud pitch (so I heard the whole conversation but I wasn’t suppose to), are we looking after all for visibility and recognition? For what and how? Even for ditching private lives in public? Even for public figures, artists, politicians, tweeting? So all this is the new way to deal with things and everything posted is ok?

Back to the hospital. The talkative woman probably took some weight off her chest. Her mate maybe wanted to give her support. All this is fine. But me? I was confused: I didn’t want to listen but I did! Although, speaking in a loud voice would suggest that this woman wanted everybody to hear her story, just like posting a picture on social media so everyone can see it. Again, is this all ok and acceptable?
Informations, opinions, speeches, lies, truths, elections, votes… they are all the same. If any of these could change the world, they would have been stopped!

What is Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style?

A cleat written blog about the definition of Ashtanga yoga

Yoga in India

At the KPJAYI Yoga Shala, Mysore India. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

BY ELKE ROHMER

“Yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

The pioneer of Ashtanga Yoga was yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) who was twelve years old when he first started learning from his teacher Krishnamacharya. In 1948, he founded the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India. This style of yoga has spread all over the world, providing a blueprint for many of the flowing Vinyasa yoga styles. Today, Jois’ grandson Sharath manages the institute in his grandfather’s spirit, and it is still a magnet that draws many “ashtangis” dedicated to this particular tradition practised in the so-called Mysore style.

Characteristics

Traditionally, the word Ashtanga stood for the “eight-fold path” of yoga as coined by the philosopher Patanjali in his classical “Yoga Sutras”. Ever since Pattabhi Jois called his yoga practice…

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The Flow

Breathing is a flow. Running blood is a flow. Fluids are a flow. The universe’s birth and death are a flow. Dancing is a flow. Movement is a flow. Water is a flow. Swimming is a flow. Waves are a flow. The body is a flow. Life runs in and out. The world circulates in a cyclic stream. Planets and stars gush forth, explode and fade out.

Hear the OM of the universe crossing millenia. Here lies the 5th dimension. When one feels as a floating particle in the universal dance (physicists would not disagree on this). The body doesn’t exist, only its energy and perception do. Where science, spirituality and poetry meet lies the truth of our existence: perception, impression, sensation, thoughts, consciousness (I’m referring mostly to empiricist philosophers such as Berkeley and Hume). Then inner perception, meditation, universal connection, higher consciousness. Floating again and again in all directions.

In the esoteric spirituality, the 5th dimension is a state of universal consciousness. When someone reaches this dimension (we are mostly on the 3d one), one would feel permanent peace, bliss, love and joy, naturally and effortlessly. People would immediately see themselves in every being, whether humans or animals, with empathy. The mind is peaceful and all negative thoughts are flushed out. In this spiritual universal flow, the perception of time is different (from the one in 3d). Time is slow. The mind doesn’t perceive the time of the watch which seems to be fast. Time in the universal scale flows differently.

A person who reaches the 5th dimension is on intuitive knowing. Truth can be recognised based on how the information resonates, as everything is a flow including our thoughts.

Open your hips and let it flow!

Banksy Opened His Own Hotel

Beautiful mural painting

STREET ART RAT

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists.

“The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy that can be found in several rooms such as the “Presidential Suite” or “Room With A View”. If you are on a budget, bunk beds are also available for just £30 a night.
Installations includes “Out of Service”, walled-off lift at Banksy’s hotel or “The worst view in the world” as described by the man himself about the view from his rooms.
On view is also a small museum where you will find a mannequin showing the signature of the Balfour declaration.*

rooms_artist03_z ~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

banksy-heart ~ By Banksy ~ All photos via StreetArtNews.net

rooms_presidential_05_z ~ By…

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