It's not the despair that kills you--it's the hope.--John Cleese [via Dennis Palumbo]

Defining The Art Of Love Through The Art Of Yoga With Christine Burke

Sunday May 31st 2-4pm- Suggested Donation $20 - Benefits Yoga Gives back!

Our entire lives are affected and driven by our ability to give and receive love. Our relationship to love and how we define it for ourselves colors, informs and often decides our relationship with ourselves, others and the planet on which we live. When we feel out of balance, stuck or disconnected it is often due to a lack of clarity about what love means to us. This may lead to feeling that we don't know how to "get it" ot "keep it" or "experience it". Yoga can give us the space and context in which to explore this powerful feeling, which is actually a state of being and which is actually what we are - LOVE!

Come spend a liberating afternoon with Christine and begin to unlock the doors of your heart through an all levels vinyasa class that will include mudra, mantra, chanting and meditation. There will also be a raffle and vegan and veggie pizza!

Yoga Gives Back is an incredible organization founded by our very own Joel Bender, Kayoko Mitsumatsu and orgaized and produced by other dedicated yogis including other Liberation students such as Jason Oslo Kolker.

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Dennis Palumbo

Dennis Palumbo

Posted: May 23, 2009 07:01 PM


To my teenage son's chagrin, I'm kind of clueless about computers. In fact, I only half-jokingly refer to myself as a Luddite when it comes to technology.

Well, I'm up-grading from Luddite to full-blown Quaker, because after watching and listening to former Vice-President Dick Cheney's relentless attacks on President Obama's policies, I'm now in favor of bringing back public shunning. If anyone needs to be shunned, it's a guy who favors torture, unnecessary wars, and outing CIA agents.

Hell, maybe shunning isn't enough. Maybe we should take a leaf from the Bush administration's playbook and subject Cheney to the "enhanced interrogation technique" known as putting people in stocks. It could be that a couple days in an enforced sitting position, locked in wooden stocks in the public square, while outraged citizens and bemused schoolchildren point and laugh would prompt an attitude adjustment on Cheney's part. Though, admittedly, I doubt it.

What Cheney is doing with his incessant attacks on Obama is nothing less than attempting to undermine the presidency, which---paradoxically, given his so-called concerns---has the net effect of actually making us less safe. By emphasizing his lack of trust and belief in the current administration, Cheney makes strengthening our ties with allies a much more difficult task. It also makes Obama's goal of clarifying our commitment to national security while maintaining our core values as a nation all that much harder to attain.

After 9/11, former Vice President Al Gore admirably threw his support behind George W. Bush, and urged everyone, including his still-dispirited supporters, to do the same. Where is this sense of patriotism and putting-America-first from Dick Cheney? Usually only too happy to wrap himself in the flag, Cheney apparently has no compunction about trying to undermine this new administration, even before it's been in office six months.

So I say let's put on our colonial peaked hats, break out the wooden stocks, and make a statement of our own. Maybe then Dick Cheney will have the decency shown by his former boss and just slink back to some ranch somewhere, start clearing some pesky brush, and save his self-serving vitriol for his inevitable memoirs.

You never give up, because the next one could be a hit. The next one could change your life. My film school is a man named Darryl F. Zanuck. I learned everything I knew from him. Story. Story. Story. Story. It was the story that really made the movie.—David Brown [on a laminated buckslip on the desk of Donald Deline, Produced By Spring 2009]

Yoga Gives Back Fundraiser next Sunday

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If you enter deep enough, remain long enough, you will find what you seek. But you’ve got to enter with heart and soul—and check your belongings outside. (By belongings I mean—fears, prejudices, superstitions.)—Henry Miller

All depends on one’s point of view. To make life more beautiful, more wonderful, more deep and satisfying, we must gaze with fresh, clear vision upon every contributing element of life.—Henry Miller
Today we seem animated almost exclusively by fear. We fear even that which is good, that which is health, that which is joyous. And what is the hero? Primarily one who has conquered his fears. One can be a hero in any realm; we never fail to recognize him when he appears. His singular virtue is that he has become one with life, one with himself. Having ceased to doubt and question, he quickens the flow and rhythm of life.—Henry Miller, The World of Sex
Mr. Fitzgerald, I believe that is how he spells his name, seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home. -Zelda Fitzgerald - [via Adria Lang]
"All that is really worthwhile is action. Personal success or personal satisfaction are not worth another thought." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“I’ll escort you to your boat, but I won’t go on.”—overheard in the Suquet, 5/15/09
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
K.M.: I don’t lose things.
KJA: That’s the truth. You haven’t even been able to lose me.
--5/8/09 walk to Grove


Transparent Butterfly

It comes from Central America and is found from Mexico to Panama . It is quite common in its zone, but it not easy to find because of its transparent wings, which is a natural camouflage mechanism. A butterfly with transparent wings is rare and beautiful. As delicate as finely blown glass, the presence of this rare tropical gem is used by rain forest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its demise alerts them of ecological change. Rivaling the refined beauty of a stained glass window, the translucent wings of the Glasswing butterfly shimmer in the sunlight like polished panes of turquoise, orange, green, and red. All things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed: in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.


WHAT NOT TO DO [via Steven Kates]


More Bits of Wisdom - Tolle & Fish

Being at one with what is doesn’t mean you no longer initiate change or become incapable of taking action. But the motivation to take action comes from a deeper level, not from egoic wanting or fearing. Inner alignment with the present moment opens your consciousness and brings it into alignment with the whole, of which the present moment is an integral part. The whole, the totality of life, then acts through you.—Tolle

The marvel is that focused intensity can be achieved even in the act of failure, even by someone who knows what to do but most of the time can’t quite do it. And it is for that intensity — not its object or its goal — that one plays, for in those moments of surrender to the game all one’s troubles, all one’s strivings, all one’s petty irritations fall away. And if, occasionally, you actually do set the hard pick or deliver the perfect pass or make the improbable shot, well, that’s just icing on the cake.—Stanley Fish (New York Times) via Vincent Atchity