“How easy it is to follow our thoughts instead of our senses.”
Frank Herbert

Children of Dune

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-12

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  • it is wrong to approach a social conflict with intellect -had there been intellectual compatibility there would not be a social conflict #
  • @IndustrialHemp re:investor I would be happy to share with you hemp related eco-project ( iamronen [at] iamronen [dot] com ) #
  • discovering that Gwibber can be a great twitter client (+ lots of other things social-online) on Ubuntu #
  • Blogging can be like a new and uncomfortable yoga posture – but with correct practice u can settle into it comfortably: http://bit.ly/fZ032y #
  • The Insanity Virus http://bit.ly/a7VSeW courtesy of @gblakeman #
  • todays coffee is from organic fair-trade coffee with buffalo milk #
  • a business that has and works towards a purpose must ultimately gravitate towards becoming a non-profit #
  • we've been using ghee 4a long time but only now when we got fresh butter did I realize it's a method of preservation: http://bit.ly/hFz6uK #
  • @lifeinromania can you recommend when is a good time (price/selection) & where in our part of town – to get a christmas tree? #
  • my limited experience with social-media has reaffirmed my belief that quantity is no indication of quality #
  • I am excited to finally share iBreathe – a setting for one-on-one online teaching of Pranayama http://bit.ly/hJGC3f please pass it on 🙂 #

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Introducing iBreathe

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This blog has been running for over 3 years. It’s center of gravity has shifted numerous times as has mine. Yet over the last two years I’ve let Yoga insinuate itself into many parts of it – including ~150 posts dedicated to teachings of Yoga as I have receive them and as they reflect through me. There have been two motivations to this process – one internal (it’s what I want to do) and the second is external sharing – I feel I’ve been blessed with rare and quality teachings and that these teachings need to keep moving.

Yet one thing I haven’t pursued with focus is interaction.  Not for lack of wanting – I simply could not find a context and mode of interaction where I could effectively share and teach. Yoga is mostly about practice. I cannot teach Asana without physical presence and contact and I am not (yet?) inclined to teaching theory or philosophy. My thoughts continued to travel until they came onto the shores of Pranayama breathing practices. I’ve published some posts on breathing in general and on Pranayama – including breath & movement, structured breathing and breathing techniques – little did I know that as I was writing them I was sowing the seeds that would one day grow into an online offering.

That day has finally come. I am happy to present and offer iBreath – an individual, personalized, in-depth, long term and hopefully affordable setting for learning and practicing Pranayama.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Marianne Elliott who’s 30 Days of Yoga inspired some of the practical issues I needed to address in order to make iBreathe possible.

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My Grandmother’s Homemade Wafers

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It’s been years since I’ve had these wafers in my mouth or on my mind … until these ready-made wafers caught my eye in the supermarket. I spoke to my grandmother and asked her how she made these into delicious wafers. The recipe is simple but a far cry from health food … but so delicious. These images are here for my grandmother to see what happened after we spoke.

As instructed I tossed everything into the pot and cooked into into a thick paste.

As I poured on the first layer onto the wafer I realized (actually Andreea realized first) there was nowhere near enough to create 3 or 4 layers.

Indeed it was enough for only two layers.

So I cut the spread wafers in two and piled them one on top of the other and covered them with another half-wafer.

I then wrapped it all in tin-foil and put some weight on it for half a day.

Then this evening, as I was making us a herbal tea I unwrapped the package and this is what I found.

I cut them up like I remember my grandmother used to.

… and voila 🙂

delicious 🙂

Update: Recipe

  • 150 grams of ground nuts & peanuts
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 200 grams of margarine (I used butter)
  • 1 spoon of Cocoa
  • 1 spoon of Rum baking essence.

All cooked together for 10-15 minutes and then spread on the wafers 🙂

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Walk from our home to Iulius Mall

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The following images are snapshots from a (~30 minute) walk we took from our apartment building to Iulius mall to do some shopping. They are snapshots intended to relay the day-to-day qualities of walking in a part of Cluj-Napoca. See if you can post the traffic sign that I can only guess means something like “When you see Jesus make way for yellow cars driving down the middle of the road” 🙂

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-05

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  • periodic reminder: looking for web-developer to collaborate on meditation website inspired by #omcru #
  • … and now sitting for a short Shakuhachi meditation #omcru #
  • @buddhidiot what is ur question? #
  • @buddhidiot ahhh (1) thank u 4 the question (2) hard to answer in 140 chars (3) #omcru shines for me (4) it's website doesn't at all #
  • @buddhidiot (5) some ideas appeared within an #omcru meditation (6) I feel they could resonate wonderfully and enhance with #omcru #
  • @buddhidiot (7) I'm a designer (8) I'm not a developer (9) why not? #
  • @buddhidiot would love to thank u 🙂 I've already communicated some with @The_KamikaZEN where/how should I continue ? #
  • @buddhidiot @silvercrone @violetsblue @shing999 @TheZenOutlaw thank u for asking for me 🙂 When an answer arrives I will followup on it 🙂 #
  • Shakuhachi recording from recent #omcru meditation: http://bit.ly/hk5n4L #
  • @spacecadet31 maybe another browser would work better? I recommend Firefox. I've also added a download link 4u: http://bit.ly/hk5n4L #
  • realizing that though my energy is still not consolidated, my body has really been great throughout this transition! Thankful #
  • dear #omcru twitter community: why all the defensive energy heading my way? who/how/why did I my words create offense? #
  • @silvercrone I don't know where 2begin … u make too many assumptions with too little acquaintance – make me feel unwelcome 🙁 #
  • @silvercrone … but I will take a step back and reconsider my thoughts and words 🙂 #
  • @spacecadet31 my only question, 4now, is how/where 2go about sharing my thoughts with the community ? (as kindly suggested by @buddhidiot ) #
  • @spacecadet31 OGG files = Freedom – here's why: http://bit.ly/gkkMdv here's how: http://bit.ly/apKeiC 🙂 #
  • sitting for a Shakuhachi meditation #omcru #
  • @buddhidiot my thoughts (inspired by @RestoraCircles & #OMCru ) on the #OMCru SYSTEM: http://bit.ly/fbWbkk cc: @TheZenOutlaw #
  • most of the year, any place that's not heated is a natural refrigerator #whatiloveaboutromania #
  • I miss music – our humble computer speakers have still not arrived – still not released from Romanian customs 🙁 #
  • @The_KamikaZEN in this case I am not a ship builder 🙂 so I thought to offer my thoughts to a larger #omcru community … maybe together #
  • when meaningful change first appears it probably isn't going to be pleasant and appealing … yet somewhere deep inside it will be right #
  • really enjoyed my coffee this morning, still haven't eaten (though I should have) … now thinking of a 2nd coffee … hmmm … #
  • @buddhidiot maybe share with others … hope to encounter someone who can complement your skills 🙂 #
  • finally got around to posting some images from the botanical gardnes in Cluj-Napoca: http://bit.ly/gsItaB #
  • another recording of a Shakuhachi meditation: http://bit.ly/hocWLO #
  • bread take 2 – this time I'm making it … #
  • @Shuliji your #omcru checkin reached me half way in to your meditation – thank you 🙂 #
  • If you've had to deal with web hosting plans and couldn't make sense of it – this may help: http://bit.ly/fMea24 #
  • Barcelona welcomes christmas with the worlds largest statue of a guy … ahum … pooping: http://on.msnbc.com/ffOdxm #
  • followup: pooping guy is what I came across when I searched for satellite photos of the devastating fire in Israel … c'est la Internet 🙂 #
  • this morning DHL called 2say our things r held up at customs – this afternoon they delivered … ha ha double ha ! music in the air again 🙂 #
  • = Be closer 2the people that make u feel good … RT @Shuliji "Any person close 2 us vitally affects how we feel, who we are…" -Gendlin #
  • Yoga is not about changing your body, it's about using your body to change your mind 🙂 #
  • breakfast: organic butter, home-baked whole-wheat bread, organic eggs, village grown vegetables & hot chocolocate with real milk #goromania #
  • dinner was cabbage and tomato soup with mamaliga #
  • fresh milk has been boiled and some of it set aside and should become yogurt in a couple of days – blessed food day 🙂 #
  • nice post by @keenan "It’s not time we wrestle with. It’s priority and we get to control that." http://bit.ly/gTVrgS #

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