“A hunter that is worth his salt does not catch game because he sets his traps, or because he knows the hunting routines of his prey, but because he himself has no routines. This is his advantage. He is not at all like the animals he is after, fixed by heavy routines and predictable quirks; he is free, fluid, unpredictable.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

I Will Survive

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“I Will Survive” is a song that used to be really popular at Israeli weddings (it may still be – but I haven’t been to one in ages so…). I always thought that was just hilarious (or just plain stupid – depending on my mood) – listening to the lyrics – this is so not a wedding song. In come Cake – I think they really nailed this song for what it really is. Here is them doing it live. I definitely to add them to my “see in concert” list. Enjoy : )

This is another Cake track. For me – it is ultimately THEIR sound. Every time I listen to this track – I wish I knew someone with a stereo so loud (and no neighbors for a radius of 2 miles)  you can just crank it up to dangerous levels, then bring it down a bit (for safety) – and then hit play. There is no video – which is good – because you can focus on the sound : ) Enjoy.

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Bret Dennen

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Another musician that I find comforting and embracing… just the right kind of presence when I want something soothing. Enjoy Bret:

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Yoga & Breath – Ujjayi Breathing

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Now that you have some familiarity with your natural breathing we can take another step forward into Ujjayi (u-jay-ee) breathing. The core idea with Ujjayi basic is to create a mechanism by which you can control and manipulate the structure of your own breathing. You can think of Ujjayi technique as a valve in the throat which regulates the flow of breath. Without using the valve your breath flows freely within the fully capacity permitted by your phyiscality – the size of your windpipe. In Ujjayi breathing we use musculature to narrow that pipe down so that the passage of air is more constricted – we close the valve a bit. How much we close it effects the flow of breath.

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Beautiful House

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I recently visited one of the most beautiful, pleasant and spacious houses I encountered in Israel. It also happens to be for sale – so if you are looking for a wonderful place – you might be interested in it : ) It sits on 8 acres of land which includes two houses & beautiful stables (11 stalls). It is located in a place called Udim – about 20 minutes north of Tel-Aviv and a few minutes drive from the beach. It is two minutes away from the main Israeli coastal highway – but the house is in complete silence. It is all about space and quality. Behind it are more fields great for long walks and horse-back riding. It’s a very special place! It is on the market for 7 million Euro’s. I wish I could put a bid in – but its not yet my time. Maybe its yours? If you happen to be interested and want the contact details pleaes feel free to drop me a line (iamronen@iamronen.com) and I will gladly put you in touch with the owners.

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Higher Education, CDNow & Sting

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Many years ago I attended an official university for one year (it was a default thing to do in life). It took me the first half of that year to realize that I didn’t wan’t to be there and the another half to come to terms with that conclusion. My class attendance was slowly replaced by hours at the computer – taking advantage of the internet via dull textual green screens – then available only on university campuses. One of the small treasures was CDNow – I think it was one of the first online shops ever. Using a textual interface of scrolling menus I was able to get my hands on music that I couldn’t get in stores. I spent a long time (I recall it took more then a year, so it must have continued when I could get internet from home) hunting down an audio recording of Sting performing Message in a Bottle in The Secret Policemen’s Ball – until I was finally able to get my hands on a copy. Now the video is freely available for all.

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