Arts/Culture Category

In the mid 80s, a derivative punk movement called Emotional Hardcore grew out of the American Midwest. It took about 20 years for this culture and style of music to break into the mainstream, and it had to mutate in order to do so. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Emo bands like Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World wound up charting in the top ten on Billboard (the American charts). By then, the music blended Punk with Indie Rock and Pop music. Emo had a huge impact onRead More
It’s that time of the year again, with the holiday season approaching. For many that means spare time is filled with shopping, events, parties and gatherings with friends and family. A hectic schedule can increase stress and really wreck havoc on our physical appearance. Here are some tips to get through the holiday season without a hitch. 1. Don’t let stress be the only thing to make you sweat… Steam: A week before an event, it is excellent to steam your skin. I would do this a minimum of three times. NotRead More
The fashion industry is facing many challenges, but one of the most pressing issues is water usage.  The textile industry is the third largest consumer and polluter of the world’s water. Water consumption is a huge problem for growing fibers such as the ever-thirsty cotton plant, with nearly 400 gallons of water required to produce just one cotton t-shirt. Waste water is conceivably an even bigger issue than consumption. Toxic chemicals produced from dyeing textiles, along with other chemicals such as those used to produce synthetics, are contributing to aRead More
Stephen Levine is an American poet, author and teacher best known for a mindful, meditative approach to death, dying and grief. In “A Gradual Awakening”, Stephen writes a beautiful and easy to understand book on Vipassana meditation, an ancient meditation technique attributed to Buddha himself. Levine’s other published works address the intense grief one can experience from the death of loved ones. But in “A Gradual Awakening” he acknowledges the “everyday grief” that is felt from burdens, stress, disappointments, and illusions of life that grow deeper within us over time.Read More
“Remember, dragon warrior, anything is possible when you have inner peace.” – Kung Fu Panda 2 Surprisingly, the final Oprah Winfrey Show on May 25, 2011 featured no guests at all. And yet it was a deeply inspiring and emotional finale as Oprah simply stood on her stage sharing her heartfelt thanks to her fans around the world. What stood out were her very empowering insights of finding your purpose AND knowing your self-worth. See Oprah finale: Click here Three days later I went to see a morning matinee screeningRead More
This month’s theme is all about going inward, harvesting and preparing for the winter. Parvati’s song “911-1-L-O-V-E” does just that. On September 26, 2010, in one of the most barren, desolate and inhospitable climates on the planet, Parvati performed her song “911-1-L-O-V-E” (among others) at the top of the world. Parvati went to the North Pole to sing songs to raise awareness of the melting polar ice caps as well as to offer her life in service, as a dedicated yogini, to Mother Earth. I have heard interviewers ask Parvati,Read More
The term “Slow Fashion” combines many aspects of sustainability. From an industry perspective, it can refer to slowing down the production cycle, giving more attention to detail and craftsmanship in each garment, manufacturing locally, or supporting fair wages. From a consumer’s angle, it means slowing down our consumption habits, buying fewer garments that are classic, of quality, and will last us for years. As a frequent public speaker on the topic of sustainable fashion, I find that the concept of slow fashion resonates really well with the audiences I speakRead More
As the cold winter descends, I thought I would write about the beautifying and therapeutic properties of oiling your body for detoxification, rejuvenation and to combat the dry weather. Many of us view oil as “too heavy” or “clogging”, but in fact, oils are restorative for our skin as well as cleansing. Some oils are even used in Ayurveda to kill parasites internally and externally. It is also important to understand that each oil is unique: some oils stimulate, some oils calm, some oils rebuild tissue and some oils areRead More
Elizabeth Lesser is the co-founder of the Omega Institute in New York, an institute that hosts workshops with spiritual leaders and yogis to help people on the spiritual path. In her book “Broken Open”, Elizabeth uses her own life story and those of others to show that through challenging times, “awakening” and positive life changes can occur. Elizabeth refers to the challenging times as the “Phoenix Process”, the transformational journey. It stems from the myth of a bird the Egyptians called the Phoenix. Understanding that the new can only beRead More
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein I will always see the summer of 2011 as yet another test of maintaining my faith and indestructible optimism. The Einstein quote exemplifies how I am facing my latest financial challenges and how I’ve taken steps to approach my problems using different thinking. I’ve discovered that daily, consistent meditation has helped me unearth an inner voice revealing answers I’ve been seeking. One of these answers came in remembering my firstRead More