Basic survival guide

  1. Get your shit together.
    *Discipline is an acquired skill; work on that.
  2. Establish goals and catalyze them in to (small) tasks.
    *Divide and conquer!
  3. Prioritize tasks.
  4. Do the tasks no matter what.
    *According to established priorities.
    And yes, pull all-nighters if you must!
  5. Reward yourself. Lose your shit for a little while & have fun!
  6. Repeat from step #1.

So May… How is it that you meditate? Kriya what?

People often ask me about yoga and meditation and how could they practice and what is it exactly that I do… It actually takes me some trouble to put it into words coherently, which is why I’m going to lay some information about it here and hopefully do a better job clearing that out.

I practice two kinds of Yoga regularly; these are Kriya Yoga and Sivananda Yoga which is a kind of Hatha Yoga, it involves exercises, asanas, pranayamas, flexibility enhancement and mostly physical/body control through mastery of breath. This is a bit similar to any Hatha Yoga class offered in many places. To put it in a phrase it is:

Adapt, Adjust, Accomodate.
— Swami Sivananda.

A lot tougher than it sounds.

As I mentioned, I also practice Kriya Yoga, some might have seen these nectar drops I sometimes post. They’re my daily dosage of Kriya wisdom on my email. Kriya is how I meditate, its focus is the mind, thoughts and self-knowledge. This off course requires commitment and discipline, but anyone willing to try is more than welcome.

Swami Atmavidyananda

Swami Atmavidyananda & Suresh Baba. Cali, Colombia.

To start practicing Kriya you need to be initiated by a qualified Yoga Acharya in the Kriya Lineage, so yes, this means you have to look for an initiation event which are offered usually once per year in Colombia and in most countries, for more info check the Kriya Yoga Official Site and/or this video below of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda :) <3

It also helps if you read “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahamsa Yogananda!

Authobiography of a Yogi

Ravi Shankar – Chants of India

Por un mundo con menos bitch faces y más servicio

Y no me refiero a la “solidaridad de género” -que tanto nos falta- siquiera. Sino a la total falta de empatía como humanos, a las miradas frívolas y hasta el regocijo que muchas mujeres -si, en específico mujeres- sienten al hacerle la vida un poco más difícil a otras.

if girls always treated each other like we do when we're drunk

Si, yo nunca fui la más popular, ni la más extrovertida, ni amigable. Pero cuando se trata de servir a alguien lo hago siempre de la mejor forma o no lo hago y punto. En casos más mandatorios, digamos laborales,  la cosa está fuera de cuestionamiento y simplemente lo hago lo mejor que puedo. Si existe un protocolo lo sigo, si puedo ayudar de más lo hago, sin importar que el necesitado sea hombre o mujer y sin pensar en la recompensa directa que yo pueda tener por ello. Es un instinto, una filosofía tal vez, que aprendí desde siempre de las personas que admiro. Sin embargo, parece que fui la única.

La creciente política de hacerse la bitch a la hora de atender mujer a mujer, con la máxima inutilidad posible en trabajos donde el servicio lo es todo, o al menos gran parte, parece ser una tendencia a la que toca adaptarse. No entiendo ni me alcanzo a explicar de donde se alimentan semejantes comportamientos, ¿envidia? ¿aburrimiento? ¿sentimientos de inferioridad? ¿hormonas?. No sé. El caso, es que es ridículo y si nos perjudica mucho: A todas.

Bitch please

La escena cambia totalmente cuando se tratan de géneros opuestos, la posibilidad remotísima y hasta inconsciente de alguna atracción física o emocional por alguna de las partes, quizá pueda explicarlo, pero nunca justificarlo. El servicio, por motivos laborales o no, debe prestarse de buenas maneras, de lo contrario se está ofreciendo un impedimento, poniendo obstáculos, perdiendo tiempo, recursos y hasta energía.

A todas -y todos-:
A la siguiente oportunidad que tengan de servir a alguien, háganlo por el hecho de hacerlo y nada más. El resultado será mucho mas gratificante y se ahorrarán insultos y bitch-faces. Porque sí, estamos hechos de esa manera -la compasión y empatía no es un invento del papa o de los budistas-, inténtenlo.

“Lo que das te lo das,
lo que no das, te lo quitas.”
-Alejandro Jodorowsky

Devendra Banhart – Now That I Know

Don’t make the cut

As someone who had a grasp at the serious implications, not only physical but psychological that this tiny cut may cause in a human male person. I feel committed to at least spread a little awareness on this subject that by no means should be treated lightly. Circumcision is a major surgery with lethal risks, it should not be performed for aesthetics, religious or social reasons.

The video below is funny yet shows the important minimal facts anyone should know about circumcision, male or female. Since at the end of the day, mothers also make the decision for the newly born.

For more serious information on intactivism (the movement to promote genital integrity) see the circumstition website and google around!

Mikky Ekko – Smile

Bose Soundlink Mini

Bose Soundlink Mini

So this is one of millions of reviews for this speaker, I am no speaker genius by any chance, but for readers who might be considering getting it I hope it helps.

I put Dave next to it so you can get a perspective on the size of it, it really is mini yet a very powerful classic looking speaker, which is more like a piece of heavenly experience for listening to your tunes. It is perfect to use in a medium-sized room, I use it daily with my MacBook Pro and Spotify Premium -this really is a grrrreaat combo-, the quality of the sound being reproduced obviously impacts the performance of the speaker, so Spotify allows me to play at high quality streaming (320 kbps) and use my cellphone as a remote control for the music playing on the computer; this comes really useful for me since I’m lazy. I love everything wireless (DLNA, Bluetooth, NFC, WiFI…), which is one of the main reasons I got this, I haven’t had to plug it in to anything other than for charging -yeih!-. It can be used on outdoors, for relaxing at the beach, pool, balconies and of course works directly from the cellphone or any other Bluetooth capable device…  The sound is more than decent but don’t expect to pull off a pool party alone with it.

Pros

  • Compact and portable.
  • Stylish and classic looking.
  • Powerful.
  • Really easy to use.
  • Performs well at low and high volumes.
  • Bose quality sound (no need to say much on this).
  • Car charging accessories available (not included).
  • Carrying cases available (also not included)

Cons

  • The battery could last longer, but I’m not complaining, this depends however on the volume and usage.
  • Bluetooth range is a bit limited -but easily fixed with remote Spotify service!-
  • 200 $USD

Advice: If the cons are not a problem for you: Get it! I love mine and would definitely recommend it.

I chose Bohemian Rhapsody for this post since it is the #1 song for testing speakers for the complexity of sounds this rock opera mixes. Gotta love Queen!

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody