Self discovery through fasting

The Feast by Leon Chwistek

An interesting and thoughtful post about fasting on Mondays. It’s interesting not only because intermittent fasting seemed to really help Marius keep his weight under control, but also because it raises some thoughtful questions about our relationship with food. We live, for the most part in the West, in a society where food is always available, and our relationship with food is complex. We are bombarded with adverts for suggarry, fatty foods and we eat for a variety of reasons; boredom, habit, socially motivated, but not very often simply out of hunger. It’s interesting that Marius noted, as he was fasting and began to crave food that

The cravings didn’t come from my stomach. They were not cravings from hunger, but from something else

Later on he really gets to the heart of the matter when he points out that diets are great but the ultimate goal is

learning to listen to your body and doing what it tells you. Unfortunately most people can’t hear themselves

Self discovery comes in many forms. For some it is through meditation, for some it comes through movement and for some it comes through food.

Make your own yoga pants

If you have a sewing machine and a bit of a creative bent, why not have a go at making your own yoga pants. Here are a couple of tutorials to help you on the way:

Sweet Verbena’s yoga pants – a detailed tutorial complete with tie-dye waistband:

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If you prefer your yoga trousers less stretchy and more like a martial arts gi then try the Easy Fit Yoga Pants.

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And what about a little throwback to the eighties? Bell Bottomed yoga pants:

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The oldest song in the world

A Sumerian hymn from 3400 years ago. is the oldest song in the world! The hymn was discovered on some clay tablets that contained cuneiform signs in the Hurrian language. It turned out that this was in fact the oldest piece of music we have discovered so far. The tablets were unearthed in the 1950s. Just how the cuneiform was deciphered into music is because of the work of Professor Anne Kilmer

A MIDI version with a guessed at rhythm sounds a bit like this:

Should you stop washing

We’ve all heard the stories – don’t wash your hair for long enough and it becomes “self-cleaning”. It sounds tantalizing, but not many of us are brave enough to actually try it. Well it turns out the hippies might have been right – washing might not be the answer. Soaps, perfumes and other cosmetic products, it is postulated, are destroying bacteria that lives on our skin. Don’t worry though, this is friendly bacteria and is an amonia-oxidizing. It used to live on us before we became so entrenched in our soap opera. The bacteria feeds on the amonia in our sweat and can keep us clean.

Well, behold….should you wish to attempt the ultimate experiment on yourself, you can stop washing. Instead, spraying yourself with a compound that basically looks like water but contains the skin friendly bacteria to help encourage the microbiome. Don’t wash, keep clean.