Meditation news – AD Roberts Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:07:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meditation news – AD Roberts 32 32 At LA’s DisclosureFest, a milieu of New Age mysticism, capitalism and conspiracy talk Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:07:26 +0000

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — This past weekend, a crowd of several thousand people gathered in downtown Los Angeles to meditate. They carried drums and hoops and wore feathers and face paint. A shirtless man spun around, waving a bundle of smoky sage, while another delivered blasts on a huge Tibetan horn. Some lay on their backs, others rocked back and forth, saying silent prayers.

A woman sat in a lotus position on a raised stage, flanked by geodes, offering a bit of instruction. “You are a true love warrior,” she told the gathering.

Then, continuing with a singsong timbre: “Feel the consciousness of humanity evolving, we-evolving together as this beautiful energy grows, creating a giant heart wave that spreads across the planet, inspiring a we-evolution of heart-centered consciousness.

She whispered wordlessly into the microphone, “Shwoo-oooo-shwoo-oooo.”

That ceremony was the centerpiece of an event known as DisclosureFest, an annual one-day gathering at the Los Angeles State Historic Park that came back to life Saturday, June 18 after two years of pandemic breakups. The event is equal parts a musical carnival, a mystical be-in and a meeting of exchange of goods. And, held in this fertile crescent of spiritual curiosity seeking, it offers a pulse on the changing moods and appetites of the freewheeling New Age marketplace.

A participant carries hula hoops and a yoga mat during a session at DisclosureFest, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

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At the end of the ritual, a man named Joshua Zain cradled a plastic jar of stones for purchase, labeled as crystals from the lost civilization of Lemuria. “Put your hands on it,” he offered, “and feel what speaks to you.”

Musical performances and DJs performed throughout the day, and themed tents were scattered under which speakers discussed topics such as geodesic domes, medicinal herbs and cosmic stargates. At one o’clock, Eric Rankin, radio host and guest on Ancient Aliens, stood barefoot on stage in front of a Casio keyboard.

He referred to writer Joseph Campbell and the Dolphin Communiques before describing harmonic patterns he says were seeded into the world long ago by extraterrestrials. “These visitors from heaven gave us keys, codes and clues,” he said.

Then he put his hands on the keys. A discordant sound came out. “You have never Heard this chord before.

The mass meditation initiative begins at DisclosureFest, Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park.  Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

The mass meditation initiative begins at DisclosureFest, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

The main event, billed as the Mass Meditation Initiative, began in the early afternoon heat. Such synchronous rituals, heralded as ushering in demonstrable changes in the world, have many precedents among New Agers and their spiritual ancestors. In the 1930s, the mail-order group New Thought Psychiana recruited members into a campaign to bring about the downfall of Adolf Hitler through daily affirmation and visualization. Transcendental meditation became popular in the 1960s and 1970s and claimed a quantifiable reduction in crime through the recitation of mantras. In 1987, a global campaign called Harmonic Convergence made headlines and drew record crowds to places like Stonehenge and Machu Picchu to usher in a new era of happiness through community sunrise watching.

One of DisclosureFest’s claims to fame, included in video montages of its inaugural meeting, in 2017, is that mysterious lights materialized overhead with the help of a professional UFO summoner. .

Star Sansader, a poet present, recalled this event with emotion. Did he think they would come back this year? “I would like them to land, and I would say, ‘Give me a free ride to a paradise planet. “”

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Guitarist Adam Marz, center left, and Gina Scaramella perform with the band Martian Circus, at DisclosureFest, Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park.  The group describes itself as a 5d art, music and performance collective.  Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

Guitarist Adam Marz, center left, and Gina Scaramella perform with the band Martian Circus, at DisclosureFest, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The group describes itself as a 5d art, music and performance collective. Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

The festival is the brainchild of a former concert organizer named Adrian Vallera, who says he received heavenly instruction to start the nonprofit that organizes the fairs and which has grown to organize neighborhood clean-ups, soup kitchens and workshops for young people. The group meditation theme varies each year, conveyed via more spiritual inspiration to Vallera. (This season: “Healing all timelines by tapping into our pure inner child.”)

Vallera thinks some of the attendees are metaphysical newbies when they walk through the door, and he’s proud of the reports he receives of transformed lives here. He assessed, “People are really activating their dormant ascension keys.”

The coronavirus years have taken their toll on the New Age circuit. As virus counts increased in the summer of 2020, DisclosureFest closed in-person and held an online version. In 2021, it held a limited-capacity release at a private site. (This year, in a first, the event charged an entry fee starting at $55.) Meanwhile, QAnon and related conspiracy theories have been circulating, blending seamlessly into a medium where claims of esoteric knowledge are the currency of the kingdom. Dozens of wellness influencers and micro-celebrities have urged fans to seek health within and avoid the vaccine at all costs.

The pandemic remained a motif at this year’s DisclosureFest, as presenters incorporated themes about COVID-19 into their discussions.

Attendees hold hands for a closing prayer after a guided ecstatic dance session during DisclosureFest, Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park.  Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

Attendees hold hands for a closing prayer after a guided ecstatic dance session during DisclosureFest, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

A speaker named Lori Spagna (references: “Warrior of Consciousness, Bridger of Time-Space-Dimensions-Realities, Connector of All That Is”) stood in a tent and gave a talk, dueling to the sounds of Bob Marley drifting from a nearby dance session.

Spagna moved on about vaccines and testing. She said, “What’s a nose swab for?” DNA harvest.

…don’t worry, for one thing…

“A jab is designed to disrupt your natural immunity,” she continued.

… Every little thing, it will be fine…

“You already have everything you need,” Spagna said, raising his voice. “Only a vibration away.”

Organizers said the number of attendees in recent years had risen to 20,000. This year attracted only a fraction — Vallera estimated between 6,000 and 8,000 — but business was still buzzing. Among the dozens of tables: Etheric Body Work (“2$ minute”); Crystal Enhancements (“crystal energies align with your matrix”); BioHarmonic Technologies (“change your vibe, change your life”); iPyramids (“quantum vortex therapy”); Emerald Orgone (“Protects the aura and subtle bodies”) or Sacred Spirit Services (“channeled oracle readings”).

Festival-goers interact with an art installation at DisclosureFest, Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park.  Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

Festival-goers interact with an art installation at DisclosureFest, June 18, 2022, at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Sam Kestenbaum

Greta Foster waited patiently at her booth, labeled Pineal Activation, selling sessions in a pulsed light contraption meant to evoke visionary experiences, including an option called Angelic Bliss Journey. After completing a treatment, a blonde woman named Melissa Hope stood up from the machine and took a hesitant step. She said: “I saw fractals and patterns and it was like I was inside.”

As the sun set, the crowds thinned out and most of the merchants packed their bags. No ships appeared in the darkened sky, but some vendors lit lamps to light the way. Near the exit, a vaudeville number with a rap puppet performed for the stragglers, who danced and twirled to the beat of the music.

“I love consciousness events,” said one artist. “You are on this.”

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Raheem Sterling reveals secret to title-winning performances for Man City Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:05:12 +0000

ENGLAND ace Raheem Sterling has attributed his winning performance for Manchester City to a new training technique – meditation.

The winger won his fourth Premier League title this season after scoring 17 goals in 47 appearances for the Blues.


Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling says his winning performance for Man City is down to meditationCredit: PA
He won his fourth Premier League title last season after scoring 17 goals in 47 appearances and said:


He won his fourth Premier League title last season after scoring 17 goals in 47 appearances and said: “Doing it helps me have a sharper mind.”Credit: Reuters

And he also proved to be a blow to the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate, who has credited the 27-year-old as one of England’s top goal threats under his rule.

Now, Raheem has created a series of podcasts with mental health app Headspace to help his fans cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

He said: “Mental training, through meditation, is as important as physical training – doing it regularly helps me have a much calmer, clearer and sharper mind.

“When we are in the right frame of mind, our potential is limitless. Meditation is a great practice – once I learned to train the mind, I had power over my mind, not the other way around, which was a game changer.

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The Premier League ace has teamed up with Headspace meditation teacher Dora Kamau to create a series of seven podcasts called ‘Power of Mind with Raheem’.

Headspace’s Louise Troen said, “Raheem and Dora’s new collection not only lets members learn the secrets to his incredible professional success, but also reminds us of how powerful meditation can be on our mental health.

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“Headspace, with Raheem, wants to make a difference, one mind at a time.”

Headspace’s collection is in the app, titled “Power of Mind with Raheem”. Visit for an exclusive 3-month free trial of Headspace available for 24 hours starting June 22.

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena distributes mobility aids for 1,000 disabled people in Ladakh – Buddhistdoor Global Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:47:38 +0000

Renowned spiritual leader and socially engaged Buddhist monk, Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena, distributed prostheses and mobility aids to 1,000 disabled people as part of the third free mobility camp in Ladakh, northern India, at the beginning of June. The ceremony was co-hosted by the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in Leh, in collaboration with the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, Mumbai, and Rotary International Districts 3141 and 3070, and was attended by the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur.

“The International Mahabodhi Meditation Center (MIMC) was established in 1986 and since then it has been providing various humanitarian services and initiatives, such as education, meditation, environmental initiatives and free medical services to the people of Ladakh,” said Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena said in a post shared with BDG. “Our Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital has provided exceptional medical services and support, as well as organizing on-campus and mobile medical camps, free of charge, in remote areas of Ladakh.

“MIMC and Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, Mumbai have already organized two large scale orthopedic camps at Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable Hospital in 2012 and 2017. This year the third free mobility camp in Ladakh was again organized in MIMC on June 12. , with sponsorship from the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust and Rotary International Districts 3141 and 3070. We have partnered to distribute free prostheses and aids, including leg braces, crutches, prostheses, wheelchairs and hearing aids, to more than 1,000 patients and people with disabilities.

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena is the Spiritual Director of Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in Leh, Ladakh. He is also the founder of the Mahakaruna Foundation, the Save the Himalayas Foundation and a spiritual advisor to the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB).*

Lieutenant Governor Mathur expressed his gratitude for the contributions of Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena and the MIMC to disabled people in Ladakh. He also praised the MIMC for providing educational opportunities for underprivileged students in remote communities and for founding a care home for the destitute elderly.

In his address at the ceremony, Mathur emphasized the importance of welcoming and actively including people with disabilities and people with disabilities in society at large. He cited efforts by the Ladakh administration and local councils to integrate children with disabilities into mainstream schools, and called for the continued support of MIMC, as well as Rotary International and the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, for the benefit of all persons with disabilities in Ladakh. .

“During the Third Free Mobility Camp Ceremony, Certificates of Appreciation were presented to two particularly deserving MIMC students: Chunzin Angmo and Stanzin Chuskit, for their achievements in the fields of education and sports despite the challenges posed by their disability,” said Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena observed.

He added, “The Rotary International District 3141 Governor also laid the foundation stone for the Mahabodhi Himalayan High-Altitude Library. Additionally, we had the temporary installation of 20,000 books donated by the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, Mumbai, and the inauguration of the new Mahabodhi Boarding School Library by the hands of the dignitaries present.

Perched on the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh, which translates to the land of high passes, became India’s largest union territory in 2019 after the government reconstituted the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. Spread over some 59,146 mountainous square kilometers, much of which is parched and inhospitable, Ladakh’s culture and history are intertwined with those of Tibet, so much so that Ladakh is sometimes nicknamed “Little Tibet”.

Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena founded the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center (MIMC) in Leh, the joint capital of Ladakh, in 1986. He has since become an example of socially engaged Buddhism, launching numerous projects, events and initiatives, among them educational opportunities and shelter. for underprivileged children, empowerment and literacy programs for women and other socially disadvantaged groups, health care for the sick and needy, and a retirement home for the elderly and destitute. The CMIM has grown into an expanding campus that has become a hub for a multitude of socio-cultural and community programs.

There is more joy in giving and sharing than in hoarding and taking. – Fri. Bhikkhu Sanghasena

* Sacred offerings of compassion and relief: Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, the silent reformer (BDG)

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Only 3 Yoga Asanas Can Handle Your Stress Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:49:50 +0000

According to Indian scriptures, the ability to think and contemplate is what makes us human. When it comes to the mind, it is the source of both man’s sadness (slavery) and joy (nirvana). In short, an uncontrolled mind creates sorrow while a well-governed mind creates happiness. Every particle of our world is fleeting and transient. Thus, the feelings of attachment-aversion and love-hate produce suffering. To this end, misery is intellectual ignorance, which can be described as delusion, mistaken knowledge, bias, and belief, among other things.

There are many types of stress, but the root cause of it all is our ignorance and indiscretion.

Working and earning a living requires a certain level of stress. Nature has provided humans with pituitary and adrenal glands to alleviate stress in emergencies and balance the body and psyche. However, if this stress persists in us for a prolonged period, it becomes a source of distress, eventually hollowing out our personality.

Young people are stressed about keeping their careers and jobs. Mindlessly raising our desires and expectations, overtaking the competition, trying to lead others on to our own, gives us stress – which is the result of our ignorance. The side effects of stress – fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, lack of interest in work, anger, fear, insecurity and irritability, despair and frustration – weigh on our minds and our emotions. Psychosomatic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disease, constipation, IBS, asthma, arthritis, and cancer take over. Along with this, there is an emotional imbalance that also ruins relationships.

The only remedy for the ignorance of the mind is to understand it and mold it according to objectivity, science, logic and truth. It is the permanent solution to eliminate all stress and sorrow. This is only possible through the practice of yoga.

Yoga works on the level of mind, emotion and intellect. It is the only discipline in this entire world that works at the level of the mind. At the same time, through the practice of yoga, we get to know ourselves. With our knowledge, we become aware of our infinite capacities. One who becomes aware of his infinite potential and energy rises above the competition, works for excellence and imitates no one else.

Only the activities of yoga can permanently save a human being from all his sorrows, stresses and illnesses. These activities include asana, pranayama, meditation, satsang, self-study, and service work.

I explain three main asanas for relief:


Sit down with both legs stretched out in front of you. Relax the body and take five long, deep breaths. Now bend the left leg from the knee inwards and touch its sole with the thigh of the right leg. Consciously raise both hands. straighten, lean forward so that both hands touch the toes of the right foot in the final position, and the forehead touches the knee. Do not force anything. Keeping the breath normal in this position, stay for a comfortable amount of time and then return to the previous position. Repeat the same action with the other leg as well. Those with slip disc problems should not practice it.


Stand on the floor with your knees bent. Consciously take five long, deep breaths. Now lean your body backwards by moving your right hand from behind to the right heel and your left hand to the left heel. Push your hips forward as much as possible. In this position, while maintaining normal breathing, practice as easily as possible, then return to the previous position.

Meru Vakra Asana

Sit down with both legs stretched out in front. After loosening all parts of the body, take five long, deep breaths. Now bend your right leg from the knee and place his foot on the other side of the left knee. Now place your left hand on the right foot and bring it over the toes of that foot. Move the right hand behind the back and turn the body to the right. Stay in this position for a comfortable moment and return to the previous position. Do the same action on the other side as well.


Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is most effective in stress management. Sit in any meditation posture like Padmasana, Siddhasana, Sukhasana or a chair with straight spine, neck and head. Gently close your eyes and relax your face. Consciously take five long, deep breaths. Now close the right nostril with the thumb of the right hand and consciously inhale long, deep, slow breaths through the left nostril. Immediately after that, close the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand and consciously exhale slowly, long and deeply through the right nostril. Then inhale through that nostril in the same way and exhale through the left nostril. This is a cycle of purification of Nadi (nerve, blood vessel or pulse). In the beginning, practice 12 cycles.

Dhyana or Meditation

Sit in any meditation posture like Siddhasana, Padmasana or Sukhasana or in a chair with the spine, neck and head aligned. Close your eyes very loosely and lightly. Leave the facial muscles loose. Consciously take five long, deep breaths. Now focus your mind on your natural breathing. Ignore the thoughts that pop into your mind. Repeatedly focus your mind on the breath. This practice should be practiced for as long as comfortably possible. After that, the meditation practice can be finished. It should be done daily for at least 15 minutes.

(Acharya Kaushal has authored several books on yoga, has coached ministers and corporations, and worked with Ministries of Health, AYUSH, and HRD to popularize yoga. He co-authored his latest book Decoding the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali with Jai Singhania)

Habits Cultivated By A Professor That Are Now Helping Him In Retirement (Opinion) Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:04:10 +0000

When I was in my forties, I went to dinner with a group of professors at a conference. A friend of mine knew that another person at the table would be turning 65 this summer and innocently asked, “So, are you thinking about retirement?”

The guy clapped: “I don’t play golf so why should I retire?” His tone stopped all further conversation, but I remember thinking, “I don’t play golf either. Does this mean that I will not retire? Until then, I had never thought about retirement. Still, I then started thinking about retirement, and when I retired two years ago, I was glad I did.

Last month, a longtime friend and I zoomed in to catch up. At one point, the person mentioned that they were going to teach a class in the fall. They had retired a few years ago, and with the same innocence as my longtime friend, I asked, “Why are you doing this?” My friend abruptly replied, “Because I’m bored to death. That’s why.” End of conversation.

These two interactions explain how I came to think about retirement. I’ve often advised harassed graduate students and early-career professors not to give up on exercise. I liked that raising young families and trying to get a job often meant they had too little time in a busy day. “When you’re feeling overwhelmed,” I would say, “that’s exactly the day you need to exercise. Nobody wins if you get sick.

I tried to follow my own advice. And I now recognize that the habits I’ve created along my journey to tenure have served me well in a new stage of my life. Here are some of those habits.

  • Meditate/pay attention. Meditation helps me ground myself in the morning before I start. I am able to slow down the urge to jump from one task to another and make sense of the day ahead of me. Periodically throughout the day, I pause for a few seconds before starting a new task, focus on my breathing, and start again. I find that I am able to concentrate better and am less frantic. There are many good apps available to help you do this, but I use Waking Up.
  • To memorize. I had an English teacher in high school who had his students memorize poems. He said it added “a rose to the garden of your mind”. We all felt sick to our stomachs about the task because it wasn’t cool, but secretly I liked memorizing a poem. I started to memorize again the work of great poets – Yeats, Neruda, Angelou – not only because I like the pleasure of the sound of the words, but also because it helps to facilitate my memory.
  • Quick. When I was in college, a movement called Fast for a World Harvest happened. For a number of years thereafter, I fasted periodically, the longest being eight days. I now try to fast two days a month. Fasting has nothing to do with weight loss. When I fast, I am brought into a greater sense of being in the world. Just as meditation allows me to be more reflective, fasting allows me to be more connected.
  • Exercise. The pandemic has been helpful in grounding us in our homes. My husband and I couldn’t go to the gym, but we could walk for about two hours a day. I stretch every day and my diet gets longer as another part of my body starts giving me trouble. We continue to walk. I run and we walk a lot. Being outside, like fasting, brings me closer to contact with nature.
  • Lily. It’s not just about reading, but reading with someone else or in a group. Last year five of my friends and I had Zoom chats about James Joyce Ulysses. This year a different band reads the novels of José Saramago. I took a course at St. John’s College in Santa Fe last year The Karamazov brothersand this summer I will take another on that of Kazuo Ishiguro When we were orphans. I complete all of Dostoyevsky by reading demons with a friend. Literature makes me think, and reading in communion with others helps me think through difficult questions that I might not have thought of.
  • To be involved. Democracy is in danger. The climate is in shambles. Fascism is on the rise. Inequalities are increasing. Homelessness is endemic. The racism is all too obvious. Gun violence is endemic. I am completely comfortable giving voice and authority to those who are younger, but not participating in any way is simply accepting inequalities rather than helping to eliminate them.
  • Experience and experimentation. I tried new adventures that I never had time to do when I was teaching. I regained my interest in chess. I learn more about jazz. We travel two months a year, which involves a lot of visits to art museums, classical music concerts and hiking. What I try to do is avoid wasting time scrolling through Facebook, watching the latest news of the day, and pursuing other inconsequential activities.
  • Face death and die. I lived as a homosexual during the AIDS crisis. I must have started struggling with thoughts of death and dying at a young age as I watched too many friends die. At my age today, we all know relatives, friends and colleagues who have passed away. Of course, death is inevitable. Reaching this stage in life should allow us to reflect on what life means and what other people mean to us. When I look back on my life, some of my most meaningful conversations were about those who were dying of AIDS. In those moments, I not only supported the individual, but also understood what I wanted out of life. The same is true today.

I offer these thoughts on how to prepare for retirement if you are a faculty member, not as a recipe with a list of required ingredients. We will all have our own recipe. I think it’s a mistake, however, to be so attached to our work that we think the only alternative is a round of golf or that retirement is boring. If we develop habits early in our careers, we will be better prepared to develop them in retirement. We will be able to see retirement as a different stage of life, but one that is still full of hope, challenges, and the ability to continue thinking about many of life’s big questions.

NIL deals, NBA draft, Kyrie Irving, Duke basketball: ACC Now Tue, 14 Jun 2022 09:05:00 +0000

MARCH 9, 2013 Duke 69, UNC 53 Duke's Josh Hairston, center, cheers from the bench during the Blue Devils victory at Chapel Hill.  Duke scored the game's first 14 points and the Tar Heels trailed 19 points and hadn't made a 3-pointer with 7 minutes and 42 seconds left.

MARCH 9, 2013 Duke 69, UNC 53 Duke’s Josh Hairston, center, cheers from the bench during the Blue Devils victory at Chapel Hill. Duke scored the game’s first 14 points and the Tar Heels trailed 19 points and hadn’t made a 3-pointer with 7 minutes and 42 seconds left.

Josh Hairston, a former Duke basketball player now employed as an NBA agent by Mike Miller’s Lift Sports Management, joins Steve Wiseman of the N&O to talk about his journey from basketball player to agent representing former Duke forward Wendell Moore. Hairston explains how his former Blue Devils teammate and longtime friend Kyrie Irving helped him transition from his playing career overseas into a player support role. It also provides unique insight into the controversial Irving, who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets.

Wiseman and Hairston also discuss Duke’s transition from Mike Krzyzewski to Jon Scheyer following Krzyzewski’s retirement. And they detail the impact of Name, Imagination, and Likeness (NIL) agreements on college basketball.

You can also listen to this episode of the ACC Now podcast, and others, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible, TuneIn, and Stitcher.

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MARCH 9, 2013 Duke 69, UNC 53 Duke’s Josh Hairston, center, cheers from the bench during the Blue Devils victory at Chapel Hill. Duke scored the game’s first 14 points and the Tar Heels trailed 19 points and hadn’t made a 3-pointer with 7 minutes and 42 seconds left. Robert Willette

This story was originally published June 14, 2022 5:05 a.m.

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Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. He placed second for both rhythm writing and breaking news in the 2019 Associated Press Sports Editors National Competition. Previously, Steve worked for The State (Columbia, SC), Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC), The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.), Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record covering beats such as the Panthers of NFL Carolina and Orleans New Saints, University of South Carolina Athletics and SC General Assembly. It has won numerous awards from state-level press associations. Steve graduated from Illinois State University in 1989.

‘Call and Response’: Tahoe artist treats Caldor Fire with art collection Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:51:39 +0000

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — When artist Shelley Zentner evacuated from her home in Christmas Valley last summer as the rapidly growing Caldor Fire made its way through the Tahoe Basin, she had no idea this worm what she would return. His family left with as many personal effects and works of art as possible.

Three weeks later, Zentner returned home unscathed. The forest where she walked daily for inspiration and meditation, however, was irreparably altered by the fire, which burned 221,835 acres, destroyed 1,003 structures and damaged 81 others.

Shelley Zentner is an artist living in Christmas Valley on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. | Provided


“We didn’t even feel like we could unpack properly because the fire was still burning. We didn’t know if we were going to have to go back. This safety and security that you take for granted, which also felt very threatened,” Zentner says. “I was thinking of all the people who lost their homes and all the animals who were burned. There were feelings of guilt and that maybe it wasn’t the safest place anymore. It took a while to process these feelings and the way I do that is to get out there and start drawing.

When the forests reopened, Zentner found a burn scar from a localized fire near her home and began sifting through the charred remains.

“I was thinking of all the people who lost their homes and all the animals who were burned. There were feelings of guilt and that maybe it wasn’t the safest place anymore. It took a while to process these feelings and the way I do that is to get out there and start drawing. —Shelley Zentner

“I have always loved working with charcoal. As I scratch in the wood, my hands are black and there’s this familiar presence of earthiness on my fingertips and I thought, “I have to make some designs out of this.” I felt the light come back to me. That spark of inspiration,” Zentner recalls.

Zentner captured the river near her home in Christmas Valley once the forests reopened after the Caldor fire in her play, “Echoes.” | Supplied/Shelley Zentner

Zentner has used charcoal, oil pastels and oil paint to create a collection that captures the battered landscape that was once so familiar. She noted the light filtering through the scorched trees and the sharp reflections and algae blooms in the river, which was flowing lower and warmer due to the drought.

“I think it goes back to our earliest ancestors. Early humans making marks in caves. Paleolithic cave paintings and drawings. They were made with charcoal and earth pigments. It’s that primal instinct to do in response to what’s going on around you and within you,” Zentner notes.

Zentner named her collection of drawings and paintings “Call and Response,” a nod to the music she noticed in the landscape but also the massive effort of firefighters and other first responders. She donated a portion of her profits to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which supports the families of deceased firefighters.

“Nature is always transforming, and this was my way of coming to terms with that transformation around me,” adds Zentner.

Check out more of Zentner’s work at

Editor’s note: This story appears in the Summer 2022 issue of Tahoe magazine.

Zentner wanted to capture the new light falling on the once familiar landscapes of the forests near her home in the charcoal and oil pastel drawing, “In the Wings”. | Supplied/Shelley Zentner

]]> How to enjoy the beauty of nature Sat, 11 Jun 2022 01:03:49 +0000

Nature is one of the best things we have in this world. It has a lot of health benefits that we can enjoy when we spend time in it. When people think of enjoying nature, they imagine spending a day hiking or camping in the woods. Although these activities can be very enjoyable, there are many other ways to enjoy nature. You can find the beauty of nature wherever you are. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your encounters with nature.

Find a place that inspires you.

Finding a place that inspires you is important because it can motivate you to get outside and enjoy nature. When you are in a place where you feel good, it is easier to appreciate the beauty around you. It can lead to a more positive mindset, and it might even make you feel more connected to nature.

Some find inspiration in the mountains, others prefer the beach. It doesn’t matter where you go, as long as it’s a place where you feel good. Once you’ve found your sweet spot, be sure to visit often to rejuvenate yourself and keep your love for nature alive.

Get out and explore nature.

When you explore nature, you can enjoy the fresh air and the sun. You can also exercise by hiking or walking. Moreover, nature is a great place to relax and clear your mind. If you’re looking for ways to make the most of nature, here are some tips.

Go out and explore. Take a hike or stroll through the park and landscape. You can also go camping, fishing or bird watching. There are many ways to enjoy nature, so find the one that works best for you.

Nature is a great place to relax and clear your mind. If you’re feeling stressed, take a few minutes to sit outside and appreciate the beauty around you. Listen to birdsong or the rustle of leaves in the wind. Let all your worries fade away and just enjoy the moment.

You can also look for Zion National Park tours to help you appreciate nature at its best. These tours offer many options with the activities you can do while exploring the park. You can also learn more about the park from the guides who can accompany you during the visit.

Take the time to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Embrace the serenity of the moment and breathe in the fresh air. Let the sounds of nature fill your ears and relax your mind. Drink in the colors of the landscape and let the peace of the wilderness wash over you.

One of the best ways to enjoy nature is to hike outdoors. There’s nothing quite like getting away from it all and being surrounded by fresh air and beautiful scenery. If you are not used to hiking, start with an easy trail and progress to more difficult trails.

Another great way to enjoy nature is to camp under the stars. There’s something magical about sleeping in a tent and waking up to birdsong. Camping is a great way to connect with nature and bond with family and friends.

Connect with nature through meditation or mindfulness practices.

Meditation is a great way to connect with nature. By focusing on your breath and the present moment, you can clear your mind and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. You may even find that your meditation practice helps you appreciate nature more when you’re hiking or camping.

Another way to connect with nature is through mindfulness practices. This can involve anything from paying attention to the sounds of birds to noticing the different textures of leaves as you walk through a forest. By being more attentive, you can appreciate all the little details of the natural world.

Listen to the sounds of nature.

When you take the time to listen to the sounds of nature, you can experience a variety of benefits. For starters, listening to nature can help you relax and relieve stress. It can also help improve your mood and increase your overall energy level. By taking a break to enjoy the sounds of nature, you can feel more refreshed and invigorated.

Besides listening to the sounds of nature, you can also enjoy its visual beauty. Be sure to take the time to appreciate the different colors and textures of the plants and animals around you. Seeing nature in all its glory can help you feel more connected to the world around you.

These are just a few tips for making the most of nature. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in nature and reap all its benefits.

Community calendar from Thursday June 9 to Wednesday June 15 – The Crested Butte News Thu, 09 Jun 2022 00:04:18 +0000

Gunnison Center for the Arts:
• Main gallery: “Infinite Possibilities” by Carol Connor (until June 24).
• Cafe Gallery (Opening!): “Mountain Essence” by Sarah Sharsmith (until June 24).
CB Center for the Arts:
• Galerie Kinder Padon: “Just Add Water” by Karen Hill (June 13-24).
Gunnison Valley Health:
• Low Cost Blood Testing Events: June 9-11 in CB at Queen of All Saints Parish Hall and June 23-25 ​​in Gunnison at Fred Field Center, register at or 1 -800-217-5866.
Gunnison River Festival:
• June 10-12 at various locations in the Gunnison Valley,

• 7:00-8:00 am Open AA Meeting: Crack of Dawn Group Topic Discussion, Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.
• 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. First Annual Upper Gunnison River Basin Water Gathering at IBar Ranch in Gunnison, EVENT CANCELED.
• From 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, St. Mary’s Garage is open for purchasers and donations.
• 5-6 p.m. Oh Be Joyful/Gunnison Food Pantry Food Bank at 625 Maroon Ave. 970-349-6237. (1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)
• 5:30 p.m. Crested Butte Magazine Release Party at the CB Center for the Arts,
• 6:30 p.m. Open AA Meeting: 11-Step Meditation at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.

• 8:30 am to noon First Annual Upper Gunnison River Basin Water Gathering at IBar Ranch in Gunnison, EVENT CANCELED.
• noon Closed AA Meeting: Readings from Living Sober at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.

• 7:30 am Open AA Meeting: Big Book Study at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Functional woodburning workshop at the Gunnison Arts Center,
• 11am-2pm GCEA Stationary Electric Vehicle Demo 4 lanes,
• 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Gunnsison County Lincoln Day rally at Three Rivers Resort in Almont featuring GOP candidates, including keynote speaker Lauren Boebert.
• 5:00 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church service at UCC, 403 Maroon Avenue, Crested Butte.
• 6:30 p.m. Open AA Meeting: Literature at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.

• 9 am to 2 pm CB Farmer’s Market on Elk Avenue.
• 9:30am-2pm Artists from CB Art Market in the parking lot at the top of Elk Avenue.
• 6 p.m. Sundays at 6 p.m. at Legion Park in Gunnison with Billy Conquer.
• 6:00 pm AA Open Meeting: Discussion on the subject at the Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.

• 10:00am-12:00pm Fire extinguisher course with CBFPD, Station 2, 751 Gothic Road, Mt. CB. Sign up at 970-349-5333 x7 or
• 6 to 7 p.m. Navigating Grievance and Loss Bereavement Support Group, free, online and in person. More information at
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA Meeting: Reading Favorite Great Books at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.
• 7:30 pm Workshop Getting started with your Zoom mobility with Core CB,

• 7:30 am Open AA Meeting: AA Mediation and Al-Anon at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.
• 8am-3pm History Van Tour with Duane Vandenbusche with the CB Museum,, 349-1880.
• noon Closed AA Meeting: Came to Believe Readings at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.
• From 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, St. Mary’s Garage is open for purchasers and donations.

• 10:30-11:00 a.m. History Van Tour with Duane Vandenbusche with the CB Museum,, 349-1880.
• 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Outdoor Storytime with the CB Library at Red Mountain Park in CB South, 349-6535.
• noon Closed AA meeting: 12 Step & 12 Tradition Study at Union Congregational Church, 349-5711.
• 5-6 p.m. North Sub-District Community Recreation Ballot Measures Public Work Session with Gunnison County Weather Recreation District,, 641-8725.
• 8:00 pm Basketball for adults at CBCS High School gymnasium. Enter through the gates of Tommy V Field.

Live Whole Health #124: Yoga for Strength and Mobility Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:15:44 +0000

Moving the body is important to all of us, and it can prevent or help manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Some activities increase endurance, while others improve strength, mobility, balance, or flexibility. Listening to our body is important when engaging in movement or exercise. To avoid injury, pay attention to your body before, during, and after movement activities.

Yoga offers a mind-body practice for all body types and fitness levels

We sometimes think of yoga as physical postures (known as asana), but yoga is so much more than that. The purpose of yoga is to unite body, mind, and spirit, and it can help us find balance within and around us.

Yoga includes movement and postures, breathing practices, meditation, and a philosophy of daily living. These practices can help us increase our connection to our body.

If you’re interested in trying a new movement practice, check out this 13-minute yoga session for veterans led by Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, ERYT-500, RPYT, RCYT, YACEP yoga instructor Chuna Rai Nelson:

This practice includes standing and floor postures, but you can also adapt the postures and movements to a chair.

For a chair-guided gentler mobility practice, check out my joint mobility yoga practice:

Additional videos of yoga and other moves can be found in the #LiveWholeHealth self-care series blog post archive.

An Introduction to Yoga for Complete Health includes more information about yoga. Gentle movement sessions are just one form of body movement. Also learn how to use Whole Health to work with your mind and soul: