New Album Coming From Krishna Das – A Collection of Classics 1996-2005

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Watch & Listen:  Krishna Das on YouTube

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Grammy Nominee Krishna Das is widely regarded as yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling American chant artist of all time.

His resonant baritone voice and energizing East-meets-West take on traditional Indian devotional chanting has become the soundtrack for a growing worldwide yoga movement throughout western culture for the past two decades.

Laughing At The Moon – out March 3rd on eOne Music – is a retrospective collection of some of KD best-loved chants. It blends a western rock album perspective with the deep resonance of the kirtan traditions to weave the stages of life’s loves and longings into a journey of discovery, unified through pathways of song.

Born Jeffrey Kagel, a baby boomer from suburban Long Island, N.Y., few artists in the kirtan (call-and-response chanting) genre have impacted the musical mainstream in quite the same way as Krishna Das.

In the late ‘60s, Krishna Das traveled to India in 1970 where he became a follower of the spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba (Mahara-ji). In so doing, he found a musical vocation that would come to fruition at the dawn of the 21st century.

Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion. After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, KD returned to USA – alas, only six months after his return, word came that Maharaj-ji had died.

He took solace in music, finding peace and strength in both his Bhakti yoga practice as well as in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen (whom he laughingly calls “the Bodhisattva of New Jersey”). KD also co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music, releasing such artists as Jai Uttal, sarod virtuoso Ali Akbar Khan, and legendary jazz musician/composer Jackie McLean.

In 1994, KD started leading chants at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC, developing an ever-growing audience of yoga students that has led him to chant with people all around the world.

In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film ‘One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das’ has been shown in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere, and his album Live Ananda (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.

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Tracklist:
Hara Hara Mahaadeva
Govinda Hare
Rock In A HeartSpace
Shri Guru Charanam
Mother Song
Sita Ram
God Is Real / Hare Ram
Shri Hanuman Chaleesa / Gate of Sweet Nectar
Baba Hanuman

Greg Holden – “Hold On Tight”

I posted about this on my music blog, but I really wanted to share it here, too.

This song is by Greg Holden and it’s about how you shouldn’t take things for granted.

The video is great with its “pay-it-forward” theme, showing how one small random act of kindness can spark another; as it follows a chain reaction of events beginning with Holden helping up a woman who has fallen on the sidewalk. The video’s theme resonates perfectly with #RAK15’s International Random Acts of Kindness Day 2015, which took place yesterday. On Monday, Brent Lindeque (the founder of the RAK movement) nominated Holden to perform a random act of kindness and share it to his social media with the hashtag RAK15. Holden did so and in turn has encouraged his followers to take part and post their videos online. In addition, BuzzFeed has published a list of ways people can get involved in the global #RAK15 initiative. For more, visit http://www.raknominations.org/.

Reiki Attunement

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I am very excited because this weekend I am receiving my first reiki attunement! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years and it’s finally happening!

If you’re not familiar with reiki, it is:

“a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”

 

Some benefits of reiki are:

  • Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit;
  • Increases energy levels;
  • Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension;
  • Clears the mind and improves focus;
  • Accelerates the body’s self-healing ability;
  • Aids better sleep;
  • Reduces blood pressure;
  • Helps relieve pain;
  • Assists the body in cleansing itself from toxins;
  • Supports the immune system;
  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional cleansing;
  • Promotes creativity; and
  • Compliments medical treatment.

(from The Thirsty Soul)

This is something that I will continue to post about and share with you as I keep learning!

Have a great weekend!

Chicken Pasta Dinner

Here’s what I made for dinner the other night — it was really yummy and we had some leftover that I had for lunch the next day and it might have tasted even better then!

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Ingredients

  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small jar (3-4 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, or use 3-4 oz fat-free sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 lb chicken breast tenders
  • salt
  • paprika (just a little bit)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz penne pasta (for gluten free, use Tinkyada gluten free brown rice pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon basil (if using dry basil), if using fresh basil you can add more
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (at least, add more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water (or more)
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Note: if using sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar), make sure to drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil, before using them. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this drained oil for sauteing as described below:
  2. In a large pan, on high heat, sautee garlic and sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil) in 2 tablespoons of oil (reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar – see note above) for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant. Remove sun-dried tomatoes from the pan, leaving the oil, and add chicken tenders, salted and lightly covered in paprika (for color) and cook on high heat for 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water (to stop cooking).
  4. Slice sun-dried tomatoes into smaller bits and add them back to the skillet with chicken. Add half and half and cheese to the skillet, too, and bring to a gentle boil. Immediately reduce to simmer and cook, constantly stirring, until all cheese melts and creamy sauce forms. If the sauce is too thick – don’t worry – you’ll be adding some cooked pasta water soon. Add cooked pasta to the skillet with the creamy sauce, and stir to combine. Add 1 tablespoon of basil, and at least 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  5. Add about 1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water because the creamy sauce will be too thick (do not add all water at once – you might need less or more of it). This will water down the thickness of the cheese sauce and make it creamier. Immediately, season the pasta with salt and more red pepper flakes, to taste, if needed. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine.
  6. Note: Make sure to salt the dish just enough to bring out of the flavors of basil and sun-dried tomatoes.

Recipe Source: Julia’s Album

And Glitter Shall Bring Their House Down

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This is hilarious!!!!

There’s a website where you can pay about $8 to have them send a big envelope FULL of glitter to your adversary.

You can check it all out at their website: Ship Your Enemies Glitter

Although RIGHT NOW, you can’t purchase it — it also says on their site:

Purchasing has been temporarily suspended. You guys have a sick fascination with shipping people glitter. We’ve received all orders & working through them.

 

So, if you’re wanting to take advantage, maybe wait a few days or something and check back. ;)

More Movies…

Ok. So I DID end up watching more movies the other night. When I turned the TV on, I saw the movie Let Me In was on. I remembered kind of wanting to see that movie and I ended up getting “sucked” in (pun intended) on watching it. Now, I did miss about the first 45 minutes to hour of it, but whatever. Let_Me_In_Poster Owen_Abby_2010 Let Me In  Let Me In is about a little girl vampire and a boy that becomes friends with her. Their interactions are actually really cute despite the fact that she’s an evil bloodsucker. There’s a part where the boy tells her about some kids at school that were bullying him. She tells him, “You have to hit them back, with all of your might.” And he said, “What if that doesn’t work?” And she replied, “Then I will help you.” It was sweet in a weird way, you know? joICnp7G download (6) The Babadook The Babadook could also be a psychological thriller, in my opinion. The little boy in the movie thinks there are monsters around, and it doesn’t help when his mom reads him a book called The Babadook. It makes things worse. The boy is really super annoying and there were a few times I screamed inside my head (and maybe out loud, too). But, that just means that he’s quite a good actor, because he’s supposed to make you annoyed with him.

Here’s a still from the movie of him in one of his most annoying fits:images (1)   After reading what other people posted on the IMDB message boards, I realize that there are a bunch of different ways to interpret the film. Sometimes those are the best kinds, though. Oh, and so in the book in the movie, there’s a page that describes how when the Babadook comes, he says, “Baba dook, dook, dook.” Well, when he does inevitably come, and he does say that….the sound of it’s voice is really odd and disconcerting but laughable at the same time. I think I did chuckle when I heard it. Anyways, that’s all I got. I’m not sure what my next pick will be, but I’m sure I’ll post about it.. ;) Have a great weekend!

I’ve Been Binging On Movies

So, the last two weeks we’ve rented a bunch of movies through Direct TV. More than usual. Our bill will definitely be higher. But, here are the movies that I’ve watched. (I watch the scary ones by myself (eeek!!).

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At The Devil’s Door

I wanted to see this movie for a few reasons. I had been searching through the list of available ones to rent and I was looking for a scary one. So there’s that. Then, this movie has Ashley Rickards in it. And she’s in MTV’s show Awkward, which I LOVE (which may or may not be awkward in itself, but who cares…it’s an awesome show!) The movie was okay though. Just okay.

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The Midnight Meat Train

This movie was on my ‘to watch’ list for a long time. I read about it in an article about horror movies that are worth watching. And Bradley Cooper and Leslie Bibb are in it, too. So that added to me wanting to see it, even though I thought it was a little weird (and intriguing) that they were in it.

I liked it. It’s about a serial killer on a train. It was quite gory and during some of the parts I was like, “Omg, that looks so fake.” But, only a few parts were like that. Interesting tale that I learned is based on a short story called by the same name in an anthology “Books of Blood” by Clive Barker.

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This Is Where I Leave You

What a great cast! I LOVE pretty much anything Jason Bateman is in. I enjoy Tina Fey. And I like the guy from HBO’s show Girls that plays Hannah’s boyfriend. I’m sorry I don’t remember his name. My mom and I almost went to go see this when it was out in the theater but our schedules didn’t jive. The weekend we were wanting to go was a week before it even came out. *sigh* But, regardless, I liked it. It’s a family oriented movie. The dad passes away and the mom forces all of the kids to stay together in one house for seven days. Oh! And I like Rose Byrne a lot, too. She’s cute in this movie. I’m also a fan of Dax Shepard who makes a few appearances in the movie, even though his character is a dick. Funny, but still a dick.

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The Captive

I hadn’t heard of this movie, but my husband wanted to watch something and he watched a few different trailers. He showed me a few and we agreed on this one. What happens is the daughter gets taken and the parents have no idea for 8 years what’s happened to her. Then, shit goes down and it all gets figured out. I liked it a lot, I really had no idea what was going to happen. Ryan Reynolds is in it. And the woman from the show The Killing plays his wife. She looks exactly the same in this movie as she does in the show, too. It is a little bit strange. Anyways, there’s a TON of plot holes in this movie, but that kind of stuff doesn’t bother me much most of the time. If you like thrillers, I suggest you have a watch. Oh yeah, Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman are in it, too. I haven’t really seen too much of Scott Speedman since the Felicity days.

I might be renting another movie tonight depending on how things go. If I do, then I’ll have another one to add!

I read somewhere that “The Babadook” was really good. I’ll be giving that one a go sometime soon, maybe it’ll be later tonight.

(P.S. Sorry my descriptions of movies are not at all good…I don’t really have an excuse for it. Just sayin’ sorry, that’s all.) ;)