Archive for December, 2007

One Bowl

December 27, 2007


All the books I’ve read on healthy food have left me wondering what to eat because there is so much contradictory advice – meat/vegetarian, milk/no milk, acid/alkaline, etc. So here is a book that solves this: One Bowl: A Guide to Eating for Body and Spirit.

One Bowl proposes a simple but extraordinarily powerful idea: By adopting a single bowl as the vessel for your meals, you will become more aware of the food you eat, how you eat, and the effects (large and small) of particular foods on your body and your spiritual and physical well-being. Author Don Gerrard guides us through every process of adapting to the one-bowl philosophy of eating, including choosing a bowl, deciding what to fill it with, and being attentive to every stage of eating and digestion. Although not rooted in any single spiritual tradition, One Bowl is certain to resonate with everyone who can appreciate that the Buddha, for example, ate out of one bowl, in silence, whether eating by himself or in a group.

I stayed at Aio Wira health retreat one time and I asked the long time manager who were the healthiest people based on her observations: vegetarians, vegans, frutarians, raw foodists, omnivores etc. She said all groups had very healthy people and it was more about what they didn’t eat than what they did. They did not eat processed or junk food, they did not eat too much, they did not eat when they were not hungry and above all, they listened to their bodies.


The Seeing Tongue

December 27, 2007



Blind since birth, Marie-Laure Martin had always thought that candle flames were big balls of fire. The 39-year-old woman couldn’t see the flames themselves, but she could sense the candle’s aura of heat.

Last October, she saw a candle flame for the first time. She was stunned by how small it actually was and how it danced. There’s a second marvel here: She saw it all with her tongue.

The tongue, an organ of taste and touch, may seem like an unlikely substitute for the eyes. After all, it’s usually hidden inside the mouth, insensitive to light, and not connected to optic nerves. However, a growing body of research indicates that the tongue may in fact be the second-best place on the body for receiving visual information from the world and transmitting it to the brain.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison are developing this tongue-stimulating system, which translates images detected by a camera into a pattern of electric pulses that trigger touch receptors. The scientists say that volunteers testing the prototype soon lose awareness of on-the-tongue sensations. They then perceive the stimulation as shapes and features in space. Their tongue becomes a surrogate eye.

Earlier research had used the skin as a route for images to reach the nervous system. That people can decode nerve pulses as visual information when they come from sources other than the eyes shows how adaptable, or plastic, the brain is, says Wisconsin neuroscientist and physician Paul Bach-y-Rita, one of the device’s inventors.

“You don’t see with the eyes. You see with the brain,” he contends. An image, once it reaches an eye’s retina, “becomes nerve pulses no different from those from the big toe,” he says. To see, people rely on the brain’s ability to interpret those signals correctly.

Franklin Road

December 19, 2007

Tonight I went for a walk down Franklin Road with my brothers, Mark and Stephen, and Stephen’s girlfriend Kim. Franklin Road was filled with people because many of the residents have put Christmas lights on their houses.









Funny Pictures

December 19, 2007



Funny Interview

December 17, 2007

In a no-holds-barred interview with the UK Independent, movie star Rupert Everett lets loose on some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Everett, the break out star of 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and a great friend of Madonna, insulted everyone from Diane Keaton to Al Pacino. But the Brit, who is gay, had the most venom for George Clooney:

“[George] Clooney thinks that, provided he does films which are politically committed, he’s allowed to do Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13”, he says. “But the Ocean’s movies are a cancer to world culture. They’re destroying us.”

And Clooney the man? “He’s not the brightest spark on the boulevard. He’ll be president one day. Mark my words, if he’s straight, he’ll be president.”


December 14, 2007

This is the seat that I sat in for nine hours a day meditating for the last six weeks. I’m back in Auckland now.


Personalised Plate

December 14, 2007

Here is a personalised plate I saw today:


If you’re not a Kiwi, don’t bother trying to work it out.


December 5, 2007

The best cellphone reception in Patea is found outside this house which leads me to believe that the antenna on the roof is the Vodafone cell tower for Patea.

I went to the local beach today. It is very nice, especially since no one else was there.