I am not a consumer of Coca-Cola, but I came across this commercial on an ad site I frequent. It is about what happens when you put a coin in a vending machine--it's very creative.
When I went up to Santa Barbara last week to spend some time with the monks at Mount Calvary, I got into quite a long conversation with one of the brothers about yoga, something that we shared in common. Like me, he began in his fiftieth year, and remarked about its transformative effect on his life. One of the things he said was that yoga had been
The proverbial shit hit the fan while I was in England last week. The Episcopal Church held their General Convention in Ohio where they elected a woman bishop to lead them and basically refused to back down from electing more gay clergy as bishops and remain open to same-sex blessings. This didn't go down too well with the more conservative members of the worldwide Anglican communion.
The TED Conference is an annual pilgrimage for a couple of very fortunate friends of mine. Each year, an amazing number of critical and experimental thinkers and practitioners gather in Monterey, California, for a few days talking about all kinds of stuff. This past year the theme was on the future. I have been fortunate because my friends have loaned me their dvds of the conference. Now we can all download free podcasts of some of the best speakers via iTunes. If you go to the TED site you can find your way to about six chats available for download, including Al Gore's address about global warming etc.
There is a cool new song, Yell Fire, available for download on the Spearhead website. Michael Franti, the front-man and driving force, is one of the more interesting activist/artists around for my money. The new album is also accompanied by a film about his experiences related to the Iraq war.
Erik Davis is a really interesting thinker. His latest book, The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape, came in the post today. It's a book about the diverse spirituality that can be found in California, and how this affects those who live in the state. It is quite a bold thesis, that place shapes us more than we know. I've heard him speak on this a couple of times, and he makes a lot of sense.
I was walking through Soho making my way to Savile Row. I cut through the top end of Carnaby Street and came across a place called Sacred Cafe. I was a little curious so I stopped and went in. It was basically an organic/cafe--fair trade coffee, organic loose teas, and real food salads etc. It was run by a couple of Australian guys. What was particularly interesting was the decor. Their espresso machine was placed on top of an old pulpit, and as you can see in the adjacent photo, a statue of Jesus strategically placed at the side. The main counter was also church-like, some piece of former church furniture.
Spent the bulk of Friday at Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara, talking with the men of the Order of the Holy Cross. It was a fantastic time. There are only forty of them spread around the world, and about twenty-five of them were gathered in Santa Barbara for their annual get-together. I'd met a couple of them at a conference last year, hence the invitation.