Sunday, May 27, 2007


Even worse than not being chosen to participate in the meme game is having every single person on your tag-list refuse to play.

It's kind of like having a student walk out in the middle of their practice.

These things should not be taken personally.

A cognitive therapist might say the person is too busy or not feeling well.

Dharma might say they're working through old karma -- perhaps one did something bad to this person in a past life, or vice-versa -- and it has nothing to do with being. here. now.

Yeah, that's it.


That said, Friday's kirtan and yesterday's Nada Yoga (yoga of sound) workshop with Bhagavan Das were AMAZING. During a particularly intense Kali chant yesterday there was a huge clap of thunder, followed by laughter. It was the only thunderclap all afternoon....

When we worked on the heart chakra (you start at the bottom and work your way up), things started to melt like they hadn't since teacher training in February.

The floodgates were open, and watching the terrific Hindi movie hit Rang De Basanti later on unleashed a torrent of tears. A torrent.

The film explores the idea of patriotism and links the revolutionary activities of Bhagat Singh and his cronies to modern-day citizens who fight government corruption -- and has ZERO SCHMALTZ. If you see one Bollywood movie in this lifetime, make it RDB.

The music was composed by Bollywood wunderkind AR Rahman -- who also sings on the hit "Rubabroo". He'll perform his first Chicago concert EVER -- complete with some 70 musicians, dancers, etc -- at the Sears Center on June 9. I can't wait.

At the same time, I'm content to be. here. now.

Are you?


  1. Anonymous12:54 PM

    perhaps they just choose to be selective about what they reveal, and to whom... Obviously people of good taste so kudos to you for pickin' em

    a lot of people talk about a lot of stuff on their blogs - don't you think its just an attention seeking device? Apart from yours of course, which is genuinely well-written and 'writerly'


  2. did you let them know that they've been tagged?

  3. now now! don't diss the "schmaltz"! it's a key ingrediant to the bolly masala mix! sheesh-i still have not seen rdb,(um, can i borrow it?) but saw "mangal panday" recently which also is fab-i'm sure you saw that one.

    i should lend you my live a.r. rahman dvd. you may want to think about spending that big money (unless you have a press pass)

  4. Anonymous8:54 AM

    I need an unstable woman for a drama filled relationship…

    Hi there,

    I’m seeking a like-minded woman to share a disastrous 3-9 month relationship with, ending in acrimony, emotional chaos, and possibly legal proceedings.

    My name is Lloyd, I live in Chicago , I’m 27 years old, fairly well educated, I hold down a good job and am pretty stable. I’m told I’m fairly good looking, but I’ll let you be the judge of that - I’m generally caring and very honest.

    I am looking for an attractive female who will at first give me obsessive love, praise and devotion - but whose paranoia, self-loathing and fear of rejection and abandonment will eventually lead her to alternately push me away and pull me closer in a love/hate cycle that will lead to infidelity, consensual sexual violence, and the eventual emotional breakdown of one or other party - or if we’re lucky - both!

    You should:

    * be 20 to 35 years old;
    * have a history of short, intense, drama-driven relationships;
    * enjoy degrading and dehumanizing sex;
    * have undergone negative psychiatric evaluations in the past; and
    * be willing to threaten self-harm and/or annihilation as a weapon to control your partner and make them stay with you and care for you.

    Although not completely necessary, I would prefer women:

    * with nice smiles;
    * that have larger than average breasts;
    * who are married or already in unstable relationships;
    * that drink to forget; and
    * who have had a previous established diagnosis of Borderline or Dependent Personality Disorder or Bi-Polar Affective Disorder - or who are currently taking Lithium Carbonate, SSRIs, or Tri-cyclic antidepressants

    If you think you meet these requirements (and wow, I’m getting excited just writing them!), please don’t hesitate to get back to me as soon as possible. In the meantime, thank you for reading my advert, and do take care.

    All the best,


    ps This advert is in recognition of the big neon sign on my forehead that everyone else can see except me.

  5. is that funny or creepy?
    the internet is SO weird.
    and sad.

    hey, lloyd- take in a bollywood movie. i think it will be everything you are looking for without more than 3 hours of a commitment