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The Vaginal Speculum

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Lady Don’t Tek No – Latryx

After months of putting it off, I finally went to the gynecologist today. I must say that I’ve certainly had plenty of strange experiences in my life – but not particularly when it comes to the gyno. Sure, I’ve been a starving creative in New York and spent some time at the Margaret Sanger Center at Planned Parenthood on Bleecker Street. There you found women like me, too poor to attain health insurance but not poor enough to be considered poor. Does this strike you to be familiar Americans?

Nevertheless, I hold dual citizenship in the US & in Hungary. Clever me, believed I could obtain free medical care while in Hungary, one of the reasons I scheduled an appointment to see the doctor here. In Eastern Europe. Yes. I am crazy. (more…)

Brahmari (The Bee)

Posted in health, spirituality by the consummate on June 9, 2009

Be sure to turn on your sound.

Brahmari  (the Bee)

8.5-Second Breathing Practice
(7 breaths per minute)

Like many yoga practices, this breathing practice is taken from nature, in this case by mimicking the sound of a buzzing bee. 

The Bee is very useful preparation for meditation, and is a simple, straightforward tool that can be used to relax the autonomic nervous system. For teachers and health professionals, this is a gentle, extremely useful practice that can easily be taught to virtually anybody. 

  • Sit up erect in a chair, such that your abdomen and chest are “open” (rather than slouching). Allow your eyes to close. Relax your body. 

  • Close your lips throughout the practice, but leave your mouth cavity open in the back, in the area of the throat.

  • Then, simply make a sound like a buzzing bee, as you exhale through the nostrils, pushing in at the upper abdomen, while allowing the chest to remain relatively still.  

  • Be aware of the feel of the vibration in the throat, the mouth, the cheeks, and the lips. You will hear the sound from within. 

  • After the buzzing exhalation, then silently inhale through the nostrils, leaving the lips closed, and allowing the lower ribs to flare out slightly as the diaphragm muscle contracts. Again, be aware of the feel and listen to the sound. 

Do the practice aloud for about two minutes. 

Then do the practice silently, only in your mind for about two minutes, making no external sound, and not allowing the vocal cords to vibrate. Just imagine internally that you are hearing the sound. (To continue the practice silently, for an even longer period of time can lead to a very pleasant meditation)

As an alternative to measuring an amount of time, you may want to internally count a certain number of breaths (such as 15-20) to do aloud, rather than watching a clock. 

Then, internally count the same number of breaths, but doing it silently, making no audible sound nor moving your throat or vocal cords. 

You will notice that this practice of “the bee” easily brings a calmness to the body, the breath, and the mind: 

  • Body is easily relaxed. 

  • Breath is automatically smooth, slow, and with no jerks or pauses. 

  • Mind is free from chatter. 

While you do the practice, allow your mind to be wide awake, clear, and gently focused. This is a practice of being alert and calm, not of going to sleep or entering into a trance. 

You can easily have the benefits of this practice at any time, in any public place. All you have to do is leave your eyes open and make no audible sound as you sit quietly. Internally, you are gently practicing “the bee.”

Take the peacefulness, calmness and clarity with you into your daily life after completing the practice. 






Posted in art, health, photography, spirituality by the consummate on May 19, 2009
Toni Frissell, 1947

Toni Frissell, 1947

I have argued that every human being is born with an innate drive to experience altered states of consciousness periodically — in particular to learn how to get away from ordinary ego-centered consciousness. I have also explained my intuition that this drive is a most important factor in our evolution, both as individuals and as a species. Nonordinary experiences are vital to us because they are expressions of our unconscious minds, and the integration of conscious and unconscious experience is the key to life, health, and spiritual development, and fullest use of our nervous systems. – Andrew Weil, M.D.


Posted in health, yoga by the consummate on April 2, 2009

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