Thoughtfully thoughtless–

sc002dd5bb  sc002dc376 sc002da600sc002dcc9dPeople used to ask Iyengar, “what do you think about during your practice?”  His answer was, “nothing.”  He would continue, “I can remain thoughtfully thoughtless.”  Mmmm, aaaaahh. . .I love this!  I am very good at thinking about nothing, doing nothing, and being thoughtfully thoughtless.  With the weekend upon us let’s all aim for a taste of being thoughtfully thoughtless. . .the cult of busy-ness is only a distraction from being right here, right now.  You know, we only screw things up when we get to thinkin’ too hard. . .cases-in-point: ISIS, Gaza, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Crimea, Boko Haram, China Sea Islands, Ferguson, Staten Island, predatory banking, etc.

I send you thoughtfully thoughtless vibes from various locales in India including the midnight train to Pune. . .feel them. . .they can help you be at ease.

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See you later, Iyengar–

sc002d0892 sc002d58ac sc002d45af sc002d31faB.K.S. Iyengar died yesterday in his hometown of Pune, India.  Lovely town, Pune, though it is perhaps more famous as the place where the Brits kept Gandhi under house arrest for many years.  Anyway, Iyengar made the world a more manageable place for many people by making the asanas of yoga accessible for many who found them inaccessible.  I love his primary motto: Live happily, die majestically.  Simple and to the point. . .no messin’ around. . .that’s the Iyengar way.  We are right behind him, you know. . .so do it y’all–live happily and die majestically dammit!  Namaste.

I send soothing vibes to all of you from various spots in and around Mumbai, India. . .feel them. . .they are full of happiness and majesty.

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A fine balance–

photo 3 photo 5 photo 2 photo 1MMM-AAHH!  What are you gonna do with this mysterious “gift” (I really don’t even know if it is a gift–but we call it thus to make ourselves feel good) called life?  Are you gonna chop peoples’ heads off cuz you think you are doing some sort of ‘holy’ work?  Are you gonna tell other people what to do with their bodies cuz you think you know what is ‘right’ for them–for all of us?  Are you gonna get uppity with someone just because they have a different skin color than you?  Are you gonna defend some plot of ‘holy land’ cuz your ancestors wrote a book saying you are the rightful heirs to it?  Are you gonna compete and repress and dictate and rig-the-game-in-yer-favor and exclude and ignore and disrespect and call it all “life?”  Hmmmm.

I find it so much more pleasant to breathe, explore, touch, feel, breathe some more, connect, seek-out, search for understanding, breathe more, and occasionally walk on water just for the heck of it.  That’s all. . .there is not much else to do here that doesn’t fall into the category of arbitrary distracting busy-ness.  So, have fun NOW. . .a return to stardust awaits us all.

I send you warm and easygoin’ vibes from Thailand. . .feel them. . .they can help us all get over ourselves.

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Eggs are good–

IMG_0682 IMG_0676 IMG_0674MMM!  It’s a new place called Egg Shop.  It’s located on Elizabeth Street just south of Kenmare in lower Manhattan, New York City.  It’s full of eggy goodness.

Above you see the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich that they serve here–totally tasty.  And next to this you see an egg bowl they call the El Camino–poached egg, pork, avocado, tomato, fried tortilla, and cilantro–totally gobble-worthy.  I inhaled both of these dishes and washed it all down with a tasty iced-coffee and two jugs of cool water garnished with mint leaves–niiiiice!  I will be back for more, and I recommend that you check this place out as well if you ever find yourself wandering around in lower Manhattan with a hankerin’ for some eggsellent victuals.

I send you delicious vibes from Egg Shop. . .feel them. . .they are worthy of your attention.

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Calling all egg lovers!

IMG_0684 IMG_0683 IMG_0681IMG_0686KAZOWY!  Here I am puttin’ a feed on at a new place located on Elizabeth Street near Kenmare in lower Manhattan, New York City: it’s called Egg Shop.  As soon as I rolled in I met one of the owners, Sarah is her name.  I immediately told her that I had to check this place out because when asked what food I would choose if I could only eat one thing forever and ever, I always say, “eggs!”  Sarah said, “me too!”  Of course, we are now friends for life.

Even better is the fact that the dishes at Egg Shop are all, of course, egg-centric. . .jaaa!  The menu is divided into sandwiches and bowls. . .I decided to try one sandwich–the Egg Shop BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese). . .and one bowl–the El Camino.  The BEC is rich, tasty, smooth, and totally gobble-worthy–I inhaled this baby.  The El Camino shines cuz it comes with a perfectly-cooked poached egg, pork, avocados, tomatoes, fried tortillas, and cilantro–I ingested this concoction with no problem. . .it was a bit liquidy as I finished it off–fortunately I had saved some of my BEC to sop up all of the juicy goodness in the bottom of the bowl.  Two clean dishes sent back to the kitchen. . .mmmhhmmm. . .always a sign that I am happy and will be back for more.

Sarah tells me that Egg Shop has only been officially open since Sunday, and things are already rockin’ and rollin’ quite nicely, thank-you-very-much.  The interior is light, airy, and crisp. . .I feel good in here.  Gonna have to keep coming back until I hit all of the items on the menu. . .plus, they have fried chicken as a SIDE DISH–fun, fun, fun!  If someone can come up with a better combo for snackin’ than eggs, cheese, pork, and fried chicken, then please share it with me. . .cuz I don’t know what could be better, really.  So get on over here and gobble up some eggy goodness. . .I am confident that you will love this place.

I send you yolky vibes from Egg Shop. . .feel them. . .they will make you big and strong.

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Gato getchoo into my life–

photo 1photo 2 photo 4 photo 2MMM!  “Restaurant”. . .a restorative place. . .a refueling station for the physical, mental, and mystical parts of our human forms.  Gato, Bobby Flay’s newest feed joint here in New York City, satisfies our restorative and refueling needs on all fronts.  Jaaa!

Bobby is doing his full-on Spanish thang here: bold flavors that warm your gut, lively fragrances that stimulate your mind, and seductive dishes that lift your mysterious spirit.  We gobble tasty tomato salads, fish, squid-ink pasta, shrimps, ham, artichokes, kale, paella, berries, tortes, etc.. . .mmm, aaaahh, we enjoy everything that we put into our mouths here–this place is making us happy.  I think we will come back.

Plus, the staff is lovely. . .everyone is nice to us from the women greeters at the entranceway, to the bartenders, the waitstaff, the food deliver guys, the plate-clearing guys, etc.. . .yeeeeess!–this always makes us extra happy when folks appear to be enjoying themselves while delivering up oodles of hospitality and great food.  Thank you Gato staff!

I send you satisfying vibes from Gato on Lafayette Street in the Nolita section of Manhattan. . .feel them. . .they are worthy of your attention.

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Bobby Flay strikes again–

photo 2 photo 3photo 5KABOOM!  Here we are checkin’ out the victuals at a place called Gato.  This is Bobby Flay’s newest New York City restaurant located on Lafayette Street near Bleecker, and it is damn tasty!  Gato is the Spanish word for “cat,” but there is nothing feline about this place. . .it is full-on, straight-forward bold Spanish-inspired food oozing with flavor and vitality that they serve up here. . .maybe the food at Gato is meant to fuel us for multiple lives–possibly nine. . .or maybe we are just supposed to gobble up as much of the goodness on the menu as we can and then go home and sleep like a big cat with a full belly.  Whatever connotations Gato conjures up for you, I can guarantee that you will have a satisfying meal here if you dive in head first and allow the staff to work their magic.

We ingested tomato salad, an array of delectable appetizers, artichoke and kale paella, squid-ink pasta, succulent shrimps, etc. all washed down with a fifty-dollar Rioja–niiiice!  And for dessert we gobbled the blackberry torte which was exceptionally tasty. . .as was my latte. . .mmmm, aaaaaahh!

Bobby Flay knows from bold flavors, and they are all on wonderful display at Gato.  So, the next time you find yourself wandering around in the Nolita section of Manhattan pop on into Bobby’s new place. . .you will like it–meow bien!

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