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Musings from the fringes of society on observations of how this energetic shift is affecting some of us.

About the Author:

Earth Energy Reader is an over-educated cynical romantic who loves pugs, organic gardening, travelling to off the beaten path places and pleasant surprises.

Likes: The Truther Movement, the alternative research community, well-done astrology, 80’s British alternative/college radio music, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Kate Bush, The Smiths, New Order/Joy Division, Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Lou Reed, T-Rex, 1970s funk and punk, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Muse, Phoenix, The Killers, rocking out at live concerts, yoga, Pilates, long hikes in the forest, ladybugs, riding my bicycle,  chaos theory, independent film, old Hollywood movies from the 1930s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, practically any film by Alfred Hitchcock, Todd Solondz, Alexander Payne, Merchant Ivory productions, Wes Anderson, Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Goddard, Ken Loach, John Sayles , Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger films with Roger Livesey, Wim Wenders, Benedict Cumberbatch’s cowlick, swimming in rivers or the ocean, rainbows, flowers that smell like flowers, roses, orange blossoms, having dinner with friends, mashed potatoes, roasted garlic, wine and port, iced-cold vodka martinis, Indian, Thai and Greek food, French pastries, afternoon tea, Sunday brunch, dim-sum, the Mediterranean climate and lifestyle, New England clambakes, picnics, BBQs, bonfires, reading, libraries,  second-hand bookshops, well-bound books, vintage furniture, Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewelry, art by Salvador Dali, Tamara de Lempicka and Nicholas Roerich,  the French and Italian aesthetic, summers in Greece, writers like Ryszard Kapuscinski, Isak Dinesen, W. Somerset Maugham, “The Panther” by Rainier Maria Rilke, designers like Azzedine Alaia, (old) Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Antony Price for women, Paul Smith for men, comedians like George Carlin and Louis CK, marbled ox-blood leather, red lipstick, leopard-print pumps, cashmere, silk, wool, gabardine, wool crepe,  vintage beaded sweaters, berets, thunder and lightning, watching electrical storms, playing with my pugs and hearing them snore happily at night.

Dislikes: Hip hop, rap, country western music, death metal, Nickelback, Creed, Maroon 5, Dave Mathews Band, Hootie and the Blowfish and pretty much any American attempt at “alternative music”, Celine Dion, boy-bands, most of today’s Top 40 music, any film with Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone, practically every film by Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg , Broadway musicals, reality TV, the TV show “Friends”, practically everything that came out after 1992, dentists and accountants, malls, ending up at a party where I don’t know a soul, small-talk, too much humidity, polyester, sweaters and cardigans which pill easily especially after you paid a fortune for them, shorts or track pants with words like “Juicy” written across the posterior, fuzzy accessories,  sparkly nail-polish, over-priced designer jeans, reptiles as pets, hay-fever season, New Agers, Canadian winters, Quebec politics, Stephen King, sheeple, people who treat their kids like some weird pet, F-1 racing, pro-sports, the city of Toronto,  Starbucks, prune juice, Mexican fast-food, marzipan, licorice, franchise eateries, museums and exhibits with over-priced admission, brand-name dressing, Lululemon, braggarts, vulgar nouveau riche and the places they hang out, annoying teenagers, people who insist on sharing the small details of their life while talking out loud on their cell phones, very loud voices, conspicuous-consumption, people who only talk about themselves all the time and consider you to be an after-thought, bad table manners, bad manners period, spoiled brats, Mondays, jocks, himbos and bimbos, bigots, people who are mean to animals, neo-conservatives, right-wing pundits, CROCs, men in floor-length fur coats, when people wear lots of jewelry  with giant gems to draw attention away from their their ugly hands (but you can still see their ugly hands), crowded places, bling, people who ride their bicycle on the foot path and pedestrians walking along the bike path especially when the two paths are next to each other, people who stand at the front of the bus and block the entrance when there are tons of open seats in the back. You get the idea.

Contact: irasna.rising@gmail.com

19 Comments

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  1. Bill Stacy

    Irasna,

    Read your yoga blog with much interest. I lead a “yoga practice group” up here in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I’m not a yoga teacher; just someone who has had classes for several years and reads a lot of yoga books. You would be intrigued with our backwoods approach, in that I don’t charge and we practice at all levels. Some are pretty advanced, while others are beginners, with everything in between. What you would appreciate is the way the real spirit of yoga has kind of grown up organically in our practice group. Many of us have non-traditional views on religion and approach yoga in the traditional Indian manner. We do not speak or write Sanskrit, or mumble prayers that we don’t know the meaning of. We simply practice yoga to best of our ability in a non-competitive manner and support each others’ practice. We are pretty much turned off by what I refer to as aerobic-yoga and the pseudo let’s-be-more-Indian-than the Indians set. I’ve been to Yoga Journal Conferences, so I know of what you speak. We’ve read about the scam artists, but thankfully they don’t come up here — not enough money to make it worth their while.

    Just wanted you to know that your article really rang true with me and I wouldn’t spend one minute worrying about the attacks. The beauty of yoga is that you do your practice on your own and you don’t need anyone’s approval to do it.

  2. Hi Bill,
    It sounds like you have something wonderful going on there. I think yoga’s meaning to people will end up being as diverse as humanity itself. If you attended Yoga Journal Conferences than you know that yoga is part of a $6 Billion dollar per year industry now. Anything subjugated to that kind of financial pressure and market interest is bound to change… and not always for the better. I think as long as there are some folks who realize that yoga really is about bringing you back to youself, it’ll always find it’s way, never mind controversial blog posts and juvenile attacks.
    Cheers!
    Irasna

  3. Found your excellent blog through your Yoga article and wanted to say thank you. You nailed it. I find it amusing how many of the comments were about the exceptions disproving the rule (“our studio is DIFFERENT!”). I dropped out of a Jivamukti Teacher’s Training last year when a “celebrity” teacher from New York came up to teach us “Planetary Chanting” promising us the chance to “taste the flavor of divinity”.
    What turned me off most was the self-justifying, narcissistic belief that Yoga could be ANYTHING you wanted it to be. Seemed to me that when something could be anything, it was by definition no-thing….

  4. Pingback: Why She Left Yoga (& Why I Think She is Duping Herself): A Response to 'Why I Left Yoga...". ~ John-James Ford | elephant journal

  5. Hi,
    Just came to realize that Mindmills is listed in your blogroll. Thanks!
    I love reading through your interesting and mind shifting topics. Hope you keep it up.
    Best wishes, Neslihan

  6. Hi you, I finally made my own wordpress. I’m going to follow your blog more closely now that I’m here, seems like really good stuff.
    M.

  7. Irasna,

    Very nice blog. It sounds like you’re a woman after my own heart – with the exception of disliking Mexican food. ;)

    Lovely article on Stuart Wilde. Your other articles are FASCINATING! Your title, “Shift Has Hit the Fan” is clever. Keep it up. :)

    Peace,
    Steph

    • Thank you for your kind words Steph!
      I think many of us will miss Stuie, his method of teaching was not only very unique but also very accessible and humane.
      xx
      EER

  8. pernilla

    New to this blog thing, just wanted to say I enjoy your writing and perspective, there are many and all valid….;-)

  9. Lisa

    Stumbled on your blog while searching for info about Pierre Trudeau. Just curious on your thoughts about the younger Justin Trudeau. Thanks

    • I’m against particular families forming concentrations of power. During the medieval ages that’s what royal families and dynasties used to do, swap and arrange their kids marriage among cousins and relatives so that they could keep power and wealth at close hand and concentrate it even more. The end result was excessive in-breeding and degeneration of ability and capability.
      I’m seeing this now, the way the Clintons are grooming Chelsea or the way the Bush family are grooming Jeb Bush’s half Latino son to eventually lead the Republican party. Or how the Ghandi/Nehru family have a firm lock on India. Look at the Duvaliers in Haiti or the Marcos in the Philippines. No good can ever come of this in the long run and there should not be a place for this sort of thing in a real democracy
      While I despise Stephen Harper, I unfortunately think Justin has the best shot to get rid of that Albertan scoundrel once and for all.

  10. I hate New Age. It’s such a mishmash term for mostly very old ideals. I wrote a blog post about that. Fluffy like concrete. It’s my personal spiritual code of conduct. ;-)

    http://crows-feet.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=fluffy

    While i’m here, waving hello, I was reading your Christmas post. I agree totally, but wanted to comment somewhere less public. My spirit guide recently confessed that he’s an angel. I was shocked. I liked chatting to a “regular guy” and it took me months to acclimatise to this new view of him. But then it took me 40 years before I openly accepted that I was psychic. I’m a slow (as in skeptic cautious) mover. Now I’m used to the idea of a chatty angel in my head space… I kind of like it. :-) But i’m still not ready to leap out of he closet and admit my ridiculous Spirit Guide (trust me, he can be ridiculous. He was and still is an imp and a fox!) is now admitting to being an angel.

    • Hi Michelle!
      Waving back at you from this side of the pond :)
      Angels (or these positive entities) can come in all shapes and sizes. I mean look at Clarence in that film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. What’s that quote from the Hebrew Bible about being vigilant because you might be entertaining angels while unaware?
      Thanks for dropping by!

  11. You are RAD. You are just, SO RAD. I am glad that you can write these things that I feel too but can’t write. Because I’m not that good at it. I heart you.
    Sometime I want to tell you about the 14th amendment.

  12. Thank you for speaking so much truth through your writing.

    I am a yoga practitioner and instructor – but feel myself more like a facilitator of possibility rather than the traditional teacher/student model.

    I am reflecting on and resonating with what you’ve shared. Well stated!

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