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The Diets that Time Forgot (playlist)

Baby, I'll give you everything you need
I'll give you everything you need
I'll give you everything you need
But I don't think I need you.
Dvije čaše mlijeka dnevno održavaju optimalnu koncentraciju željeza i vitamina D u organizmu. Veća konzumacija mlijeka snižava količinu željeza, a povisuje količinu vitamina D.
Sokushinbuts su budistički svećenici koji su navodno uzrokovali svoju smrt, i to tako da njihovo tijelo ostane mumificirano. Ova vještina bila je navodno najviše zastupljena u sjevernom Japanu. U prefekturi Yamagata otkriveno je 20-ak takvih mumifikacija. Tri godine svećenik bi bio na posebnoj dijeti koja se sastojala samo od sjemenki i orašastih plodova te su iznimno intenzivirali fizičku aktivnost kako bi se riješili masti u tijelu. Iduće tri godine jeli su samo koru drveta i korijenje te pili otrovan čaj napravljen od plodava drveta urushi, od kojih se inače proizvodi lak. To je uzrokovalo povraćanje, ubrzani gubitak tjelesnih tekućina i najvažnije – ubijalo je sve organizme koji su mogli uzrokovati raspadanje tijela nakon smrti. I na kraju, svećenik bi se zaključao u kamenu grobnicu malo širu od sebe i ne bi se micao iz pozicije lotosa. Jedina veza s vanjskim svijetom bila mu je cjevčica za zrak i zvona. Svaki dan bi zazvonio kako bi onima vani dao do znanja da je još živ. K…
Čaj se tradicionalno priprema na četiri različita načina. Najvažnije je stupanj fermentacije:
Bijeli čaj – naziv je dobio jer dlačice na donjoj strani sušenog lista postanu bjelkasto srebrne. Nema fermantacije. Samo su najbolji čajevi izabrani za proizvodnju 'bijelog čaja'. Poznat je i kao car čajeva.Zeleni čaj – minimalna fermentacija. Kod tradicionalne proizvodnje te vrste čaja, nakon berbe se u željeznim tavama prži i onda tek suši. Kod industrijske proizvodnje se postupa isto, samo u puno većim spremnicima gdje se i miješaju listovi. U Aziji postiji još daljnja podjela zelenog čaja kao npr. u Japan-u u tkz. „normalni“ zeleni čaj (緑茶: Ryokucha), prije polijevanja ugrijani zeleni čaj (ほうじ茶: Hojicha), s rižnim pahuljicama pomiješani zeleni čaj (玄米茶: Genmaicha) i drugi.Oolong – djelomična fermentacija. Nakon berbe se čaj trese u pletenim korpama, a sok koji se iscijedi fermentira sa kisikom zraka. Taj proces se zaustavi s prženjem u željeznim tavama.Crni čaj cjelokupn…

How much caffeine in coffee?

26 Amazing Facts About Finlands Unorthodox Education System

1. Finnish children don't start school until they are 7.
2. They rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens.
3. The children are not measured at all for the first six years of their education.
4. There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when children are 16.
5. All children, clever or not, are taught in the same classrooms.
6. Finland spends around 30 percent less per student than the United States.
7. 30 percent of children receive extra help during their first nine years of school.
8. 66 percent of students go to college. The highest rate in Europe.
9. The difference between weakest and strongest students is the smallest in the world.
10. Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments every class.
11. 93 percent of Finns graduate from high school.
12. 17.5 percent higher than the US.
13. 43 percent of Finnish high-school students go to vocational schools.
14. Elementary school students ge…


It was a source of both terror and comfort to me then that I often seemed invisible - incompletely and minimally existent, in fact. It seemed to me that I made no impact on the world, and that in exchange I was privileged to watch it unawares.
The stories you tell yourself to fall asleep, those fantasies, those are a good place to start when looking for a metaphor for a personal issue. Also, the first moment you’re awake, that’s a great time for ideas to just pop into your head. In this almost-awake state, inspiration and clean connections just seem to happen. Mid-day, you might try taking a shower. That’s always good for relaxing your mind to a near dream-state. Great ideas happen while washing dishes, too. Stephen King writes in the shower. Katherine Dunn writes while swimming laps. Like sleeping, these tasks seem to allow… something… to happen. So it helps to keep a notepad beside the bed, and in the bathroom. Also, long, boring car drives – without the radio playing – are good for creating this same kind of “trance” that allows ideas to form.
花鳥風月 (Kachou Fuugetsu) Literally: Flower, Bird, Wind, Moon Meaning: Experience the beauties of nature, and in doing so learn about yourself.
Ne voliš da budeš na smetnji, ne voliš da te ko krivo pogleda, ne voliš da ti iko ružnu riječ kaže. Kako onda misliš da živiš?
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.” - Nikola Tesla Gregg Braden
Toska (Russian): There isn’t a word in the English language that can fully express the concept of toska. Toska is a state of mind with many different shades. Russian novelist, Vladmir Nabokov describes it this way, “At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.
“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” -Will Smith

The Universal Law of Attraction practically means that your words, thoughts and feelings create your own physical reality.
Žene se dijele na ničije, nečije i svačije. Ti si naišao na ničiju. Mnogo bolje bi bilo da si naišao na nečiju jer nečija je nečija, navikla je da pripada, pa, kako je jednom bila nečija, može postati i tvoja. A ova što je vazda ničija ni na šta nije navikla. Nije ni morala da se navikava. A ti misliš - dobro je, ničija je slobodna. Pa baš zato je ničija, jer voli slobodu, što nikad ne bi postala nečija. Svačija je isto nečija. Samo što je previše nečija, ali uz dobre razloge može postati umjereno nečija, pa opet može postati samo tvoja. Pa čemu onda osmijeh što sam ja ničija kad je to zapravo najgore što može da ti se desi?
*Ikigai* (生き甲斐, pronounced ikiɡai) is a Japanese concept meaning 'a reason for being'. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. In the culture of the Japanese Island of Okinawa, Ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning", that is, a reason to enjoy life.
But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others… By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.
I’ve given up. I can’t stand it anymore. The days drag by. I’m choked by food, the daylight that shouts at me every morning to get up. The sleep which is only dreams that chase me. Or the darkness that rustles with ghosts and memories. Has it ever occurred to you that the worse off people are, the less they complain? In the end, they’re quite silent. They’re living creatures with nerves, eyes, and hands, vast armies of victims. The light that rises and falls heavily. The cold that comes. The darkness. The heat. The smell. They are all silent.
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.


Simple exchange debtsSupport or interruption of daily flowEmotional attachmentsPersonal powerExpressionThe Integrity DebtThe Personal Knowingness DebtSo have a look at your life, and first identify the people and actions that you feel most compelled to interact with. There is probably karmic debt there, either positive or negative.
Next, see if you can get a sense of what part of your life is being most impacted by those people and actions – Exchange? Risk? Personal power? Integrity? Expression?Internal knowingness? 

Use this list as a guideline to place yourself and any other people in their appropriate power positions. Sort out what feels like the bigger debts from the smaller ones. Let the smaller ones back-burner if you feel the need to work on the bigger ones – but remember that they're not going to go away all by themselves.

This plane is about Action and Reaction, about Cause and Effect. These learning situations you create by using the concept of karmic debts and ene…

Herbs of The Third Harvest

Oct. 31- Nov.2: The Third Harvest, Winters Blessing, Halloween, Summers End, Samhain, Hallows Eve, Alla Hegons Dag, All Souls Night, Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, etc. However you associate with the holiday, it is fast upon us. A period of reflection, meditation, communing with our ancestors, and honoring loved ones that have past. It is also a time of celebration and preparation for the winter, and the new years fortunes.

Acorn: Death and rebirth, hung in windows for protection, altar decoration.Apple: immortality, fruit of the underworld, divination, rituals of the communication with departed, traditional games such as apple bobbing. Buried or placed outdoors as offering to the spirits. Use apples in place of blood where it is called for in old recipes.Allspice: Magical powerBasil: Fire, protectionBay laurel: Protection, especially related to the home, magic power, divination, clairvoyance.Benzoin: Purification, protection, astral projectionBroom: Protection, purif…

Karmic debt

The Seven Levels of Karmic Debt
By Caris Palm Turpen
Karmic Debts are the incentive to stay here and play. You want to create them with others, you want to have them paid back, you want to repay them. Without such a force acting upon you, there would be little inspiration to stick around. They present themselves as a way for the Universe to ask you, "What are you doing? How are you doing it? Are you manifesting awareness or not? Are you manifesting responsibility or not? How are you 'showing up' in this world?"

Karmic Debts are a fascinating process of balancing energies. You do something completely nasty to me, I get to do something completely nasty to you. We both learn from the experience. We balance the energy. Afterwards, in the pub, we have a good laugh.

How many of you have figured out by now that the Tao is simply an experience junkie? Man, it's got one hell of a jones for passion play, for mystery and solving mysteries, for depth and laye…
We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
Broj sa sto nula zove se googol. Riječ "googol" izmislio je devetogodišnji dječak Milton Sirrota kada ga je njegov stric, američki matematičar Edward Kasner zamolio da nadjene ime broju 10^100. Broj 10^googol nazvan je googolplex.
I don’t want to talk to people. I mean, I do, really, but I can’t manage it. I feel my social skills are sliding backwards. I just can’t connect with people. I feel like I’m acting all the time, because I’m truly not a social creature… And any attempts to be are so calculated and unlike myself and I feel everyone sees through it. Still, it doesn’t deter people from talking to me. I feel awful that they have any sort of faith in my being able to interact with them like a normal human being. I mean, some days are better than others. It’s just lately. I am absolutely socially inept.
At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world around me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.
Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.
I never tried to be anything other than a dreamer. I never paid any attention to people who told me to go out and live. I belonged always to whatever was far from me and to whatever I could never be. Anything that was not mine, however base, always seemed to be full of poetry. The only thing I ever loved was pure nothingness.
I was twenty-four, but even then I led the gloomy, disorganized, solitary existence of a recluse. I stayed away from people, avoided even speaking to them, and kept more and more to my hole.
Blaise - (n) Somebody who is so creative, funny, smart, nice and pretty that you begin to think it is unfair that he/she exists.
I think too much. I think ahead. I think behind. I think sideways. I think it all. If it exists, I’ve fucking thought of it.
I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how I was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that I didn’t understand. Maybe I was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go.
Bonsai ( 盆栽 ) (lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings) is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers.
At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world around me; I seen to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.
those zombies are masked
concrete jungle burns
I like to dabble
in such varied colors

eyes are blinding
when stares go for days
unbecoming dreamers
are likely to lose it when trains run late

so it is to ramble
and forget our friend time
startled over letting go
madness in the big city
I feel like if I’m too kind then you will only change your mind
Take advantage of my heart and I’ll go back into the dark
Karmički obrasci su duševni sadržaji pohranjeni u našoj podsvijesti koji nas opterećuju nepoželjnim tjelesnim stanjima, emocijama ili mislima. Nalik su pokvarenoj ploči koja se stalno i uporno ponavlja pa umjesto da ostvarujemo životne ciljeve, mi se vrtimo u krug. Mnoge osobe svjesne su svojih ograničavajućih životnih modela i željele bi iz njih izaći, ali ne mogu jer ne znaju kako.
hijeroglifsko pismo, opći naziv za pisma u kojima znakovi označavaju pojmove i riječi, također i za pisma potekla od takvih (npr. slogovna pisma u kojima se vide tragovi takva starijega tipa u ideogramima i sl.; takvo je egipatsko h. p.). Naziv hijeroglif upotrebljava se za znak takva pisma, npr. za današnje kin. pismo i za hijeroglifske dijelove (neslogovne) japanskoga i korejskoga.
čajna gljiva (kineska ili japanska gljiva, kombucha), mješavina određenih živih bakterija i gljiva kvasovaca (Saccharomycetes), koja se kao prozirna i sluzava masa stavlja u zaslađen i ohlađen čaj. Ovdje bakterije i kvasovci vrenjem razvijaju različite spojeve (alkohol, mliječnu i octenu kiselinu, vitamine i dr.) te takav čaj dobiva ljekovita svojstva (pospješuje probavu; u pučkoj se medicini rabi protiv arterioskleroze).

Izvadak iz proleksis enciklopedije

šintoizam (kin. shen dao; jap. shinto put bogova), učenje o bogovima; jap. autohtona religija, nastala od animizma, politeizma s primjesama šamanizma i mitova srodnih azijskih kozmogonija. Božanstva (kami) su dusi prir. sila (bregovi, rijeke, jezera, drveće, Sunce, Mjesec, neke životinje, os. lisica Inari, itd.). Od prabožanstava Izanami i Izanagija potekli su ostali bogovi koji su stvorili jap. otoke i na kojima je prvi vladar bio unuk božice Sunca Amaterasu. Njezini su potomci carevi i nar. heroji, a kult predaka povezuje se s kultom nacije. Na š. s vremenom utječe konfucionizam, budizam i druge religije pa nastaju mnoge sljedbe; u XIX. st. car promovira čisti š. kao religiju predaka, s kultom careve osobe, proglašava ga drž. religijom odvojenom od 12 sljedbi pučkoga šintoizma. Razlikuju se međusobno povezani oblici šintoizma: hramski š. posvećen štovanju kamija u mjesnim hramovima, sljedbenski vezan (os. u XIX. st.) uz razne sljedbe i njihove utemeljitelje, carski koji je naglašava…

Chinese astrology

Chinese Astrology The Sheng xiao (Chinese:pinyin: shēngxiào), better known as Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries besides China and Taiwan.

Identifying this scheme using the term "zodiac" reflects several similarities to the Western zodiac: both have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life. Nevertheless, there are major differences: the "Chinese" 12-part cycle is divided into years rather than months; contrary to the association with animals implied in the Greek etymology of "zodiac", actually four of the Western "signs" or "houses" are represented by humans (…

My element!

(壬 Ren) Yang Water is like an ocean, deep and very active with many waves. Just like waters of rivers and sea flow continually everywhere, and drawn into various kinds of things, Ren person is worry free and optimistic, they don’t mind the past and are filled with courage to move on. They show enthusiasm in whatever they do, they like to help others and don’t mind hardships. They enjoy social activities with full of spirits, and become noticeable to others. They are highly adaptable to any change on circumstances. They are also quick to grasp and will not miss any good opportunity that comes along. Once the drive kicks in, they will overcome all difficulties to meet their objective or reach their goal. Synthesis says that Ren people are clever, intelligent and full of inspirations. They can be endowed in both civil and martial virtues, has leadership qualities, and able to outshine and surpass themselves from others. Shortcomings are that though they have a rounded perso…

Shinto: The Religion of Nature Worship, Emperor Worship, and Purity

Shinto (the way of the gods), traditionally dating back to 660 B. C., is a loosely organized religion of the Japanese people embracing a wide variety of beliefs and practices. In its most basic sense Shinto is a religious form of Japanese patriotism. The mythology of Shintoism teaches that Japan and the Japanese people were brought into being by special divine creation and that their emperors were literally descendants of the Sun Goddess. In Japan a person may in good conscience be a Buddhist, a Confucian, and a member of a Shinto sect at the same time. Today (1982) Shintoism reports 57,154,200 members. The two most important sacred books of Shintoism are the Kojiki (Chronicles of Ancient Events) and the Nihongi (Chronicles of Japan). The Kojiki mythology reports that in the beginning were the kami (gods, mana, occult force). Two of these primeval kami or deities were Izanagi (male-who-invites) and Izanami (female who-invites). After giving birth to the land of Japan they produced many…

Ogimachi Village

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Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by green fields. Many of the farmhouses are now restaurants, museums or minshuku, where you can stay overnight.

A number of farmhouses from the surrounding villages have been relocated to an open air museum across the river from the town center in an effort to save them from destruction. This museum along with the large concentration of farmhouses and attractions in town and the area's accessibility make Ogimachi the best place in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama to see gassho-zukuri farmhouses.