Arcadia

 

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Arcadia refers to a vision of pastoralism or Unita Con La Natura, oneness or harmoney with nature.

This page is dedicated to rediscovering our place in nature, and attempting to reconnect with a natural world that we have become disconnecetd to centuries ago.

Thomas Cole’s “The Acadian”

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Pilates is not thought of as a routine for men. I started it about 4 months ago. I got sick of having a sore back. I’m totally sold. I do it in a park in Pablado, a barrio in Medellin. It’s a great spot, next to a creek surrounded by bamboo trees on a platform where there are usually a few women doing yoga.

I usually combine some of the basic Yoga exercises that Tony Horton has in P90X with a Pilates routine Jennifer Aniston does. Tony’s yoga routine is intense and Aniston is an animal so it takes a couple week to get used to. The first week my back cracked constantly, but those cracks are nitrogen being released from joints and are a pretty good indicator of just how tight you are.

I don’t think classes are necessary and in fact, might hurt. The whole point is to stretch and relax. In Pablado surrounded by bamboo trees with 4 short waterfalls rushing by is nirvana.

“I’ve been doing it for 15 years and I think it strengthens from the inside. When your core is strong, everything else starts to lift up.” – Kate Hudson

“I live for Pilates reformer class. I go at least three times a week. It’s a great way to lengthen your muscles, stretch, and kind of relax your mind.” – Shawn Johnson, gymnast

“I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.” – Jennifer Aniston

“At-home Pilates is the best workout I’ve ever tried.” – Kristen Bell

“I was doing Pilates before people even knew how to spell Pilates… It pulls your shoulders back, tucks in your pelvis, makes you walk straighter, and gives you great posture.” – Vanessa Williams

“It’s a great way to exercise because you use so many muscles and get a really good workout. I use the machines, not mat Pilates, and it just works for me.” – Paris Hilton

“I was a fitness fiasco — until I found Pilates . . . It’s been the most gentle on my body… I’m longer and leaner and much more graceful. I can honestly say it’s changed my body — and my life.” – Chelsea Handler

“What do I like most about Pilates? The fact that I can really feel my body working. I might do 250 crunches but my body is so used to them that I don’t really feel them. With Pilates, I can really feel [my abdominals] even if I only do six or 12 repetitions.” – Joan Collins, who has been doing Pilates for over 30 years

“Pilates introduced me to muscles I never even knew I had. Soon I started to feel longer and leaner. Ten years of Pilates has really changed my body for the better.” – Lucy Liu

“I also discovered Pilates when I got pregnant, as people kept saying it’s a great way to stay in shape, and now I can’t get enough – it’s amazing. It helps with aches and pain and, even for non-pregnant people, it’s a great way of getting those lean muscles.” – Olivia Wilde

“I’m a huge Pilates fan. Pilates relies on isolated, controlled movement and has allowed me to build up my core and strengthen my legs and arms.” – Karlie Kloss, Victoria’s Secret model

Pilates “is such a great way to get in shape in a loving way. I feel like I’m both challenging myself and healing my body at the same time.” – Kerry Washington

 

 

Ten fascinating facts about the Druids

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The Druids were one of the last of the ‘nature worshipers’ in Europe. They weren’t a race of people but a class, a ruling class predominately. Their allure today is part of the nature movement that has spread worldwide. In my opinion though, what’s lost, even among the followers of Druids are two things. First is the value of wisdom over intelligence. The second is a profound lack of connection to the natural world. If nothing else, the Druids were one with nature, in birth, death, human sacrifice and an understanding of what we came to understand as ‘mother nature’. They are a glimpse back to a time before “intelligence” was removed from the brain and placed on a dusty bookshelf and sold to select students at $56,000 a year.

 

  • The word Druid is derived from the Greek word for “oak” but oak stood for wisdom.
  • The most extensive knowledge of Druids came from Julius Caesar who was assigned to Gaul during the Gallic wars around 50BC.
  • Druid society had two classes of people, Druids and Knights
  • Druids were not illiterate, technically. They simply did not believe in ‘enshrining’ learning to books which were expensive and unavailable to common people.
  • Druids had incredible memories, memory being the most important practice in Druid learning. Some Druids could recite tens of thousands of lines of poetry.
  • The Druids neither fought in wars of paid taxes.
  • The Druids worshiped Mistletoe, which was cut from the Oak tree. They thought of it as healing potion and a libido enhancer.
  •  Winston Churchill became a Druid in 1908.

It’s likely Druids engaged in human sacrifice. It’s fashionable today to think of pre-modern man as being peaceful, but human sacrifice was monstrously violent. In Druid society, the victim was killed by multiple stabbings and beatings.

The Romans killed most of the Druids between 50AD and 200AD. The rest were brushed away by the rise of Christianity between 200AD and 400AD. The explosion of Christianity in Europe was the singular event of the last 30 centuries.

 

Ioskeha and Tawiscara: The forces of Good and Evil

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Ioskeha and Tawiscara are complex figures in native American myth. They are first brother’s  They are also polar opposites, Ioskeha the creator, representing life and growth and his brother Tawiscara, representing death, night and winter. Finally, like many Gods they are forces of nature and are depicted as good and evil.

In native American myth, these two forces are in a state of constant flux, battling each other to a sort of detente. In both western and eastern mythology, from Cain and Abel, to Vishnu, to the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other, they are universal.

In a recent study, over half of Harvard’s graduates have admitted to cheating. Harvard also grade inflates. If you hire someone from the words most prestigious colleges, you have a 50% chance of getting a cheater with bogus grades. It’s not intelligence that rules the world, or hard work. It’s deception but the key is to not get caught. The devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other, battling your psyche for control of your actions.

The Celts had a goddess of plague, disease and sorcery called Cailleach. She is the Goddess of winter and death and brings snow until Brigit, the goddess of fire arrives to turn her into stone. To the the Celts (or Druids) winter was death. Trees and plants would “come to life” with the fires of Brigit in the spring.

The early Celts intertwined Jesus with their myth and created Camelot, the perfect kingdom, destroyed by sin, Guinevere’s lust for Lancelot. In the end, Arthur killed his own son to rid his kingdom of evil and good, the Grail, was lost forever.

My second novel in the Trifthauser series is named after the Greek goddess of evil, Eris, or as I name it in Latin, Discordia, or discord. Her Greek opposite is Harmonia, or Concordia in the Latin.  It’s not men or enemies that Trifthauser fights. It’s evil. A battle he can never win, but can only contain. Evil never dies, it just changes names.

It been recognized since the dawn of time that good and evil exist together in men. The battle between the gods was a battle of forces within a person. The desire to create discord (or Discordia) is always and will always be with us. These forces manifest in wars, economic battles and political upheavals. Like in the atom, the world is dying and being reborn every nano second.

It’s a story as old as man.

 

 

 

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