Jun 29, 2011

Fieldes have eies and woods have eares :: Nature Girl Kaisu

I always tell my sisters to take millions of photos and send them to me and just yesterday Kaisu emailed me all these pics of her and the Finland summer. Love them so much. Good dear. My stars. This dose of perfectly natural beauty and spirit is a good balance from yesterday's Lolita post too :) And how I envy the Finnish summer weather right now - she's wearing a woollen hoodie she knitted (out of wool she dyed) - impossible here in the sauna of American summer!

Collecting herbs and showing one to mom who took the picture.

Eagle feather.

Hare's tail cottongrass and the sea.

Carrying stones and herbs on her nature faerie explorations.

The haul.

The elf.

Kaisu playing jouhikko, ancient Finnish instrument in a t-shirt I used to wear and I remember it was down to my ankles. Just see the benefits of being the youngest sister that she is, you really get to recycle! The video is about four leaved clovers and she wrote in the description how a person searching for them will notice that if you find one, you're likely to find many other four leaved clovers in the same area. Whether this is genetic or caused by the environment, remains a debate.

Alright, the clothes just finished drying, I'm in a New Mexican laundromat and now off to Nevada! I'll leave you with this 500 year old quote I love.

"Fieldes have eies and woods have eares." John Heywood, 1565

Jun 28, 2011

Lolita Style :: or anime or cosplay or whatever it is

I don't really know anything about lolita, anime or manga - when I think of those words, mainly cartoon images of fluffy creatures and big eyed people come to mind. I suppose there's more to it. However, I love the lolita style of dressing that I sometimes see in the streets. It's so fantastic and extravagantly imaginative. These are some cool images I've had on my laptop for a while in my 'pretty things to look at' file. Doesn't everyone have a file like that?! I'd like to get a peek into your files :)

How coincidental actually - I ran into a Goodwill second hand store today for 4 minutes before they closed and found two cute skirts, a long pink one and another shorter light blue one with lace. They will totally go together in a lolita-like feel :) I just wish it wasn't so hot out every single day so I could play more with clothes. Now it just has to be something tiny and practical every day which is getting boooriing. I miss my layers. I guess this pic of me is a bit lolita-ish.

Ok I wikied lolita fashion and found out there are Sweet Lolita, Classic Lolita, Gothic Lolita, and many other style categories. Most of the pics I have here would probably fall under 'sweet'. Here's an example of the gothic. (My other dress here is quite dark lolita don't you think!)

Ok that's it for my midnight ramblings. I'm trying to stay up all night so I can again sleep all day tomorrow and then drive 14 hours to Las Vegas for Thursday's Warped Tour show. What a sane life I lead :D

Jun 27, 2011

Krishna Sun Rising in the Heart

"Just like fog is immediately, I mean to say, moved, simply by sunrise. Sunrise. Just like this is night, darkness. In the morning, as soon as there will be sunrise, there will be no more darkness. Immediately all thousands and millions of miles of darkness immediately moved. So try to make Krishna surya - the sun, Krishna - rise in your heart, and everything will be solved." A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Good morning Sir Tree! I drove all night through Texas and took a few pics right when the Sun rose. We are entering New Mexico, the next state over towards west, in 30 minutes. Change of plans: not going to Electric Forest in Michigan this week, instead going to California. The desert is beautiful. When the sun came up and I saw the prairiedesert dryness, vastness and distant mountains, I just kept grinning and almost started crying. Love nature.

"Man's heart away from nature becomes hard." Standing Bear

Jun 25, 2011

Emilia's Fairy Magic World Photography

Emilia Kallinen wrote me an email a little while ago and told me about her beautiful fairyish photography. It's just lovely. She is starting a blog here, and has a Facebook page here. She's Polish but has lived in Finland for over 6 years. Don't these photos take you to magical place? Love them. Maybe she can get together with me and my sisters and we can make some super elven session next time I'm in Finland?! :)

6 Months in Jail for Loitering

Loitering around in the state of Louisiana in the Land of the Free at the risk of spending 6 months in jail. Hilarious.

A little update - the Vans Warped Tour started yesterday in Dallas, Texas and will go on traveling around America until August 14th. Philip and me are doing the whole tour, he passes out books all day during the shows and I drive all night to get to the next day's venue. And I sleep all day. And try to hoop every day to keep my body in working order with so much driving and sitting down. And our van still runs on veggie and is not polluting much at all. So all is well. ❤

Every summer during the tour things get very busy and sporadic so I have no idea how often I'll be able to go online. Too bad because I have a million things I want to tell everyone about. I'll figure something out ;) Meanwhile, no loitering!

Jun 23, 2011

Dexfest :: Dubstep Festival :: Get Up and Be a Retard!

On the Prototype stage Drug Money entices his audience to stand up and dance and shouts to the microphone, "Get up and be a retard!"

Walking through the campgrounds you see folks chilling on their folding chairs snorting molly (MDMA) lines off their folding tables filled with beer cans and piles of previous night's used glow sticks. All bubbly and spun, people seem to have a good time nodding their heads, waving their hands like rap stars and in general dancing hiphop to the dubstep that's mostly played all weekend.

The fashions include lots of scantiness, neon colors, fishnets, dreadlocks, feathers in hair, painted boobies and big baseball caps with hand-crafted graffiti art on them. Girls' dance styles were, for the most part, very squiggly, sexy and stripper-like.

"I Don't Slip and Fall, I Trip and Roll"
Dexfest is a three day dubstep festival in Dandridge, Tennessee that went down for its third year last weekend. It was my first exposure to the American dubstep rave culture and man it's very different than the (European) psytrance scene I'm used to. Then again, some aspects of it remind me of the Finnish "spugedelic" factor - spuge [spoo-keh] is slang for a drunk. Generally this is when getting wasted is more important at a party than the music there.

Anyhow, on the last day I got into the music and danced until my feet hurt too much to continue. Dubstep is just so slow I figured it would surely be easier music to dance to if I was sedated on ketamine (a cat tranquilizer) as some of the patrons there advertised.

Speaking of drug use advertisement, my camping neighbors from Knoxville sold t-shirts with various slogans such as Rave All Day, Jesus raves, Bass Your Face and I don't slip and fall, I trip and roll (indicating acid and ecstasy use). Ironically I did witness a substantial amount of slipping and falling around the festival grounds…

The local police were hip on the drugs and arrested a whole bunch of people. The police presence was really very prominent.

Musical Highlights
The Launchpad stage had many interesting lesser known acts. Cherub was a joyous duo of two guys playing guitars (or bass?! I was too busy dancing to notice) to their electronic tracks and singing entertaining and witty lyrics, more or less in falsetto. Kidsmeal was up next and he played a dj set, scratching vinyls and in this way adding trippy, unexpected sounds to the otherwise a bit dull (to my taste) dubstep. Futexture was another artist who put an inspiring twist to his music with a kind of polyrhythmic and psychedelic sound world.

Emancipator played a tranquil and ethereal set that was very beautiful but at the same time put me to sleep rather early on Friday night. Saturday night's Boombox was funkyliciously great and they actually played two extremely psytrancy tracks that got me jumping around the grassy main stage area like a madman.

Omwoods Cosmic Playground
I made a few friends at the festival, most heartwarmingly Miss HoopRage. She vended hoops, tie dye clothes, jewelry and other festive hippie items. Her 2,5 year-old son Logan was the cuteness personified as he ran around the grounds with his own tiny hula hoop.

I put up a booth as well and offered free hooping workshops and 1 on 1 hooping lessons all weekend. I had a lot of fun decorating my Omwoods Playground booth with all types of colorful blowup toys and lights that I groundscored from previous weekend's Bonnaroo festival.

It was a festival to remember, I definitely got my heavy dose of dancing that I was looking for and held several nice and well-attended hoop workshops/playshops. Many heartfelt thanks to Dex/Sean and friends for putting the festival together. Hopefully I'll be able to go next year too. I wasn't converted to dubstep but was sufficiently turned on to it not to be done with it yet. Actually while hooping today I was disappointed I didn't have much dub on my ipod. Friends, feel free to email me some!

Jun 19, 2011

Rainbow Lips

Check out these rainbow lips this girl had on in Bonnaroo. They're actually a tattoo and for sale at Violent Lips. I didn't really check the website out yet, I wonder what this stuff is made out of -- if it's healthy to have these on or not. If so, I might try it some time and go nuts with some crazy lips.

The King and Queen of Bonnaroo?


We passed out maybe a thousand or two books, I have no idea. A whole lot.

I got more pics and exciting news from Dexfest that ended last night, will post them tomorrow! We just stopped in Asheville, North Carolina for a couple of hours and are actually heading to Texas now.

Jun 11, 2011

Still Alive :: And Hooping

So I'm in the middle of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. I can hear The Black Keys just started playing. After them Buffalo Springfield will be on. Someone said there's 125 000 people here this year and it sure looks like it. I only have a very temporary and sketchy internet access so I just wanted to let you know that all is well, we've passed out hundreds of Bhagavad-gitas and other books and met many sweet souls. Yesterday I played the harmonium and rocked a kirtana with a bunch of enthusiastic drummer dudes and local Krishna people who have a little temple booth and a veggie burrito booth nearby where I'm camped.

Man it's hot and humid though. All day long every cell in my body screams, "GET OUT OF HERE!! Dear girl go where the AC is on!!" But that's not an option right now. Sorry cells. Kindly please adapt.

And I'm hoping they'll be well adapted by next weekend when we're hitting Dexfest, another music festival in Tennessee. Much smaller, and only ElecTroNic music which is more than fine by me.

Oh yeah I made hoops and played with them before a billion people came and camped all around us :)

Jun 4, 2011

Touch Her :: Nature Quotes

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." William Shakespeare

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." Walt Whitman

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." e.e. cummings

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." Kahlil Gibran

"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." e.e. cummings

"How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!" Emily Dickinson

Nature quotes from my favorite poets and photos by my favorite nature people, Gopal and her family! It looks like it's her little daughter's, Avani's hands in most of the pics. Gopal sent me these photos for our movie project but they came too late to be included. They're so beautiful I wanted to share them anyway! Thank you Gopal & fam!

I'm in Tennessee right now, getting ready for Bonnaroo music festival so I will not be able to go online for over a week. Lots of bare feet touching nature will be taking place, as well as super hot Tennessee sun touching my poor Scandinavian skin ;)

In Finland I had some really nice moments in the nature, just walking in the forest and getting my head very clear, nature does that to you. I need to take the time to do that more often. If you have any nature memories, inspirations, quotes, or photos to share, I'd love to hear from you in the comments! Let's touch her more!

Jun 1, 2011

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras :: download ebook

I recommend checking out the Yoga-Sutras. It's not in Sanskrit, it's in English and it's only five pages. BonGiovanni's translation is quite poetic and leaves a tiny bit to be desired philosophically speaking but it's pretty good and totally will give you an enlightening glimpse to the origin of astanga-yoga, or the eightfold mystic yoga taught by Patanjali. ((Patanjali was a sage who lived about two thousand years ago.))

Download Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

Here is what caught my attention as I read through it:

1.27. God's voice is Om.
1.28. The repetition of Om should be made with an understanding of its meaning.
1.29. From that is gained introspection and also the disappearance of obstacles.
1.30. Disease, inertia, doubt, lack of enthusiasm, laziness, sensuality, mind-wandering, missing the point, instability - these distractions of the mind are the obstacles.
1.31. Pain, despair, nervousness, and disordered inspiration and expiration are co-existent with these obstacles.

So yeah, if you detect any of these obstacles in your life, try omming them away! Of course it's not just about getting rid of negative stuff. Hearing transcendental sound vibration pierces through the layers of the mind, intelligence and the ego, reaching the atma (the consciousness, self or the soul). Atma is the unique, spiritual person we are beneath all bodily and mental conditionings. The Vedas teach that regularly chanting and hearing transcendental sound will bring that original identity forth more and more, along with deep knowledge. Chanting is also pretty blissful. Anyone who's taken part in a kirtana or done any mantra meditation on their own would probably agree!

Reading these Yoga-Sutras really got me enthusiastic about OM and I did research and want to talk more about its meaning. But alas, I'm in the country with practically no internet. So until next time again, aummm .¸¸.•*¨`*✩❤ Enjoy your book!