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the only truth I know is my own experience

The mysterious beauty of Lithuanian language August 30, 2007

 photo by axinia

Why mysterious? – Because almost nobody (except neighbours and experts) are aware of it. The language of a heart-shaped country… The place I was born and spent my childhood. Lithuania

What is so special about it?

  • Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) is the closest among all European languages to the Sanskrit, or even Proto- Indo-European language. “Anyone wishing to hear how Indo-Europeans spoke should come and listen to a Lithuanian peasant.” – said a famous French linguist Antoine Meillet. (more…)
 

Alamkara – let’s be each other’s decoration! August 29, 2007

 photo by axinia 

 

 Alamkara is a Sanskrit word meaning ornamentation, decoration, and figure of speech, describes an enduring characteristic of Indian artistic production, whether in the visual, performing or literary arts.

 The verb alam-kara – ”to adorn, to decorate,”- means literally “to make enough”: for the simple appearance without ornament is ”not enough”; it is poor, disgraceful, shocking, except in the case of an ascetic.  

Obiously the Western philosphy and lifestyle give us the opposite idea: “less is more” is the magic formular to be best dressed! The decoration – as adoration – is missing…  

 Sometimes I feel that in fact, people are each other`s decoration: wife is a decoration of a husband, children are decoration of a couple – but not only in their looks! It is more about a person being a decoration of another person, with his/her own being…

I love this word “ alamkara” and its deep meaning. I love thinking that I am “not enough” without my dear friends, family, just all people around. (more…)

 

Why most of us just love the seaside? August 27, 2007

 

photo by shashchatter

Most people I know are just crazy about the sea. The best holiday they can dream of is to go to a seaside and swim, swim, swim – to bathe in the water and in the sun… I am a bit of exception here as I am fully in love with the sky (airplanes, parachutes, paraplans, any kind of flying is what attracts me the most). 

Anyway, this mass phenomenon – love for a seaside has been always puzzling me. There must be something very special about it. Why swimming in the river/lake is not that popular? Why is this salty, vast water?..

The answer came from an unexpected side: foot soaking! To soak the feet in salty water has been known since centuries (I believe, in the Arab tradition – please correct me somebody if not). Apparently it is meant to bring some relief, especially after work). Today foot soaking is offered as one of the most natural and effective relaxation methods of wellness.

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Today is my birthday! August 26, 2007

 photo by vova

Today is my birthday and I want to give you something.

It took me years to learn how to accept presents, because I could not see the point of that – for me giving is much more pleasant that receiving! Since that difficulty I started a tradition of making presents for others on my birthday. That is fun!

My dearest blog-readers, friends, commentors and ramble visitors, we are in a virtual reality here and what I can give is a virtual present – a poem. A poem for all of you. (more…)

 

Web 2.0 as the Last Point of Trust August 22, 2007

 photo by axinia

The new Study of GDI (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institut), Switzerland – to be published in autemn 2007 – was aired on a subject Trust 2.0 Who customers trust in the future”. The study Trust 2.0 is based on a representative survey and shows how consumers find their bearings in the new niche markets and who stands to gain or lose their trust.

Regarding the “official” authorities people tend to trust more doctors followed by experts.

 ·         How do consumers find their bearings when they want to buy a car, enjoy a break, change their telecommunications provider or upgrade their homestyle? – Tipps form friends and family are the most welcomed (by emotionally affected decisions), followed by online opinion forums and other Web 2.0 sources (by tourism, going out, telekom, auto).

·         Whom do they distrust the most? – Manufacturer and producer, advertisement, guidebooks and mass media.

By networking, consumers are increasingly by-passing manufacturers and retailers to procure information. Their trust in manufacturers, retailers and experts is declining, and they are relying more and more on “dropping knowledge” (wikis, for instance). 

It is fascinating to see networked consumers acting as a body, forming a kind of “higher intelligence” and, hence, becoming the most important source of orientation, preferable to any expert, no matter how brilliant.   (more…)

 

Can comments on your blog reflect the state of your being? August 20, 2007

 photo by axinia

The nature of comments – that probably most precious part of blogging! – has been fascinating me since the beginning of my blogging experiences. For some reasons (and I always thought the reason was my so called femininity, may be cute picture, smart texts, naive beliefs) I used to get 90% of male comments, on all my blogs. That was somewhat strange but for the reason given above quite understandable.

Until the last week. Last week I suddenly found out that all (!) comments on my blogs have been done by ladies. Hmm… What was the cause?

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Beauty is the essence of love. And love is the essence of beauty. August 17, 2007

photo by axinia

My post “Why do we long for beauty” was commented by “C”, a sweet young girl looking for support in her beauty pursuit. I promised to write a post on that topic and here I am – writing for Shaktipower after such a  long time!.. 

“Beauty is the essence of love. And love is the essence of beauty.” – I don’t know if anybody has said that already, but these words just came from the bottom of my heart. Sometimes I think I am somehow obsessed with the idea of beauty, of looking for beauty everywhere, finding it everywhere, especially in people and just loving it…  How can I describe it? (more…)

 

 
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