Meditation of Prayer (Exposure: 2.0 sec at f / 3.5 Focal Length: 24 mm ISO: 1600)
Photographing circus training, the aesthetic of devotion falling along the silks, the beauty of moment whirling still. (Exposure: 1/80 sec at f / 4.0 Focal Length: 32 mm ISO: 2000)
My loving friend Melanie photographed each teacher at the Bodhi Tree to their favourite sutra, here is the one she did for me, authentically capturing the aesthetic of asana. You can visit her website @ http://www.pranamomma.ca
“In Search of Dragons
We had tickets to the unknown
where exactly didn’t matter
only that we were going with bags packed
so full the zippers barely closed
with enough equipment to brave
an Arctic expedition
in search of dragons
Upon the vessel
time warped an endless
night and we held each other
to avoid particle drift
across the vast ocean
From one came two
and then from two came four
the golden ratio ever expanding
in love by stoke
on the Life Cosmic
"The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens us to love." —St. Teresa of Avila
The Life Cosmic Project will be traveling to Japan to intimately explore the winter environment of Niseko and translate this experience through various disciplines and arts to the local snowboard, meditation, and climate change communities in Missoula, Montana and Toronto, Ontario.
We will be sharing these experiences through a variety of mediums of artwork and donating the proceeds generated to the A-ROB Plant A Seed Project. The project will provide the experience of snowboarding to underprivileged children along with the opportunity to discover the exhilarating feeling of “Stoke!” through a snowboarding based mentorship program.
The A-ROB Plant A Seed Project is a non-profit organization started by the family of Aaron Robinson, a professional snowboarder who was killed in a tragic snowboarding accident in Chile on July 19, 2011. Their mission is to allow underprivileged children an opportunity to experience the positive feeling of exhilaration known as “Stoke!” through the enjoyment of snowboarding, the mountains and the great outdoors through mentors and sponsors.
I left something special that my eyes were looking to find, a vision of truth, to be forever found. I went inside myself to witness the allotrope of way, the great red road of devotion upon the snow white fantasia. Allowing my breath to inform the movement, all moments became bound by a solitary ride, a soul commitment, a promise to an energy, arising to feel the pulse of nature and know how to come alive from within it. — -L.A
Take GENTEMSTICK with you whenever and wherever you go snowboarding. Try it on any terrain – any kind of snow. Whenever you sense danger, take cover behind a tree and listen to the nature; the sun, the moon, the rocks, or the trees. They will all guide you to the right path. Follow their silent voices and slowly and gracefully draw your curves on the snow. You will experience the supreme bliss in the spray of snow glittering in the sunshine. Take time to converse with the birds and the wild animals. They might lead you to their very special secret spots. Please treasure your GENTEMSTICK, it contains the souls of precious trees that are dwindling from this planet. Before you first ride it, wax it, sharpen the edges, and infuse your own soul to give it Life. Your GENTEMSTICK shall then be ready for its journey as a snowboard.
Use the board as much as you can, and never waste it just as an interior decoration. Leave your tracks anywhere you find snow on Earth. Unite yourself with the slopes, relax and draw your lines as you wish to. Take a photo and send it to us. Share your moment of joy with the world. GENTEMSTICK is a device to help recall your innate instinct and let you unite with the nature. When snowsurfing, you are putting yourself in an enviroment away from daily life and ruled by the laws of nature. Learn about the mountains and its climate, stay humble and be conscious of your own limits. Winter mountains can be very hazardous. Avalanches and sudden weather changes are just one aspect. Be reasonable, be safe and enjoy your ride. —
「searching for the ultimate moment玉井太朗インタビュー」より
Its been a wild ride, the preparation that is. From conceptualization to creation, we’ve all been working hard fueled by inspiration. What began as a group of friends going on a trip has blossomed into a full blown project with a purpose. We’d like to thank all of our friends and families for their support in so many ways.
The Life Cosmic Crew