September 8, 2013
If you go Silent Stay Retreat Home & Hermitage, 3570 Cantelow Road, Vacaville; (707) 474-4833, http://www.silentstay.com . Three-night retreats from $345 to $425 (depending on accommodation type), plus a nonrefundable $50 registration fee. The price includes guided meditation and spiritual counseling on request.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2000
On Dec. 21, the night of the winter solstice, the fire and high winds that destroyed thousands of acres of forest and chaparral swept over the hilltops east of Ojai occupied by Meditation Mount and the Ojai Valley School. The local Fire Department and units from all over Southern California set up operations in the parking lot of Meditation Mount to continue battling the flames. At about 4 a.m., as the fire was surrounding the Ojai Valley School on the next hill above Meditation Mount, our residents were told to evacuate.
March 17, 2012 |
We know filmmaker David Lynch for the dark surrealism of "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Inland Empire" and "Twin Peaks," as well as for his deep, abiding love of coffee. Lynch is also passionate about transcendental meditation, which he first took up "on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning" in 1973. That passion spawned a book, "Catching the Big Fish," and the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Lynch spoke about what TM means for him and why others should try it too. Catch the longer podcast at latimes.com/davidlynch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1989
Three firebombs were hurled early Monday at a Northridge home where Buddhist services are held, igniting a fire that heavily damaged the house but injured no one, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The 3:23 a.m. fire in the 8300 block of Yolanda Avenue burned the wood-shingle roof and front windows of the house belonging to Pradit and Pachri Phongpharnich, authorities said. The couple and their two teen-age children escaped unharmed.
January 17, 1987 |
Once upon a time, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. found himself stranded in the Virgin Islands with nothing to read. This was unsettling. "Then I noticed a page stuck in a shrub," said the author of a dozen novels, including "Slaughterhouse Five" and "Galapagos." Vonnegut retrieved the weathered scrap. Then another bush caught his eye. More pages. "It was like an Easter egg hunt," he said. "I found other pages in a pool. I fished them out and dried them and began patching it all together." No Cultural Clout?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2002 |
Father Michael Kennedy looks out at the rows of heads bowed in prayer, the tattooed necks and drab institutional garb of Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles. He peers into young hearts wounded by violence and bearing charges of murder, robbery and drug-dealing. Here in these dark, treacherous places, he feels the presence of God.
February 8, 2010
Everyone agrees that stressful situations make your blood pressure take off. It's the fight-or-flight, prepare-to-do-something-dramatic response your ancient ancestors had when being charged by a woolly mammoth. Your body releases stress hormones that make your heart beat faster and your blood vessels constrict, and blood pressure rockets. When the stressful situation is resolved, blood pressure comes back down. Some scientists suspect that getting stressed out too often can lead to chronic high blood pressure.
December 10, 1985 |
"Water's Path." Paramount. $29.95. Most videocassettes--from "Beverly Hills Cop" to "Madonna Live"--try to stir us up. But the meditation-oriented record label Windham Hill has a new line of relaxation tapes meant to cool down the viewer. "Water's Path," the best seller of the bunch, is a beautifully filmed look at good old H20's course from cloud to river through waterfall to ocean, set to soothing but never syrupy instrumental sounds from the label's artists.
August 15, 2008 |
Anyone needing a break from all those speeches and protests at the Democratic National Convention in Denver can find solace through some riverside meditation and yoga. Meditate '08 is a six-day retreat on the banks of the South Platte River coinciding with the convention. Its organizers aim to give delegates, candidates, demonstrators and locals a chance to reconnect with their inner selves. Even though some might think the idea "trippy," retreat co-chair Don Morreale said that it would counter "angry energy" emanating from protests.