Friday, July 27, 2018

Living Like a Refugee


May 23, 2018      General Hitchcock Campground

Don’t have to live like a refugee. Who said that? Some rock star. I’d Google it but Google and I broke up in 2015. It was an electromagnetic misunderstanding. And now look, three years later I’m up in the hills camping out as an EMF refugee. Turns out the rock star was wrong; I do have to live like a refugee. And I’m not alone. Worldwide millions of us have nowhere to go. 

You don’t know us. You won’t see us. We can’t go where you go or do what you do. The world is not safe for us anymore. 

We have what’s called ElectroHypersensitivity (EHS). It’s an environmental illness. It means the environment is making us sick. Or rather, the environment is sick and we’re just picking up on it. Poison magnets. But hey, no problem, right? Just get away from the environment. Now let me see, where is that exactly? Maybe Uranus. Jokes aside, what in the world is society going to do about us?

Oh, and EHS often comes with its trusty sidekick: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). That’s right. Two environmental illnesses for the price of one. Yay.

Simply put: chronic illness sucks. But I’ve come to believe that I got EHS so I can help raise awareness and inspire positive change. Manmade electromagnetic fields (EMFs) at current levels are not safe. They’ve not been properly tested. We are the guinea pigs. And guess what? The lab rats are sick.

Like the little boy, I am shouting, “The Emperor is naked!” Like Dorothy, I am pulling back the curtain on the Wizard. We have been duped by the FCC and the Telecom industry. And like the canary in the coal mine, I might die for this cause.

I wish someone had told me what I’m telling you. I was tragically unaware of the hazards of living with 16 smart meters on my condo wall, of keeping my wifi router under my couch, of using my cell phone inappropriately, and more. Now I am very, very sick. I will rejoice if my pain and suffering help shed light on this topic and bring benefit to others.

We are at a critical juncture with technology and harmful EMFs. YOU, the consumer, hold the power of where things will go. Protect your most valuable asset: HEALTH and stop EMFs from becoming the next asbestos, lead, DDT, tobacco fiasco. Why keep repeating the same mistakes? Red flags are already flying. The warning signs say take precaution NOW.

Guess who’s reading those signs? Guess who’s got your back? It’s not AT&T, Verizon, Apple, or Samsung. They’re eager to roll out the deadly 5G network. And it’s certainly not Facebook or Google. They’re researching how to blast the whole planet with wifi. 

I’ve got your back. I love you. And I know you love your family, your kids, and their future kids.
Empower yourself. Protect your cells. Protect your community. Protect the future. It’s actually easier than you might think. And in the bargain you’ll feel calm, focused, and well-rested. Yay for that!

And BTW, everything bad about EMFs holds exponentially more true for children, sick people, the elderly, and anyone with a health challenge. 

Pointing the finger at EMFs is not a Henny Penny the sky is falling kind of thing. We all need to make a paradigm shift. Find out the truth and make informed decisions. I sure wish I had. Now you can do better. Remember what your mom said – safety first.  

Here is your 21st Century Safety Toolkit. Get this informative, funny, and easy-to-read book. Follow the simple protocols to protect yourself from EMF pollution. This book will change your life for the better! It’s the only tool you need.



Together we can make a difference and prevent more folks from getting EHS – a disease Pineault calls “a crime against humanity”. 


Thank you and be well. Love, Thupten Tsondru (Maria August)


For more info on this fascinating subject, visit these great websites (use Ethernet of course!)
www.emfanalysis.com (watch the Tedx Talk “Wireless Wake-up Call”)

Thupten was recently interviewed by Nicolas Pineault for his YouTube channel! Check it out here

(posted by Sarah) 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tupten has a scribe!


Hi, I'm Sarah.

As you may know, Tupten has been suffering from some extreme health issues for the last three years that have led to her inability to keep up with this blog (more on that soon).

Tupten has asked me to help her update this blog moving forward, so that she may be able to connect with you all and keep you posted about her life right now. 

I've known Tupten since 2007, when we made a lifelong connection. I'm happy to be able to support her getting her voice heard in any way I can. 

I'm looking forward to being able to facilitate communication between Tupten and our increasingly technological world.

Stay tuned for more soon!



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Humanimal!


Well heavens to Betsy somehow three months just zoomed along.  I have a wonderful reason for my absence.  Well two actually.  One is that I have been very busy devising the final plan for my whole life and one that is completely doable.  Just in case you want to borrow my plan and make it your own, I am going to share it with the World Wide Web.  Here it is...you might want to go get a post-it note and sharpie.  I have mine stuck to my bedside table.  After all, you don't want to forget your life plan, do you?  Okay, here it is:

LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT WITH ALTRUISTIC THOUGHTS AND DEEDS

There's not really much to say about that.  Can't really talk about the present moment.  Although I will give you a clue as to where you can find it: your body and breath.  Yep, always in the now, now, now.  

Which kind of brings me to the second explanation for my absenteeism, which is I am totally focused on writing a silent musical called "Humanimal! The Musical" starring Wide Bertha and her ensemble of cellular organelles.  

Humanimal! The Musical is bound to be the sleeper hit of the season.  It is roughly Blue Men meets Cirque du Soleil meets The Muppets.  Some might call it a tour de force feast for the senses, except that it is silent and the lights in the theater are quite dim.  I'm sort of going for the audience niche of introverts with brain injuries, PTSD, and various mobility problems.  The building is completely handicapped accessible.  And not the fake kind of accessible but for real.  All the parking spots are great and there are no steps.  The doors open automatically and the seats are comfy lounge chairs.  All showings are during normal day time hours.  

At this point, you are probably asking yourself, "Why Humanimal and who is Wide Bertha and what in the world is an ensemble of cellular organelles?"  Good questions.  

Humanimal! celebrates the mammal in all of us.  It is an inspiration to look deep within and connect with your inner supple leopard, fuzzy bear, playful puppy.  It is a call for an uprising against thinking, thinking, thinking.  Humanimal! allows you to feel your feelings and explore your senses and delight in being.  

Like the present moment, it is challenging to talk about Wide Bertha because she defies all conceptual thought.  She is a woman, a myth, an archetype, a legend.  She is a Mayan mama, a Polynesian Princess.  I have given you a visual in the Gauguin painting above.  Her skin is brown and warm and smells of kukui cacao.  You may never have met her but subconsciously you long for her.  She radiates unconditional love and is the remedy for this speedy, greedy world.  

Feeling judgmental and critical?  Give it Wide Bertha.  Feeling impatient and frustrated?  Give it Wide Bertha.  Feeling lost and confused?  Wide Bertha again.  Whatever arises, give it Wide Bertha.  You can imagine her on the end of a magical wand which you use to bless yourself and others whenever a little Wide Bertha is needed.  Boop! Wide Bertha to the rescue.  She is wise beyond belief and never, ever separated from the present moment humanimal of her heart.  

As for the ensemble of cellular organelles, perhaps I shall quote the philosopher Jack Handy here, "If you ever discover that what you're seeing is a play within a play, just slow down, take a deep breath, and hold on for the ride of your life."  This is where the silent musical gets pretty lively.  A celebration of being human is never complete without a nod to the very structures that make life possible.  That's right, the cellular organelles.  I have hired Vera Wong to design the costumes.  Imagine colorful mitochondria, the golgi apparatus and lysosomes, among others, dancing and frolicking on the stage in a metaphorical play within a play of what is happening right now, now, now inside your body.  Wow.  Nuff said.

Anyhoo, you can see that my days are filled to the brim with being in the present moment and writing the play and various rehab events.  Not to mention trying in very small ways to be in service to the dharma and humanity.  Phew.  

As for a recipe for this blog post?  Check back soon.  I am concocting the perfect treat for intermission snack time.  And hey, I'll see you at the gala opening of Humanimal! You guessed it, on El Hierro.  Tickets coming soon.  All my love, Tupten Sundru

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sanity for Humanity


What's your slogan for 2015?  Mine is Sanity for Humanity.  I love a good slogan and keep a small revolving plethora of sticky notes around the house reminding me of them.  They serve the much needed purpose of turning the mind towards what is important.  The mascot for my slogan has yet to reveal itself.  Is it a butterfly, a rainbow, a lioness, a monkey?  Only time will tell.

Actually, perhaps the best mascot for Sanity for Humanity is the human heart.  The helical human heart, which by the way is not a pump but a dam.  Dam the heart.  Yes, this perfect and powerful dam of the human heart shall be the mascot to champion sanity throughout the expanding, multicentric universe. 

To accompany the mascot, I shall add a mudra.  A mudra is a gesture that serves to influence the body, mind and emotions.  The sanity mudra is to place your hand over your heart tenderly and feel its beat at least ten times a day.  And the anthem that you sing to yourself while performing the mudra is the mantra of silence.  

Altogether this is the yoga of sanity and I call it THE BIG HEART PAUSE.  Try it now won't you? 

Stop what your doing. Put a hand over your heart.  Breathe into your deep belly and exhale saying Ahhhh.  Sing the mantra of silence.  And oh yes, the smile.  The smile is the secret handshake of those who are in the know of the slogan of sanity.  Pause, breathe, smile, feel your heart.  

And why not dedicate ourselves to THE BIG HEART PAUSE?  Let's try it for a year and see what happens.  It is free, infinite, requires no special training, and supports inner peace, which after all is world peace, is it not?  

Raise your hand if like world peace.  Raise your other hand if you spend part of each day cultivating inner peace to the best of your ability.  If both your hands are now in the air, give yourself a high five. 

Perhaps sanity will catch on.  We will see each other at stop lights practicing THE BIG HEART PAUSE.  We will smile at each other knowingly when stuck in a long line at the store.  We will touch our hearts and sing silently.  We will look for ways to help one another.   And when world peace dawns, we will know our work is done.  High five for that!

Recently I had the great good fortune to do a private in-home semi-retreat for almost one month!  I emerged from the experience with an overwhelming sense of what it means to lead a sane life.  And how to do it.  It mainly involves slowing down and being present.  As it turns out, life is enough.  When we pay attention to each moment, life becomes the ultimate staycation.  We don't need so much entertainment and distraction.  Sanity blossoms from just being and doing life's simple chores which easily fill up a day.  Eat, sleep, meditate, exercise.  

Because of my injuries, I cannot be in total seclusion as these muscles and bones need the therapy pool and the AlterG and the various other modalities that keep me running at a somewhat mediocre level.  So I devised the semi-retreat which turned out to be a wonderful opportunity to oscillate between being inward and outward and keeping practice mind all day long, to let the bodymindfulness of intense home practice weave its way into worldly activities.  I highly recommend it!

To unplug from the phone, the computer, the logistical maze of trying to meet friends, creates a healing space for presence, compassion, humor, and joy.  Life slows down to a reasonable speed, the brain rests, the body relaxes, and the heart opens, effortlessly.  How lovely to connect with the present moment more often.  When the mind and body are in the same place doing the same thing this is ambrosia for the consciousness.  

I like to add recipes to my posts so here is the recipe for Sanity Ambrosia:


1. Be nobody.

2. Go nowhere.
3. Accomplish nothing.

For those of you wanting to devise a little semi-retreat of your own, get out your Sharpies and your Post-Its.  These are the slogans currently adorning my walls and cupboards:


  • Let the soft animal of your body loves what it loves.
    This is a quote from a Mary Oliver poem.  We are mammals.  It is so easy to forget.  We are not machines hooked to a brain computer center.  Embrace your inner mammal, it is the source of bonding and nurturing and playfulness.  Let the thinking brain rest and the feeling body feel.
  • Come back to the Basic I
    The Basic I is simple and sweet.  It is content and relaxed and confident.  Because it needs little, it has so much to give.  
  • Space is the nature of matter.
    Keep repeating that.  But then stop and just experience it in the space between your own atoms. And if you need a little encouragement, read Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything."  Solidity is an illusion, useful to be sure, but not to be taken too seriously.
  • Inward. Quiet. Content.
    If you're an extrovert, I don't know if this is useful.  For us introverts, it is a permission slip to honor and delight in that part of our being as much as we like. I keep this one on my datebook.
  • Cultivate love no matter what.
    This is the real kicker in terms of slogans and is a quote from Anam Thubten..  Perhaps this is a good time to say that slogans are not whips that we use to beat ourselves into being more holy or spiritual.  Slogans are cheerleaders on the path to enlightenment.  They are reminders and aspirations.  I have this slogan up near my bed and every day my intention is to do it more and more.  And every day I inevitably fail at it a little bit or a lot, and then every day I reset my intention.  Like that.  Cultivate love no matter what. 
I wish you a Happy New Year.  It's always nice to have a fresh start.  May the turning of the solar calendar bring you inner peace and sanity.  If you feel inspired to explore the HeartMind Method as a means to that end, please click on the "Classes" tab.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Love, Tupten

PS...a friend took the lovely photo above.  A recent sunset in Santa Barbara.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Trusty Sidekicks



Happy Thanksgiving Week!  I write from a meditation retreat in Santa Barbara.  As I explore inner space and the heartmind, I can't help but ponder giving thanks.  What a joy to celebrate the harvest, farmers, family, friends, food, and being at home together.  This year I will enjoy a silent and solitary celebration.  However, the culinary wheels of my monkey mind are turning and from there I offer you this simple and delicious menu.

Everyone needs a trusty sidekick, even Tom Turkey.  This menu focuses on the accompaniments rather than the main star.  Do the turkey however you like, roasted, brined, dry rubbed, grilled, fried, stuffed, and for some of you perhaps turducken.  We all know the turkey is really for sandwiches anyway.

If you are one of those people who doesn't normally cook very much and then drives yourself cuckoo on Thanksgiving making up for lost time, then this is the menu for you.  Or if you would rather enjoy a small handful of dishes with superior flavor rather than a gut-bomb buffet, then this is the menu for you.  Or if you want to get started prepping today and enjoy the big day with family and friends and not feel stuck in the kitchen, then this is also the menu for you.

The point is less is more.

I have included some recipes, however, other dishes merely provide an outline that you can tweak depending on number of guests, what's in season near you, and what you like.  Have fun and enjoy your yummy day!

LE MENU
Starter:
Smoked or cured salmon with creme fraiche on cucumber rounds ~ garnished with dill and lemon zest
Sidekicks:
1. Wild Rice Stuffing-style ~ cook one cup of wild rice for every three guests, you can do that any day now, store in fridge; when the turkey is almost done, saute celery, carrot, onion in plenty of butter; add chopped thyme and parsley and a teeny bit of sage; toss in the wild rice until warm; transfer to a casserole serving dish; cover with foil and place in oven to keep warm while turkey is being carved; you can vary the flavor by adding chorizo or duck prosciutto or whatever yummy things you like.
2. Cranberry Sauce ~ please don't eat canned cranberry sauce.  Homemade is really easy and good.  Take a bag of fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries, dump into small soup pot, add sweetener of choice, add some apple cider, let boil hard until berries burst and sauce thickens.  Taste and adjust seasoning. Variations: add chopped ginger, orange zest, dried cherries.  Make extra so you can mix with mayo for your sammies the next day.
3. Celery Root Puree ~ this is a wonderful take on the usual mashed potatoes, which some of us don't eat because they are a nightshade.  You can make this while sauteeing the veggies for the wild rice. Peel and chop a few celery root bulbs (about 3 pounds), simmer in a bit of water until tender (about 30 minutes), drain, put into food processor with butter, warm cream, salt, and pepper.  Yum!
4. Green Beans ~ everybody loves a vegetable that you can eat with your hands.  Keep these simple and tasty to brighten up the plate.  When you pull the turkey out of the oven, lightly steam green beans until crisp tender, toss with olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper.  For a variation you can add crushed red pepper flakes or sauteed shiitakes or caramelized shallots.
5. Escarole Salad ~ the salad is best served as a separate course after you have enjoyed all of the above.  It is meant to aid digestion and cleanse the palate in preparation for dessert!  I am having an autumn love affair with escarole.  It is toothsome and hearty and good for your liver.  Chop, wash, and dry the leaves today, roll in a kitchen towel, put in a bag, and store in fridge.  You'll be happy you did.  Toss the chopped leaves with julienned granny smith apple, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans, shaved parmesan and thinly sliced fennel.  Dress simply with a vinegar/oil/dijon/honey/salt and pepper vinaigrette.
6. Punkin Custard ~ you basically have to serve a gluten-free dessert these days.  This is like pumpkin pie without the crust.  It is best made at least the day before.  Serve some speculoos or ginger bread cookies on the side.  And for those of us who have to have chocolate in order for it to be called dessert, buy several unique and expensive organic chocolate bars and scatter on table.  They also make for good conversation.

So that's pretty much the whole meal.  You might say "We have to have mashed potatoes or we have to have sweet potatoes or we have to have brussels sprouts or this or that."  Which are all really good ideas and delicious additions.  And perhaps we can all start to cook a little more at home and commune more often with our loved ones.  Save those favorite dishes for the next week and the week after that.  Let us live sanely and simply and savor the moment.

Okay, that said, I'm going back to retreatland.  Where I can contemplate some of life's bigger questions, like "Why does pecorino taste so darned good with black pepper?"  Cheers and love to you.

PUNKIN CUSTARD
serves 8 ~ make at least a day ahead

1 quart half-n-half (you could probably sub coconut milk for dairy free folks)
1 vanilla bean, split open lengthwise
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1 inch piece of ginger roughly chopped
generous pinch of salt
8 yolks (save the whites for macaroons or meringues)
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 pint whipped cream, for garnish
freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 275 (300 at altitude).  Place 8 six-ounce ramekins in large roasting pan.
2. Meanwhile, put half-n-half, vanilla bean, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt into a heavy bottomed pot; bring to a boil over medium heat.  Keep an eye on it do it doesn't boil over. Turn off heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and set aside.
3. Put on a tea kettle to boil water for the water bath.  In a large mixing bowl, combine yolks, eggs, sugar and pumpkin.  Whisk to combine but don't incorporate too much air.  Slowly add the dairy mixture while stirring constantly.
4. Pour mixture into ramekins.  Place roasting pan in oven, slowly and carefully add the hot water until it reaches halfway up the sides of ramekins.  Bake 20 minutes or until just set but jiggly in middle.  Chill in fridge over night.
5. Whip the cream with a touch of sugar and vanilla until medium peaks form.  Dollop the top of each custard with some cream and grate a small bit of the nutmeg over each.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Buddhist Household in SB


hello friends, i am forming a dharma house and am looking for others to join.  please feel free to forward the information.
thank you, ani thupten

DHARMAKASA
Santa Barbara, CA

Ani Thupten Tsondru is looking for other nuns and/or yoginis to form a practice, semi-retreat household in Santa Barbara, CA.  
2015 Start Date TBD
Depends on women and house.

Dharmakasa will be a place of refuge and quiet to study and practice and serve.  
All organic food.  All expenses and household tasks shared.

Ani Thupten is a student of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Anam Thubten.  
If interested, contact me ASAP at 805.698.4712.
Please read the above tab marked "DHARMAKASA".

Thank you and bee well!

You've Been Chopped!



Long time no blog.  There's really no good reason for it except that I've been spending a lot of time with my two best friends, pain and exhaustion.  They are fun but super high-maintenance.  Really, I'm blogging all the time in my head.  Too bad they haven't invented an app yet that reads our thoughts and then types them here.  Although, as any meditator knows, it's slightly repulsive and weird to start seeing your thoughts - so repetitive and self-centered and meaningless.  On and on they go all day long.

I like to spend most of my thinking hours focusing on what I would make if I were a contestant on Chopped.  Which is an effective and useful way to spend my time because I will NEVER EVER EVER be on the show.  I was thinking (see, there it is again) that I might write a little guide for chefs who are actually going on the show.  Or maybe set up a small consulting business for contestants, and I get a portion of their winnings.  Which by the way is 10,000 DOLLARS.  For cooking food that no one would actually ever eat because of the strange ingredients in the mystery baskets.

Still, I can't help watching and enjoying such silliness.  And then thinking about it and planning lots of menus and strategies for when I won't be on the show.

For instance, I made a great dessert (in my mind) and the judges said, "We don't get what you were thinking when you paired the pickled herring gelato with the coco cola gummy bear ganache. Although it tastes great, it doesn't read dessert on the palate."  And I was missing the all-important crunch element.

If you, or one of your Facebook friends, are going to be a cheftestant on Chopped, then here is a sneak peek at the vital information I will pass along to you should you choose to hire me as your cheftestant consultant.

1. Don't use the white truffle oil.  EVER.  Put it down and walk away.
2. Heat up the grill pan, whether you think you will use it or not.
3. Don't make pasta when Scott Conant is one of your judges.
4. Salt your food.  Duh.
5. Don't use Sriracha as a decorative garnish to add color to the plate.
6. The bacon in the Chopped pantry needs to have the rind cut off before using.

Don't you feel better already knowing you have my expertise behind you?  What a relief I haven't wasted countless hours on my meditation cushion codifying this extremely important information.

When my Inner Typist isn't busy narrating a Chopped episode through my neural networks, she is usually writing a biography on my behalf.  She is very talented.  She can type about the past, as well as the future.  She can perseverate on themes year after year without getting bored.  She is always willing to work, especially if the typing involves hope, fear, disappointment, or something like that.

In meditation, we are big on dropping the thinking mind.  What does this mean?  It means give the typist a break, already.  Poor thing has been typing your whole life.  Take your fingers off the keyboard and put your mind in your heart.  Free your Inner Typist!

Our Western culture is big on thinking.  We are highly trained thinkers and praised for this ability.  But it comes with a loss. We have forgotten how to feel, we have forgotten that thinking is a tool, not a way of life.

In HeartMind, I teach a practice called the Heart Pause meditation.  It lasts a few seconds to a few minutes and is the reset button for your brain and body.  It is free and infinite.  We all need a little time out, a break from thinking and talking.  Push pause.  Place your mind in your heart.  Breathe long and slow.  Ahhhhhhhhh.  Smile.  Repeat.

This is a practice for a lifetime.  A practice to be done dozens of times each day.  A practice to teach young people.  We don't need to think all the time.  We can hang out in our hearts and bodies, we can swim in our cells, we can enjoy just being.  Imagine that!

When you hear your inner typist clicking away, retyping the same old story you've heard again and again, see if you can do a little Heart Pause.  Feel and be.

And if you think you'll be going on the Food Network soon, give me a call.