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The Yin and Yang of Life

The way we see the world greatly depends upon our inner feelings.

When we interact with the world around us, all begins in our mind. We create the realities we live within. Yin and Yang have particular characteristics that influence the type of person we are, and as a consequence how smoothly life goes for us.  

ovicover_02_02_15Two extremes are our Yin and Yang archetypes within us.

If we are Yin, we are givers, providers, and facilitators for others. We fill the environment we live within with positive emotions. A life full of positive emotions enables us to cope much better with problems and challenges that arise from time to time, where we can “master the moment”.

However an excessive Yin within us can blind us to real threats, and cover realities with unwarranted optimism.

If we are Yang, we are takers. We want this and we want that, where we try to take whatever we can from life. This leaves us with negative emotions like greed, envy, and desire.

The yin and yang provides us with different energies. Yin is positive and effervescent feeling, which leads to a very positive drive, while Yang is tiring and draining, as we try to cope with situations we find ourselves in.

Through Yin and Yang we are the empower of the environment around us. If we give, we will receive much more than what we give in the long term. Likewise if we want to take, chances are that you will lose more than what you will take, and feel a sense of lose and dispossession.

This is a powerful determinator of our fate in life.

In a balanced life one goes around with some amount of curiosity. We go around to different places, see new people and things, and try and understand why people are different.

We go to some places and when sensitive enough, can pick up different feelings. For example in a particular household, one day could be very happy with a birthday, another day, very stressed due to a marital argument, or sorrowful because of a death.

It is this curiosity and sensitivity that gives us personal mastery.

Somehow we must learn to live in the middle of yin and yang, so we can see things for what they really are. This is all about living within a clear reality rather than being an undue optimist or pessimist in everyday life.

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Art That Moves & Art That Moves Us

The Ovi team invites you all to be part of David Sparenberg’s video project and participate into CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TOGETHER

This unique video project for a changing planet, CROSSING the THRESHOLD TOGETHER, is about tough love confrontations with real problems and realizable possibilities, bringing creative and spiritual perspectives into focus in a dedicated effort to stimulate dialogue and healing.  While acts of beauty are recognized and invoked, the project is not an aesthetic exercise, much less escapist art.

Our budget goal is $25,000 and budget will pay for complete production work—video shoots, equipment, studio time, travel—plus honorarium for participating artists. The call here goes out to all who are awake, alert and aware to support this effort to awaken, inspire and motivate a greater majority to participate in furthering the democratization of ecological and humanitarian responsibility.

The project will create a series of short videos, numbering 15-20, based on selected compositions from LIFE IN THE AGE OF EXTINCTIONS, volumes one & two.  Videos will be of 4-7 minute duration and posted free as a global outreach effort.  Videos will include author voiceovers of compositions, scrolled texts, still images and live footage, traditional and original music and traditional and improvisational dance.  Some videos will be made in both English and Spanish. All videos will be freely distributed as perception changing cultural tools.

Free downloads of LIFE IN THE AGE OF EXTICTIONS (the project’s base script book) are available at http://www.ovimagazine.com/cat/56.  Volume one is published from Helsinki, Finland and accessible through the foregoing link; volume two is a work in progress nearing completion, with publication to coincide with this video project.

Video shoots will take place between August and October, 2013 and will explore the environments and eco systems of the Pacific Norwest—Western Washington & the Oregon Coast—and American Southwest—in an around Moab, Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Each completed video will be posted immediately on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

In this fundraising campaign my friend and I are turning to those who understand the seriousness and urgency of the planetary condition so that through this project we can reach out to those who do not yet grasp the importance of change–most especially we seek to reach out to parents, families and the youth of the world.

CROSSING the THESHOLD TOGETHER is a good project and you are invited to join us and assure its success.  The project is approached in the wisdom of the astronaut who said, “Failure is not an option.” Consider: if only 1,000 persons of the some seven billion of us contributes merely $25 each, we will achieve full budget to fully extend our outreach, contributing to a common future of diversity, dignity, dialogue and democracy.

Here is a text that will provide the theme for one of the projects many eco-culture and educational videos: 


I pray today that there will be peace  That peace will be a lasting breath inside of all living  That peace will be deep breathing  That peace will wing out in every direction traveling through the many colored spirals of time and space

I pray that stones will speak and wind will listen lifting the heavy properties of stone into the warm light of sun  That tall trees will pray from roots of wisdom  That watery darkness will respect tree-prayer  And that Earth—abused elder all around and ailing—will find solace in our new humility and forgive and protect us 

Live Earth has a guardian angel

I pray today that there will be peace  That if I am not gifted enough to add light to light I may be poor enough to add nothing to conflict  That if I am not wise enough to suggest solutions I am foolish enough to treat every stranger as a friend  That as I am not complex enough to be clever I may yet remain simple enough to be honest 

I pray today that there will be peace  Not weak peace which is sallow emaciated cold and compromised  That vanishes quickly at the end of words  That is dreamless groundless and conceived without a home  That peace rather then that dreams in spectrums of senses is multi-dimensional that carries dreams to distant worlds  That stands in bright circles of prayer as in green-fire  That is beautiful and supple as limbs of lovers  That is moved by desire  That is hot with hope 

Better to error on the side of love: Peace forever young

I pray today that there will be peace That the peace of this prayer will have many children

That the children of peace will inherit the Earth 


Artists who have agreed to participate in the CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TOGETHER video project currently include the following:

David Sparenberg, international author of LIFE IN THE AGE OF EXTINCTIONS and THE GREEN TROUBADUR SOURCE BOOK; actor & project director

THERERubina, Marcos & David Carmona, CARMONA FLAMENCO, with Guest Artist Ana Montes

The MONKEY PUZZLE ORCHESTRA, a band of world music musicians

Margaret “Magda” Hemmerlin, singer & performance artist

Astrid Allan, photographer & model

John D’Onofrio, nature photographer & Monkey Puzzle musician

Mary Margaret Moore, choreographer, dancer & physical theater actress

Gary Selness, SelnesSongs, musician & audio engineers

special contributions from Bert Monterona, award winning painter & mural artist

THERE IT IS & WE NEED ALL THE SUPPORT WE CAN GET.  Every contribution opens a possibility.  PLEASE CONTRIBUTE.

For project specific comments and questions, please email:shadowstoneTao@yahoo.com

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5 new books for the Ovi shelves

ovicover_02_03_13This must be the first time we publish so many books in such thematic variety the same time. And we keep our aim to have some new books in the beginning of every month. Five new books. From economics and environment to photography and from sensing ideas and thoughts to cartoons. Ovi definitely covers every issue even when it comes to books! Just check the Ovi Bookshop and it is all there!

1.  “Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity” Murray Hunter

2. “The Green Troubadour Source Book” David Sparenber

3. “The first line Of personal care Entrepreneurship”. Murray Hunter

4. “Ovi in Finnish means doors” Ovi Team

5. “Just a salad please!” Thanos Kalamidas

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Merry Christmas without guns!!!

Xmas Ovi CoverOvi’s editorial in today’s issue: “I know it is strange to see me writing in a religious day but do please go beyond the religious part and keep the message. The message is simple and it is love. It is compassion, understanding, carrying. But then again this Sunday on my radio show and despite all the Christmas spirit and talking about kids, presents and of course Santa Claus we ended up talking most of the time about what happened in Connecticut, USA last week. And do you know what our biggest worry was? Who’s next! ”


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Tony Zuvela joins Ovi magazine

ImageTony Zuvela is the latest and very …illustrated addition to Ovi magazine and as he says for himself “born way back in the crazy, far out, groovy sixties. He currently lives with the four people inside his head, somewhere in Australia.”

Ovi welcomes Tony in a new series called “Berserk alert!” and today you going to see his first four creations but no worries; he’s going to be around often!!!

Check here: Ovi magazine


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