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This blog is about both scientific, societal/political, and yoga-related issues - individually and considered as different aspects of the same problem/solution. A longer description is found in the first blog entry, and all old posts are found in a structured way here. The blog is an extension of my main home pages and Twitter: @gunnarcedersund

Final celebration of the autumn. Welcome Christmas feelings :)

karma yoga: life and work Posted on Nov 23, 2013 22:09

As I wrote about in a previous blog, I have this year prepared for and celebrated the autumn a little bit more carefully than earlier years, and it has payed off: I have enjoyed it more than ever, and all the colours on the trees, the increasing number of dark-hours outside and the increasing number of candles inside, etc have all just felt great. That is such a difference, and I am really happy about that. Therefore, since we now are switching over from autumn to winter, and to Christmas preparations, I want to do a new little blog post on this, to commemorate this shift. The video above is one of my favourite autumn songs, with lyrics written by the wonderful comic author Tove Jansson. The video below is another of my favourite autumn and long-night songs: Pugh Rogefeldt’s “Här kommer natten”, in a wonderful performance for him, sung by Miss Li, in a studio in TV4.
With these two songs, I hereby close the autumn celebration….


…and open the winter celebration and allow for the Christmas feelings to start pouring in. Actually, I already started this a bit a few days ago, when I was attending the really nice installation of Linköpings Vinterljus, which is an annual light-exhibition that takes place in various locations in Linköping city.

This was followed by a Christmas market in Trädgårdsföreningen, and when I saw the horse below, and all the nice little things people had constructed, I knew: the weeks leading up to Christmas are really cosy and worthy of enjoyment as well. In fact, we are now entering one of the best parts of the year.

Finally: in other parts of Sweden, even in cities south of Linköping, they yesterday started to talk about sightings of snow ^^

Two pictures from Trädgårdsföreningen earlier today.

Time for two new events: a concert on Monday, and a TED evening early December

events/courses at Posted on Nov 23, 2013 21:40

//’ve got the words to change a nation
but you’re biting your tounge
You’ve spent a life-time in silence
afraid you’ll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it, how’re we gonna learn your song?

So come on, come on
come on, come on“

are the opening lyrics of the song that was played in the audition of
the wonderful shadow performance group Attraction, which I talked about
in the previous post. I really liked these lyrics, and I really do feel
what she talks about: that we all of us, including me, have “the words
to change a nation”, but that we are all somehow holding ourselves back.
Well, enough of that!
Tomorrow, on Sunday afternoon, I am going to
attend a discussion group regarding possible options to introduce a
guaranteed income, and this is a part of my general ambition to dive
into the maturation of our economy.

The day after this, I am going to give a new lunch concert at last. This time I will get back to some of the pieces and inspirations with
which I started the whole series, about three years ago: to Chopin. I
will play some of the pieces I played then, i.e. some of his Preludes op
28, but I will also play some other works. These include e.g.
Fantasie-Impromptu and his wonderful Berceuse. As usual I will also talk
a little about the pieces I am playing.

What: Lunch concert, piano with Gunnar Cedersund
When: Monday 25/11, 12.20-12.50
Where: Berzeliussalen, next to the HU library
Price: Free of charge!

Apart from this, I am also planning for a new TED evening. Preliminary date is December 3, a Tuesday.

Attraction – telling the story of their lives in shadows

music, dancing, creativity Posted on Nov 23, 2013 21:26

I don’t know if you know already, but this
year’s edition of Britain’s got talent was won not by a singer, as has
been the case previous years, but by a…shadow performance group from
Hungary! This illustrates so nicely that it is not the
of expression that decides how good a show is, but only ONLY the
quality of it. Our lives have some basic components – you are born, you
grow up and learn about life, you fall in love, dance, have sex and
kids, until one day you die and your kids take over after you – and
these components can be depicted in any medium you so desire. And when
it is done well, it is touching, because it touches those general core
components that exists within all of us.

The name of this group is “Attraction”, and in the above video you see their audition performance. In the below video you see their second performance, which is equally remarkable.

// discovered this group and these two videos for real only yesterday, and I am really happy that I did so. Not only because the videos are really touching, but because it is so inspirational to see how a group of inspired young adults can put their hearts and minds together into some devoted focused work to create something this remarkable and uplifting. And it doesn’t matter where they come from in the world. The only thing that matters is the quality of your creation, and the intent by which you put it out there to others.