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About Maggie

I am a graduated educator in continuing education and actually a German. I am a real lover of the internet and have always loved to read, I love to study and deal with written texts. I love to work as an information broker as I do. I love science, I love news documenting the progress of society. And I love to meditate and have actually been practicing Transcendental Meditation for more than 35 years starting very early with it in my first university term at the university of Tuebingen in South Germany. I love the possibilities that the Internet has opened up for everyone. Right now I am participating in the Invincible America assembly (more on and studying at the same time at Maharishi University of Management (

David Simon could need some good intents and wishes

From the Editor of LAYOGA editorial: Love

Speaking of love, Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and those with fathers. May it be a day to remind ourselves not to take the people around us for granted.

On a more somber note, we have learned that Dr. David Simon of the Chopra Center has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. We send prayers to his family and community. If you would like to offer any words of support, please click on the Chopra Center’s site Love for David.

May we all have more love,

Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN
LA Yoga Magazine, Editor in Chief




Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year 2010
I wish you all a very peaceful and blissful New Year 2010.  See oneness in all. Hope you like the video. 

Enjoy this beautiful wish for the New Year 2010!

(By the way, how can one blog a You tube here? Embed the link?! It never seemed to work out.)

For another awesome ride around the sun  – love and light, health, abundance, life according to your calling and in full accord with the creative impulses of the intelligence of Nature! Thanks to the Intent team, Mallika and Deepak!

Enjoy your Self…. 🙂



Locavore Local Diet healthy Planet (Movie Trailer)

Locavore Local Diet healthy Planet (Movie Trailer) from Jay Canode on Vimeo.

Locavore is an inspiring new documentary  about the inevitable return to the local diet. The World premiere of the film that is now also available on DVD (see took place August 16th, 2009 @ the Paradise Theatre in Paonia, Colorado.  Less than a generation ago human beings worldwide traveled less than 10 miles to obtain the majority of the food they ate. Today the average conventionally grown vegetable has traveled more than 1500 miles by the time it has reached your pantry. Our food today is over processed, stale, and lacks nutrition. This new film, featuring some of the neo-pioneers of the Locavore movement will educate, inspire, and revitalize bringing health to our bodies AND our communities.


Every dollar spent locally generates up to 6 times as much income for the local economy? Click here for more local facts.



“Just war” – Question to the Intent community

Dear Intent community.

I think the Nobel prize speech of President Obama needs to be more thoroughly analyzed and I would like to hear your voices on this.

I have also put a question to Deepak Chopra as originator of the yow of Non-Violence if he thinks a President of the United States could at all take the vow and under which conditions or if he would consider this irresponsible.

I think we need to change our current paradigm. I would love to hera from you and it would be good to come up with a list of workable solutions to avoid  the application of military force – even in the case of Afghanisthan, Al-Quaeda, Bin Ladens etc..

 Here a few thoughtful  contributions to the "just war" doctrine  I found:


President Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace yesterday in Oslo, justifying his escalation of the Afghanistan War by citing just war doctrine. What are the requirements for a war to be deemed just? And does the Afghanistan War fit these criteria? Andrew E. …
WMD were not vital for war says ex-PM ahead of appearance at Chilcot inquiry


Dennis Kucinich commented on the "Just War" remark:
So did Ron Paul more emphatically criticizing the Christian bias – akin to Bush’s "crusade" remark re Iraq. See his interview with Alex Jones yesterday; part 1 9mins part 2 9 mins

The concept of "just war" – that wars can be considered "just" only if they meet certain criteria – is an official doctrine of the Catholic Church. Here’s part of what the official Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about a just war:

Avoiding war

2307 The fifth commandment forbids the intentional destruction of human life. Because of the evils and injustices that accompany all war, the Church insistently urges everyone to prayer and to action so that the divine Goodness may free us from the ancient bondage of war.

2308 All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war.
However, "as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed."

2309 The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. the gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:

– the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
– all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
– there must be serious prospects of success;
– the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. the power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.

These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the "just war" doctrine.
The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.

I am totally tired right now and therefore this blog contributions give an a little incoherent impression – but I think we cannot let Obama’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech remain uncommented.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Inventor and MIT graduate Pranav Mistry

This is sooo inspiring. The future of computer technology….

At TED India, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.


About Pranav Mistry

Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. Full bio and more links

Pranav Mistry’s website:

Green Light

An Inconvenient Truth was about the Problems, this film is about the solutions…

Green Light The Movie Trailer

Producers: The Tidal Wave
Alex Cequea and Robert Congwer

Recent films have tried to scare people into creating social change. An Inconvenient Truth, 11th Hour, Zeitgeist, and Age of Stupid all try to frighten humanity into caring for the planet. Green Light isn"t about Gloom and Doom or about guilt and fear; Green Light is about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This feature-length docutainament experience is about the personal transformation needed to create socially responsible pandemic change. This film is about living the change you wish to see, and just like a traffic light, Green Light will give humanity the signal that it is time to GO! Green Light is a feature-length documentary film about the current shift happening in society, culture, and ourselves. Exploring the nature of sustainability and where it comes from, the filmmakers ultimately stumble upon the social change we need… and who we need to be to make it happen. With expert commentaries from Paul Hawken, Deepak Chopra, Ken Wilber, and many more of todays greatest thinkers and doers, this feature-length docutainment experience about ecological sustainability and human awakening is helping to reframe the environmental issue within the context of our own personal evolution. Green Light is poised to connect two huge dots, Sustainability and spirituality, and establish a whole new level of understanding around what social change really is.

A short video about Alex Cequea and Robert Gongwer, the creators of the upcoming documentary "Green Light"
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The End Of Poverty? Trailer

In theatres starting November 13th in NYC (Village East Cinema) and November 25th in LA (Laemmles Sunset 5)

The feature-length documentary The End of Poverty? won critical acclaim at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and is narrated by actor Martin Sheen. It is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by filmmaker Philippe Diaz. The film takes a hard look at world poverty and challenges capitalism and the American way. In a world of plenty, why are so many families around the planet still living in abject poverty? Looking beyond the popular "solutions" for poverty, The End of Poverty? asks if the true causes of poverty today stem from a deliberate orchestration of resource misallocation started in colonial times.

The End of Poverty? Trailer - New 


Everything you HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food may make you sick. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death.
Expert Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the #1 GMO bestseller Seeds of Deception, and Genetic Roulette, presents shocking evidence why these gene-spliced crops may lead to health and environmental catastrophes. Learn how to protect yourself and discover the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America —a brilliant plan to quickly end the genetic engineering of our food supply.  


Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods from Jeffrey Smith on Vimeo.

GM foods and ingredients approved for U.S. market

If the following are not certified organic, they may be genetically modified.

  • Soy — miso, soy sauce/tamari/shoyu, teriyaki marinades, tofu, soy beverages, tempeh, textured vegetable protein (usually soy), soyprotein isolate or protein isolate, lecithin or soy lecithin; bread, pastry, margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings also may include lecithin
  • Corn — fructose/high fructose syrup, cornstarch, food starch/modified food starch, flour, meal, sorbitol, malt, malt syrup, malt extract, dextrin, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, baking powder (corn starch is the usual filler, try the corn-free “Featherweight” brand at PCC), confectioners sugar (PCC sells organic), monosodium glutamate, vitamins that do not state “corn-free”
  • Cotton (seed oil)
  • Canola
  • Hawaiian papaya (PCC sells only non-Hawaiian papaya)
  • Zucchini and yellow crook-neck squash (a small amount)
  • Alfalfa for cattle (a federal judge halted plantings in March 2007)
  • GM additives such as aspartame
  • Milk — if cows are treated with GM growth hormone (rBGH)