SIMPLICITY IN DESIGN


IN SIMPLICITY WE FIND THE BEAUTY, BECAUSE THE EYE CAN REST! WHEN THE EYE IS ABLE TO REST, THE SOUL CAN REST!

KRIS SCHIRMER
2009/10/14





8/19/10

BACK FROM GERMANY, AND LAUGHTER YOGA, = HASYA YOGA

BACK FROM GERMANY...

i cannot tell you how very HAPPY i feel to be back in this country, which NOW i consider my new HOME.
as funny as it might sound to one or two of you, as soon as i touched the earth of GERMANY, my former "HOME", where i grew up and lived for so many years, but never felt totally "HOME", felt even stranger to me, after 4 years of absence - the people, the environment, the mentality, and much more.
i never could have imagined that it would be that strange ....  ;)
NO, EVERYWHERE ARE MORE or less POSITIVE AND/OR MORE or less NEGATIVE THINGS TO FIND.

IN SHORT, I WOULD SAY: there is MUCH more freedom to do what, where and when you want to do something in  EUROPE, but for me it is definitely TOO CROWDED, WHICH MEANS, THERE IS NOT MUCH WILDERNESS LEFT.
[when you ll read further, you ll see what i mean!]

we never will stop being surprised by LIFE.

KRIS + PHELIX KNOPPH

so the first morning in the city of MUNICH, when i went to the bakery to get some of the amazing BREZN http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretzel, i felt suddenly somehow "claustrophobic" .... the houses are higher - everywhere, not just in the business district, or the inner city center! the streets are much narrower than here, in the city of SAN JOSE.
my thoughts were like "walls, walls, windows, windows, walls, walls, street........" and then "where is the sky?"
the most interesting fact i discovered was how we can get used to an impression of having a wide view [even living in a city in the us!], seeing more trees and flowers than stonewalls, seeing more of the sky and the water of the bay, from all sides around the bay, even when we drive on the freeway. 
 
to get this OPEN VIEW, phelix, jan, my husband, and i drove to STARNBERGER SEE [LAKE STARNBERG] several times! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Starnberg
... which is a wonderful location, especially for people who enjoy very much swimming in a lake, which sadly is prohibited here in california, at least in 99% of the lakes, which makes me somehow  very sad, because i love nature and prefer swimming in lakes, instead of chlorinated water! also, i am a big believer in reloading ones "batteries" in nature, instead of sitting and watching tv.  

THAT'S WHY FOR ME IT'S QUITE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN CALIFORNIA HAVE TO BE "CLOSED" 1/2 HOUR AFTER SUNSET IN WINTER OR 8PM IN SUMMER. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT THE CHANCE TO ENJOY NATURE DURING THE WEEK, OR NOT EVEN AT THE WEEKENDS, WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE THE TIME. 

i remember once i wanted to surprise my husband with a "STARGAZE-PICK-NICK" somewhere up in the bay surrounding hills, from where one has an amazing view over the bay, under the twinkling stars, very romantic,peaceful and quiet ... for full 5 minutes after our arrival! 
... then a female police officer arrived and "asked" us to leave with the words "you are not allowed to stand here!"  after my question "why?", she mentioned that they have had some problems in the past with some youngsters, who have smoked drugs there. we couldn't believe what we were hearing. did we, I thought to myself :) INNER LOUD LAUGHTER - STILL LOOK LIKE TEENAGERS WHO WOULD NEED DRUGS TO ENJOY LIFE %) [at the time we were close to our 40th.... we just looked at one another in disbelieve. that was so very disappointing. 
the conversation ended with the words "THAT'S THE LAW!" "and by the way" , she said, "YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT I M NOT GIVING YOU A TICKET!" 
SERIOUSLY WE ASKED OURSELVES "FOR WHAT?" "STARGAZING IN PEACE AND LOVE?"

DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD NEVER BE A PROBLEM IN GERMANY OR ANY OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY, I KNOW. 
THAT IS PROBABLY WHY LOT OF AMERICANS LOVE THE STREET LIFE AND FREEDOM IN CASES LIKE THAT.

TO ENJOY NATURE WHEREVER + WHENEVER I LIKE TO, IN MORE PEACE AND FREEDOM, IS MY GREATEST WISH FOR OUR FUTURE LIFE HERE IN THE US!

the US WOULD BE A MORE WONDERFUL COUNTRY AND MAYBE WITH LESS CRIMINALS, IF PEOPLE WOULD BE ALLOWED A LITTLE MORE FREEDOM IN THEIR PRIVATE LIFE. 
INSTEAD OF MANY SENSELESS LAWS AND RESTRICTIONS, ONE SHOULD GIVE PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO LEARN HAVING MORE RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPECT FOR NATURE AND EACH OTHER.
these are just my personal thoughts.


but now back, how it was in GERMANY ...


while you take a splash or swim in the STARNBERGER SEE [ see is the german word for lake, by the way!], you can see the ALPEN [ALPS] when you look at the southern end of the lake, which is just amazing! while we were there, we had the pleasure of having a storm happening, which means that the water changes its colour from a deep blue to dangerously looking dark green, and on top of the waves you ll see white caps dancing in the wind. sooooo beautiful under the dark grey blue clouded sky!
watch a short film about the lake - at the end of the film you ll see some boot huts along the shore of the lake, further south, behinds the huts, that's where i love to go swimming, because it's more quiet there. ;) my "secret" for you!  i have chosen that film because it reflects the atmosphere quite as it is in reality. ;) i ll miss it!   




i DEFINITELY will miss all my friends .... here you see NATALIA, MONIKA, AND MYSELF in a greek restaurant, after some glasses of RETZINA and some others of OUZO ;) --- i shall not forget to mention the wonderful food we had. grilled kalamari with creek salad and pita bread..... some mixed cold and warm appetizer. [if you know a very good greek restaurant in the san jose area, please let me know!!!] some of my other friends you ll find here... > http://mruxndesign.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-post.html












I ALSO MISS HER VERY MUCH ALREADY!

SHE was my wonderful dentist ALEXANDRA GORRIS, which died, just being 60 years old, by a brain tumor. she was an exceptional  wonderful mensch*, and a highly respected and gifted dentist. the atmosphere in here dental office was always so welcoming and peaceful. one could feel that everyone got along with each other very well.
after the death of my mother in april, i was quite down to hear  from the sudden death of MRS. GORRIS, in may.  
* Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש mentsh; German: Mensch, for "human being") means "a person of integrity and honor"
the young lady with the long dark hair, standing next to her, is WAZMA, who had worked together with her for 15 years, and was like a soul-daughter to her, and a REAL mensch as well!  
she is going to visit us here with her sister in september!



THANKS GOD, WHO MIGHT LOOK LIKE HIM ...;)  - at least he must own a huge amount of HUMOUR, looking at us human beings, what we do @ TIMES - we got a new kind of WISDOM sent to us.


LAUGHTER YOGA, ALSO CALLED HASYA YOGA, is a form of yoga employing self-triggered laughter. The "laughter" is physical in nature, and does not necessarily involve humor or comedy. The concept was developed by Indian guru Jiten Kohi.[citation needed] It was made popular as an exercise routine developed by Indian physician Madan Kataria.[citation needed] Kataria writes about the practice in his book Laugh For No Reason.

I GOT THE TIP FROM MY FRIEND MONIKA, WHO FOUND PEACE AND HAPPINESS. SHE SEEMS TO BE IN TOTAL BALANCE.
I LL TRY IT NEXT WEDNESDAY, AND LET YOU KNOW MY EXPERIENCES. :O LOL HOHOHO HAHAHA.....

IN THE FOLLOWING FILM YOU LL FIND AN INTERESTING INTRODUCTION ...



I SEND YOU ALL MY LOVE, I WISH YOU LOTS OF PEOPLE TO LAUGH WITH AND I HOPE TO GET MANY COMMENTS, IDEAS, AND INSPIRING THOUGHTS.

KRIS :)



AND HERE I JUST HAD TO ADD THIS VIDEO,
BECAUSE I LOVE THE WOMEN LAUGH SO
MUCH FROM THEIR HEARTS!

... AND NOW... my first official video in the WWW! 
 
my first trial of a laughter session on the beach by
CARMEL BY THE SEA 
- for my long-time friend MONIKA! 
... und hier nun noch ein kleiner improvisierter lach yoga versuch ...
fuer meine allerliebste freundin MONIKA, die mich schon so oft inspiriert hat.
hoffe, du lachst nun herzhaft! :O bussi 

video

habe soeben erfahren wie es richtig geht. werd nun mal richtig unterricht nehmen!
hugs
and love
kris

... and today 09/10/2010 - i want to add a very interesting blog post about
"SHIFT UR MOOD WITH A LAUGHTER EXPERIMENT"
by Carole Fogarty


..................... ACTION ...............................................

LOL

+A BACCIO  FROM THE TWO OF US

P.S. I HAVE TO MENTION ... THAT PHELIX, MY DOG, DIDN'T LIKE THE SOUNDS OF 
"HOHO HAHAHA" ... HE GOT REALLY FUNNY. 
TRY IT WITH YOUR DOG, AND LET ME KNOW HOW HE/SHE REACTED TO THE SOUND. 

LOVE KRIS

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