Meditation is a practice in which an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Meditation is practiced in numerous religious traditions. The earliest records of meditation (dhyana) are found in the Upanishads, and meditation plays a salient role in the contemplative repertoire of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Since the 19th century, Asian meditative techniques have spread to other cultures where they have also found application in non-spiritual contexts, such as business and health.
Meditation may significantly reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and enhance peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being. Research is ongoing to better understand the effects of meditation on health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other areas.
Volumes, 1 & 2 is a pair of EPs by Brent Smith and Zach Myers of American rock band Shinedown. Volume 1 was released on October 9, 2020, while Volume 2 was released on October 23, 2020. Both EPs were released via Atlantic. These are the first EPs by Smith and Myers to feature a mixture of acoustic covers and originals by the duo along with additional instruments such as a piano, unlike the previous EP which featured only acoustic guitars and all cover songs on the disc. The first two songs released by the duo features one original song entitled "Not Mad Enough" and one cover track originally by Neil Young called "Rockin' in the Free World". Both songs were released via YouTube and all streaming platforms on August 21, 2020.
Nyaruko: Crawling with Love , also known as Nyaruko-san: Another Crawling Chaos, is a Japanese light novel series written by Manta Aisora and illustrated by Koin. It was inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. The series' twelve volumes were published by Soft Bank Creative under their GA Bunko imprint between April 2009 and March 2014.
High Strung is a 2016 American drama film directed by Michael Damian and written by Janeen Damian and Michael Damian. The film stars Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Jane Seymour, Sonoya Mizuno, Richard Southgate and Paul Freeman. The film was released on April 8, 2016, by Paladin.
Ruby is a classical ballet dancer who gets a scholarship to a Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts. She meets an edgy, moody young violinist named Johnnie who performs in the New York subway. He gets distracted while helping her, and his violin and the rent money he has earned busking was stolen. She tries to help him with a loaner violin from the Conservatory, but he tells her he doesn't want charity and seems to be accusing her of being a rich, entitled snob because she attends the Conservatory. She learns he is illegally living in the USA; which is why he didn't report the theft to the police or ask them for help. She also learns that there's competition where a dancer performs with a string musician, and the winner gets a scholarship, which could qualify Johnnie for a student visa. Ruby's scholarship is on the line because she is failing a mandatory contemporary dance class so she and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported. Johnnie had paid an immigration attorney to help him get a green card but the attorney turns out to be a fraud. The situation is made more complicated by the rivalry of some other students entering the competition; one of which has a particular jealousy of Johnnie's talent.With the help of a hip hop dance crew they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever.
Rion Vernon, known by his stage name Doctor Steel (full name, Doctor Phineas Waldolf Steel) is an American musician and internet personality from Los Angeles. He performed on rare occasions with a "backup band", claiming that a fictitious robot band had malfunctioned. Shows incorporated puppetry, multimedia and performances by female members ("Nurses" and "Scouts") of his street team, The Army of Toy Soldiers. Steel made a brief appearance on The Tonight Show and has had numerous interviews. He was the subject of an article in Wired magazine regarding allegations that Dr. Horrible had copied his style. Steel has frequently been cited as an example of steampunk music.
Steel began publicly performing in 1999, essentially busking on the streets of Los Angeles. A few years later, he began performing at venues like The Key Club and the California Institute of Abnormalarts. His live shows combined music with puppetry and video projection that reflect the stories and meanings of the songs.
Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian singer and television personality. One of the most prolific and popular singers of India, she has received four National Film Awards, four Kerala State Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, two BFJA Awards, seven Filmfare Awards and ten Filmfare Awards South. She has recorded songs for films and albums in various Indian languages.
Ghoshal began learning music at the age of four. At the age of six, she started her formal training in classical music. When she reached sixteen, she was noticed by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's mother after she won the television singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma. Following the success, she made her Bollywood playback singing debut with Bhansali's romantic drama Devdas (2002) for which she received a National Film Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, and a Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.
Lia Marie Johnson is an American actress, singer, Internet personality, comedian, gamer, and musician, who in 2014 was profiled by Adweek as one of the "10 biggest young stars on YouTube". She first received recognition for her work on her YouTube channel, where she rose to fame for creating skits and song covers. She also made appearances in the Fine Brothers web series Kids React (2010–2011).
Jillian Rose Banks, known mononymously as Banks, is an American singer and songwriter. Following the release of two extended plays, Fall Over and London, in 2013, Banks released her debut album, Goddess, in 2014 to positive reviews from contemporary music critics. It reached number 12 on the US Billboard 200, while its most successful single, "Beggin for Thread", was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her second studio album, The Altar, was released in September 2016 to a similar positive reception, becoming her second top 20 album in the United States. Her third album, III, was released in 2019. It became her most critically acclaimed release to date and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200, as well as number 3 on the Top Albums Sales chart.
Ruby Amanfu is a singer and songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for recording and touring with Jack White. She has also worked with Sam Booker in the band Sam & Ruby, and she appeared with the a cappella group The Collective on the voice competition program The Sing-Off.
Ruby Amanfu was born in Accra, Ghana to a musical family of five. When she was three years old, her father moved the family to Nashville, TN, where early on she began to flourish around the sights and sounds of Music City. She started writing songs at a young age and entered a school talent show in third grade where she took home the first place prize: a pack of 10 gumballs.
More talent shows followed, as well as a knack for literary competitions wherein she discovered her passion for writing song lyrics. She was educated in the private and magnet school systems and attended high school at the prestigious Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, whose premiere Fine Arts program afforded her the opportunity to write and record songs in the school’s studio. In her sophomore year of high school, Amanfu was chosen for The Nashville Symphony Chorus, becoming the youngest member of the group at age 15. She performed with the group for one season.
Hayden Norman Thorpe (born 18 January 1986) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Kendal, Cumbria and currently based in Walthamstow, London.
From 2002 to 2018, Thorpe was the frontman of the indie pop band Wild Beasts, which he initially co-founded as a duo with guitarist Ben Little. Eventually expanding into a four-piece, the band released five studio albums on Domino Records to much critical acclaim, yet only modest commercial success. Following the band's dissolution, Thorpe pursued a solo career, and released his debut album Diviner through Domino in May 2019.
Thorpe is often noted for his distinct, operatic countertenor vocal style, which critics commonly described as being both unusual and an acquired taste in the field of indie rock. Thorpe has cited Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush and The Smiths as amongst his musical influences, as well as writer Arthur Rimbaud on his lyrics.
EO is a 2022 drama road movie directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. Inspired by Robert Bresson's 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar, it follows the life of a donkey born in a Polish circus. The film premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022, where it won the Jury Prize, tying with The Eight Mountains. Submitted by Poland, EO was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.
Mademoiselle de Joncquières est un drame romantique français écrit et réalisé par Emmanuel Mouret, sorti en 2018. Il s’agit de l’adaptation de l'histoire de Madame de La Pommeraye insérée dans le roman Jacques le Fataliste et son maître de Denis Diderot (1784) qui avait déjà librement inspiré en 1945, Les Dames du bois de Boulogne à Robert Bresson.
L'action se déroule en France au XVIIIe siècle. Madame de La Pommeraye, jeune et jolie veuve, qui se pique de n'avoir jamais été amoureuse, finit par céder aux avances du libertin marquis des Arcis qui la courtise avec assiduité. Après quelques années heureuses, elle découvre que celui-ci s’est peu à peu lassé d'elle.
Brisée et blessée dans son orgueil, elle entreprend de se venger en humiliant le marquis. Elle va chercher madame de Joncquières, une femme dont le triste destin lui avait été raconté par une amie : issue d'une union illégitime et abusée par un séducteur, elle et sa fille se sont retrouvées sans ressources et contraintes à la prostitution.