Lightest folding e-bike is on the way

vello-bikeThe breakthrough technology adopted for the new Vello Bike from Austria allows the battery to recharge on the energy generated while cycling, so you don’t need to dismantle it at the end of your ride and you will not run out of battery power. This is the first -bike worldwide that has this feature of permanent battery recuperation and with a weight of under 12 kg also the lightest.

The energy with this new system is harvested as before by braking and pedaling, just that it now also converts mechanical energy into electrical energy thanks to the Integrated Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). In that way, additional energy is released to recharge the light integrated lithium-ion battery. Through this new technology, VELLO BIKE+ all-in-one changes the motor map automatically and continuously in order to keep the battery charged. The motor assistance and the cutoff speed both depend on the battery charge, the input from the pedals (speed-torque) and the road slope. Choose from different assistance levels to get the extra push you need with the 250W motor. It is electrically-assisted when you want it to be. Unlike most electric bikes, it is still easy to pedal even with the power assistance turned off.

You can ride up to 15 miles per hour (25 km/hour) for unlimited mileage in “self-charging mode”, or in “turbo mode” up to 18-30 miles (30-50 km) on a full charge without any effort. As soon as you stop pedaling, the motor will stop pushing. The generated power depends on several factors including the bike speed, the pedaling speed, the road slope and the selected power mode.

These are not all the features of this revolutionary new foldable e-bike: there is a new gear adopted to the system, a new suspension system, availability with a titanium or carbon frame and much more. The Vello Bike is not yet on the market, but you can order it on this Kickstarter page and pledge the required model; a lot of features are less expensive than later or even free. The compaign only goes for another 4 days, so you have to be quick. Until now 188 people are backing the project, totaling a pledge sum of over 300’000 €. Delivery is planned for April 2017.

Pope Francis blesses Peace Run Torch

pope-francis-peace-torch1On October 12, 2016, 4 days after the finish of the 49 nation, 25,000 km, 8 month European Peace Run in Rome at the Colosseum the members of the Peace Run were truly blessed to be part of the Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Basilica. After the mass Pope Francis took a moment to bless the torch and receive gifts of artwork and messages from children around the world. They also presented some of Sri Chinmoy’s writings and artwork. More pictures on: peacerun.org.

Pachamama – The World by Drone

Pachamama is usually translated as Mother Earth, but a more literal translation would be “World Mother”. In Inca mythology, Pachamama is an ever-present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth. This video takes you on a trip around the world showing breath taking imagery of our world, also known as “Pachamama”. Filmed by- Karim Iliya;  edited by – Amanda Beenen.

Running 3100 miles …

Yuri-3100mile-2016.jpgThe Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team sponsored the 20th Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race from 6 a.m. to midnight for 52 days, starting Sunday, June 19, 2016, and concluding Tuesday, Aug. 9. It is the world’s longest certified road race (USAT&F Certificate: NY12013JG). In this seven-and-a-half weeks long (52 days) test of endurance, nine men and three women attempted to complete 5,649 laps of a 0.5488 mile course (883.2079 meters) on paved sidewalks encircling Edison High School and the Joe Austin Playground in Queens, New York. The distance is equal to 118.23 marathons. Five runners finished the distance. Race founder Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) said, “The supreme secret or goal will be to transcend our own capacities. We will not try to defeat others. We will try only to constantly transcend ourselves.”

RESULTS
1. Yuri Trostenyuk, 52, Vinnitsa, Ukraine 46 days+01:10:25—4 finishes (see picture)
2. Ashprihanal Aalto, 45, Helsinki, Finland 46 days+02:54:22—14 finishes
3. Atmavir Petr Spacil, 38, Zlin, Czech Rep 47 days+11:32:00—9 finishes
4. Vasu Duzhiy, 50, St Petersburg, Russia 48 days+03:54:11—5 finishes
5. Ms. Kaneenika Janakova, 46, Bratislava, Slovakia 51 days+07:31:07—1 finish

This was the 20th consecutive running of the 3,100 Mile Race. To date, 39 people have completed the event, bringing the total of finishes to 144 in 20 years. The most finishes for a man is 14, held by Ashprihanal Aalto, Helsinki, Finland. The most finishes for a woman is 13, held by Suprabha Beckjord, Washington, DC, USA. The current world records were set in 2015. Ashprihanal Aalto of Finland holds the WR of 40 days+ with 09:06:21. Surasa Mairer of Austria holds the WWR of 49 days+ with 07:52:01.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organizers hope that the Twentieth Annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race serves as an inspiration for people in all walks of life to ‘go the extra mile’ or reach their own highest potential in whatever they do.

Words rewire our brains – for better or worse

“Just seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction.” ~ Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Waldman

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a harsh, angry word, you are well acquainted with the racing heart and rise in blood pressure due to the fight-or-flight stress response. On the opposite end of the spectrum, kind, loving and gentle words have a calming, spacious effect. Both scenario’s tend to be familiar ground in our day-to-day interactions. What we may not realize, however, is how words restructure the physical composition of our brains in an ongoing process. And it’s not just spoken words — the same is true for those that are in written form or thoughts of particular words. As it turns out, words hold incredible power — and can determine our level of happiness, health and success in both business and relationships.

Researchers have discovered the most dangerous word in the world

For anyone who has children, there’s a good chance you fall into the “NO” routine — meaning you habitually tell your child “NO” as if it were some kind of knee-jerk reaction. As parents, we seem to dole the word out like candy without a second thought, which is a big mistake according to the latest research in psychology.

“If I were to put you into a fMRI scanner—a huge donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening in your brain—and flash the word “NO” for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication,” write Newberg and Waldman, authors of Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy.

When you speak the word “NO” — it’s not just your brain that’s affected, the listener will also experience increased anxiety and irritability, which ultimately undermines cooperation and trust. In fact, any hostile language can cause problems for both the speaker and recipient. “Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes,” note Newberg and Waldman. That’s right, a single word is powerful enough to impact the expression of genes that are responsible for physical and emotional stress. And complaining is just as bad. “People don’t break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is…similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s dead wrong,” psychologist Jeffrey Lohr wryly observes.

Besides curbing our complaints and avoiding negative words in thought and speech — and possibly rethinking the use of “NO” altogether — how can we further transform our reality for the better through the use of language?

The power of positive words

If negative words are a disaster for our mind, health and relationships, the opposite is also true of optimistic language. When we hold a positive word in our mind the frontal lobe is stimulated. This is the region of the brain responsible for higher mental processes like thinking, decision making and planning — it also includes specific language centers that are linked directly to the motor cortex that moves you into action. On top of that, the longer you focus on positive words, the more other areas of the brain are influenced. You begin to change the perception of yourself and others. And you build resiliency to life’s trials and tribulations.

As you begin to see yourself in a positive light, it will create a bias toward seeing the good in others. In contrast, negative words create a poor self-image which cultivates suspicion and doubt. “Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality,” said the authors.

Vajin Armstrong (SCMT) first in Davos

vajin-davos-1.platz.jpgYesterday, Vajin Armstrong (NZ) won the prestigious Swiss Alpine Marathon in Davos with a time of 6:25:23 h, followed by Evgenii Glyva (UKR) with 6:41:17 h and Bernhard Eggenschiler (CH) with 6:44:11 h. 35 year old Vajin is a member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team (SCMT) and meditation was certainly the key factor to win this competition with a length of 76 k and a difference of altitude of 2560 m! Bravo Vajin!

PHOTOS: Swiss Alpine Marathon Davos / VIDEO: Hutashan Heer

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Guinness World Record: Balancing bike on chin

Guinness World Records’ most prolific record breaker Ashrita Furman, a student of Sri Chinmoy,  has achieved yet another title this month, after a successful attempt at the Longest duration balancing a bicycle on the chin. Ashrita carefully placed the saddle of his bike onto his chin and managed to keep it there without touching it with his hands for an incredible 2 min 1.45 sec. The attempt took place in Uherske Hradiste in the Czech Republic, in front of an audience of cheering children. The bike was an unmodified Super Course Raleigh and weighed 12.05 kg.