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6/17…..Mega Doses of the Utah Desert and LSD (Found in Psychedelia–LSD)

—–During these first few hours every thought that is thought seems of absolute magnitude.  It all seems so important and so meaningful and you’re thinking about things in ways you feel like you never have before, or it’s been very long since you have.  The glee and joy and fascination of a child seems to come back to you.  You find everything interesting.  You find everything motivating.  You want to uncover and figure out everything.  You have raw powerful energy.  Your brain is literally on display.  What makes you human and a part of nature is being defined to you and it is the most fascinating thing ever.  You feel grateful for the experience.  How have you forgotten about such things?  How have you ever veered from these magical insights and thoughts?  How could you not have motivation and empowerment for everything you see all the time?  The world can be such a wonderful place.  Laughing takes over as it seems like some weird joke you play on yourself for somehow not experiencing life as it can be…

 

—–Acceptance and reciprocity of intersectionality of thought is a means to an end to a true pursuit of happiness and healthy communities.

 

3/17…..Ecology and Conversation on Veganism, Thoughts About Life and Attachment and Remaining Open in Times of Posturing (found in Conscious, Ethical Vegans, Omnivores, Environmentalists)

—–People take on and become an –ism WAY more than an –ism becomes a piece of them (Vegan-ism in this example). People become ego identified with their -ism and due to this it seeks out and looks for division and opportunities to spread the agenda and to judge negatively if agreement doesn’t adhere to said –ism. Most of the time, it directly leads to quick division and forces sides to be taken and more conveniently puts people in boxes that really are far from defining them.  It leaves bystanders feeling attacked when someone from that –ism starts to express themselves. When people feel attacked, they feel defensive, and when people feel defensive they don’t want to look at those issues. This is a lose lose situation as we are social apes and opportunities that are lost that relate to influencing and being influenced is a big losing venture for all. 

In a very real sense, every –ism is a form of authoritarian-ism. If we really want people to come around to our –ism it needs to come from a place of freedom, dialogue, reciprocal communication about values and experiences, etc. And we also need to be honestly open to that our –ism may be wrong! We can’t be offended and grotesque feeling if people don’t agree with us. That will just lead to us spending more time within our echo chamber groups and our echo chamber heads. This usually does not pan out well for people and gives people a distorted view of reality…

 

3/17…..Vegan, Anti-allergy, Gluten Free, with Less Sugar, Cake and Frosting! (Found in Superfoods / Eating the Right Foods)

—-Not exactly a superfood but it is a choice desert for someone avoiding the 8 most common allergens and having somewhat less sugar.  We all need to figure out how to appease our sweet tooth ya know:)

 

3/17…..Making Perfect Green Smoothies and Info on Juicing (Found in Food as Medicine / Medicine as Food and Superfoods / Eating the Right Foods)

—–I’m so into smoothies! It’s like the gift that keeps giving in wonderful options for taste and excellent health.

An excellent documentary on the health benefits of juices and smoothies is called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix, about a man who was really unhealthy and on tons of pharmaceutical medication, and then decided to start juicing which led to his astounding health.

 

2/17…..Mushroom Healing Insights (Found in Psilocybin Mushrooms)

—–I started to examine a tree that shimmered due to the rain that had just passed. I talked about how I felt like most people (including myself) were just trying to work through the muck of daily routine for the few blissful and beautiful moments that seemed too few and far between. I didn’t want life to be like this! I wanted beauty, I wanted transformation, I wanted growth! I didn’t want to continue to be stifled the way I felt I was, but could see no other way around it due to having to make money, having to work and having to go to college so I could wrap myself up into debt so that I could just get a career. How was I supposed to find what I wanted out of life when I had to put so much energy into things that didn’t seem like they mattered?

 

2/17…..Social Media and Facebook “Lurking” Disease (Found in Save Me From Technology)

—-“Lurking” on social media without directly getting involved with people or actions or issues is a problem for many people.  Avoiding “lurking” and taking breaks from social media are researched to bring people back to a positive space with their lives and how they view themselves.

Various groups are trying to use social networking to map the patterns and behavior of a person’s social connectivity and take the happiness pulse of the entire planet, so it can detect red flags for a person’s, a society’s, emotional well-being.  Will we one day receive medical prescribed social networking notifications that diagnose us with depression, anxiety, insecurity, over stress, addiction, suicide tendencies, narcissism, withdrawing from friends/family and overall mental health monitoring?  Seems like it’s only a matter of time and can you imagine the kind of world this would bring about?  A whole plethora of positives and negatives come to mind for mapping the norms of happiness that could be so easily measured by our government, companies, ourselves, etc.

 

2/17…..What Do I Want To Struggle For? (Found in Mindful Meditation / Life Balance)

—-…It is interesting to ask the question of not what will make us happy but what struggle will give us extra motivation.  Life can be a hodge-podge of things we attach meaning to, dreams gone astray, or change and loss being inevitable parts of our existence.  It’s often hard to find the motivation for things but when you grow from struggle and actually realize you might have enjoyed that process then that’s where you really found a true passion.

1/17…Engaging in Something Bigger Than Ourselves (Found in Positive Processing / Landmark)

—-We often think of “I” as that which goes on with us internally with our attitudes, moods, feelings, emotions, thoughts, bodily sensations, etc.  We can also think of “I” through a filter of some theory, idea, memory, belief, etc. Being limited by either of those default places we associate with “I” doesn’t allow us to investigate the full potential available in being human both internally and externally.  We want to be a powerful “I” that encompasses all and can grasp what we originally considered to be out of our reach.  We want to expand upon the whole world in a different way.  We want to get out of our “default orientation” so that we illuminate, vs. limit, what we encounter day to day.

 

12/16…Unattachment in Love Leading to Healthy, Expansive, Empowering Love (Found in Wellness Coaching–Positive Processing)

—-Unattachment in love is purely the ability to love someone freely. Both people are able to come and go at will, without ever feeling like there is an expectation for a specific set of behaviors or timelines.  Communication and expression and holding space and intersecting your empowered life with your partner’s empowered life and moving on from there is the foundation of unattachment love.

In order to truly love someone this way we have to first name and sit with our wounds; our fear of abandonment, rejection and whatever else we have been conditioned, since birth, to expect from a relationship. Once we can do this work for ourselves, it doesn’t suddenly end, but rather becomes easier to navigate unattachment.  We understand that our feelings don’t have to do with the other person, but with ourselves.

Unattachment simply means that we are choosing to love in a mindful way.

 

11/16…San Pedro Cactus Brew.  Using Medicinal Plants to Take Charge of Your Own Healing (Found in Plant Teacher Healing-San Pedro)

–—People commonly use San Pedro Cactus to confront a variety of ailments. These ailments include approaching anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, stress, in a different, communicative, and efficient way. The medicine is used with intention setting to positively increase empathy, one’s connection to the world, one’s connection to oneself and others. It is used to tap into one’s life meaning and fulfillment and purpose and allows one to process more efficiently whatever it is that is on the mind and also things that weren’t realized were on the mind.

—-Bad things happen in the world.  Good people are getting hurt that are standing for peace and it makes our hearts hurt and heavy.  We can internalize this and become our supposed ‘enemy’ and become tempted to adhere to hatred, fear, and anger, but does this actually serve us?  It may seem so in that short term moment as intense, negative feelings are easy to grab onto and exercise and feel powerful with, but ultimately it will turn us into what we hate and the cycle will forever fester within itself, ourselves, and only be perpetuated.  Do we want to be possessed by such things, by emotions, and especially by these types of negative, short term reactionary feelings?  How will that affect those and everything in your life around you?  What kind of energy do you want to be spreading and influencing others with?
10/16…Living Powerfully and Learning to Unlearn in Relationship with Others and Yourself (Found in Wellness Coaching–Positive processing)
 —-We often gravitate towards things in relationships not because it’s what we want but because it’s what we’re used to. It’s part of the struggle of maturing and adapting and overcoming our pasts and actually learning how to stand for our empowered selves and who we actually want to be in the present and future. It’s part of learning how to unlearn. What would our personality actually look like if we didn’t have years of defense mechanisms built up that eventually evolved into our actually personality? What would that personality actually attract in people?…

10/16…Psychedelic Healing.  MAPS, Zendo Project Love (Found in Psychedelia–Overall)

—-Working and doing so much work in the Zendo this summer has really taught me a lot about the true nature of harm reduction and what people need in their lives. When people become a guest of the Zendo they are overwhelmed. Many guests are not actually on psychedelics and realize that the Zendo is a safe space for coming forth with whatever is on their mind. Most guests, however, are and the experience of being on them creates an overwhelming situation within their minds and bodies that need to be expressed and let out. Contrary to the person who walked in who had taken nothing, the person on psychedelics has way less control over what is coming forth within them. They are in an altered state and this state is forcing them to go within and confront all the things that have been brewing in them for a long time. If this person is not allowed to process in a safe space the situation could be negative for themselves, others, the community, etc. The feelings, emotions, thoughts, etc. that are normally easier to control for the person who is not on psychedelics is almost impossible to control for the person who is on them. They can easily fall victim to all these suddenly overpowering thoughts and feelings and maybe even hurt themselves, others, get arrested, ruin their time, embarrass themselves, generally land themselves in a lot of trouble, etc. That’s where the Zendo and the people working it display magic. It allows time for people to interact with these feelings in a zone where they will be safe, not judged, and cared for with people who will mostly just listen, mirror conversation coming at them, and possibly offer gentle guidance. It is a remarkable process and place to be where difficult experiences that could have easily been negative are transformed into challenging then transformed into positive. It is truly a wonderful wellness experience.

 

10/16…The Healthy Nomad (Found in Food as Medicine / Medicine as Food)
—-Whenever possible try to offset by buying juices, smoothies (try to always keep it more veggie based), and salads whenever you can. I plan my stops on the road with where I can get these. If nothing else Starbucks usually has at least one of these things. Taco Bell surprisingly has a lot of Vegan products as well that you can request and vegetarian/vegan Subway options is never the worst given the usually nil options of the U.S. road trip. The foods I recommend here will keep your baseline and body’s energy infrastructure operating in a balanced way where you’ll be able to tap into high energy levels during very physically demanding scenarios. It’ll definitely get a bit old eating a lot of the prepared things I bring with me on such trips, especially if you’re on a long trip but just remember that the counter to this is eating whatever you come across on the road which will be guaranteed to make you feel like shit and nutritionally depleted/malnourished, thus making it so you can’t enjoy yourself to the maximum possible level. Food is fuel and how are you going to fuel your body? We all know how easy it is to go the route of not thinking about it. That doesn’t work. Never again! Avoid avoid avoid! Have a thought process about it. Create some positive intentions. Enjoy yourself more, get more accomplished in work and play, and make others around you enjoy you too, all while being nice to the environment. Win win win:):):)
9/16…Brain Sex From Burning Man. Words We Should Be Saying More to Ourselves And Each Other (Found in Wellness Coaching–Positive Processing)
—-The ability to feel my heart expand and then contract, followed directly by the fear that it will never expand again. Oh to be human is such a tender experience! I chose, and I continue to choose, consciously, purposefully, and on purpose to remain open. To remain fully alive and present in every moment, expanded or contracted, and feel the multi layered expression of how this existence affects me, and mine upon it. My wish is that every expansion and contraction of my being be greater and push my parameters always and ever onward, and please, with grace!
9/16…The Limits of Who and What We Know Ourselves to Be (Found in Positive Processing/Landmark)
—-Options are mostly familiar, foreseeable and fall within our known expectations and are essentially forecasts based on our past interpretations. In this way, they are not exactly options but repetitions in disguise from our past leaving us with our old interpretations determining our future. True option and “choice” is another matter as being able to create is a profound human ability.

Original Landmark passage can be found here…http://landmarkinsights.com/2016/08/the-power-to-choose-is-uniquely-human/

 

8/16…Burning Man! Burn It Down, Build It Up, Build Your Brain, Bring Your Heart (Found in Holistic Health–Overall and in Wellness Coaching–Life Balance)

—-It takes actions and little steps of moving forward to live your truths to actually create new levels of healthy routines, thoughts, perspectives, brain neurons, etc. And then of course, there is the idea that we will never be free or rid of the process of expanding. It will perpetually be in motion and growth is often an uncomfortable experience. We suffer without perspective as we can’t really see where that growth is moving towards yet. It takes time and patience before we start to get some perspective for our suffering and then at that point it’s off to the races and re-birth is something we can see and feel. However, even with re-birth, it is just a temporary stop in the repeating cycle. We won’t get to some magical place and then sit down and say, “Well, we made it” enough expansion for me and glad that’s over. When you’re on the right path there will be moments of extreme accomplishment and seeing/feeling that, but then it becomes relative and you continue to move forward to the next growth. There is no magic pill, magic place, magic partner, magic job, magic food, magic workout routine that will relieve us forever. We will constantly go in cycles of angst, suffering, hating life, perseverance, trust in the process, rebirth, flourishing and then various cycles of that all over again. It is a marathon race of constant movement. It’s a lifestyle approach and when your habits and thoughts take on this reality, and dips and spikes are all balanced out and work off of each other and seen as leading to eventual growth, you are nicer to yourself.

 

8/16…Telluride Mushroom Festival Day 2: Science of Psilocybin and Following the Money in Pharmaceuticals (Found in Psychedelia–Psilocybin Mushrooms)

—-One of the blatant inconsistencies of our countries drug policies is how fearful we have become of illegal drugs that rarely harm us and lead to deaths vs the legal prescription drugs that cause immeasurable daily suffering.  Hundreds of thousands of people die a year from ordered and directed use of prescribed pharmaceuticals and hundreds of thousands more suffer immensely from other ailments from the same drugs.  Homeopathic drugs don’t cater to these atrociously negative statistics.  The trust and reliance our culture at large has for big pharma is appalling as we take for granted that we are a culture addicted to prescription drugs, somehow being different than being addicted to the much lower and less harmful substances of illegal drugs.  We are vastly over medicated.  70% of the world’s psychotropic drugs and 80% of the world’s OxyContin is consumed in the U.S.  These are outrageously horrible numbers and will make our culture one day remembered for casually having a serious epidemic addiction problem that we simply went along with.

 

8/16…Telluride Mushroom Festival: Psychedelic Mushrooms Won’t Rot Your Brain But Rather Do the Opposite (Found in Psychedelia–Mushrooms)

—-The main region of the brain that creates new neurons and a positive environment for adult neurogenesis to flourish is the hippocampus. Newly published studies are claiming that psilocybin/magic mushrooms, cannabis, lsd, dmt, and mescaline boost adult neurogenesis while heroine, morphine, amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol, nicotine all reduce it. Specifically, for this talk, the ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, was shown to lead to growth in brain cells. Mice and rats were experimented on and brain functioning and processing and growth was compared with mice and rats with those who were not given psilocybin. For all levels of doses being micro, low, medium, and high the brain capacity of mice improved more with mice who were giving psilocybin. They learned tasks quicker, they didn’t succumb to fear or harmful situations as easily, and they displayed more energy. And what’s even more striking is that the mice and rats who were given micro to low doses had the most brain growth and positive effects than even the mice given medium to high doses.

Psilocybin creates adult neurogenesis by acting on serotonin receptors in the brain. Magic mushrooms also have endocannabinoids in them but no receptor for them (specifically the truffles which are basically the mycelium roots of mushrooms). Their intention is for them to be eaten by animals that spread their spores. Animals that have endocannabinoid receptors (humans) eat them and melanin is produced which has a calming, relaxing affect. We have a natural symbiotic relationship to eat magic mushrooms as we spread their spores and consequently help our brains grow more neurons and feel more relaxed. Win win much?

 

8/16…Attuned to Being a Feminist Man (Found in Crisis Support and Organization–Trauma)

—-We live in a largely misogynist American culture and world that very commonly hates, distrusts, harasses, and looks at women as objects. Sadly, social norms cater to these views and many men impose such views often very directly and aggressively, and women who are trained in such ways as well by the misogynist norms, can impose them with equal effectiveness passively. How are we to know what to do about this with no education, no leadership, no vulnerability, no reaction, no conversation? Left to our own devices we will most often not end up as attuned feminist adults, even though we may think we are. How do we know how to name it when it happens and how do we know how to talk to people about it in ways that won’t cater to backlash when it comes up?

Becoming attuned to be a feminist man starts with other men and how they relate to each other. For men, a good place to start is eye contact. Men easily cater to communicating with one another mediated through a ‘man box.’ This involves barely making eye contact and when they do it is a brief sideline contact with the rest of the body in a flight-or-fight mode. This makes the eyes and body language say, ‘I’m really not connecting, I’m really not vulnerable, I’m really not fully here.’ Men don’t want to be seen looking, they don’t want to be exposed for caring. Their brains are leading them to a place that caters to the easiest way out. Men have been trained to do this.

What do women really want and need? They need help in repairing the harm of misogyny and don’t want to be stigmatized. Be the man that can give them a different kind of experience than the men who have harmed them. If this is difficult then go forth and take on that inner work. Own and recognized where gaps might be occurring and how your own approaches to social norms and ego and sexual/relationship power dynamics might be involved. As a man, make it clear that this issue overall is yours and many men’s responsibility to work on and not a failing problem in women or ‘others’ in general.

 

8/16…The difference Between Being Happy and Being High (Found in Psychedelia-Overall)

—-Consider two groups of characters: a monk or hermit who takes a vow of poverty and spends years in silent meditation or even a self-indulgent mountain climber set on climbing Everest, and a homeless person who supports a crack habit while doing no harm to others in pursuit of that high, or even a compulsive gamer living in their parent’s basement could be used here too.

The monk is seen as holy and dedicated to a meaningful life and the climber seen as giving it his all, while the other two more likely to be regarded as sick, or even worthless. All of them, however, are not raising children or doing productive economic or artistic work during the hours they engage in their obsessions.  They are all, generally, searching for meaning or relief from life’s stresses.

Should we let meditators or climbers off the hook simply because they believe their pursuit is praiseworthy, cool, or effort based?  If the meditator is so calm that they wouldn’t flinch from a gunshot going off, is being that disconnected from shared reality really something to value?  Or perhaps the climber who is physically disconnecting himself from reality?  Is it not more important to consider whether people are left more open to the world and integrated as a people or shut down and left fractured by whatever action they choose to participate in?

A high percentage of users of one class of psychedelic substances like LSD, mescaline, ayahuasca and psilocybin (“shrooms”) describe their experiences as being meaningful in ways that are quite different from how we typically talk about alcohol and other drugs.  Even after a terrifying or apparently self-dissolving psychedelic experience, many people find that psychedelics have taught them something important. The fact that the teacher here is chemical is less important than the fact that growth and learning occur.

If we look at whether pleasures allow us to grow and connect, or if they simply take us out of ourselves, we’re better equipped to understand their value.  No one can be always “on,” and simply zoning out on something isn’t always wrong. But psychedelics are different from other drugs in that they frequently make us face aspects of ourselves we might prefer to ignore. This could be one reason they are rarely addictive.  The more habit-forming drugs like heroin, coke and alcohol (even TV) all tend to allow the user to escape from unwanted thoughts and emotions. Psychedelics, instead, tend to concentrate people on them.

Americans have probably also tended to be skeptical of unearned pleasure for spiritual reasons.  The Puritan in them can’t value it without effort or worthiness, and if blessings are simply experienced rather than earned, and feelings are just chemicals moving about in the brain, it’s easy to start questioning whether anything matters.  Psychedelics make people uncomfortable because they raise images of the homeless crack addict above and don’t have the work and effort symbolism of the climber or meditator attached.  Psychedelics are godlike in their ability to change our minds, feel connected and integrated to the world, and have us see new pathways.  That is revolutionary, as well as a threat, to the status quo.

If we want a better 21st century drug policy, we need to grapple with what drug experience means and not simply assume that a drug is a drug is a drug, and that being high is always worthless and inevitably leads to unhappiness in the end.

 

7/16…Stability with Addiction Using Harm Reductionism and Microdosing (Found in Harm Reductionism)

—-The thought was that if we could stabilize the craziness of their lives, the day that begins with the search for alcohol and all the complications that occur with that, then maybe we could make inroads with their mental health, addiction to alcohol and their physical illnesses.

Lifelong alcoholics are also an enormous drain on public resources.  The city of Ottawa has saved millions of dollars with such approaches to alcohol as there has been a huge reduction in 911 calls, hospital emergency visits, paramedic and police encounters, etc.

At exactly half past the hour, what’s known as ‘the pour’ begins. A measure of Californian white wine at 13% alcohol is measured out. The wine is then dispensed to the alcoholics. For the first pour at 730am, most residents get a kickstarter of 7oz – nearly 200ml. For the rest of the day until 9.30pm, they are given 5oz, just over 140ml.

“I’d love them all to be abstinent,” says Dr Turnbull. “But is that feasible or possible? Perhaps not. These people are stable in here.  They’re happy, and they have a reasonable standard of living.”

Full article can be read here at http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36717557

 

7/16…..The Cultural Trance of Everyday Experience vs Emotional Healing (Found in Wellness Coaching/Crisis Support and Organization–Mindful Meditation/Life Balance AND Holistic Health/Plant Teacher Healing/Psychedelia–Overall)

—-It’s not necessarily going against our brain that is the solution but in giving our brain back it’s freedom. It’s finding some sort of enduring energy pathway that will deliver us from a river of narrow thought that usually dries up in some desert somewhere to instead delivering us to the expansive ocean of experience.
It is interesting to observe what happens to our bodies when we encounter fear. We emotionally and physically become inflamed. If we go to the doctor we are prescribed a cure. If we don’t then we apply our own cure. Both usually involve short term numbing of the pain. The numbing makes it easy to continue to participate in doing things we’ve always done; watching tv, drinking or using drugs to oblivion, scrolling through facebook or tinder, having jobs or relationships that don’t serve us, having the same conversations you know the outcomes to, having the same friends you’ve always had, relying on safety and security and comfort over vulnerability, not growing overall, etc.

Ups are no problem but the downs can be devastating where we freak out, get injured, crack and will do anything to get back to that comfortably place before we were hurt. Yes, getting hurt sucks but not getting hurt sucks even more if you were to look at your life as a whole.
Mostly people think their problems can only be made better by more complicated solutions because we think we are complicated people so easier solutions go overlooked or are not exciting enough, hence following into the cultural trance of what healing ‘should’ look like. One never likes to tell people that they’re starting this new, cool therapy and it’s called ‘sleep and eating well.’ So unsexy.
Left to our own mental devices we are much more negative to ourselves than we would be to anyone else. We are our worst enemy and we need ways to not let our overly critical internal dialogues take over.

7/16…..Tough vs Stupid Tough. Energy Balance and Efficiency (Found in Save Me From Technology and Wellness Coaching–Mindful Meditation / Life Balance)

—-Why can’t we be tougher, more resilient and determined in our work so we can accomplish all of our goals? The problem is partly that we often put too much on our plate for our goals.  We say ‘yes’ way too much.  We expect an unrealistic amount of accomplishment from ourselves (an expectation that we would in no way hold for others) and are constantly distracted from social networking and technology to move and take on the next thing from the infinite source of information (The average person engages with their phone 150 times a day. If every distraction took only 1 minute, which would be seriously optimistic, that would account for 2.5 hours of every day).  However, what is even more at play than our distracted lives and busy schedules is a misunderstanding of what it means to be tough, resilient, and overworked.

We often sacrifice sleep, eating well, love, etc. in the name of productivity, but ironically with our loss of such things, despite the extra hours we spend ‘working’, adds up to lots of inefficient, stressful, and wasteful hours.  And just because work stops, doesn’t mean we are recovering. We very often ‘stop’ work but then spend the night wrestling with solutions to work problems, talking about our work over dinner, and falling asleep thinking about how much work we’ll do tomorrow (and by the way, ‘work’ can mean anything that’s causing one stress and anxiety and where one’s mind doesn’t ever leave from).

A resilient and tough person is a well-rested one. When an exhausted individual goes out into their day they risk hurting everyone on the road with impaired driving, they don’t have the cognitive resources to do as well at their jobs, they have lower self-control with friends and family, they are moody, bitter and less capable of love, affection, and connection. Overworking and exhaustion is a romanticized notion that you are actually doing a good job.  In reality, most of us don’t have to do this to ourselves to survive and is the opposite of resilience and what I like to call ‘stupid tough.’  The key to resilience is trying really hard, then stopping, recovering, and then trying really hard again…

7/16…..Acceptance in Relationships.  Using Psychedelic Healing Therapy Models for our Everyday Lives (Found in Plant Teacher Healing / Psychedelia–Overall)

—-For people to be most helpful to one another, it is important to have travelled their own path with careful diligence and arrived at a state of compassion that gives one knowledge that we are all here to help one another in our own search for our own truth.

How do we become ‘stabilized’ in an ego-free state where we are most receptive to tracking the voyage of another and be in a state of consciousness where transcending one’s own ego boundaries and tapping into the consciousness of another and knowing where they are coming from is more possible?

As individuals learn to sit in a state of total self-acceptance they automatically accept everyone else without reservations. When one holds reservations about another’s acceptability, one automatically rejects the other. What makes this all so difficult is the difference between experiencing phenomena vs only having intellectual beliefs about them. The greatest obstacle to knowing something is to think you know it before you actually have the experience of the phenomenon.  Reservations we hold over people in deeming them acceptable are very often coming from thought as opposed to experience.

It is of titanic importance in relationship building to uncover what “agendas” each person has for the other.  When we have an agenda for someone it pretty much always means we are not accepting them as they are in present-time state. Regardless of the “realities and niceties and positive intentions” of our agendas, the result is that we are not accepting the individual “as is.”

One of the strongest forces in creating a positive shift in an individual’s experience of themselves is to have them experience being totally accepted by another…

5/16…If You Care About The Planet, It’s Better to Eat a Salad in a Prius Than a Burger in a Prius (Found in Vegnism / Environmentalism)

—–Lab Grown Burgers

Technology vs. Animal Cruelty

The quote in the title is from Bill Maher.  Below is a summation of the two excellent articles posted above related to lab-grown meat having a dramatically positive effect on environmentalism.

Lab-grown meat can reduce land use by 99.7%, drain 84% fewer gallons of water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 98.8%.

No matter the news on health and environmental outcomes, most people are still going to want to eat a burger. So why not try to make sure that the meat we do eat has as little environmental impact as possible?

The trick is to harvest stem cells from the muscle of a live cow or pig and turn them loose in the right environment in a lab.  A single stem cell can generate a hundred trillion cells of meat. So, from a small number of donor animals, we can ultimately get our burgers, chops, and chicken tenders without harm to the cows, pigs, or chickens.

What does the world look like right now?  Every year, farmers raise and slaughter some 77 billion animals for food. That’s 10 animals per person. With a billion or two more of us on the planet by 2050, and with rising incomes allowing a greater appetite for meat, that number could expand. Perhaps even to 200 billion, if China and other populous nations start eating as much meat as Americans do.  We cannot go there and expect to preserve our water, soil, forests, grains, and Earth as a whole.

Given time, we might even be able to fulfill a promise made by none other than Winston Churchill. In 1931, Churchill predicted that we would one day “escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

5/16…How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds (Found in Food as Medicine / Medicine as Food)

—–“…The symbiotic relationship between our gut health and how we feel is a hot topic of discussion and research. Scientists, physicians, and mental health practitioners are increasingly aware of the important relationship between the balance of “critters” in our gut and how we experience our brain, mood and emotions.

From a holistic vantage point our gut is known as the “second brain” and there are structural/anatomical reasons for this reference. The “second brain,” known scientifically as the enteric nervous system, consists of sheaths of neurons located in the walls of our gut. We refer to these sheaths as the vagus nerve and it runs from our esophagus to our anus, roughly nine meters long.

Due to the interconnectedness of our brain and enteric nervous system, via the vagus nerve, once our gut bacteria is out of whack, we are vulnerable to a pattern of emotional discomfort, usually marked by increasing episodes of anxiety and depression…”

5/16…A Vegan Diet Feeding The Whole World While Causing Zero Deforestation (Found in Vegan Good Times / Environmentalism)

—–“A new study published in Nature Communications, has put hundreds of ideas on the table. The goal of the study, led by researchers at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vienna, was to find ways to meet the global food demand in the year 2050. And as if that wasn’t a big enough challenge, they set out to meet that demand without without sacrificing any forest — a zero deforestation plan.”

4/16…The Scientific Based Healing Benefits of LSD (Found in Holistic Health / Plant Teacher Healing / Psychedelia–LSD)

—-“The Beckley/Imperial Research Programme hope these collective findings may pave the way for these compounds being one day used to treat psychiatric disorders. They could be particularly useful in conditions where negative thought patterns have become entrenched, say the scientists, such as in depression or addiction.

Dr Carhart-Harris explained: Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialized functions, such as vision, movement and hearing — as well as more complex things like attention. However, under LSD the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain.”

4/16…Stop Putting Harmful Ingredients Into Your Body Through Your Sweat Glands With Common Deodorants (Found in Holistic Health / Plant Teacher Healing / Psychedelia)

—-I was extremely cynical when my brother recommended me to try the paste. It sat on my shelf for months and then one day I tried it. Upon trying it for the first time I swore that I would never use it again as I really don’t like armpits and in order to apply it, if you only have the jar of paste, is by putting it on your fingers and rubbing it lightly into your arm pit. Yuck, I don’t ever want to touch my armpits and actually have had a weird phobia in the past of sharing deodorants (weirdly, I’d rather share a toothbrush than a deodorant)…

4/16…Anti-Cancer Essential Oils (Found in Holistic Health / Plant Teacher Healing)

—-The wonderful world of anti-cancer plants!

2/16…Passive Activisim.  Environmentalism and Banking.  Use http://banklocal.info/ (Found in Environmentalism and Vegan Good Times)

—-Banking in this way, is part of the lifestyle switch that a new generation of people are bringing to the world. Do we want to invest in our communities or in high risk speculative trading on Wall Street? The choice is ours and if we want to live in a better world we will by pass the big banks and invest our money in entities that have the interest of the people in mind.

2/16…LSD Both Mimics Psychosis and Improves Mental Health (Found in Holistic Health / Plant Teacher Healing / Psychedelia)

—-“It would be wrong to oversell the relationship between the psychedelic state and psychosis, because equally in the acute psychedelic state, there can be an amazing clarity,” Carhart-Harris noted. “People can have genuine insights.”

2/16…Linear thinking vs Stan Grof, Holotropic Breathwork and Inducing Psychedelic States (Found in Trauma)

—-…our consciousness is not from our brain. There is no observable evidence that explains even why or how or if even in fact our own consciousness exists. It is a part of the universe that is flowing through the brain and providing us with a vision of how the universe is developing and also showcasing that the universe is happening just as much within us internally. The ordinary state brain is an incredible reducing valve, far from giving us a full dimension of being…

2/16…Trauma, Transcendence, and the Birth Prenatal Matrix (Found in Trauma)

—-…How do we get ourselves to a place where our suffering comes with a hint of perspective that can lead us to re-birth and transcended into a new being moving on from things that held us back before? The source of trauma can be long lived and have its effects on us forever until once again we are forced into another realm with death. Do we really want to wait that long? To be forced yet again by an unknown hand or mother to move on to the next world? That is not the only option. We can have more control than we think…

1/16…LSD Creativity Battling Depression (Found in Depression)

—-The medicine allows for me to feel as if I create my own maze in my daily life. What do I wake up and subject myself to in order to succumb to the pressure of feeling that I need to do this or have to do that? I’m not saying this feeling is altogether horrible but when it’s taken out of balance and that’s all you’re exposed to day after day it can easily have negative affects. We are capable of breaking out of these depressing routines and LSD brings us back to a balanced state by being exposed to looking at the world in a fundamentally different way…

1/16…Stress and Body, Lecture 1 (Found in Stress)

—-The solution to avoiding chronic stress is not exactly in the homeostasis of balancing out one part of the body but in the allostasis response of balancing out the whole body. If you get stressed like a normal mammal, you better be capable of turning on your stress response to deal with it. If you get stressed like a psycho-socially, sophisticated, human being, you are constantly going to be paying the price of dealing with chronic stress being activated. It is as human as cooked food.

1/16…Brain Food and Power! (Found in Superfoods / Eating the Right Foods)

—-Short and sweet!  What better part of your body to try to cater to than your brain.  I don’t think Donald Trump uses any of these:)

12/15…Addiction and Sex and Ejaculatory Release (Found in Addiction)

–The release?  Why is this so important.  Well imagine what release means when the common person thinks about coming home from a long day of duties or work.  They sit down and watch tv and let it think and talk for them, they have a drink or many (alcohol).  They might eat their favorite snack.  I would say probably something usually with sugar in it.  They might overeat at a meal.  They might over-train in the gym.  They might take some pain killers or other prescriptions drugs to help them relax or sleep.  For the more illegal drug user, they’ll come home and take a huge bong rip of cannabis.  They’ll inject themselves with some heroine or prefer to take any other form that creates a “release” type feeling that they think about all day and salivatingly look forward to.  It’s what gets them through their day that they can look forward to the release.  Sounds all too easy and all too much of a practical solution.  However, unintended consequences arise.

11/15…Tobacco/Nicotine: The, I guess if you like something enough you eventually put it up your butt, drug (Found in Holistic Health / Plant Teacher Healing)

—-The poison path with plants is explored.  Therapeutic applications and dangers of tobacco.

11/15…..Celebrating “Lisa the Vegetarian,” the Simpsons episode that changed the image of vegetarians on TV (Found in Vegan Good Times / Environmentalism

—-I think the part of that Simpsons episode that makes the most sense is when Homer is trying to poke holes in Lisa’s vegetarianism argument by saying, “Lisa, it’s a lamb, not a LAMB!” How many of us would eat animal products if we in fact had to watch, or better yet, do the slaughtering of the animals? A living creature not wanting to die or a product we buy at the store; a cow or a COW. If we could kill animals, couldn’t we in essence kill humans as well? Humans have rights and can communicate with one another so that’s out of the question but animals don’t have that luxury in a spoken word sense. Does this constitute as Specie-ism? Will we one day in the future scoff at how we treated and slaughtered animals in the past much in the same way we view the history of enslaving Africans in the present day? Racism? Specie-ism? What is the difference? Small steps are needed towards breaking tradition and achieving a diet and overall lifestyle built around kindness? What kind of effects would that have on our society? Our world? Imagine the possibilities and how choosing to live in a less cruelty filled world would positively affect everything!

11/15…..A quick summation on where the food industry is going in terms of creating lab grown meat. (Found in Vegan Good Times / Environmentalism)

—-Watch the video above.  It is extremely informative about the potential for creating a world with less cruelty towards animals, using the Earth’s resources most efficiently, all while getting the same nutritional content of meat.  The future is upon us!

10/15…..Great article on the benefits of superfoods. (Found in Superfoods / Eating the Right Foods)

—-The article focuses on aloe vera, bee pollen, maca, reishi mushrooms, goji berries, chlorella, hemp, and coconut.  I would also include coconut oil, cacao nibs, spirulina, blueberries, acai powder, other mushrooms like shiitake and maitake, avocados.  Try to find ways to get these in your meals.  Most easily can be put into breakfast bowls or on salads.  Any additional super food in your diet will only improve your well-being:)

10/15…..Mindful Meditation with Ronald D. Siegel, Lecture 1 (Found in Mindful Meditation)

—-So what is mindfulness? The wonderful easy summation is the awareness of the present experience with acceptance. It is being aware, paying attention, and remembering to be aware and to pay attention. We need to develop the intention to pay attention as much as possible and to focus on being non-judgmental (most importantly to ourselves) and totally present and accepting.

10/15…..Eating Daily Turmeric Does Wonders For Your Body (Found in Food as Medicine/Medicine as Food)

—-Turmeric has been heavily linked to anti-cancer, liver detoxification, helping inflammation in joints, anti-oxidant, treatment for Alzheimer’s, takes heavy metals out of your brain, soothes eczema/itching, prevents type 2 diabetes, battles depression and promotes cognitive health.  And it’s delicious as well.  Need I say more?  Eat your daily turmeric.  About 1 to 2 tablespoons a day.

10/15…..Seniors Turning to Cannabis for Treatment Over Participating in Polypharmacy (Found in Holistic Health/Plant Teacher Healing)

—-Polypharmacy should be a bad word.  It is estimated that around 90% of adults over the age of 60 are taking at least one medication while about 30% are taking more than five a day!  Polypharmacy puts a person at risk for ADR (adverse drug reactions) which accounts for about one third of hospital visits in the elderly.  You are juggling (unsuccessfully I would support) with your own health if you are participating in polypharmacy.  It is a symptom of the old approach to health and the over prescribed obsession of the pharmaceutical industry.  Stand up for your health and don’t participate in such practices and consider leaning towards holistic approaches in terms of cannabis use for your health.  Cannabis use is a treatment option for various different conditions hence why it is used instead of polypharmacy and taking lots of different pills/medications..  Some of it’s most wide ranging uses include chronic pain relief, a sound night of sleep, and increased appetite loss and it has little to no side effects especially when compared to common pharmaceutical drug prescriptions and especially ADR.  Don’t let industry dictate your health choices.  It is your right to take care of your own health and not participate in the pill popping polypharmacy that isn’t working

9/15…..Video about balancing out your addiction to facebook (Found in Save Me From Technology)

—-Facebook is a tricky balancing act and many will not have the education, will, or insight to know how to balance it out. I don’t think the overall solution is in just deleting your facebook account. That doesn’t seem like a realistic solution that most people are going to partake in or one that people can actually stick to. It’d be like saying just stop eating sugar. Even though it’s enormously healthy to partake in this practice and sounds really easy to do people are going to have a hard time going cold turkey and how does one create a sustainable lifestyle approach vs that of a diet approach? There’s a lot of connecting that goes on with facbook and one should always make sure the emphasis on real connection takes precedent over cyber connection and to be vigilant to fight the temptations to be withdrawn into that cyber world because it will always be easier to do so. Reminds me of the essence of therapy in general. Without being vigilant in our lives towards self improvement and opening connections, the default day to day will lead most of us to a more enclosed, set world of just using the select few neural pathways that our brains need and our comfortable in. Our brains have a tendency to really be naturally lazy.

9/15…..Video about benefits of an Anti-Cruelty World Vs a Vegan world (Found in Vegan Good Times / Environmentalism)

—-This is the second of two lecture videos at the International Animal Rights Conference of 2015.  What is the most efficient way to spread the message of becoming a Vegan and more importantly how do you get people to participate?  Becoming and sustaining being a Vegan is a means to the end of ending animal cruelty.  We far to often get too intense, too angry, to upset with others and consequently shoot ourselves in the foot for that person taking on eating less animal products.  A whole lot of people who participate in eating less animal products will do more good for lessening animal cruelty vs a few Vegans being Vegan all the time.  Praise and acceptance and connection will always win out in how your message sticks vs that of judgement, anger, or forced messages.  A great video for how Vegans can most adequately conduct themselves for bringing about the most possible positive change (not to mention just a great video to apply to any activist topic).

9/15…..Two Meals a Day is Ideal, But Which Two? (Found in Fasting / Portion Control)

—-Consider eating two meals a day spaced 6-8 hours apart and not eating anything within 3 hours of going to bed. You talk about a Paleo diet, humans spent tens of thousands of years never eating 3 meals a day or having the option for continuous 24 hour grazing. Overeating has astoundingly horrible affects on your body and creates a surge of free radicals (trust me, you don’t want those).  A number of health benefits occur when your body goes through intermittent periods of fasting which include optimizing your lifespan by avoiding degenerative diseases and the likes of diabetes and creating stable blood sugar and insulin levels.  It also results in ideal weight control and less of a grocery bill.  If you are insulin resistant then skipping dinner is an absolute must for you to adequately control your diabetes.

6/15…..The Healthy Nomad (Vegan Catered) (Found in Vegan Good Times/Environmentalism)

—-Basically all that is here is what I’ve learned over the years combined with my nutrition knowledge for how to be a healthy person on the road. The recommendations here basically fills up two grocery bags and include good fats, proteins, and carbs. I’ve come to learn that paper bags usually break and so I’ve moved onto like whole foods type reusable grocery bags. I also find that it is good to have a bag on hand that is an insulated bag/thermal bag to keep things hot or cold (I mostly use it for cold). I’ll use it if I make a salad and then want to drive like 10 hours and not want my salad to go bad. Also, if you’re going to be really ruffing it, get a re-usable bowl of some kind and a closable mug and silverware type pocket knife thingy at REI. Whenever possible try to offset these foods by buying juices, smoothies (try to always keep it more veggie based), and salads whenever you can. I plan my stops on the road with where I can get these. If nothing else Starbucks usually at least has one of these things. It’ll def get a bit old eating a lot of these, especially if you’re on a long trip but just remember that the counter to this is eating whatever you come across on the road which will be guaranteed to make you feel like shit and nutritionally depleted/malnourished, thus making it so you can’t enjoy yourself to the maximum possible level. We all know how easy it is to go that route. Never again!

10/14…..9 Anti-Cancer Foods (Found in Anti-Cancer Foods)

—-This is tough to get out of a doctor.  The 9 foods listed here are flavonoid rich berries (currants, cranberries, hawthorn berries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries), turmeric, cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cress, horseradish, kohlrabi, mustard, radish and turnip), garlic, mushrooms, yogurt (or other foods with probiotics like kambucha, cabbage), spinach, fiber rich foods (whole grains in unpolished rice, beans, seeds, lentils and vegetables), bee propolis.  You’d think every doctor would know diets and nutritional information that can lead to less of a chance with cancer.  Why not base your diet off these foods that have been proven to fight and prevent Cancer.  The only thing I would add to this list is coconut.

10/14…..Away With Medicine and Ailments That Can Be Cured And Prevented Through Eating Well (Found in Food in Medicine/Medicine as Food)

This video represents the most modern science related to nutrition.  Remember G-BOMBS (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds).  Eat a whole lot of those and you’re doing pretty well!

7/14…..Are We Fatter From Eating Less Fat Foods? (Found in Superfoods/Eating the Right Foods)

—-From 1970 to 2000 we became obsessed with no fat and low fat diets and replaced fat with sugar in foods (increasing our sugar intake by up to 20%) and saw skyrocketed amounts of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.  However, today what we see is us actually eating 20% more fat than we did in 1970 and sugar rates are roughly back to their 1970 consumption levels.  We eat 30% more of grains (particularly white flour) than we did in 1970 and are basically eating more overall which has led to us actually being fatter vs one ingredient that has particularly led to us putting on the pounds.  And also, much like the article below, the quality of foods needs to be taken into consideration.  We are eating more because we are mostly eating nutritionally depleting foods and our brains and bodies are constantly craving more.  We are never satisfied as a result and always hungry.

6/14..…Eating More to Lose Weight (Found in Superfoods/Eating the Right Foods)

—-Calorie Counting while eating highly refined, processed, rapidly digestible, insulin producing, sugary foods works temporarily and never in the long term.  We often have an abundance of calories but they’re in the wrong places.  When we don’t eat nutritionally dense food our brains make us hungry and we temporarily solve the problem by eating more.  However, if the food is nutritionally deficient, and insulin creating, the process will go on and on leading to weight gain and slow metabolism.  Conversely, over consuming nutritionally dense and insulin decreasing foods speeds up metabolism and leads to weight loss.  The reason for all of this is that fat has been taken out of processed foods since the 1970s and replaced with refined carbs which lead to the malnourished problems mentioned here.  The food industry makes enormous profits from this practice as people are always in constant need of more food as their hunger and nutrition is never quenched.  Fats have twice the amount of calories as carbs and low fat diets have proven not to work for weight loss and overall health.  The old paradigm of having will power to calorie count and not eat when you’re hungry has nothing to do with being healthy and losing weight, rather, eating larger amounts of the right kinds of slowly digesting, nutritionally dense foods does.

5/14…..Two Meals A Day Helps Type 2 Diabetes (Found in Diabetes Control)

—-Eating only breakfast and lunch (fewer, yet larger meals) manages type 2 diabetes and decreases blood sugar and leads to weight loss.

3/14…..The benefits of intermittent fasting (Found in Fasting/Portion Control)

—-Benefits seem to include lowered blood pressure, better use of insulin, lowered risk for heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, and of course weight loss.  In animals, the benefits included better motor coordination and cognitive skills and growth of new brain cells and a decrease in the possibility of dementia.  There’s the alternate-day modified fast where every other day you eat only one meal with maybe 30 percent of your normal daily calorie intake and there’s the 5:2 diet, in which you eat a normal diet five days of the week, and only 30 percent of what you would normally eat on the other two days.