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“BE KIND, FOR EVERYONE YOU MEET IS CARRYING A HEAVY BURDEN”

PBS NEWS HOUR INTERVIEW 2/22/2012 WITH AUTHOR, ROGER ROSENBLATT

I heard the interview with Mr. Rosenblatt about his book, “Kayak Morning” NY [Times book review] click here. On the  PBS interview he mentioned the quote above. I have not read his book, but his presence during the interview and the quote  really peaked my interest

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden”. Words to keep in mind when dealing with all sentient beings. Mr. Rosenblatt attributes the quote to Philo.

For a ink to the PBS interview click here.  My search around Philo brought me to this link. I am assuming this is the  philosopher Mr. Rosenblatt was referring to. The quote attributed to Philo is slightly different.

Thanks to the two people who wrote in before I updated this post 8/2013. At the time I wrote the original entry I was not able to find the interview with Mr. Rosenblatt.

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SPIRITUAL LIVING LLC: EMPOWERING INFORMATION

COMPASSION FOR OTHERS: HOW TO CREATE CHANGE NOW

Food addicts fall off the wagon and gain a few pounds. It is only where there is extreme obesity that people express harsh disdain. Drug addicts fall off the wagon and the gavel of public opinion slams down hard. The destructive consequences from the drug addicts actions are often obviously far reaching. The extreme ends of both these issues leave people in a hard place to function. Drug and alcohol addiction very often lead to more violent situations, crime and prison.

Using food as a drug is the norm. Equating food addiction with drug addiction enrages many.Obesity is at an all time high. I truly feel addiction is addiction and separating the different kinds is, at the core, not helpful to finding a solution. It is all about temporary pain diminishment. Neither food, drug or alcohol addiction works long term. No addiction leads to a healthy, fully alive life.

I have great compassion for people with drug and food addictions. Drug addicts are not known for their healthy diets. Poor diet feeds their drug cravings, and pales in comparison with the obvious destruction drug addiction creates. In this year of volatile change [2012], where coming together is being forced upon people, aware of it or not, compassion is  the answer. Why? Compassion does not create fear, it opens our minds  and hearts to understanding the pain and suffering of others. It takes some self reflection to realize that separation is a fear response. To engage in understanding and helpful actions towards ourselves and others is true grass roots change.

CREATING CHANGE NOW

Extending compassion to others  through meditation or prayer is a powerful start. Both practices contribute to being more conscious, feeling less isolated and impotent to create change. All can be done from our homes [wherever we are] and effect the lives of others. I believe this and I hope others will consider the power of their own thoughts, words and actions in changing the world around us.

I was introduced to Spiritual Living LLC  through taking part in an online course. I was moved, motivated and comforted by their approach to many of the fears concerning 2012. There was a sense of empowerment and not the foreboding, world is coming to an end prophesies circulating around the internet, etcetera.

To learn more about Spiritual Living LLC click here.

The series that I subscribed to was entitled Prophecy, Purpose and Personal Transformation / Opening to the Divine  click here. This series featured Steve Thomson, Kari Samuels and  Demitra Vassiliadas. Their backgrounds stem from astrology, numerology, tarot and more. Mr. Thomson is a spiritual psychic, as well. All three were very informative, inspiring and instructive. The cost was a truly affordable $20.12 for all four installments and were approximately 90 minutes each in length.

As a postscript: 2012 has passed. The material in these recording was extremely accurate and insightful.

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ZOCALO, L.A.: ARE WE OBSESSED WITH FOOD?

DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK

On February 22, 2012 there will be a discussion entitled, ” DOES FOODIE CULTURE DO ANYONE ANY GOOD?” taking place in Los Angeles. I heard about it while listening to NPR station KPCC. Because Kaiser Permanente and Zocalo are the sponsors, I have some suspicion the answer will be,” AS LONG AS IT IS IN  MODERATION”. Does that make sense? I mean how can anyone be moderately obsessed? Maybe that is the case. Why? Well, in a society where there is such obsession with being thin, when so many are not, maybe the word moderation needs redefining.

The obsession with not eating is as coo coo making as the gourmet / foodie obsession that defines some peoples lives. And forget about the gourmet end of things, the junk food obsession is very much a reality in our world. Depending on where you live, take a drive, a walk, or turn on the tube. In 1989 while visiting Hong Kong and Tokyo I was surprised to see Mc Donald’s, and all the usual fast food suspects, soaking up prime real estate.

So, why am I writing this? Well, I am very aware of the role food plays in my life. How I use food to avoid doing tasks, feeling things. Attaching the idea of enjoyment, nourishment and comfort primarily with food is universally accepted. Diet change is not easy.

DO NOT F%#@K WITH MY FOOD

The idea of fasting brings up resistance from most people when first presented with the idea. The elimination of certain foods can cause visible-palpable panic. Food to many people is consciously or unconsciously their everything. Maybe that sounds extreme, but the focus on food is rarely about fuel for living. The Biggest Looser, The Food Channel, growing obesity in the world and fast food chains are strange bedfellows. Whole Foods is a place of worship for food. My point is that the obsession is so ingrained and seemingly normal, why would a person question it?

USING FOOD TO MAKE SOME SITUATIONS MORE PALATABLE

Over the past few years I have observed that meeting with people is most usually over a meal. I started to think  if food wasn’t involved, would that effect my decision about attending some social events? That one question really helped me see things from a new perspective. When I presented the idea of going for a walk or going to a museum to friends the reaction was mixed. For some it was a very out of the box concept. Why always meet over  food? Something to think about or chew on. Sorry, I could not resist.

For more information about the talk  “Does food culture do anyone any good?” click here.

As a postscript: The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin is a program that I am currently a part of. If you want to heal your body so you can enjoy food, but not be a servant to it, check it out. NOT A  QUICK FIX. IT DOES WORKS AND I HAVE FOUND IT WELL WORTH THE EFFORT!

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THE INFORMATION DIET BOOK: CLAY JOHNSON

WHOSE IN CHARGE HERE? AND OTHER RABBIT HOLE QUESTIONS

There is a whole lot of information coming into our lives. I personally find  it overwhelming. I sense that we, as a society, are  constantly being sold that all information is important. “You have to see this!”  Information, as presented by the media, is largely about selling products. In taking responsibility for my own actions, all the focus on the “news” keeps me from having to just be. When I spend time breathing, meditating, taking a nap I feel nourished. Why does it take such an effort to get me there? It is the misbelief that only doing something “productive” is time well spent.

I heard an interview on NPR today with Clay Johnson and had to share one of the premises of his book. No shock, it is the price we are all paying by constantly being plugged  onto some kind of social or information media. This leaves little or, exhaustingly for some, no downtime. It is hurting us physically, emotionally and spiritually. As of yet, I have not read the book. The interview told me we all need to.

For years I have noted that some of the Raw Food Community seems to be focused on how to use raw foods to be more efficient and get more done. I heard David Wolfe call it “bundling”. However, for those people who have health issues, due to environmental sensitivities, recovering from illness or the effects of allopathic medical treatment bundling is not in the cards for quite awhile. Doing less and getting rest is what is needed for most of us, and especially for those who are healing. Rest allows me to be clearer so I can prioritize and live a happier life.

SCHEDULING BEING UNPLUGGED

It has been a discipline to incorporate rest into my life. Hmm, rest as a discipline. Thinking of rest that way, on some crazy level, helps. Maybe my honesty around this subject will help you to take a step to fit rest into your daily life. Rest allows me to be think more clearly, prioritize and feel more fulfilled. The next step would be to understand that  rest from media, however we choose to experience it, as a necessity.

Click here to learn more about The Information Diet [NPR} and author Clay Johnson.

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RUMI: TIMELESS WISDOM FROM THE 13TH CENTURY

If you feel powerless to make change in this world you are not alone. Reciting this quote from 13th century Sufi Poet Rumi may be of help to you. It has to me. When I feel overwhelmed with the world…

“WHEREVER YOU STAND, BE THE SOUL OF THAT PLACE.”

What I think and say makes a difference. This is true for all of us.  Thinking any less of ourselves is disempowering.

The Essential Rumi is a collection of his work.

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DR. VICTOR RIOS, PHD: PBS NEWSHOUR

HOPE LIVES ON

It is inspiring to watch this attached video featuring Dr. Victor Rios, PHD. His  many personal achievements are noteworthy. They came after having the strength and determination to extricate himself from a life of gang violence. He has gone on to became an educator and published author. These extremely impressive achievements are highlighted by his soulful intellect. A quality I wish more people in academic world possessed.

DEFINITION OF THE WORD REMARKABLE: SOMEONE OR THING NOTABLE, STRIKING, OUTSTANDING.

Remarkable is another word that defines Dr. Rios. Currently a  professor of sociology at the University of  California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Rios was featured on the PBS Newshour on 2/1/2012. Click here to see the footage.

Also of interest is the interview with his colleague Professor Richard Ross. Mr. Ross is a photographer. His work documents the struggles of teen offenders. The photos speak for themselves. The interview with Mr. Ross [click here] is a revealing narrative of his photographic editorial on the US juvenile system.

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REMOVE ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY

OUR BODY CAN HEAL WHEN GIVEN THE RIGHT TOOLS AND UNDERSTANDING

The one statement that has inspired me to juice fast, relayed to me by nutritional coach Ron Strauss, comes from Dr. Richard Schulze. I am paraphrasing:

“Juice fasting works, if you can just get people to do it.”

WORKS FOR WHAT?

Eating, digesting and processing food expends cellular energy. The more the body can use that energy for regeneration, daily functioning and cleansing the better. Cleansing can lead to healing. When we stop eating solids or limit our intake the entire body starts to release toxins. Absorption and a  timely exit of these toxins is essential. Why? So they do not become reabsorbed. Ingesting an edible clay, enemas or colonics are essential. Sodium Bentonite Clay is an excellent choice for this purpose.

HOW TO CLEANSE

Juice Feasting can be a great alternative to juice fasting.  If these two options are somewhat daunting, there are simple Macrobiotic Diet plans that are very effective. Why is that? Just cutting out flours, fats, refined sugars, alcohol, caffeine, etcetera give all our systems a rest. Also, Ayurveda has many cleansing approaches that work well.

The paraphrased qoute by Dr. Schulze can be applied to many situations in life. Do something! In order to create change action is involved. Change comes from believing we can and do make a difference with our decisions and  actions.

Here is the something to consider: Do I want to enter the current predominate consciousness about aging?  The consciousness that says our bodies belong to doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies. Sadly, for many people today, nursing homes and assisted living are the accepted end points for their lives. I encourage people of all ages to question this way of thinking, living and treatment of ourselves and others.

As a postscript 11/2013: Since writing this post I have found The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin, Healing the gut and digestive woes is the key to health. This program is not a magic bullet, but I do know it can work. You just have to do it! Do something.

Dr. Richard Schulze link here . Ron Strauss link here.

Macrobiotic Diet and Lifestyle link here. William Spear Macrobiotic Counselor link here

Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle link here. A concise article that explains some Ayurvedic precepts.

Juice Feasting a great way to experience many of the benefits of fasting [link here] and still be able to function in your daily life. You can Juice Feast for a day or for much longer periods of time.

If you are new to all of this, then begin by simplifying your diet, eliminating refined carbs and sugar to start. Increase the amount of steamed leafy greens and low sugar fruits, such as berries and Granny Smith apples. Check out the Macrobiotic route and Donna Pessin’s Unique Healing Program.

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