Justification and ComplacencyI am more than aware of the naysayers that continue to tell me how unattainable the save the whale and keep the rain forest ideas are, When you stand up and make a point that the production of meat is far more “expensive ” than sourcing plant based nutritional needs, the slaughter or manufacturing of the animal is only one aspect of the story. Training and Race reports ========================= First of the xcountry series at buderim, http://bit.ly/1icU6Tt 6 & 3k results not official but 1st for sonya 3k and 2nd for me 3k Hills, distance, speed, Form is an important element of barefoot running. Ingredient of the week ========================= Cranberries What’s on and what’s happening ============================ Disappointing results with xero shoes for Russell Awesome results from blood check up. Next event going to be June 7th & 8th to be held at the Yaraba conference centre http://www.kumbartcho.org.au/kumbartcho-about.html Sonya’s Quote of the week ==========================
“Can one person positively change the world YES when each of us ( as individuals) do what we can to be the best we can be, It impacts on those around us and has a wider ripple effect. One positive thought acted on by one individual, can and does impact the world “Topic of the week =============================
Justification and ComplacencyI am not one to raise the vegan flag and swat somebody over the head if they choose to eat meat or find a sense of convenience in buying a Big Mac or having a fish and chip takeaway. Indeed the irony of a circumstance that is in my life is my youngest daughter “don’t call me a kid anymore” year 11 teenager has got a “do want fries with that” job at the local fast food outlet. If you have children you soon realize that all the dreams and aspirations you had for them can quickly take a beeline out the back door as the innate complexity of the individual spectrum of humanity that they are becomes manifest. So…. Do I have to find a place for justification that my daughter works in a place that I know has many attributes of what I see as a ailing society attached to it. Is it my place to say to her she cannot work there as it offends my sensibilities and certain parameters, no I do not think so and I do not have to justify why I think she can or cannot work there, though at the same time I do not give in to any complacency on the issues that arise. A point of contention that I labour with, is one of our ability to accept and justify our positions from our knowledge learned, our thoughts ingrained in us by prior association, as well as other inputs that are given to us through the advertising elements that surround us. Without the application of mindfulness this combination can persuade us of the inability of our lives to gather the courage to be able to step out of the norm, and deliver to ourselves a life that is unique and fulfilling. When you look at a change you want to make in your life, or the voice you want to be in the world When the chatter in the back of your head starts telling you to forget it, it can not be done. By default you make the voice of the easy, convenient, stand in line thinking, all the more powerful in a world that needs more people to start sticking their head out of the window and shouting I am mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. I am more than aware of the naysayers that continue to tell me how unattainable the save the whale and keep the rain forest ideas are. If you stand up and make a point that the production of meat is far more “expensive ” than sourcing plant based nutritional needs, the slaughter or manufacturing of the animal is only one aspect of the story.
If I am on the side of Plant based nutrition.I can justify my stance against the degrees of suffering experienced by animals at the slaughter house or at commercial farming practices. In the same instance the protagonist across the table seeking to justify the point of view for animal consumption, can do so based on criteria that is validated in their opinion. So it becomes an argument of opinions, though each party may seem to have great evidence for the affirmation and validation of their idea to be the most truthful. It is at this juncture that justification may give way to a complacency of acceptance.
When life is said and done, we all want to live on the side of going toward pleasure and away from pain.So when there is more of the need to enter into an existence or circumstance that has an aggravation ( pain) attached to it, choices can be quickly made to become complacent about certain attributes; seeking to temper the quality of justification requiring a more rigorous and or more inconvenient solution. I personaly dont need to be right about something and prove my point. I do not want to enter a contest of who is right and who is wrong. You can find an opposing position to most points of view or point of contention. Getting caught up in the need for justification to be a right or wrong issue is fraught with many biased thinkings that complacency can creep into. Complacency could be seen as the surrendering of an ideal through lack of resistance for the sake of convenience at the same time as justifying your actions to alleviate any conscience qualms. The need to be mindful about what is the thought process you are making decisions based on, is more of the element I would encourage to be the justification/ complacency base of your actions, not if it is right or wrong issue.
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5 tips on Frugal Raw Mindfulness
1 Know your budgetBeing frugal means: Caring about your money, and trying not to waste it like paying your bills late when you’d get a discount for using direct debit buying in bulk foods when they’re on sale. Use your local library instead of buying every single book new. Cutting out things which are convenient but over priced IE. takeaways .
2. Understand Your GoalsIt’s about valuing your money by translating it to life expenditure, spend on the things which you really want. You wouldn’t say “no” to having more money in the bank, without having to work extra That’s what understanding frugality can bring you – even if you’re of a low income. You earn hundreds of thousands, and still end up with financial problems if you’ve got no idea about how to control your spending and what controls your impulse to spend. “The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.” (Benjamin Franklin) – 18th century Being frugal isn’t some 21st century idea. It’s been known in many forms as a way to live a happy, rich life. The conspiricist in me wants to shout out ” Beware..Beware ” about the consumer driven lifestyle that the modern western world wants you to believe is the accepted and best way to to lead a live full of ” success and hapiness”
3 Expand your creativity.Frugality Doesn’t Mean Being Cheap, not all of the motives that keep people from overspending are positive Cheapness is different from frugality, Cheapness is when you have enough money but you still Buy shoddy, low-quality goods – that can cost you more in the long run. Take time and refuse to spend money on things which you don’t really or think you “need” , take time to examine how else could you get it. Take time to examine other ways to get what you want without just handing over your cash.
4 Reassess ProgressI know people who just can’t bear to spend their money on, anything at all. That’s not what I am talking about. People who understand the idea of being frugal have a number of motives that help keep their spending under control. Some people are forced to live pretty spare lives for a number of reasons, let your reason to be mindful of your income in, income out, be based around getting the best purchasing power for things that are important to your health and well being. Being not tied to a consumer spending dictate, then you are not in any way being cheap, but you are allowing yourself not to get caught up in the accepted and consumer driven marketing messages that bombard us all. Which, is why I find it so baffling that some people take this route of, takeaways, having the latest electronic gadget, buying glossy magazines, purchasing fashion statements, yes, how you spend your money is up to you, but when those decisions are governed by marketing dictates I don’t think it’s much of a choice. After a short time you can quickly replace the sound of money fluttering away with the sound of ka.. ching money/ life energy saved.
5 CelebrateFor me the idea of going on ” holiday” does not have a great deal of appeal as a celebration, same as having an extravagant meal out once a month is not how I would celebrate. I would more, buy one great quality item instead of three cheap versions, preferring to relish in the idea that I do not have to “work” just to feel as if I am swimming against the tide. What ever it means to you to celebrate, frugal living is about examining what you want out of your life, being mindful and resourceful enough to make it happen. A couple dollars saved here, and a few dollars invested there will not lead to a life of deprivation; it can be a start for a platform that you can view greater possibilities from. Tying the frugality message back in to the Raw food Barefoot podcast is the ethos of the REM life style design that encourages an uncomplicated simple raw food nutrition, understanding the energetics behind your actions and being mindful of the actions you take. We take our message every where we go because it is what we live, are we rich “no”…….. do we have unlimited resources “no”…… by being aware of what we have do we live a happy life ” yes “. By being frugal and mindful are we contributing to the resistance against living a consumer marketing driven cash cow life I hope that is an obvious resounding ” YES “. Sonya’s Quote of the week “You may not see the fruit of today’s work but you have seeded a lifetime of knowledge”
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Mindfulness and EquanimityDuring mindfulness meditation we observe everything that passes before our attention, yet not get caught up in our thoughts – instead, staying aware of what is going on in the present moment, Introduction Race reports and training Mental imagery Ingrediant of the week Almonds Whats new and whats on this wekend event, trip to lake wyvenhoe Topic of the week Mindfulness and Equanimity Acknowledge your thoughts and then just let them pass by. The breath is used as an anchor to the present moment, but, apart from that, no attempt is made to direct the attention. Equanimity is a fundamental skill for self-exploration and emotional intelligence. Mindfulness has no dogmas nor commandments. Mindfulness is about exploring reality and how to relate to it in a harmonious manner ie minimizing suffering and maximizing deep long-term Equanimity It is a deep and subtle concept frequently misunderstood and easily confused with suppression of feeling, apathy or inexpressiveness. Equanimity comes from the Latin word aequus meaning balanced, and animus meaning spirit or internal state.
How to Develop EquanimityDeveloping equanimity involves the following aspects: Intentionally creating equanimity in your body attempting to maintain a continuous relaxed state over your whole body as sensations (pleasant, unpleasant, strong, subtle, physical, emotional) wash through. Creating equanimity in your mind in each moment to be present inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness mindfulness and equanimity right here and right now.… This means attempting to let go of negative judgments about what you are experiencing and replacing them with an attitude of loving acceptance and gentle matter-of-factness By noticing when you drop into states of equanimity and by exploring the state, you are training your subconscious to produce the state more frequently when feelings are experienced with equanimity, they assure their proper function as Correct motivators and directors of behavior as opposed to distorting behavior. Equanimity plays a critical role in changing negative behaviors Equanimity frees up internal energy for responding to external situations. As always If you want a Question answered leave it in the comments or start up a conversation on the facebook page or on the the Mindfulness and the Zest for life Google + community page.
Ya gotta get Ya meat you vegan “expletive”This is a tamed down comment that has been left on my youtube channel. Unpleasant for sure but the greater unpleasantness is the sad ignorance and blatant lies that evolve around the myth of “needing” meat to survive as a species. In this dialogue is the ” Vegan ” label and all that it suggests in people’s minds.When does being a “vegan” start to mean activism and unbending attitudes. Introduction Race reviews and results Not much to report as we have had a weeks break doing other things Ingredient of the week Maple syrup Whats On / whats happening The 1st Raw Food Barefoot Adventure Feb 8th and 9th 2013 Link to The Weekends Itinerary REM Lifestyle Design Topic of the week ” Ya gotta get Ya meat you vegan F##ktard “ I have observed and experienced the single mindedness of an observance to an Ideal, being as destructive as the original thought meme it was opposing. As a loose observation of something I saw on the raw food thought leaders blog of Frederic Patenaude was the reference to when does observance to an idealism become a cult mentality. He proposed that it’s a cult when Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished. That is something you find online if you are not part of the party politics of a forum or group you get deleted. I understand that there are plenty of trolls on the internet that are just haters and dissenters. It is good house keeping practice to nuke them, such as the hater that left the comment on my youtube channel. Though I left the comment there, as I am not “trying ” to change anyones mind or operate with the its my way or the highway type of attitude. Whenever you hear a raw food expert talk, you can get the feeling that it’s “Their way or the highway.” Everyone else is stupid, but they have the absolute truth. If you don’t get the results, it’s because you didn’t follow their advice properly. There is no room for compromise or questioning, and anyone who does is kicked out of the group. As for the questions that arise from the lack of understanding to the nature of nutrition and it sources. The Internet is a wonderful tool in this day and age you can glean all sides to a story from the data banks and vast repositories of information that is available to us all.
The REM lifestyle designAs The REM Lifestyle suggests, there is more to a balanced life than just the diet and nutrition that goes into our body This is the area of discernment that I would like my message to resonate with those who I get to influence in any form or manner. You will not convince a person of something with only skilfull words, you can only point in the direction of your truth with your words. You then show commitment and integrity by being a truthful representation of your ideal through your actions. You may become the lesson that person needed to see.
” Not enough protein in the vegan diet”As for our angry friend and his assertion that we need meat, one of the important areas that I do address for those encouraged to lead a plant fueled lifestyle is understanding the role of Vitamin B12. You often hear that you can only get B12 From animals , if this were the case why is it that B12 deficiencies show up in non vegetarian/ vegan diets. It is a shortage that is found in meat eaters as well. B12 is an important vitamin. BUT you don’t need to eat animals or their byproducts to get it. It can be found in certain cereals, soy milk , tempeh, seaweed, and some yeasts. Bacteria is actually responsible for making B12 and is found in things like dirt. Where do you think the animals get it from? It’s from what THEY eat. And yes, if you are still concerned about getting your B12 then take the vitamin supplements. I have used a Vitamin B 12 injection and I commit to to take a sublingual B12 over a 1 month period per year. Last year I did not. Results from my last blood tests show me as very good across the whole spectrum. Another of the most oft asked questions is where do I get my protein. The healthiest diet is the whole foods plant-based. The major concern of carnivores is “not enough protein in the vegan diet”. Major health problems in a western culture IS due to overconsumption of meat! Every plant has protein in it, especially beans, nuts, grains, Spirulina(sea vegetables). If you need to substitute your burger Pattie and snags for the soy derivatives, you may have heard that this is unsafe especially because they say it can affect hormones and my health drastically. MDs check in with different soy recommendations (eg. Dr. Mercola vs. Dr. Oz) and some say soy should only be eaten if it is a fermented version. Many people who are allergic to soy are actually allergic to the PROCESS of soy. Soy sauce and tempeh are NOT processed the way tofu and soy burgers are. There are many people who are allergic to soy but can handle tempeh. I am a fully plant-based lifestyle eater and I use tempeh and tofu on occasion as a store-bought Item. We will use coconut, almond, or rice milk and make lots of recipes with nuts like cashews and almonds for my protein, again in the understanding that nuts are a high fat source. Your protein requirements can be found across eating a range of foods. As you apply your change from where YOU are, you not try to fit somebody elses ideal of what you want to represent I read a great quote from the Actor Woody Harrelson that summed up a few things for me on the justification people allow themselves for their choices to stray from a plant-based diet “If you eat chicken, maybe you’re on one level. If you wear a mink coat, maybe you’re on another level. But if you wear cosmetics, cosmetics that are tested on animals, then you’re just unconscious. Really, my message is simple. It’s a message of compassion. In this world that is spinning madly out of control, we have to realize that we’re all related. We have to try to live harmoniously.” I will leave you with those words, “It’s a message of compassion we have to try to live harmoniously ” If you want a Question answered leave it in the comments or start up a conversation on the facebook page or on the the Mindfulness and the Zest for life Google + community page.
Mindfulness Meditation and Behavior
Topics of podcast today timestamps @ 6.00 Ingredient of the week 14.50 direction of content 15.00 Raw food Mythology 16.00 Kayak trip what’s on what’s new 18.00 Raw food Barefoot adventure meetup 20.00 Sonya discusses recipes 21.00 play with your food 22.30 Mindfulness and habits
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Ingredient of the weekDates their important role in raw food nutrition and recipes. Dates A quick powerhouse packed in a tiny portable package.as the date is full of dietary fibre it works well as a bulk laxative Dates help and protect the colon mucus membrane as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon. Due to their easy digestibility they are a quick source of energy making them excellent for athletes. Dates are alkaline and help in neutralizing acidity. Used in un-cooking it has many applications as a sweetener and a binding agent to hold ingredients together. Because dates are full of soluble and insoluble fiber they are able to fill you up and keep you regular, ideal as a snack.
Mindfulness, Meditation, and BehaviorA number of studies have demonstrated that systematic mindfulness training, as well as brief meditation practices in novices, can influence areas of the brain involved in regulating attention, awareness, and emotion Another key element of mindfulness is the cultivation of equanimity, or non-reactivity. Specifically, mindfulness meditation teaches one to pay attention to and acknowledge both one’s inner experience and the outer world, without necessarily reacting. The ability to simply observe and accurately sense thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations – without having to change them, or act on them – can be instrumental in breaking habitual behavior patterns that can harm one’s health, such as smoking a cigarette when feeling stressed, eating comfort food when feeling sad or “empty”, or turning to alcohol or other substances to “numb out” when feeling overwhelmed. One key element of mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to the present moment, on purpose (Kabat-Zinn, 2003). Clinical studies have found 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training (MBSR) gave an increased ability to orient one’s attention to the present moment. Other clinical studies found that 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training significantly reduced ruminative thinking in persons with a history of depression (Ramel et al., 2004). Together, these studies indicate that mindfulness appears to involve reshaping ways of thinking that engender improved emotional well-being. Mindfulness scale development research has found that people with higher natural levels of mindfulness – irrespective of formal meditation training – report feeling less stressed, anxious and depressed, and more joyful, inspired, grateful, hopeful, content, vital, and satisfied with life Research further suggests that people with higher levels of mindfulness are better able to regulate their sense of well-being by virtue of greater emotional awareness, understanding, acceptance, and the ability to correct or repair unpleasant mood states Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), or MiCBT Overall, it appears that focused, concentrative meditation practices can increase one’s ability to maintain steady attention on a chosen object, like the breath or another person, whereas open awareness meditation practices can increase one’s ability to flexibly monitor and redirect attention when it becomes distracted (Lutz et al., 2008a). Based on these findings, not only is it possible to train the mind to change the brain, but, in fact, one’s ability to do so may get stronger as one gains meditation experience. AS alway love to hear from you all please connect through the social channel of your choice, or leave a comment here.
New Year resolutions, who’s driving the busHey Crew sorry to keep you waiting on the next episode, problems I have been having with the site, really hit the fan last week causing all sorts of problems and another learning curve for me. I had to deal with the technical side of getting a website and podcast to play nicely, after a piece of malicious code got its way into the internals and corrupted everything……sigh… what a way to launch into a New Year. Though it does tie in with the idea of the topic New Year resolutions, who’s driving the bus. When setting our athletic goals for the year or just setting an expectation to have a lifestyle change this year, it pays to bring to mind what are the drivers behind our motivations and desires. This episode I encourage a mindfulness about what is your measuring stick and motivator, is it coming from a good place. Irrespective of the result that you are looking for, may have noble result behind it; what is the internal source of motivation you will be calling on to actualize the goal . Is the goal set only with the sense of accomplishment at the outcome, or is the resolution to enjoy the journey as well. What are the drivers behind your expectations and planning, where is your real happiness on your journey and your arrival. We have a minimalist shoe review of the Unshoe A round up of the training and race reviews. The ingredient of the week is Coconut milk, and Sonya has her say about keeping the budget in a Raw food kitchen Thanks for taking the time to visit hope you enjoy the audio please head over to the
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Rem lifestyle design
Throughout the life of all of us, there are many challenges.
As you grew, so did your responsibilities; you are not the same… you… as when you breeched into this world.
So what is so very different now, from the you first starting out.
There would be a strong possibility that the way in which you interpret the thoughts that are part of the present who that you are, and how you manifest those thoughts into the world have taken many a twist and turn.
Presenting the who you are, and what you want from this life takes courage.
Courage that is sorely tested, often unavailable, yet there, hidden, laying dormant. Waiting for the pivotal moment when change is no longer something that has an horizon you view toward, but pressing, now, urgent, inescapable.
Many times the damage is done before the teens, harsh words and consequences of actions by others, who are acting out their own thoughts that have been imprinted on their own neural framework.
These thoughts are not controlled or understood, echoing the voices they themselves were subject to.
Never before in the history of man do we have such an opportunity to explore for ourselves what is presented as the truth. We do not have to hold true thoughts dispensed through others as they speak their truth as they see it.
The challenge put out to you, is to make decisions based on mindfulness of your actions in your life as you know it.
It then becomes the challenge as to what reminders of this internal thought process you to listen to.
At this point there are many twists and turns that could be taken in the process of exercising control of your thoughts/life.
The knowledge of your actions/ thoughts being totally in your control is something that eventually becomes part of your psyche and second nature if all three things of the Rem lifestyle design are brought together.
The basic intention for the observance of the Rem lifestyle design is to understand three basic tenets of a necessary balance enabling you to form a stable platform to live from.
This enables you to cultivate equanimity in your life, enhancing the quality from whatever is your present moment reality.