Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Relax, relax, relax

If there's one technique I value above all others, it is this one. Do whatever it takes to relax the body and relax the mind. Then once you are relaxed, use mindfulness to see the difference between your relaxed self and your non-relaxed self.

You may ask, what next? If you are asking this question, you need to relax a little bit further. Find the gaps between the question.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Allow the mind to drop into bliss

I've come to the conclusion that letting go is the key that unlocks many liberating doors. If you want to keep your quest for happiness simple, just let go. Indeed, let go of the person who is even trying to let go - and then let go some more, right down to the bottom of the euphoric well of pleasantness.

Ah, more gobbledygook nonsense I hear you say. Give me something simple, more practical, to work with.

So, here we are. We wake up in the morning and we start thinking. We think all through the day and then we go back to bed again, trying to let go of our thoughts. We are locked in a struggle with our minds, fighting a process we cannot see. We need an alternative, a new perspective. Luckily, there is one available right beneath our neck - our bodies.

We take a deep breath in and, as we exhale, we allow the attention to drop into our bodies. As our attention drops so does the tension in our heads that keeps the thoughts running round - you might not feel it immediately, but there can be an incredible amount of tension in our heads just keeping our thoughts going round. By relaxing into the body, there is a palpable sense of dropping something, of letting go - that's why we tell people to drop it when they go on about stuff - we know intuitively that they are holding on, that they need to relax their muscles and put it down.

So we relax into the body and the mind drops. As the mind drops into a deeper sense of awareness, we start to feel good. If we carry on, a natural state of bliss pervades the body and mind. It's as simple as that. The first step always starts with the body - it is our best friend in this regard - it is the gateway to letting go. Start there, and then continue.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Strawberry, mint and cucumber drink

This is the last of the mini series on smoothies or blended fruit and vegetable drinks. I drink one everyday because:

a) they taste nice
b) I have a restricted, healthy diet and I would be very hungry without them

Here's a refreshing summer drink:

- some fresh pressed apple juice (or the best you can get)
- 12+ strawberries, depends on the size ( get ones that smell nice)
- a couple of mint leaves
- a big chunk of cucumber

Blend until smooth. This one is nice on a hot day.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Explore the beautiful mind

A mind at rest is a beautiful thing and it underpins the transcendental expression of being alive. It is the gateway to deep contentment, and it is what we are all looking for. We let go completely and it is marvellous.

So, how do we get there.

1. Cultivate happiness in all things.
2. See thoughts as optional.
3. Experience the body directly.
4. Dare to release yourself. Surrender.

You only have to do it once.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Avocado and courgette smoothie


The Krebs cycle needs all kind of compounds and elements to get the most out of food, so I like to mix things up a little bit. Courgettes are easy to grow and they are good in smoothies. The avocado makes things creamy.

Here's how I make it:

- juice of two oranges 
- half a small avocado
- half a medium courgette - a young one is best, without too many seeds
- a peach
- a pear, core removed

Put it in your blender and enjoy.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Peach and beetroot smoothie

Now summer is here I can finally add some variety to my daily breakfast smoothie of tomato, cucumber and beetroot - I think you can probably already guess what that variation is. I would also like to add that, in my opinion, these smoothies have been greatly beneficial to my health. My latest blood tests also show some improvement - this can either be attributed to time or changes to my diet (over several years).

Here is the smoothie:

- juice of 2 juicy oranges
- 1 cooked beetroot
- 1 peach
- a 2 inch segment of cucumber
- a few strawberries if you have them, e.g. on a plant outside your kitchen window

The peach adds a velvety texture.

More summer smoothies to follow

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Misery is optional

There's no escaping from the fact that new things get worn down, no-one will remember you in a hundred years time (10 years if you're lucky), and everything you think you have can be lost very quickly. Take heart though, the misery we experience is optional. I'm not exactly singing and dancing through my particular brand of imperfect life experiences, but they are not who I am, they are just what is happening.

Then we might ask the question, who am I? It's hard to be miserable when we start exploring this for ourselves.