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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.

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

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.

Explore the moment before your mouth opens

This is quite an interesting line of enquiry. Quite a lot of what make me feel bad is the stuff that comes out of my mouth - namely, words. In order to feel good, it seems like a sensible idea to curb what makes me feel bad. Easier said than done.

The first thing to notice that a lot of speech happens by itself. Things occur, I react to them, words come out of my mouth. A lot of speech is driven by the need to be seen, to be someone, to assert my existence. This seems natural but as soon as a self exerts itself there is something quite ugly going on. Anyway, let's not go into the reasons for this.

Luckily, there are moments before we speak that allows us to choose what we say - these are called gaps. The first gap is between sense contact and the arising of thought. You can explore this right now - run a finger along the palm of your hand, notice the raw sensation occurring in the hand space, notice a teeny gap, then notice the thought magically appearing in your head (this is nic…