Food In The Summer
Food gets so much attention in health that I opt to stay away from it unless relating it to light and time (the seasons). It is important and I plan on writing a reminder blog each season, now that I live in a place that has seasons.
Eating a local, seasonal diet is key. That being said, in the summer when the sun is most abundant you can eat fruits and more carbs, especially if you are out in the sun a lot. I eat oats, fresh sourdough bread, blueberries and dark chocolate often. These are some of my staples in the summer. Year round it is good to have beef, eggs, and fish. I've started to have more chicken and turkey too. It is good to get a diverse blend of amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
Eating doesn't have to be as complex as we make it. The more active and immersed in nature you are, the more you can get away with. When I lift weights I feel the carbs I eat differently than if i'm not moving as much. Stay away from processed foods and snack foods. I opt for bigger meals with real food than to grab chips or other processed carbs.
I often will eat beef alone. Cutting out all the sides and sauces can be a good way to get your meals in without all the extra calories. Remember to make a clear choice about growing or shrinking. Summer is the time to eat and enjoy food in the sun when you're active. It is the time to grow. The problem is that people eat the same foods in the same quantities in the winter, causing weight and fat gain as a result. At the end of the healthy eating is seasonal and local but growing and shrinking is a calorie game. You can eat junk food and loose weight, you can eat real food in quantities that are too much and get fat. I've been working hard and so I've been trying to make sure I eat enough to support the work load. Summer is the time for fruits and foods with more sugar.
With all that said, remember that the removal of tech and making sleep a priority will boost health, making any focus on food less important.
Also apparently anything you eat near a sleeping puppy is better absorbed. This is Samson, the newest member of our family. He seems to be on the "eat lots of anything I see" diet.
Caden had his 6th birthday yesterday and everything is going very well. Our house is wonderful and the area has been great so far. I am glad that when everything seemed to go crazy we practiced what we preached and made big moves and sacrifices. It wasn't easy but has already paid off.
Order Vs Chaos
As far as I can tell order and chaos are the two basic forces in the universe. The universe is dualistic and you can always find two opposites to compare as the two basic forces, but order and chaos are good ones to look at.
Which is good and which is bad? That is entirely relative and depends on the context. In some stories order has become dominant in which chaos is the solution. A good example of this is Star Wars were the orderly system needs rebels to bring in some chaos. The argument for chaos is freedom. Then you have chaos in the majority position and order rises up to oppose it. I imagine the sheriff in the wild west as the order in a chaotic environment who rescues people from the chaos.
Different stories will paint one or the other as the good side but typically if either side becomes too dominant, then we root for the other side as the solution. We see this same story play out in real life. A government (order) becomes too restrictive; too many taxes, too much control, etc. and a rebellion rises up to overthrow it. If the rebellion is successful, it soon finds itself with the problem now being the instrument of order. Its victory immediately puts it in the position of the thing it just sought to overthrow.
The interesting thing is that often you will see wise people who know that order leads to chaos and chaos leads to order. In times of order these people will use the negative aspects of chaos to show the need for order. An example is a protest that has a member of order do something violent in order to bring about the need for more order. This is basic false flag stuff which is obvious and has been done for thousands of years. It is not always the case and doubt is the way that it gets by. You don't know if the agent is really on the side it says it is or not.
I think about all this because I have been watching the show West World which I reference very heavily in the Are You Conscious Series (check it out - I had to stop blogging for 6 months to write it). In the third season of this show the question of order or chaos is the overarching question. Should a society be free or ordered through control? The old battle of predestination vs free will. The nice thing about this show is that there is no answer. We see both sides go back and forth. There is suffering on either end.
It is interesting because in our own society we often see the right depicted as the order and the left rebelling against it but in many cases the left is trying to use government (order) to enforce peoples' behavior. An example is the governmental enforcement of pronouns or something to that effect. On the other hand the right very much regulates and controls. The truth is that what ever your norm is, that is what you want to maintain. So order and chaos are just tools that people use to promote whatever position they find themselves desiring.
If you start to see that order leads to chaos and chaos to order you will see the tightrope that the world is walking to allow for life to happen. The times we are in seem chaotic and from that you will see order as the solution. A current example is the order to put on a mask. Try to see these forces for what they are. They are two powerful dualistic constructs that don't war with each other but dance together. The world is made of layers of order and chaos. Any time you think it is purely one or the other take a closer look. We need them both, the question is when.
What I Dew In The Morning
In the morning I go outside with my bare feet, look toward the sun and take some time to start my day. I play relaxing music and listen to the birds. I watch my cat chase bunnies. It is great and it creates a circuit. The dew on the grass is conductive and so am I. This is nature's way of allowing the sun light (natural wireless frequency) to go into my eyes and skin, setting the clocks in my brain. It lets them know to start the morning protocols of hormones and chemicals that are initiated by light. Similarly, the absence of light at night triggers the expression of night hormones like melatonin. The key is that the light frequency enters me and as a conductive human the dew on the grass increases its conductivity dramatically and then connects me to the earth where I am grounded out and can receive electrons from both the earth and the sun simultaneously. Electrons are subatomic charge particles (like little suns) that emit different frequencies. They can arrange themselves in different ways to create the material world we live in.
Simple daily practices like this add up. When the body knows what time it is it doesn't have to guess about how to function and overall health improves. The complexity of simple things can be significant. Do these things instead of behaviors human biology never experienced historically, such as being subjected to constant wifi and artificial light, and you will find yourself becoming the person nature intended you to be.
I also start my morning with a warm glass of cacao. I have been off coffee and caffeine (besides some chocolate) for a year now. I went six months totally caffeine free but now I have cacao powder in warm water. No decaf, no coffee, no tea (green or black), just cacao powder in water. Cacao is a food. The caffeine in coffee or tea is pulled as an extract and the food is discarded. The coffee grounds or tea leaves are thrown out and then you drink the caffeine liquid. When I drink cacao powder in water it has a little bit of caffeine but also has many healthy benefits beyond antioxidants. Magnesium and super high levels of PQQ (which multiplies mitochondria) to name a few. This gives me a boost but no jitters or anxiety (of course you can't have too much or you will have these issues). If you are thinking this is the same as drinking coffee go off coffee and try it for a month and you will see that it is very different. This allows me to have my ritual of a hot drink that tastes great without the negatives. Still best to go without some days so you don't get too hooked on it.
I suggest making a warm cup of cacao and going to sit outside facing the sun with your bare feet in the dew grass every morning. It is a wonderful way to start your day and has tremendous health benefits. I suggest you do this before checking your emails, social media, or the news.
As the world becomes more volatile what is considered newsworthy has changed. If it doesn't stress you out, it's probably not newsworthy. I avoid most of it and when I do try to stay informed, I make sure I have myself in a good place first. I know some of my blog posts have been stressful regarding tech and what is coming. I do hope that some people will get out of the way of the wave but for those who refuse, at least take some time to enjoy each morning as a new day. Take a deep breath.
I have been thinking about fences. Largely because I'm getting a puppy but also because of interconnectivity. I have touched on this in the past but it is an idea that seems to shed it's leaves on my brain every so often.
What if dividers are also connectors? What if walls hold two things together like a zipper instead of keeping them apart? Our own bodies have different layers. These layers divide the parts of us but are based on our perception. Skin for example is you but also is not since you can lose some of your skin and stay you. Not all your skin of course. This is where your nervous system stops, and from your perspective your nervous system is you. This is also relative; if you were to lose a limb and no longer be able to feel you would still be you. I'm skipping around a bit but the point is that the lines we perceive to make us us and others others are less specific than we would think. We see this with people who have mastered an instrument or a weapon. The thing becomes an extension of them.
I think of the levels of the body. You, your organs, your cells, your mitochondria (intercellular electromagnetic engines), right down do the process of electron chain transfer. This is where charge (electromagnetic frequency) converts from energy in the purest sense (light) and arranges itself to create the physical material self that is reading this blog.
The paradox is that clearly all those different levels are both different and the same. They convert from one thing to another at some undeterminable point. In the same way we see waves in the ocean raise and lower hitting some critical point where up changes to down but we have no way of calculating that exact point. I call this a critical mass point; the point where one thing shifts to another. Where the rise of the wave changes to the fall. The smaller the microscope we use to try to find this critical mass point, the the more lost we get. At some point (an undeterminable critical mass point) we switch from a 3D calculation to a strange subatomic look at the inner fabric of water itself. Not to mention the the fact that the waves are always moving so it is very difficult to measure them.
Everything is expanding and contracting like waves in the ocean and because everything is in motion, it is very difficult for us to the draw any firm lines at all.
Lines then become ideas; ideas that are functional constructs and are also not true. This is real interconnectivity. We are one (new age people get real excited about this) and also we are none. The paradox of interconnectivity is that because everything is touching something else the lines of division are weak but because everything is interconnected you don't exist. You as a separate identity. This paradox is something your brain gets away with by perceiving you as an individual with some place in a larger thing. In this way isolation can make us feel more connected to our environment, especially in nature because there are less individuals reminding us of the separate part. None of this is good or bad but helps me to understand how I came into the physical world. If I can learn the path that "I" came into, this physical world may be the path out is the same and as my life rises and falls like a wave with a critical mass point (that we arbitrarily look at as 40, which I'm close to; over the hill aka shifting from the rise to the fall). In this way, maybe I can visualize myself functionally knowing when to emphasize my interconnectivity and when to remind myself that I am an individual. I am both typical and at the same time totally unique as there has only been one construction of ideas that are me.
As I look out my window I see the trees. Each one a strong individual that is typical and connected to the others. All separateness is perceived. Enjoy it. If you are focused on us all being one then think of your enemy and realize that is also you (I imagine a hippy saying we are all one and me telling them that they are Trump), and if you are feeling depressed and isolated like we are all none shift the fences from dividers to zippers that hold everything together.
What is the point of this? If you do this right you as an individual can experience true interconnectivity. It is a strange sense that the brain won't let you look at directly but much like a single idea, like a dream you wake from in an instant, you get to see that everything is magic. You exist, how wonderful and strange.
Right now as you read this you are touching something that is touching something that is........we are interconnected. The trick is our thoughts are also waves that go out and impact other thoughts. In a strange way everything you do is both meaningless int the grand scheme and at the same nothing could be the same without you.
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