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Goodbye Master Cleanse! Hello Probiotic Course and Intense Green Juice!

Day 10 came and went of a perfectly executed master cleanse (OK, maybe I missed a couple of the salt water flushes – gaack!) – and so it’s time to break the fast. (And that sausage, egg and cheese omlette that you’ve been craving is not the best idea!)

After 10 days of nothing but water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper your body needs to ease back into solid foods. In the past, I’ve found the best method is to start with a course of probiotics that will repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria – setting you on a good digestive course. Juices, light soups can accompany this and help you ease back into solid, complex foods.

I decided to begin with a High C + wheat grass mega juice and accompanying probiotic (each of these little shots contains 50bn bacteria and I’ll take one a day for 6 days..)

After such a period of caloric restriction it doesn’t take much and after half hour later the juice is making me feel energized and amped… I survived the Master Cleanse! Time to blast into the day, and then to Mindshare LA tonight 😉

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Sunset Dualism on the Brooklyn Waterfront

I arrived in NYC late last night, welcomed by my wonderfully eccentric friend David Friedlander, founder of the LucidNYC monthly salons.

Today we went for a sunset walk up to Dumbo, via the scenic waterfront of Brooklyn Heights. As always, our conversation turned to consciousness and techniques for achieving contentedness within – and furthermore what is needed to propagate well being throughout the world.

I can’t help but see humans as fallible bags of meat. Sad but true. Well meaning as they often may be, we just keep making a mess of things. Wars, religious turmoil, environmental destruction – All around are the symptoms of our cancerous existence wrought on ourselves, each other and the planet at large. But I like to think we’re trying to get better 😉

How do we get better? Lead by example? Sure! Spread the good word? Sure! But even if successful, how can we ensure we don’t just keep repeating the same destructive loops as history has shown? I like to think we have more knowledge and abilities at our fingertips than ever, but is it possible to really make significant change – and stick to it? And what is technologies role in helping us live a more happy, present life? Perhaps we, aware of the limits of our own perception, have been creating this extra sense for ourselves to mitigate our own fallibility?

David does not agree: past, present and future – all we’ve ever had is this present moment. This is all there is and as soon as you think it should be different you’re propagating the problem. You’re being dualistic and dualism is always problematic.

“You sound like Kurzweil, and like him, your frustration with the world is the frustration with yourself.”

I understand his theory, that we need to find the solution within, and try to share our experiences with others, as a means to perhaps lead them towards their own defining experiences.

But I refute the assumption that technology has no part to play. Better communication and facilitating the spread of ideas more than ever before are just a few of the benefits. The word itself, while just a representation of the real meaning – is a tool we created to more effectively spreading ideas.

Sure technology might not he all the answers, but it’s a great tool we have in our arsenal, not to be denied.

“Where do you write all your ideas and experiences down, David?” I asked as we parted ways.

On my blog.” he replies 😉

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The Lesson of the Corn

In my haste to cleanup before leaving the farm, I dropped the corn. In my earlier days as a child and young adult I would have probably been angry, either with the corn, or more likely with myself.

But these days, especially after becoming more aware of my blind reactions through Vipassana mediation, not only do I not cast blame, but instead smile to myself and admire the beautiful piece of floor art I created.

Gallery worthy!

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A Crisp Morning on the Farm

Each month I drive about four hours north of LA, past Fresno and through a little town called North Fork. Hidden just beyond the town, where the Fire Station is also it’s library, is an organic farm that I was lucky enough to encounter in early 2010. Volunteers, also known as WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), come to the farm to help plant, harvest and provide general maintenance to the family that lives there.

When the intensity of LA life builds, i find it deeply therapeutic to get a little slice of nature in order to balance it out. Inevitably, after a few days of quietness, the mind calms down and I feel my creativity become more focused.

Some mornings are grey and cold – but today was bright and sun lit as I walked at 7:45am to meet the WWOOFers for the morning brief. What would it be today? Harvesting tomatoes? Gathering leafy greens? Stocking the community store in North Fork?

Whatever the morning’s tasks entail, it will no doubt be rewarded with a grand home cooked meal and an afternoon of solitude and writing. While the world hustles, I know I’m missing out on business opportunities, sexy parties and other social events, and at the same time I’m missing out on nothing; as long as I am fully aware in the present moment then I am a complete being, content and balanced.

Weeding the carrots? What a perfect way to start the day.

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Grey Skies over the Sierras


…robe and slippers necessary! Below: The cliff side tree outside my studio…
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