REAL MEN SERIES: QUITTING

Alaska - Klondike Highway - Mountain

REAL MEN DON’T QUIT.

I don’t mean changing activities.  I don’t mean realizing that a certain thing just isn’t for us or that our life would be better off going in a different direction.  I mean giving up.  Falling over.  Rolling over.  Letting life steamroll us.  Life is HARD.  Sometimes we want to allow it to pummel us and just hold on to the ride as best as we can.  This just isn’t the right way to go about it.  No matter what happens in our lives, we need not quit.  We can always choose to actively face our pain.  We can always choose to actively fight and try to change things.  Sometimes we need to realize what is worth fighting for.  What I am talking about is quitting in the general sense.  Becoming passive in our own lives.  We all face challenges.  We all face problems.  Sometimes giving up on life seems like the easiest option.  Sometimes it seems like giving in would be easier than to keep going.  Often times, not quitting means facing great pain and suffering on a conscious basis.  Well I have news for you guys.  The pain is going to be there whether we are “actively experiencing” it or not.  The brave decision is to keep facing up to it.  There are some things that I think deserve special mention that are always worth fighting for.

YOURSELF:  NEVER give up on yourself.  NEVER.  Who you are is unique.  Who you are is strong and creative.  Don’t allow the world to bring you down.  You are always worth fighting for.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Rejuvenation, healing, and growth are ALWAYS possible; no matter what your circumstances are.

FAMILY:  NEVER give up on your family.  This enters the realm of “unconditional love.”  Has somebody been a bad family member or relative to you in your opinion?  Should we out them or not include them?  Maybe we should let them know they offended us by criticizing their decisions.  Maybe if we don’t agree with how they are living their lives we should let them know in subtle ways that cut deep.  This is not the way of things.  All of us are individuals.  We are also members of a collective.  Our families are our closest collective units.  It has always been challenging to be part of a family.  We sometimes get lost in the illusion that OUR WAYS are the ways that the entire family should adhere to.  This just isn’t the case.  We can let everyone be who they are while maintaining our own beliefs and opinions.  Unconditionally loving the love in our family is the best option here.  Living out of love may not always feel good, but it sets a good example and everyone remembers genuine love.

EARTH:  NEVER give up on the planet guys.  We have serious serious problems here.  We pay sports stars millions while there are people starving in the world.  We wage wars and destroy our resources faster than we can replace them.  There is a new wave coming.  We are finally starting to come around to the idea that things MUST change if we are going to make this place safe for our children and their children after that.  Our technology has allowed us to do great things.  It has also allowed us to do things that we may have not been designed to do.  The planet deserves our respect.  It has supported life for a very long time.  Let’s all do our small part to help restore the earth and learn to live more in harmony with her.

GOD:  This is a tough one guys.  What is God?  The funny thing?  GOD is the same force that is interpreted billions of different ways.  I can’t say that my way is correct.  I can’t say that his or her way is wrong.  I can’t say that this group nailed it or that group is stupid.  There is one thing that I can say.  WE ARE WRONG WHEN WE THINK WE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT GOD IS.  Who is leading the charge?  Are you following God or are you creating him?  It is so hard as humans not to “create” a God that fits what we think he should be.  Why do we do this?  Ultimately, I think it is because we don’t like to give control of our lives to something more powerful than we are.  Sometimes LISTENING to what God is is very hard.  When do the changes start happening?  When our ego, mind, body, and spirit realize that GOD is the one; not us.  God has the answers.  It’s his system.  We are all playing a part in it.  The best we can do as humans is to listen.  To listen and to trust.  Is it hard to trust God sometimes?  You bet your ass it is.  It just means to acknowledge that we are part of a much bigger system, and that as much as we would like at times, need to allow that system to operate outside of our own wants and desires.

“FOR WE KNOW IN PART AND WE PROPHECY IN PART.” – CORINTHIANS 13:9

 

Let’s take the plunge guys.  Don’t ever quit.  Keep growing.  Keep evolving.  Keep healing.  Face those tough battles.  Often the internal battles are the hardest.  This is one of the toughest lessons in life.  It is also one of the most important.  Life is tough sometimes, but WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE.

-JOE

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GROUNDING Series: “GROUNDING”

Feet of poor Vietnamese girl. I took this picture.

Grounding, Earthing, Tethering; call it what you will.  This is relatively new “science” that people of ancient cultures seem to have known for a very long time.  Connecting our bodies to the EARTH is good for you!  Go figure right.  It’s like we were meant to live here or something.  In the health community this concept is relatively well-known but a lot of people still are not aware of the principles here.

I do not pretend to be a scientist in this subject.  I can only state my personal experience and what I have read.  What is “grounding?”  Basically you put your bare feet on the ground.  That’s it.  Of course there are variables.  “Wetter is better” is often used.  Anything that helps your feet get a more solid connection to the earth.  The earth has a certain electromagnetic charge which our bodies have evolved to resonate with.  What are some of the benefits here?

EMF: The earth will discharge and “suck up” electromagnetic pollution from your body very quickly.  How cool right?

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Better recovery from exercise, less joint pain.  Anything that is inflammatory in the body can be helped by grounding.

STRESS:  Earthing will help discharge stress and balance your nervous system out.  It can be used to calm down.

 Look at the other animals all around.  What do they have in common?  They all are in almost constant contact with the earth.  Now for most of us living modern lives this simply is not possible.  So what is the best way to go about doing this?  Do your computer work or reading outdoors when possible.  Put your feet in the grass or sand.  One of the healthiest things you can do on a regular basis would be to sit outside in the sun and fresh air with your feet in the ground.  This goes into an upcoming series on “elemental nutrition.”  When being indoors is the only option there are “grounding mats” available now that mimic this system.  Basically one end of a metal post goes into the ground outside or via your electrical ground and the other side goes into a mat you can put your feet on or sleep on.  These are viable options and definitely worth having around for computer usage, etc. So let’s get outside, discharge and protect from the EMF’s that are quickly popping up everywhere, and get some grounding in.

-Joe

Chakra Food Series: 1st Chakra

The series continues with the 1st or “Root” Chakra.  This is your lowest chakra and is most related to the physical world.  This is our grounding, our connection to the planet.  This is the most basic stuff and the first to form.  The issues related here involve things having to do with our connection to our families, the birth process itself, how safe we feel in our environment, and our physical energy.  Related organs could include adrenal glands, spinal column, bones, and kidneys.  This chakra has the color red and is located near your tailbone.

So how do we feed and fuel this chakra?  Well you can feed it through food and you can feed it energetically.  Ultimately, the energetic work needs to be done to achieve lasting flow through this area but food can help a lot to get it moving.  So energetically, we need to work on our “grounding,” safety, security, finances, our ability to provide for ourselves and our families, and our relationship to our family and the Earth itself.  Techniques you may use to help aid you here are literally “grounding” yourself to the earth.  This just means walking barefoot or sitting with your feet in the grass.  This helps connect you physically to the electric energy of the planet.  If you stress out about money or food, really try to not spend money on things you don’t need.  This will create stress with you and your family.  Just try to make sure you live in a carefree, peaceful environment.  Also, work out any family conflicts or birth traumas that may have happened to you.  Basically, the whole point is to make your body, mind, and spirit feel safe and secure in the world so that your higher chakras can function.  You are not thinking about sex, God, love, or much of anything else when you are running for your life =)

So on to fun part.  How do we feed this chakra through food?

The “Root” chakra and the color red are the basics here.  So the foods to fuel this area include root vegetables and red foods.  Protein is also considered very grounding.  Think comfort food.  This is why people emotionally eat sometimes.  We like to “ground” ourselves out and feel more dense if something is wrong.  Here is a list of foods you might consume if you want to feel more grounded.

PLANT FOODS: Beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, rutabaga, winter squash, cherries and red apples.  Plant protein foods could include raw soaked nuts.  Things like walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts are very dense and grounding.

ANIMAL FOODS: Red meat is especially grounding.  Bison, beef, lamb.  Also dark meat turkey, chicken and maybe eggs.  Light meat and fish is not as grounding as the heavier stuff.  Pork would be extremely grounding although I personally don’t believe pork is a very good food for most people.

So what did i pick to do today for the red stuff?  It is early summer where I live and I’m working on some detox right now so I decided to do some juiced beets, a little red apple, celery, and maybe some dandelion leaves.  All these will help with detoxification, especially the liver.  Photo up top. Enjoy.

-Joe