Days of Gratitude

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Good friends.

Today I’m glad to have such a fantastic group of peers. We’ve known each other for many years now and have developed strong bonds.

The power of positive energy being transferred and exchanged between humans willfully and gratefully is extraordinary. Today, I honour the universe and my Self as One, for providing me with such rich experiences of love and friendship.

Peace out

Iby Leave

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I believe in the universe and the light that encloaks it. I believe in all that is good.. thus, all that is god.

I believe love overcomes evil.. and therefore overcomes the d-evil.

I believe in the power of human intention, the capacity to ‘create’ at free will, any world we imagine.

I believe in compassion, and the shared desire for mutual respect.. the simplest of actions, and expectations . I believe we all want the same thing.

Peace, an existence free of suffering. Easily obtainable if we can all simply remember and realise our potential.

May all beings be released from suffering. May we all emit love and light to infinity.. and beyond.☆

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5 fulfilling fings I gone and done in 5 weeks

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Once again the demon of procrastination has embedded itself into my being, writhing at my fingertips, convincing me that creativity exists but only as an impervious venture.

Through its relentless clutches I’ve yet again withdrawn from writing, or even drafting. Not one word has reached the paper (or screen) in the past six weeks or more, and I’m left feeling oppressed, indisposed and unfulfilled.

Or, I’ve just been a lazy twat again. Either way, my Hippy Van has been neglected, as has my poor cerebrum.

So where has this hippy been? Fighting the crime of injustice in the streets of LC? Standing up for human rights at various protests across the country? Offering my spare time to aid those less fortunate…?

Alas, I’m afraid to admit, only within the confines of my mind-computer. Another way to describe it would be in my daydreams. But I’m confident my self-discernment will allow me to progress sooner rather than later. Though one could argue that’s been my hope for quite some time now.

But I do have some things to bring to the table, which I’ve engaged in during my time AWOL. Bare with me, as I think when such activities/experiences finally evolve to their destined fruition, my absence will have been felicitous and righteous.

So, you gorgeous strangers who have given your precious time to read this, here are 5 constructive things I’ve done in the past 5 weeks:

1. Stopped smoking weed

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Byebye smokey laundry day :(

That’s right, I finally broke up with Mary Jane. I’m clean 4 weeks yesterday and some of that misty, nebulous mind-fog is starting to clear. Replaced by an incandescent gleam, one that I’d almost forgotten could exist.

Don’t get me wrong, Mary Jane is the one true love of my life and I miss her dearly everyday…. but for now at least, I have to steer clear. SKUNK bares too much restriction upon the intellectual capacity (and I did miss that part of myself). Also, it was neccessary to clear my head for a while in preparation of number 2, which is…

2. Done training for volunteering

It took a few weeks to complete, but hopefully from next week I’ll be spending my two spare days a week helping ‘disengaged’ youngsters gain some qualifications and self belief. To be honest, I am struggling as to whether I’ll be able to support them fully with entering the ‘world of work’, since I’m so disillusioned by the entire system… but my greatest intention is to instill some confidence and self belief into them. Make them remember (or in some cases, realise) that they have worth. That the world is a place they can fit in and be accepted, despite what (fucked up) past issues may have contributed to their lack of self worth.

3. Rebuilt the bridges with my BFF

The Yin to my Yang, we fell apart a little since 2015 hit. But neither of us really left each other, and now we’re stronger than we ever were. And I can finally function again.

4. Revealed my darkest, lifelong secret

To my BFF, the only person I’ve ever divulged this information to. And what a huge weight off my shoulders… to sum up, some bad shit happened when I was very young that I repressed for almost 25 years. Now I feel I can breathe far easier.

5. Almost reached level 32 in Destiny

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OK, so the last one isn’t that constructive (depending on your perspective)… but I have met some great new people within the social spaces, improved my confidence making new friends and unlocked some awesome new gear… which I’m extremely grateful for.

Of course, the PS4 merely serves as a distraction from the despondency that I felt was my life… rather than let lame reality encroach me any further, I made an impulse purchase and immersed myself within a virtual reality… but then, who says what is ‘reality’, anyway?

I’m pleased to say, just writing this has created a fresh perspective on my ‘life’… deep breath in, equally deep breath out.

Namaste, and peace to you all. ✌:)

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Springing Into Spring

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I awoke this morning to beautiful morning sunshine, heating my bedroom as it glared through the window pane.

Admittedly,  I was quite rudely awoken by my phone ringing, but that’s my fault for not putting it on silent.

So, forced into consciousness I lifted out of bed and, boosted by the surprise sunshine, sucked up the rays and drove to pick up my hungover housemate from a random house.

And what a day for a spontaneous drive. Upon returning home, I had some brocolli and protein shake. Then jumped on my mountain bike, started my Garmin up and embraced the beautiful outdoors.

Along the canal, into the woods and through the cemetery where my mum lies. Arrived at my friends, had a smoke and played PS4, (caved to a Cadbury creme egg), then rode back again as the sun set.

Refreshingly serene.

And in the wake of a lot of personal tribulations that have been going on/off, it was just what my body and soul needed. Combined, I was filled with a fresh light.

A good friend visited yesterday and performed acupuncture on me (my first time). Five needles in each ear, one for each pressure point linking to a certain part of the body. Interestingly, the only one that even hurt or bled (a tiny amount btw) was the point linked to stress and anxiety (the very top).

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As soon as each needle penetrated, I felt my body tingle from head to toe. Literally the meridians were twitching and I felt the release. For the next 45 minutes I lay alone in silence, concentrating on my breathing in a half meditative state. It was pretty daymn cool man. Heck, later that night I even managed to put pencil to paper and draw something after about nine years.

The days have merged with one another in such natural splendour. A week and a half ago I made a life changing decision, and so am dealing with certain repercussions now. But the sense of freedom I gained from taking that step (so far) outweighs any negative comebacks, which are always only temporary anyway.

Actively encouraging my mental clarity, along with sustaining a clean diet, daily yoga and weight lifting, I’m really starting to feel myself healing from the inside out.

And today, the warmest I’ve experienced since winter took hold, was one of the most perfect days to do so. So a good day overall!

Much love and light all ✌💓

Healthy Spicy Chorizo Pasta

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Another quick and healthy dish, this chorizo pasta is filling and nutritous (and delicious).

Ingredients (serves 4):

Virgin olive oil
Sliced chorizo
400g tinned tomatos
1 red pepper (chopped)
2 handfuls spinach
2-3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
Cayenne pepper
Chilli powder/flakes
Black pepper
Wholegrain pasta

All you need to do:

Sautée the peppers and onion for 4-5 mins until the onion is yellow. Add garlic for another 2-3 min.

Pour in tomatos and chorizo, add spices, simmer on low heat for 5 mins. Throw in spinach for a further 2 min. Add cooked pasta and stir through. Serve immediately.

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Don’t forget to store your leftovers for lunch at work, etc ✌

Chocolate Matters

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Another (extremely) quick and easy snack that will leave you feeling full and mentally satisfied:

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I was halfway through munching when I snapped this, apologies. But the bite is delightful!

Whilst I’ve almost cut dairy out completely, every once in a while I’ll opt for some creamy, natural yoghurt (I used plain; sweeter flavours are available, but I’m extra mindful of sugar content) and some dark dark chocolate. By dark I mean 70% cocoa minimum.  This was 85% cocoa and a pure dark delight.  The chunky bite gives such a dopamine release!

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Real cocoa (and even better, cacao) is packed full of wonderful nutrients. Yep, chocolate is actually healthy for us. It is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which with the right balance help prevent heart disease and cancer, amongst other common ailments and dis-ease (blood clots, high blood pressure, high cholesterol). It can also help boost cognitive performance. That’s right, it’s a brain food. Elementary!

But, if your body is truly a temple, raw cacao is your best bet. This is because it goes through minimal processing compared to commercial cocoa, which often has its antioxidant features removed due to the ‘bitter’ taste produced.

I’ll be doing a follow up on the uses of raw cacao powder. But for now, do enjoy your guilt-free yoghurt and chocolate!

Wholegrain wheat cereal with oat milk, nuts & honey

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Here’s one idea for a quick, healthy breakfast (or snack).

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Bite-sized wheat shreds cereals (branded or non works either way), oat milk, mixed nuts and pure honey.

These particular cereals work nicely with honey as they can be quite bland without sugar (which I’ve cut substantially). Just try your best to get raw, organic. Nom!

Happy Tuesday :)