You are who you associate with. Look around at your five closest friends and that’s who you are. If you don’t want to be that person, you know what you have do.
Imagine your entire life as a book.
On every page of this book, no matter what is going on in the story, no matter what the words are describing, behind the words there is the white paper.
The paper is so rarely noticed, and even more rarely appreciated, but it is absolutely essential. Without it, the words would not exist.
You are very much like the paper behind the words of life. You are not the story of your life – your failures, your successes, your regrets and hopes, your memories and expectations, your great achievements and terrible losses - you are life itself, the wide open, all-embracing expanse of consciousness in which the story of your life plays itself out.
The paper of a book is never affected by the story that is being told in that book. The paper is only there to hold the words, to embrace them, to allow them to be, without condition. Words appear and disappear on the paper, happy words and sad words, sacred words and profane words; great battles are fought, incredible adventures are had, the cycle of life and death and rebirth plays out, but the paper always remains, ever-present, always complete in itself.
A love story, a comedy, a horror story, a war epic, a long and frustrating search for success or enlightenment – the paper itself doesn’t mind.
Whatever the story, the paper never needs to know how it all ends. And on the final pages of the book, the paper does not fear the end of the words, nor does it long for an earlier time in the story. And if the main character dies, the paper does not mourn. Even death is allowed by the paper. The paper doesn’t know that the story is ‘over’. The paper is beyond the cycle of birth and death of its characters.
You don’t know how many pages are left in the autobiography of your life. (In fact, your book has not been written yet – it is writing itself as it goes along!) From the perspective of the words – that is, from the perspective of the human mind – your story is not yet complete. We spend much of our lives trying to work out how to end our story. How to solve things neatly, how to resolve our unresolved problems, how to ‘fix’ and complete ourselves, how to control an uncontrollable future.
But from the perspective of the paper, from the perspective of consciousness itself, there is no story to resolve. Things are okay just as they are, right now. In this moment, everything is accepted just as it is.
This is the most peaceful book in existence, and it is what you are.
You’ve started to do some research and you’re convinced yourself, that there is a better way. You’re excited about learning how awesome real food really is and the amazing effects it has on your body. BUT,
- How do you actually put all of this into action?
- How do you get your family on board, especially when they are accustomed to eating whatever they have been for their whole lives. Dietary changes are an emotional issue for most of us – especially if they think they are being tricked or punished!
I grew up eating a ‘standard Australian diet’ (modeled on the American version) and it was actually me who broke away from that to create a healthier life for myself – my family and friends still think I’m a little crazy – but slowly, surely and persistently, I’ve been introducing them to new foods, ideas and recipes and broadening their palettes to appreciate real food. Through my journey I’ve really learned that our attitude/emotions/beliefs about our food are just as important as the food itself.
My suggestion would be to transition as slowly as you can – don’t cut out things you consider unhealthy, but use the method of ‘crowding it out’. Basically still continue your diet as usual, but just ADD things in – don’t remove a thing. You CAN’T have this, or you CAN’T have that is far too intimidating for even the most open-minded. Keep adding in the good stuff – eventually it will start to take the place of the bad stuff naturally – you won’t need to force anything. There is no need for anyone to feel deprived or give up the things they love, just make small changes where you can to start.
The best part is that real food tastes amazing and loves your body back!
Definitely increase your raw food intake for your family – add raw foods to your meals and gradually let the portions grow over time as you enjoy and crave them.
Do the best you can with what you have available, but basically, be curious about what you’re eating, and what it is doing FOR you, or AGAINST you.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot of people asking for some advice, or suggestions on diet, workout and healthy living.
I’m going to start posting here what I’m up to and try to make it a great go to resource for healthy living.
Hit me up with your suggestion, I hope everyone is training hard, eating well, sleeping faster and living every day.
Sorry I’ve been sporadic on updating this. It has been such an adventure and funnily enough with minimal internet. Slow at best. But here is a little synopsis of what we got up to! I’ll make an album to check out the high-lights in pictures.
We left bright and early on Sunday the 20th May. Our first stop was Trump National GC in New Jersey. A few hours work and playing with swing coach Brett Jones. Great way to start the trip.
We left there around 4pm and managed to get 8 hour in on the road before stopping at a Motel 8 in Bristol Virginia. It was an early start the next morning and 13 hours on the road to New Orleans. Stopping for a nice brunch in Birmingham Alabama.
We stayed near Bourbon Street, and cruised around the city. We were too tired from driving to really do anything and the city as a whole kinda stinks like Sh*t.
After a good nights sleep it was on to Waco Texas to stay with our Mate Cody who goes to Baylor University.
Practicing and playing at Twin Rivers GC and utilizing the amazing facilities Baylor has to offer.
Whilst in Texas we were able to spend some time in Dallas, Denton, College Station, Austin and San Antonio. Golfing, catching up with old friends and exploring the great state of.
Had such an amazing time with everyone we met in Texas, but a big shout out to Cody Paladino for his hospitality and of course Uncle Charley in Dallas!!
After 2 whirl-wind weeks in Texas we made a run towards the West-Coast, next stop San Diego. We got a few hours outside of San Antonio on the way to El Paso, we hit a flash hail storm. The car (Ddorothy) survived with minimal hail damage, but it was a beautiful change in skies.
At the last-minute on the way to the West Coast, we decided to make a small detour for the Grand Canyon! What a cool place! Of course, being two Australians at a natural wonder, we had to take off all our clothes, jump the barriers and climb out on to the edge (Pics NSFW).
We had some minimal engine troubles in Arizona, but a few hours at a dealership and we were back on the road.
We had a beautiful place for 6 days in Pacific Beach, San Diego. Thanks to our new friend JW!
View from JW’s place.
We were planning on going skydiving over Las Vegas, but after some inside knowledge we were instructed to jump over the California/Mexico border instead. This would allow us to see Tijuana, the coast and the mountains!
To make a skydive was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done. The scariest part was taking off with the 5 seater Cessna door open. Only closing it at around 2000 feet! We then climbed to around 12000 feet getting amazing views. 1 minute of free fall and about 7 minutes of parachuting left us safely on the ground. If you haven’t done it. Do it.
At this stage we planned to travel to Las Vegas for a week and then back to LA for about 10 days and sell the car and fly back to CT.
We arrived in Las Vegas around 8pm and after a shower we headed to The Strip to check it out. After a good feed and walking around for a few hours we headed back to the house for some rest before we got after it for the week.
- On the way home, we had a tire blow out. It threw us into the median barrier where the impact shattered the windshield and deployed the airbags. I was able to put my arm up in time, but Daniel wasn’t so fortunate. He was hit in the face by the bag at over 100 mph. We spent almost 10 hours in the emergency room. Dan will be okay, nothing too ‘serious’. The car however, is totaled. It was sold for scrap and Dan took a flight back home. All in all we are very lucky that it wasn’t any worse.
I have spent the past week in Vegas on my own, golfing and sight-seeing. I fly back Thursday morning the 21st to Connecticut to spend the remaining part of summer golfing locally there, working out and preparing for the Fall season.
Please check out the photo album HERE and send you love to Dan.
It’s GO TIME! On Sunday May 20th, my best mate Morgs and I are heading off on our drive across America. It is going to involve an 8000 kilometer drive in a 1999 Honda Civic named “D-Dorothy”, 5 golf tournaments, and hopefully many life memories. We’ll be selling the rig we’re driving in
If you have any tips of safe travels I would love to hear them. If not, hopefully see a few of you along the way!
These songs aren’t the ones you want on your practice playlist.. But they are what I am rocking out to in the car.
Also, check out my mate Joseph and his jams playing at the bottom of the page.