Monday, March 10, 2014
"The more personal you are willing to be and the more intimate you are willing to be about the details of your own life the more universal you are. When you recognize that pain and response to pain is a universal thing it helps explain so many things about others just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other people’s behavior. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It tells you what everybody needs. Do you know what everybody needs – to put it in a single word? Everybody needs to be understood. And out of that comes every form of love."
Dr. Sherwin Nuland died on March 3 at the age of 83. He became well known for his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994. For him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain human life moment to moment. He reflects on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology.
Here an interview with Krista Tippett for On Being.
Tags: interview, dying, life, Sherwin Nuland, death
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Forget the manipulation. Forget the power trip and the injustices for a while. Bottom line, we all have a need to stop for a second, look inside and reflect. Where are the dreams unfulfilled, the yearnings not resolved and the hopes not yet achieved? Where do we hunger? Where are the ashes?
Only when we embrace all that is, including what was burned to dust, we are able to climb above and reach for the summit.
This picture: Hiking the Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala - November 2013
Tags: Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Ashes, Summit, Hike, photography, travel, inspiration
Monday, March 3, 2014
It seems like every week a new fad-diet is created and flocks of people immediately rush to try it out, all certain that this will be the one to save them and the country from our obesity crises. Cabbage soup diet, lemonade diet, 1-day diet, Sacred Heart diet, low-carb diet, blood type diet – there are hundreds of diets out there, all with the promise to solve our dietary nightmare.
And while some of them may help us lose weight at first, in the long run, they do not work. Either we gain all the weight back, or we keep ourselves and our bodies so deprived that we end up with some other kind of deficiency – if not with an unbearable craving.
In the meantime, the diet industry keeps cashing in on our eagerness to find this easy way out of our health troubles. According to research from the Global Industry Analysts, the global weight control products market is expected to reach almost $47 billion by 2015. It seems they are having no trouble in making their banking accounts really healthy. But are we?
A "diet", in a popular term, or even a "diet program" is an illusion – we all know! It is once again, we longing for a short-term, silver-bullet solution for a very difficult situation. No one gets out of shape on purpose (unless you are a Hollywood star prepping for the role of your life). There are so many and different variables at work for each individual. It is unreasonable to expect that a single, magical solution would be able to solve this menacing puzzle.
Except for one simple point we seem to overlook. What if we pushed aside all the confusing advice coming from everywhere and went back to the basics – the real basics. What if we began to follow an instinctive nutritional guideline we humans have followed since the dawn of time? (And here is my "1-Rule Diet.")
Eat Food! Eat Real Food.
The more I read about nutrition and hear the increasingly complicated advice from nutritionists, doctors and scientists, the more I am convinced that the real issue here is the incredible amount of highly processed foods we have on our plates today (if we still eat from a plate).
And the problem goes further. Since the modernization of our society, we have manipulated, twisted and transformed the basic ingredients of nature so much so that now we have even lost the ability to recognize what real food really is. Marketing, commodity, misinformation and biased research have brought us to believe that products that have been highly altered only for the sake of making us buy more and eat more are worthy enough of entering our bodies.
How in the world did we get to believe that a Twinkie (or the like) is food?
Instead of marginalizing (real) fat, (real) carbohydrate, even (real) sugar; instead of crazy calorie counting and unceasing trips to the balance, what about recognizing that we have been stuffing our bodies with products that are not (real) food and that, in the end, do not feed us. These fake food products only keep us eating more, wanting more and making our waist grow even wider. It’s a battle we can’t win!
So, here a few suggestions for you to keep in mind during your next trip to the supermarket or restaurant:
• Where did this item come from?
What did it take for this product to get in front of you? The closer to your area and the more natural its source, the fresher, healthier and tastier. Don't assume that just because it is on a supermarket shelf or on the menu list that this product is worthy for you to put inside your body – no matter how good it may taste or the amount of glitter on the package. As much as you can, know the source and the journey of your food.
• Is this a whole, natural product?
Mother nature doesn't err. Make the effort to eat as much as possible items that came directly from the earth. And yes, because we have been eating so much sodium and artificial sugars for such a long time, our palate is so skewed that we tend to think real fruits and (especially) vegetables taste bad. They don't! These are the foods that are naturally fit for our bodies! Give yourself time to cleanse the junk out of your system and you will be surprised with the real taste of nature.
• How much processing had to happen for this item to be produced?
Usually, the more industrial manipulation, the less chance it will be nutritious (no matter how "enriched" the product is) and suitable for your natural body.
Those are simple questions that can transform our eating habits and make us live much healthier lives. And I know that in the busyness of our lives, this is not always easy. But think for a moment? What is most important? If we don't take good care of our own bodies what else matters? Without our health, how are we going to do anything else? Without our bodies, how can we possibly live?!
This is a matter of priority and of reeducating ourselves. But it is the opportunity to reclaim our lives, our health, our energy and our wellbeing.
Remember: It's Your Body! Take Good Care of It!
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Tags: nutrition, diet, health, food, weight loss
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
There is always an open door.
There is always a way out.
It may be that from our perspective and from our line of sight, we can’t quite see it at the moment. We may think all that exists are walls and barriers. But if we look a little closer, if we stretch just a little further, we will notice how plentiful the light is all around us.
It must be coming from somewhere.
Who can see it?
What is the point of reference that can help us find the way?
No, there will be no easy answers coming directly from there.
But perhaps, in the process of connecting we can discover our way forward.
This picture: Torres de Serranos, Valencia, Spain - June 2006
Tags: Valencia, Spain, Torres de Serranos, Open Doors, Possibility, Way Out, photography, travel
Monday, February 24, 2014
We have an underlining issue in our culture that is rarely, if ever, talked about. While women have made great strides in securing their room at the table, men, who have always been on top of the food chain, suffer silently, usually unconsciously, from the pressure put on them since childhood.
Most of us don't even notice it. Most of us actually go about our lives – following the rules – without a hitch. But the cost of having to constantly push down all the natural feelings and affection is tremendous. How much disease, broken relationships, depression, crime, missed opportunities and career frustrations would we avoid if only we gave our boys the space and the opportunity to grow up freely and develop as they truly are?
As a boy, you learn there is a standard you must follow. There is a certain behavior and expectation you ought to live up to. Regardless if this set of rules match up with who you are on the inside, for you to gain the respect (and the affection) of your fellow men (and women), you must comply. Dare you not! Repress who you are. Pretend at all costs. Mask what you have. Just be a man!
The documentary The Mask We Live In tries to explore this problem with masculinity that affects us all today. Can't wait to see it!
Tags: man, masculinity, documentary, social pressure
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Remember the days when we would run through this world freely and unburdened?
Remember the energy and the curiosity of those early years,
The boundless imagination and the eagerness to savor every moment?
Remember the acceptance of every idea,
The openness to every person,
The innate generosity of heart?
How can I keep it alive?
How can I rescue it from the clutter of growing up?
Is there even an iota of that innocence still residing inside of me?
I look at you and suddenly it all makes sense.
It was never over. It was just resting,
Waiting to see a glimpse of your warming eyes.
This picture: A traditional 1st Communion celebration in Antigua, Guatemala – November 2013
Tags: Antigua, Guatemala, 1st Communion, Innocence, photography, travel
Monday, February 17, 2014
Who, as a kid, didn't use to lie down on the ground on a pretty summer day, looking at the blue sky and the puffy white clouds passing by? Some of us would immediately begin to see cars, elephants, trees and dinosaurs. But others would need a little help with this game! Even as a kid, all they could see was, well – just white clouds and blue sky.
No, there wasn't anything wrong. This was no lack of imagination or even of a creative mind. The only issue at play here was the Personality Type and the way these individuals usually absorb external information.
According to Jung's personality type theory and the Myers-Briggs assessment, Sensing (S) is one of the 8 cognitive functions, which are displayed differently in each person. Sensing, combined with "Intuition", represents the way we take information in and perceive the world.
Having a Sensing type preference means you are more inclined to see what is factual and concrete. Your focus seems to be more grounded in the everyday physical reality of things compared to "in between the lines." Sensing (S) individuals usually look at the outside world with a very practical eye. They usually prefer to learn through experience and hands on activity than through the world of words and ideas. They normally favor what is real and current and give less value to their "gut feeling."
"Sometimes I pay so much attention to facts that I miss new possibilities." While this could be a pitfall for Sensing individuals, their tendency to look at the practicality of life events is a huge asset that can be utilized as a springboard to new horizons. Being focused on the facts can be a solid foundation and advantageous trait for progress and growth.
In fact, some people may be surprised how adventurous and daring Sensing individuals can be. Famous reported "S" individuals are Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Anna Wintour, Stephen Covey, Glenn Close, Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey. Talk about new horizons, hmm?
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