Spiritual Cleansing

Hi Bloggers, today I went for a haircut. In my younger days I used to let my hair get a bit ‘moppy’ but these days its more of a monthly trim to keep it neat.

After my haircut I walked down Broadway avenue. The air was cold and I could feel the cold seeping through into my thin jeans. I had a good winter jacket on but only a t shirt underneath and i could feel the cold coming through. I took my book with me – The Urban Monk. I stopped in at Sharkbucks café. It was busy and there was no spare seating. I crossed the road and went into Museo café.

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There were two guys in there. The barista, and some old guy sitting in the corner with his books. Once in a while he mumbled something incoherent. I ordered a medium latte and a Nanaimo slice. It was too sweet!

I had a feeling of calm and contentment. The barista was clinking away noisily. Putting cups and saucers away after a day of trading coffee and slices. Soon a couple of young guys came in and took a seat nearby me. They were talking about music scores and classical movements and acts in different keys. The barista took a mop and bucket and was mopping the floor from back to front.

I had to get going as they were closing soon. It was worth the 8.25 to sit and have a coffee and read a couple of sections from my book. I felt unrushed, with no where to go, and not really in need of anything.

Last night, T bird did some spiritual cleansing of our house, and my daughter, my son, and even me. She had a concoction of herbs that she burned in a sea shell. She used a feather to waft the smokey mixture around the house. She went around each of us a couple of times. She said it was to ward off evil spirits. I’m ok with that. The house has retained a faint odor of the herbal smoke mixture.

So bloggers, there you have it. I’m off to get a work out in. Peace. Hugs. Namaste.

 

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Buddha knows best. Look inside yourself for your calm. 

 

 

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Broadway Av, Saskatoon, 4.45pm. 
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Medium latte and a Nanaimo slice. 

 

 

 

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Musings from Sharkbucks Café….

Hi Bloggers,

After finishing Neil Young’s autobiography I got myself down to the library and picked up two books: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff With Your Family (which is a bit of an irony based on my current ‘family’ situation), and The Urban Monk.

Ok, so I cracked open the Urban Monk and have been inhaling its earthy goodness. So there’s a Doctor, and he gets into eastern philosophy and medicine, and does some spiritual retreats and stuff… Ok, I’ve only read a few chapters but already I can tell that it’s having and impact.

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It ties in well with the doco that I watched recently called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I’m sure I blogged about that one but basically an Aussie bloke gets into juice fasting and only consumes the juice of fruit and vegies for 60 days, and loses a ton of weight, and goes off his meds due to better health.

Well, Urban Monk follows a much stricter discipline in that its not a juice fast, its a guide to modern living. This doctor has been treating people for what I would call a fucked up modern way of life. 

Just think about it readers, a lot of us eat shit, don’t exercise, work too many hours, try to do to much, feel guilty when we can’t get it all done, are totally addicted to technology (sorry WP), aren’t sleeping well, are in debt beyond a reasonable ability to pay it all back in a short time, and well, a bunch of other shit. No wonder we would be masking it all with addictions, therapy and medications. Life has gotten so far from the basics that its little wonder we are anxious, stressed, overweight, and often hate the jobs that pay for the entire shit show. 

So what’s the good doctor’s prescription? So far, this is what I have picked up:

  • Reduce your caffeine.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Get a good nights sleep.
  • Clean up your diet, stop eating all the processed shit.
  • Exercise. Do weights.
  • Do yoga.
  • Allow yourself the opportunity to rest. Properly. Including relaxing vacation.
  • Meditate. Connect with the breath.

 

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If you are looking at this in the grocery store you are in the right section. 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking on a November Day – a Photo Essay

Hi Bloggers, its been a while since I posted some pictures. Yesterday it was about -11C in Saskatoon. That’s actually fairly moderate as far as cold weather temperatures go. I decided to go for a walk. I walked all the way up Broadway Avenue, including a few back lanes on the way.

I ended up arriving at a church. Two of them actually. One was advertising an art exhibition. I walked in as mass was about to start. It was a older crowd, maybe 65+ age group. It was a very catholic traditional scene. After sitting for a few moments I went to have a look at the art show.

A bit later, I walked onto Broadway avenue. I was looking at some pictures of Canadian servicemen from the wars. A guy pulls up in a Mazda 6 and after checking his cell phone he dashes across the road and into the theater. I thought to myself how different the times and culture are today. Guys his age were getting trench foot and being shot at. It’s important to remember those who served in all the wars from all nations for the peace and privilege we have today.

I ended up following the guy into the Broadway theater. Seems that there is a church gathering there. I was greeted by a few enthusiastic pastor-type people with a hearty handshake. I took my seat and a band played. They were very, very good. You can appreciate the real passion that they have for their faith and their music.

Hope you enjoy my photos!

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Yesterday’s Workout, and some other stuff.

Hi Bloggers,

I got down to the gym yesterday. It was a good workout. Something about Fridays that just gets me in the mood to workout. All the bullshit of the week has gone by and you get two days to work out and recover. Bliss! IMG_6559 (2)

Yesterday was biceps blasting day. The day before that was chest day.

So I’m at a bit of a cross roads. I might be more mobile than I’ve been for a long time – with the ex and kids moving away in about 30 days. Lots of things to consider. Options, I guess. I finished Neil Young’s book. I’ll probably do a book review on that this weekend.

I’m going to do hot yoga this morning. Kind of looking forward to it. I’ve been away from yoga for a little while, except for last Saturday. Not sure why exactly, I get busy at times and sometimes re-prioritise but essentially it has to do with any gym time I get I tend to want to do weights.

 

Anyway, I hope you are all having a good weekend.

 

 

It’s Friday. That gets a high kick!

Oh yeah, it’s Friday.

Fuck yeah!

You know what I’m talking about!

Catching up on sleep, going to the gym, staying up late, and probably getting some yoga in too.

This is how I feel:

I’m thinking I could throw a few of these into my work out routine. I think I’d look fabulous 😉

Maybe mix it up with a little chorus routine:

Might find something warm to put my #### in?

Just kidding! Kinda hot tho, right?

 

 

 

 

Gettin’ on!

Hi Bloggers.

It’s turned ‘wintery’ here. Walking around outside at work today I thought I was going to freeze my face off. First day of wearing long johns under the work trousers. Normally its got to be about -20C before I will go to such lengths. In the still air its not to bad, but anywhere a breeze or wind is blowing the cold factor increases by a fair bit. I really feel for the guys and gals that work outdoors all day. It takes a special kind of energy and focus to tough out cold weather all day.

 

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Canada has a new $10 bank note. Looking good there foundation fathers/mother!

 

Recently I went to one of those Canadian mega chain cafe’s. Jim Shorton’s (or something). I had the chicken club sandwhich. I did get the combo with wedges. I waited patiently or at least I hacked into my club sandwhich expecting my wedges to be brought over, as if they were late coming from the cooker or something. I got up and approached the counter. I was in complete first world despair when the young lady told me that I got a shot of vanilla flavour in my latte, and that some how negated the value of the wedges. I disagree. I think that f’ked the tasted of the coffee, and I didn’t get my wedges! Damn.

I went to this other coffee mega chain – Sharkbucks or something. I got the salted caramel frappachia or something. A warning readers. It’s horrible. I’m down with frappe and good with caramel, but putting a bunch of salt in a sweet drink. Urrggh. It was disgusting!

At this point I realise I’m sounding like a whiny bitch so it’s time to change gears….

 

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Chicken club at Jim Shortons. It was actually quite spicy, which I like 😉

 

Ok, so what’s been going on for me? I’m getting on! Life has its ups and downs. I feel much more balanced, and content. There are moments when I fear the future, where I have apprehension, concerns, etc. I’ve certainly made some changes – for the better I would suggest. I’ve let go of a lot of fears – that feels pretty good.

 

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Ok, have to brush the snow back before I open the door and get the brush handled scraper thing out. Only need to do this for the next six months! 

 

Of course, I’ve been working out. I got a work out in today before work. The picture below is from the weekendIMG_6527. I also watched a documentary – Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It’s about an Australian bloke who goes on a 60 day juice fast. Yeh, doesn’t sound very interesting but the guy is highly entertaining, and inspiring. I recommend that you watch it. It has even inspired me to include more fresh fruit and veggies in my diet. I have what I would consider a fairly balanced diet. I eat some junk but typically get plenty of fresh or frozen veggies in too.

Anyway readers, hugs, and Namaste.

 

Contentment….

Hey bloggers,

I came across this little sweetheart on a cold morning walk recently. I asked her if I could take a selfie with her for my blog. She didn’t seem to mind at all. We chatted for a bit. Actually, I did most of the talking. I can’t be sure but I think I might have put my arm around her at one point. It was a fairly innocent gesture. Flicking through my social media account I thought I saw her #metoo post. I never meant any harm.

It’s been a relaxing weekend. Too cold to do much. It’s been snowing its arse off here.  Have caught up on a lot of sleep. Got a work out in last night.

I listened to guided meditation for sleep on Y-tube last night. It talks you through relaxing parts of the body etc. Last thing I recall is point 13 of 32, relax that point between your elbow and the soft fleshy part of the inside of your arm… Next thing I know my friend calls me and I am woken by the phone call. Guided meditation was babbling about allowing things to be what they are and let go of all our self orchestrated stress. Pretty good advice I’d say.

So I woke up feeling very well rested, very content.

 

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C’mon sweetheart, give us a smile! 

 

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So last nights work out: incline dumbbell bench press, leg curls, leg extensions, dips, sit ups, hyper extensions….

 

Alabama

Hi Bloggers,

As you might know, I am reading Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace. Its a good read. A little bit random and stream-of-consciousness in parts but I do really like it.

So some time way back, maybe ’93 or so, I got myself a copy of Harvest. It’s a great record. One of the tracks is Alabama. I never got into the political message or whatever, I’ll leave that for others to comment on. It’s just a great rock/alt country song.

The thing I really like about it was that it was recorded in Neil’s barn in Northern California. You can hear the live band effect. Just a bunch of mics and amps and a PA or whatever and everything blends in a very organic and earthy way.

From the opening guitar riff, I’m in for the ride. Below is a picture of the band set in the barn. Pretty cool, eh?

 

 

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Comes a Time…..

Hi Bloggers, as you might know, I’ve been reading Neil Young’s autobiography. Comes a Time has always been a favourite of mine. I don’t know what it is exactly, it has a nice mix of sincerity, nostalgia and reflection. A kind of honesty.

There comes a time for all of us. My ex – the T Bird came to tell me they will be here for only another 37 days. I’m trying my hardest to be present as a dad to my kids. A lot of  damage has been done. A lot of animosity has developed based on the situation between their mum and I. IMG_6494 (2)

I’ve spent the last year or so in a sort of holding pattern, knowing that the situation has been destined to be not-sustainable, and having many uncertainties in my life – work, domestic and external. Stuck yet unable to move due to financial constraints, or obligations etc.

I’ve spent a lot of that time looking inward. An examination of myself, if you will. I think this is healthy, to a point. Too much introspection can lead to self doubt and hesitation. I’ve put aside some passions. Making music, song writing, etc. All the while, just hanging on to a thread of whatever it is that keeps us going.

I want to be clear about one thing – I am not complaining, I am not bitter. The journey has been extremely challenging on many levels. At the same time, I have come through this still feeling for the most part like I am being true to myself. I’ve made changes. I’ve learned from some mistakes.

 

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So I went to gym today. I am doing my light workout – generally more reps and less weight. I did over head press, power cleans, lunges, hi step ups, and chainsaws.

 

Have a good weekend WP readers.

 

Namaste.

 

 

Today’s Workout, and some excellent doco’s on Nflix

Hi Bloggers, I did get down to the gym tonight. I did my Workout A – legs and biceps. It’s one of my favourite workouts. But I know I would be boring you to rant on about all that crap.

Having some downtime this weekend, I indulged in a couple of fascinating and interesting doco’s on Nflix. A few actually. I recommend them all.

Mitre Peninsula – a Spanish language (subtitled) doco about a group of 4 guys that hike into Argentina’s wilderness to surf remote waves. Just a joy to watch.

The Last Shaman. Ok this one is just really really well done. The story of an American young man who has been battling depression for a long time. He was suicidal. He took off to Peru in search of shaman rituals and spiritual salvation. He goes into the Amazon jungle and finds some people, and hallucinogenics, to aid his journey. It’s really interesting and really uplifting, and I recommend that anyone watches it.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule. Ok, this one is fascinating,  and it kind of ties in with the Last Shaman. Seems that the chemical that comes from a combination of two plants was studied at the University of NM back in the 90’s or so. It talks about peoples profound experiences in a hospital setting. People apparently literally check out of their bodies and enter a kind of cosmic universe realm. Absolutely fascinating. They suggest that the experience is like taking all the filters off our senses for some time and experiencing a kind of devine existence – free from time, free from material connection to the world, free in space and experiencing beings or entities that kind of exchange information or whatever. I know that sounds way out there. Just watch the program, please!

 

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Here’s me, just hours ago, at gym!