Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Present Moment is All You Ever Have

There is a video at the bottom of this article, so if you don’t like reading words you can skip down and just watch the video.

How often do find yourself reminiscing about the past? What about the future? Do you often find yourself worrying about how your life might turn out?

This is a waste of energy. Why? Because the past and future do not exist.

All you ever have is this moment right now.

Of course, time moves steadily forwards, and things constantly change. You slowly get older, and so do the people around you. Fashions come and go, new technologies get invented, and you feel nostalgic for some vague point in your past when you were younger and life was a continuous blur of endless happy days full of smiles and laughter.

The thing is, all this is in your mind. None of it actually exists outside your mind. Every time you think about the past or worry about the future, they are merely thoughts that you are experiencing NOW.

Even if you could somehow fully plan your perfect future in 10 years time, you will not fully appreciate it once it arrives, because by then it will be the present moment, and your mind will be in the habit of ignoring the present moment in favour of worrying about some other imaginary future a further 10 years ahead.

The only time life actually happens is NOW.

And whatever Now contains is always changing. Nothing stays the same.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with learning lessons from past mistakes, as long as you don’t keep going over them endlessly and missing out on your current life. There is also nothing wrong with making plans for the future, as long as you don’t sacrifice the present moment in order to do so. Be fully present in the process of planning, and know that nothing is ever set in stone.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”

- John Lennon

“YES”

- Yoko Ono

“All you need is love”

- John

“Let it be.”

- Paul McCartney

“I am the eggman”

- John again

“Enough of all these Beatles lyric quotes!”

- Boris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ihy4ILZ9WQ

 

 

Gluten, Dairy, Yeast & Meet Free Pizza Recipe

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Yesterday I decided to see if I could make a pizza without using cheese, wheat, yeast or meat. The result was actually very tasty, and I highly recommend it.

Although I call this a recipe, I used several pre-made products, so this is not a recipe from scratch. However, you should be able to get these products (or something similar) in your local health food shop.


You Will Need:

  • Orgran Pizza & Pastry Multimix
  • GranoVita Tangy Tomato Yeast-free Pate
  • Meridian Tomato & Herb Pasta Sauce
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • Raw Sunflower Seeds

Steps:

  1. Make the pizza dough as instructed on the packet.
  2. Spread a thick layer of pate over the pizza base.
  3. Chop up the tomatoes and vegetables; use as much or as little as you want; sprinkle them over the pate.
  4. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of each of the seeds over the pizza.
  5. Spoon about half a jar of pasta sauce over the top.
  6. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or as instructed on pizza dough packet.

Tips:

  • Serves 3 or 4 people as part of a meal with other food, 2 people when eaten on its own, or 1 really greedy/hungry person.
  • To make this a healthier meal, serve alongside a generous portion of raw green leafy vegetables, e.g. watercress and spinach.