Thursday, 14 April 2016

Impossible - Why the Meaning of This Word Should Change for you, Forever

Growing up we learn a lot of useful things from our environment and people in our lives. We make sure to look before stepping into traffic and not to eat the yellow snow. These kinds of lessons which are in-line with our purposes for being here. To achieve our dreams we need to survive until an age where that is relevant for us to do so.

There are however, many lessons that can be considered damaging to us as we grow. When we tell ourselves and our children that something is impossible we are contributing to the slowing of humanity's progress in every field imaginable; technology, medical research, the arts, sports, spiritual growth, economics, resolution of the planets' environmental problems and evolution of the human race itself, just to name a few.

'You can't have something for nothing.'

'You can't fly.'

'Aliens don't exist.'

'It's impossible!'

These kinds of statements slowly train our children to doubt their own inner sense of infinite possibility and they become slowly drawn away from their true natures they came into the world with, exactly the same way we were.

Children naturally know that life is filled with the possibility for absolutely anything to happen and they live their lives this way. The know that monsters and heroes can and do exist. They know that they are capable of doing or being or having anything they want in their lives and therefore spend much of their time practicing an underrated activity, one that many adults have lost touch with, imagining. They imagine themselves as rockstars, artists, pilots, doctors, parents. They know there are many ways to achieve the specific goals in this lifetime. They tell us they're going to be a soccer player despite physical handicaps or that they want to own a racecar even though dad is in debt.

And then we tell them, with sad eyes and all the compassion and condescension we can muster that it's impossible. We teach our children these lessons, innocently enough, to save them from some sort of invisible disappointment down the line. We think that if we can prevent them from striving for what we think is impossible they will be spared from some grand heartache down the line.

The children, however, are much closer to the source of life than we are. No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs and convictions, it would be hard to find a parent who didn't know deep in their heart that their child existed, somewhere and somehow, before he/she was even born. If this somewhere somehow is the source of all of us, then children are the closest physical representations of the nature of this source. When kids come into the world bright eyed and bushy-tailed declaring everything is possible it's because they know a fundamental truth that has become a foggy memory in most adults' minds.

'Nothing could possible ever be 'impossible' because 'I'm Possible'.'

The logic is hard to deny. Ask a five year-old why they exist... the secret to life... and they'll tell you 'just cause I do' or 'to be me'. Children are extremely aware of the miracle that had to happen for them to exist. The entire universe had to conspire for the circumstances to be exactly right for their conception. Then, the gestation process had to hit every note perfectly for their bodies too be formed and their brains prepped for accepting the information they would soon be learning. But on top of that, something in the ether of the universe had to come together in synchronicity... be it the stars or god or science or whatever you choose to believe, to infuse the child with their own unique spirit, drive, personality and life-force.

How could anything a human ever conceive of with their minds, be impossible if something so unbelievably grand such as life could be possible?

I'm Possible, therefore everything is.

How freeing is this statement for you? Is it possible to quit your job and become a surfer even if you're afraid of sharks? Yes. Is it possible to cure incurable Cancer? Yes. Is it possible that there is life after death? Yes. Is it possible to resolve the world's conflicts and end terrorism? Yes. Is it possible that you could be doing more with your time on this planet to be happier? Yes. Is it possible to start today? Yes.

The next time you're about to use the word impossible, pause and remind yourself:

I'm Possible

photo: Melissa McFadden Photography


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

An idea of the house in its current state. Somehow we're going to try to make this into our dream home.

Below is a render of my plan from roughly the same angle.

Questo immagine vi fa capire il stato della casa oggi. In qualche modo vogliamo farlo diventare la casa dei nostri sogni.

Sotto ho messo un rendering della mia idea.


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Monday, 30 June 2014

Summing Up 2014: June 30


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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Summing Up 2014: Week 23

As you can see I've changed the name of this series from 'Summing Up Sunday 2014' to 'Summing up 2014'... I've finally come to admit that it's really seldom that I actually want to turn on the computer on a Sunday evening. Honesty is a good thing, expecially when we're being honest with ourselves.

The song I'm dedicating this week is Crazy Mary by Pearl Jam to Melissa. I don't know why but driving through the forest with sweltering heat and this song coming on totally reminded me of the end of Camp back in the mid-90's. We thought we knew everything, and I guess in a way, we did!

I tried something new and went to a group mantra-chanting ritual at a local yoga centre. We repeated the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 108 times. The energy in the room was palpable and in the end I was smiling like an idiot. I think it definately had some effect on my cause I've also been smiling a lot more since.  It's meant to promote healing and don't we all need a bit of that every once in a while? I tried to send the energy from my heart to Danielle Walker, author of my new cookbook on Grain Free eating who needs a bit of that kind of love at the moment. You can read about it here and send her your own thoughts and positive energy.

On Sunday we visited friends at the lake again and this time had a nice BBQ and brought a tiny blow-up pool for the girls to splash around in. The universe suddenly decided to turn on the oven and driving home after 7pm the temp was up to 42°c... It's going to be a hot hot summer.

La canzone che sto dedicando questa settimana è Crazy Mary di Pearl Jam per Melissa. Non so perché ma stavamo guidando nella foresta con caldo soffocante e questa canzone e mi viene in mente la fine di Camp a metà degli anni '90. Noi pensavamo di sapere tutto, e credo che in un certo senso, avevamo ragione!

Ho provato qualcosa di nuovo e sono andato ad un evento di gruppo della ripetizione dei mantra in un centro yoga locale. Abbiamo ripetuto le Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 108 volte. L'energia nella stanza era palpabile e alla fine mi stava sorridendo come un idiota. Penso che sicuramente ha avuto qualche effetto sulla mia psiche perche sto anche sorridendo molto di più da allora. La mantra è 'pensato per promuovere la guarigione abbiamo tutti bisogno di un po' guarigione, vero? Ho cercato di trasmettere l'energia dal mio cuore a Danielle Walker, autore del mio nuovo libro di cucina senza gran. Ha bisogno di un po 'di quel tipo di amore in questo momento. Potete leggere di più qui e mandarle i propri pensieri ed energia positiva.

Domenica siamo tornati di nuovo agli amici al lago e questa volta avevamo fatto un bel barbecue e portato una piccola piscina gonfiabile per le ragazze. L'universo ha improvvisamente deciso di accendere il forno e al rientro a casa dopo le 19:00 la temperatura era ancora a 42 ° c ... E sarà una calda estate calda.

best friends' birthday //hot!// splash!


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Monday, 9 June 2014

Devils on Horseback - A Quick Paleo Appetiser / Antipasto Paleo Veloce

If you like a bit of sweet with your salty for your appetisers then try this classic: Devils on Horseback.

You'll Need:

  • 10 strips of bacon
  • 20 Almonds
  • 20 Dried Prunes
Preheat the oven to 200°c on its grill function.  Cut the slices in bacon in half with a scissors. Remove the pits from the prunes and replace with almonds. Wrap the bacon around the prune-almonds and secure with a toothpick. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes flipping once or until the bacon is crispy to your liking.

These couldn't be yummier! And soooo fast and easy!
Se ti piace un po 'di dolce con il salato per i vostri antipasti provate questo classico: "Diavoli a Cavallo". 

Avrete bisogno di: 

  • 10 strisce di pancetta 
  • 20 Mandorle 
  • 20 prugne secche 

Riscaldare il forno con la funzionalità griglia a 200°. Tagliate le fette di pancetta a metà con un paio di forbici. Rimuovere i pozzi dalle prugne e sostituirlo con mandorle. Avvolgere la pancetta intorno alle prugne-mandorle e fissare con uno stuzzicadenti. Cuocere in forno per 10 minuti lanciando una o finché la pancetta è croccante di vostro gradimento. 

Questi non possono essere yummier! E veramente facile e veloce!


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