I’m proud to announce some recent life changes; as proof that you don’t always need a shiny new computer to effect said changes.
o I’ve become rather conscientious about avoiding processed foods when the options present themselves. This basically means that anything overly prepared and packed with artificial goodness—as yummy as it may be—is a no-no.
o Barring minor lapses (usually unknowingly), I’ve managed to stay vegan for the order of weeks. This is replete with such joyous events as “cookies and milk” now implying (yucky, oil-for-fat based) vegan cookies and (equally repulsive, lactose free) soy milk.
o I’ve made it a point to be aware of and concentrate on my breathing, forcing myself to inhale and exhale slow, steadily, and deeply; each half of a breath now lasting 7–8 seconds. The interesting side effect of doing this, is that once I start concentrating hard on things like breathing—which are otherwise involuntary—it seems to leave my brain calmer as it’s less attentive to so much of the crap that’s out there.
o And finally, returning to the theme of food, I’ve also been trying to make sure I masticate (no, not what you just thought) well. As in real well. As in 30 chews for a bite of food well. Nothing I’ve eaten so far has stayed solid for so long, but the point again here is to concentrate on something which you would have otherwise taken for granted; to the same end as above.
Now if I just go entirely barefoot and get into marijuana, I can pick up my free-spirited-hippie license at the street corner.