Friday, February 26

The Academy Awards

It’s Oscar season, and this year things have changed for me. I love movies, they're good fun, but I've come to appreciate my own life. It's my priority, and I yearn for much more. I'm not interested in the screen too often, and living someone else's tale only through sight and sound has become slightly dissatisfying. All of the five senses are vitally important. Everyone is different, but I have found my current balance and experience movies more intentionally now. Stories and characters inspire, but there will always be a disconnection. I enjoy them for what they are, and am not in need of many. I've only actually seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens this year, and it was beautiful. It has my vote all-round.


Here's what I would like to see win:

Film Editing
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Music (Original Score)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams

Sound Editing
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould


So let's see what unfolds! Cheers, and happy Oscars watching everyone.
~Claudia

Friday, February 12

Bestowen

"Bestowen"

Gratitude understood
Gifts tranquility absolute;
Light saturating
Fuels life captivating.

For my Love,
- Aaron -

Tuesday, February 2

American Beauty

This existence that each of us experiences uniquely is incredible, but equally, it can be quite the folly and something in which to find humor: Beautifully and gloriously meaningless. Our way can be lost so easily that we must keep the truth in sight; when we pass on positive energy and genuine happiness, contentment will follow. If one falls into the trappings of a society built on the ever-crumbling foundations of consumerism, materialism, and the insecurities in oneself that it inevitably spawns, that fear will secure its hold. The only outcome for those unfortunate souls will be the loss they initially sought to avoid through their devotion to the illusion of an affluent social status.

American Beauty is a darkly illuminating and cathartic slice of life, focusing on the awakenings of one Lester Burnham: A man experiencing the aforementioned social misery that ensnares nearly all who live in the so-called (American) "developed world". He becomes inspired to rediscover his own contentment and moments of happiness through a midlife crisis that ultimately leads him to his own death. All's well for those readers shouting, "Spoilers!" He actually reveals in the first few minutes of the movie that he'll die in less than a year's time, as he's narrating postmortem. In doing so, the focus is taken away from his death and shifts it toward his story: The desire to regain what he felt he lost in life.

Surprised that I hadn't yet seen it, Claudia was eager share this film with me. Likewise, I was just as excited and knew I was meant to wait to see it until we were together. It's possible that a younger Aaron may not have grasped the story in the way I do now. Claudia revealed a similar set of recollections of watching American Beauty. Seeing it earlier in her life had far less impact than it did later on, hence her excitement to share it with me came from our common feelings about the true beauty of life. As it's hiding in plain sight and waiting to be found amongst the layers of societal miring.

Even if one has seen it before, I would recommend seeing American Beauty again; perhaps this treasure of cinema will speak to you as it has done so fervently for us.

Happy movie watching!
- Aaron -

Monday, February 1

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2

I must confess that it took me awhile to get around to Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2, because I've noticed that a lot of health documentaries seem very entry level. That's wonderful if one is just getting started, and are new to raw foods, but for me, I'm in need of something a bit deeper. That was definitely the case for this documentary, and I learned much more from the first movie years ago.

That's fine though, it was still an entertaining watch, and it was nice to see that Joe Cross has taken to becoming a wellness mentor. Despite this, it was sad to see that he had gained a lot of his weight back (along with some new grey hair as well). This of course indicates that he's still struggling with his health, because fat after all is the body's way of protecting the individual. He does admit to this in the film though, and confesses that he's not an expert. I found that to be extremely noble.

That aside, he's still changing the world, and this is beautiful. People look up to him, and I was astonished to see how even incorporating just a little raw food and juicing into one's lifestyle was helping people dramatically. Sure they didn't lose a lot of weight or look very different, but the important thing was that they were more energized, healthier, and off of their medication. That's a big deal, and it's exciting to see how change is taking place so quickly in our modern world.

One thing that I felt needed to be addressed though, is the percentage of animal products and processed food that Joe is still eating. Again, he's doing his best, and it's working out decently for him. He said that he was 40% fruits and veggies, 30% animal products, and 30% processed foods. Unfortunately, 60% is still way too high, and that's why he's not getting better results. I at least recommend 80% raw foods (mostly fruit) and 20% of everything else, especially for chronically sick people. Healing and detoxification is an art that I've been passionately studying for eight years now, and it's a highly involved process. It's not complicated, but one just needs to know when to push harder or to pull back. That of which can be done with fruits, herbs, juices, patience, stress relief, proper sleep, and rest. This film doesn't even begin to discuss this, and it implies that juicing is a one-size-fits-all situation. That is simply not true, and if one isn't interested in learning more about the human body, then work with someone such as myself to help along the way.

The last thing that I wanted to clear up is that grains, legumes, and soy are not healthy. These starches are complex carbohydrates that spike the blood sugar, inflame, cause weight gain, rot teeth, create acidity, and are hard to digest. They're great middle-ground options for transitioning, but there's nothing "healthy" about them. We're frugivores and are not meant to eat dormant, cooked foods like that.

So all in all, watch this movie if you have the time or are just getting started on your path to healthier living. I recommend the first film as well, because they go together.

Here's the trailer and YouTube channel: 

The Website:
Also, if you're in need of a private lifestyle mentor, contact me:
Happy movie watching!
~Claudia

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