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Apparently, it's been almost two weeks since my last update. At least that's what the calendar seems to indicate.:) I'm not sure I agree with it, but whatever. It's all a matter of perception. And perception is a huge topic for me these days.

What has kept me so busy over the past two/three weeks, other than the job search, has been following several "virtual events" I had signed up for, which consisted of interviews with various activists and experts on a variety of matters ranging from health and nutrition to spiritual growth and the environmental impact of our modern civilization. I have been listening to scientists, certified nutritionists, medical practitioners, psychiatrists, herbalists, Buddhist monks, indigenous energy healers, innovators, visionaries and people who fall under several of the above categories all at the same time. I have learned SO MUCH. It's almost an information overload - or rather an "insight overload", if that's possible. I would have preferred to spread it out more over time - but the thing with those online events is that they usually consist of a whole bunch of material that's only available for free on a very limited basis. For example, there are about 10 interviews you can watch during a 24-hour period - and if each one lasts about an hour or so... well, you do the math. Of course, you can "purchase" the entire conference, to have access to those audio or video files forever - but unless you're willing to spend a few hundred bucks, you'd better make time to listen to whatever interests you most while it's free. Which is what I did. Btw, I wouldn't have been able to catch half of that stuff if I were spending most of each day at work. Which is, perhaps, another sign that the layoff happened for a reason. Or that the timing of it wasn't accidental in the big scheme of things. Actually, if you believe some of the abovementioned esteemed speakers, nothing is ever accidental.:)

Speaking of which... I have almost finished reading Robin Hobb's Tawny Man trilogy - and it just so happens that while I was listening to all those talks on spiritual growth and development, I was also following a profoundly symbolic "hero's journey" which deals with precisely that, among other things. Coincidence? I think not. It really gives you the shivers when you see a character you love, and identify with to a large extent, undergoing a deep transformation at the same time that you think YOU might be undergoing SOME sort of transformation. But I don't even want to get started on that. It's too huge. I could spend a week explaining in great detail how incredibly awesome and meaningful those books are to me... and I can only think of one person who would care to read it. So perhaps it's better to save that for my next letter to that person.:) (In other words: [livejournal.com profile] tindomerel, brace yourself!... LOL.)

On a more mundane plane of existence, the dietary changes I've been making over the past few weeks have produced one unexpected result: my hay fever is as good as gone. Normally, at this time of year I would be stumbling around bleary-eyed, exhausted and choked down with mucus. I purposely stocked up on several kinds of allergy pills, to be able to figure out which ones worked best. But guess what? I don't need them anymore. I still sneeze every once in a while - and it's obviously the abrupt, explosive hay fever sneezing, which is very different from cold/flu sneezing - but there is hardly any mucus to go with it. I blow my nose maybe once a day. And I haven't even completely eliminated wheat or dairy from my diet - I just greatly reduced it, to see what might happen. And I really like what is happening so far. The one thing I managed to eliminate almost completely is processed sugar. As well as processed/refined vegetable oils. It's a tough order to do that here in the US... but it can be done. And I am perfectly happy to be the guinea pig in this type of experiment... LOL. No regrets whatsoever. I just wish I'd started the whole thing a few years earlier. But better late than never, as they say. Most people wait until their health goes downhill before they consider making even the slightest changes to their lifestyle. And the so-called Western culture makes it incredibly easy to do just that. There isn't a whole lot of reliable information out there on how to monitor your health - unless you actively look for it. And why would you bother looking for it if you believe that certain ailments/illnesses are "inevitable", because pretty much everyone around you seems to be getting them at a certain age?... Except for those Buddhist monks and indigenous shamans, perhaps. But they're just lucky, right? They're exposed to the same environmental toxins as everyone else, after all. Well... yes and no. It's one thing to be exposed to something, and another to deliberately invite it into your body. It's a matter of degree. Move a few inches down the scale, and suddenly a whole new world emerges around the corner. And perception has a huge impact on behavior. And vice versa. It's an upward spiral, if you will.

And with that strangely and unexpectedly uplifting message, I bid you good night.:)
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