Mark Tassi

Holistic Health the Way Nature Intended

Category: Inspiration

Spirituality and the Raw Food Diet

Harley and Freelee released their Gimme Truth document last week and it has further revealed some of the unrest and division in our fruitarian community. It is obvious that diet and fitness alone is not enough. What are we doing outside that arena to make the world a better place? How are we using that energy? This video attempts to address some of those issues.

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More Riding in LA

Cycling in LA is amazing. In this video we rode the Hollywood Hills across Mulholland Highway just under the Hollywood Sign. That area is a major tourist attraction. I see tourists there all the time. It seems that everybody wants a photo with the Hollywood Sign in the background. We also head down to the LA River Bike Path which runs all the way to Long Beach. Also there are more and bike lanes being installed around the city thanks to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Hats off to that great organization making riding and roads safer for cyclists throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

I also for forgot to mention that I put my Time mountain bike pedals on Mooney’s Gary Fisher mountain bike so that I could wear my Sidi mountain bike shoes.

Links:

Ascent to Mulholland Highway beneath the Hollywood Sign.
Descent from Mulholland Highway through Griffith Park back to Silver Lake.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Woodstock 2013 – Another Great Success

This year’s fruit festival, Woodstock 2013, was a blast. Attended by 600 people, the festival has grown leaps and bounds and has gone from strength to strength facilitated by an able staff. In past years, the festival had gone through its growing pains, but this year, all the kinks and bugs had been worked out. I’m looking forward to Woodstock 2014 which will be held for two weeks as the festival has already outgrown the larger facility. Hope to see you there!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageodImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageoImagestoImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Nature’s Design

I find it interesting that people, upon having certain problems while on a particular diet, rashly jump and blame those problems on the diet. I am now referring, in particular, to a primarily fruit and vegetable based diet, or a diet of fruits and tender leafy greens with the inclusion of small amounts of raw nuts and seeds. Instead, in full faith of the perfection and completion of nature and the understanding of one’s exact place in that scheme, of closely and carefully analyzing one’s actions in one’s personal practice and trying to ascertain those shortcomings which would cause one to do anything but thrive, those individuals often blame the diet, ridicule the messenger and condemn that which the Creator put into place in the beginning.

I’ve heard people blame all sorts of things on the fruit and vegetable diet from loss of libido to being unable to maintain or attain muscle mass.

What these people do not realize is that the body takes years to correct years of abuse and unnatural living. They have a lack of faith in the design, in the natural plan. They are lost, having been unable to ascertain what the natural plan is in the first place.

Admittedly, it is not always so easy to discern what is natural from what is not in a world where false prophets and self-styled “teachers” abound. What is more, propaganda from the media instigated by the “food” industries lead most astray. The protein anthem is heard at every turn: “Where do you get your protein? Where do you get your protein?” Stuff and nonsense is spread by the three industries as they deal in death.

It took me over 12 years of eating fruit before my body was able to derive the full benefits of its nutrition. If one has trouble when first adopting such a diet, it’s not the diet, it’s you! How can a food, which our species was designed to eat, bring anything but the highest benefits? To think otherwise is not logical.

When I almost died of hyponatremia nearly 3 years ago, it would have been easy to blame it on the diet as most around me already had. However, not only did I make mistakes in the diet’s application which I ascertained from objective analysis, but it was also the first time in over 20 years that I had been absolutely stimulant free. To understand the significance of this, one must first understand the significance of the hormone, aldosterone. Aldosterone, among other functions, is responsible for the conservation of sodium. When sodium intake increases, aldosterone production drops. When sodium intake decreases, aldosterone production rises, thereby balancing one’s serum sodium level. However, aldosterone is produced by the adrenal glands, which, in most people, in our so-called “modern” society, are ravaged by lack of sleep, lack of carbohydrates, dehydration and stimulants. For the past 3 and a half years, I have been entirely stimulant free so my adrenal glands are more than likely doing the job they were intended to do, but that was more than likely not the case 3 years ago.

The point being is that if one is to succeed on any plan, one must have faith in that plan. I think that from the information presented in the post, Man the Frugivore, we may rest assured that man is indeed an herbivore/frugivore. If one, through careful analysis and meticulous study, can arrive at such a conclusion, the next logical step would be then to implement a plan based on that study and conclusion. The more logical one’s conclusion, the more dogged resolution one will have in carrying that plan out especially when one is faced with the consequences of either a body which is developing through the process or because of certain indiscretions which may be committed especially in the beginning of such a bold and rigorous step forward in one’s overall progress.

Planting the Seed

In this blog, I will talk much about planting seeds and holding the visualization of that seed’s growth until it manifests.

An example of this in my life is represented in the journal entry reproduced below, originally posted on September 23, 2008, over 3 years ago.

At that time, I’d started kicking around the idea of using the bicycle to commute rather than using the bicycle exclusively as a training tool as it had been for the previous 25 years.

It may not seem like much, but the seed planted which resulted in the following post, written over 3 years ago, has now become manifest and a goal achieved in my life.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I now rely exclusively on the bicycle for transportation. This has been a great joy and freedom and something which I regard as an accomplishment in my life. What then seemed like perhaps an impractical proposal has now become reality and, oddly enough, worked out exactly as I wrote, 3 years ago, that it would.

I mention this as a small example demonstrating that if one plants a seed, no matter what that is, no matter how great or small, and tends it carefully with the right visualization and determination, it can manifest. And it’s not that this is such a fantastic example of what can be done, but that’s not really the point. For me, overcoming the “car addiction” and getting up yet another hour earlier in the morning in order to do it as well as working out some of the other hidden challenges attached was an achievenment. After all, how many people would give up their car or would even want to. So it’s not so much necessarily the size of the achievement that matters, but the achievement in and of itself, and that can be anything, from giving up Big Macs to giving up added salt, or anything else that you’ve been wanting to do.

Don’t listen to others telling you that you have to do it this way or that, or at this pace or that. Take it in your own way, in your own time.

What is time anyway, but a fake and existent only in our own minds. But the seed, planted, and watered with one’s own positive thought and aspiration, will last for as long as that thought and aspiration exists.


September 23, 2008

I am feeling the urge to stop driving the car. Many of the streets here have bike lanes, I have a $3000 bicycle and I know how to ride it. I’ve been cycling seriously for the past 25 years and was a runner 8 years before that. Lately, I’ve been riding 25 to 30 miles 6 to 7 days a week. In all the 25 years, however, I’ve not used a bicycle to commute.

There are challenges with cycling as a mode of transport here none of which have to do with the actual riding itself. These issues have to do with the nature of my job and location, which I won’t go into at the moment. Whether or not it will be feasible to entirely give up the car will remain to be seen. These challenges, are for the most part, safety issues because of city living and what that brings, but there are other challenges as well, but it is something that I have been giving much thought to and have been gearing myself for.

I’m not a particularly ambitious person per se. I don’t get an idea and then necessarily go head long into battle with it. I more or less get certain ideas and inspirations and visualize these allowing those concepts to imbue me until they manifest. At times, these manifestations have happened rather suddenly; at other times, it has been a more gradual process. For instance, I told my mother when I was 9 years old that I was going to be a fruitarian; however, a raw plant based regime didn’t become a reality until many years later.

It has always been rather strange to think of a thing and then at some point be engaged in the actual reality of that thing as it unfolds.

Often I think that I should be more ambitious. In my life, ambition has always been difficult to come by. I have always been far more enthusiastic about marked inner development. I can only attribute this temperament to the lives spent as a monk.


Since, writing that over 3 years ago, I’ve solved any of the concerns that I had with logistics. I was correct to have safety concerns in commuting, having been involved in a bicycle accident with a car just 4 weeks ago. However, I’m happy to say that I’m back on the bicycle and it’s business as usual.

To your health,

M

Success

Sometimes friends will ask for dietary advice. In general, they become particularly frustrated with a perceived inability to maintain a healthier lifestyle. In the post, Transition, definitive ways of doing this were discussed.

From the psychological aspect, as far as success in a healthier lifestyle or accomplishments in general are concerned, I find that it is not so much about discipline, but more about habit. If one starts to replace old habits with better habits and do that with joy with the thought of what one will gain rather than what one will deprive oneself of, then the journey has begun.

It’s not that discipline plays no role in this, but discipline in itself is a habit. And to rely solely on discipline is going to involve an endless struggle.

It is generally a journey of two steps forward and one step backward, so it is important not to beat oneself up but rather to show a kind and compassionate inward patience. As a person who has struggled with compulsive, emotional eating and behavior for over 25 years, beating oneself up is the last thing that one wants to do. Self derision in this way is a form of suppression rather than control and suppression always yields negative side effects.

The body wants to be healthy. The body rejoices in all things that make it healthy. If there are obstacles, then it is the conscious mind that stands in the way.

To your health and happy 2012 all!

M

The Christ Vibration

As we know, health manifests on several levels, the physical being the most basic. For instance, would one rather be extremely strong and fit in body even to the Olympic level with a feeble or mentally ill mind? Or would one rather have a brilliant mind, yet feeble body. As for myself, I would certainly choose the later, the mind, of course, being more important than the body.

Having said that, would one prefer mental brilliance at the expense of basic scruples or morality? In a dark world, we see this over and over again, the use of mental prowess for selfish, shortsighted ends. Mental fitness is important. Spiritual fitness, however, is trebly important.

How then do we know if we are spiritually fit, and what is more, how do we become spiritually fit or work towards spiritual fitness? My friend,  Chrissie Blaze, some years ago, wrote a book called Workout for the Soul and addressed just that. In it, Chrissie talked about a spiritual way of life which includes spiritual exercises to develop one’s spiritual fitness. In the east, this is called sadhana or spiritual practice, exact, scientific exercises devised to develop and sensitize the human nervous system as well as a code of ethics to live by. Pantanjali, the great yogi and Avatar, devised the Yoga Sutras which became the basis of Raja Yoga, an advanced yoga of mental and spiritual development.

Prayer, too, is another powerful developer of what may be called spiritual fitness.  Prayer, properly and correctly practiced, is an exact science and a powerful way of invoking and transmitting spiritual energy. As per the great Mahatma Gandhi, “Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”

The human nervous system is an instrument and can, through the application of the scientific methods of yoga, be finely tuned and when finely tuned the sensitivity of which can be greatly enhanced, the sensitized human nervous system still being the most sensitive of all instruments.

In this sensitization process, new vistas open to the aspirant. Synchronicities, so-called, become more and more apparent. One gradually becomes a brighter, healthier bulb in the Cosmic scheme, even if one cannot write one’s own name, even if one cannot walk a step without falling over. We are not human beings who have spiritual experiences, but spiritual beings that have human experiences.

One can only “tune in” with the expenditure of effort. Nothing can be gotten for nothing in this world or any other. I’ve heard of spiritual development referred to as “spiritual woo woo nonsense”. Indeed, there are many fakes and frauds in the spiritual movement, but true spirituality is an exact science!

I had an interesting little experience this Christmas season which I took as a sign of being tuned in. As I said, one can only tune in with the expenditure of effort. This Christmas, I made a particular effort to tune in to the celebration of the great birth. How does one do this? There are many ways. How do I do it? Giving, as a token of appreciation of the birth, I find to be one of the finest ways. But singing, decorating, card giving, these are all fine ways as well. I like to do all these.

This particular experience happened as a “synchronicity” a few days before Christmas. I’d been at Essene Market in Philadelphia with a friend. We went to the food bar. Interestingly enough, my salad weighed .33 pounds and with the 9 cent pair of chop sticks cost $3.30. To the materialist, this may have appeared as a strange coincidence. To the more spiritually-minded, coincidence and chance cannot exist in this or any other world and are words which should be stricken from the English language as they are meaningless. We also know that, in the ancient science of numerology, the number 33 is not only a master number, but represents the Christ Vibration.

What is the Christ Vibration?

As all things in manifestation are in a constant state of movement and therefore have a certain vibration, the Christ Vibration is that state of manifestation which is the embodiment of Divine Love. As such, it is the preservative force which upholds and preserves the entire Universe. The Christ Vibration, the Preserver, is The Son of The Father, which created the Universe.

Numbers too, have certain vibrations. The number, 33, embodies the Christ Vibration. This is probably the reason that Jesus chose the age of 33 to be crucified. He had to choose the exact cosmic moment for the great manipulation which He was to perform for it to have the predetermined and exact effect. It stands to reason that this exact moment would have fallen in His 33rd year.

The Christ Vibration manifests as a very high State of Consciousness. Jesus was the Personification of that State of Being.

It was interesting that this synchronicity should happen during the Christmas season at a market called “Essene”. I took this as a message from the Cosmos that this year, I had, in some small yet significant way, tuned into to the Christ, to the Christmas season.

Have a blessed Christmas season all.

To your health,

M

Resources:

Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda
Raja Yoga by Swami Sivananda
Age of Aetherius by Kevin Quinn Avery
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
What Were the Occult Secrets of Jesus? by Dr. George King
Christmas, an Aspect of the Cosmic Plan by Dr. George King
Workout for the Soul by Chrissie Blaze

My Ride

It’s become much more than a beautiful exercise machine in these past few years. I still use it for that regularly but I’ve also been using it more and more to commute. And it is a joy! Granted, it’s more work; I have to leave earlier, get up earlier, sometimes a lot earlier, but that’s all part of the joy. Because nothing comes from nothing. Nothing can be gotten for nothing. Everything has to be worked for in life, especially freedom. That is obvious. And this is a great freedom. I don’t have to elaborate on that surely. Just think of all benefits of not having to rely on a car and what freedom it would be to not have to depend on that, having your vehicle be a machine that rides very fast, how fast depending on your own strength both physical and mental which only improve with practice, that you can pick up with one hand and store in your living room, there’s a certain novelty to that, uses no fossil fuels and increases your well being and fitness to boot.

Yeah, this is a no brainer!

If half the people that drive gave up their driving and rode a bike instead, or if all the people that drive gave up half their driving and rode half the time instead, what a different world it would be. Think about it! This is green. This is the future.

So gradually, I’ve been riding the bike more and more and driving less and less. I still haven’t entirely given up the 3000 pound hunk of inefficiency, but that has been the goal and that goal is gradually becoming reality. The big obstacle for me had been making the mental resolution to get up at 5:30am and head out into the dark brisk air at that time in the morning when I “should” be sleeping. But that’s just getting the feet wet. Once you’re heading down that street at 20mph and rolling under your own power and the ingenuity of your bike’s beautiful design, it’s all the more joy that you overcame that obstacle, that limitation. Limitations and obstacles are in the head. We overcome them all in the mind. And every time that we do is a step forward; we become that bit stronger and it is yet another “victory through experience”.

Tomorrow, I will cycle to work and back for a round trip of 60 miles. I’ve been doing that on Saturdays for the past three years. I’ll be bringing my beautiful BOB trailer as well because on the way back, I will stop at Tapia Brothers farm in Encino, CA for two flats of vine ripened tomatoes. These are some of the best farm fresh tomatoes that I’ve ever eaten, and here in Southern California, tomato pickin’ season goes until Thanksgiving. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that.

And if all this wasn’t inspiration enough for you to get peddlin’, check out my friend, Harley’s blog for tips on cycling, diet, lifestyle and health. Here’s a man who at the age of 34 has never owned a motorized vehicle, never even had a driver’s license and has gotten around exclusively on the bike. Now there’s an inspiration for you. He’s one of the fittest and best riders that I know. If anybody is the cycling commuting hero, that’d be Harley.

Burn fat, not fuel folks.

See you on the road.

M