A Short Buddha Story To Calm Your Mind.

I saw this short two-minute video a few weeks ago. It basically says when you are emotionally agitated, straining your brain to figure out a problem, let it go for a while. Chill. Relax. Meditate. Sleep. Practice yoga.

Trust that the answer will come to you, if you allow it do so. I did exactly that at least three times in the past few weeks. I’m sharing the video because the technique really does work.

Trust in love for all your days.

Up next on Media Wednesdays: A review of the Netflix original movie Dolemite is My Name. Wednesday, November 27.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 325.

Instead of worrying about money, do these things instead:

  • Write down five things/people/events you are grateful for every night.
  • Be happy for other people’s success. Don’t be a hater.
  • Ask the Universe to open your mind to new opportunities.
  • Harness your natural skills and abilities.
  • Create a side hustle.
  • Clean out your house of stuff you no longer use/need/want. Make room for the new.
  • Check your beliefs about money.
  • Act like you have it. See Monday’s Mocha Angel message.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 324.

A segment on Cops I saw a few years ago highlights this point. This older brother, maybe in his fifties…he didn’t say his age because he was too busy running from the police…was having a rough night. A repeat offender, he was being chased for selling marijuana. He was caught, with three cops on top of him trying to handcuff him. Face down on the ground, the brother said, “I’m getting too old for this shit…”

Ya’ think so?

As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.”

Sometimes you really don’t know better. Sometimes you absolutely know better, but you do it anyway out of fear. Those are the mistakes that really get you into trouble.

Bottom line: life is always teaching you lessons. See your mistakes for what they are without drowning in self-pity, remorse, guilt, depression, and the always popular beat-yourself-up-constantly-for-your-the-errors-of-your-ways. Do the opposite of what you’ve been doing to create a new life.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 323.

This is similar to Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them .

When two or more people meditate on love, peace, God, goodness, kindness, any positive adjective, that’s the energy that shows up. Good things happen.

You can never go wrong meditating and visualizing love. The more of us who do that, the more the world shifts in a positive direction. Based on the history of mankind, that’s a tall order. (Okay, impossible.)

So focus on shifting your personal world into a more positive space. Everyone around you will benefit. If you’ve experienced that shift, share it with me here on the blog.

“Honey Boy” (2019)

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In 2017, actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Georgia for public drunkenness. He pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and guilty to obstruction. He was given two choices: seven years in jail or court-ordered anger management counseling and drug rehabilitation.

He chose counseling and rehab.

LaBeouf wrote his first screenplay, “Honey Boy,” while in rehab. The movie is based on his life as a child actor (Disney Channel’s Even Stevens) and his turbulent relationship with his father. Although we are watching father and son, “James and Otis Lort,” on screen, this is clearly the story of “Jeffery and Shia LaBeouf” and how Shia exorcises his demons and breaks the chains of three generations of addiction.

“Honey Boy” moves between two time periods. Adult Otis has been arrested and is now in rehab. When his therapist tells Otis he has all the symptoms of PTSD, he says, “How is that possible?”

Cut to 12-year-old Otis who is acting on a sitcom by day. By night, he is living in a crappy motel with his father who is a multiple offense felon and an abusive (sober) alcoholic and a (not sober) drug addict. He is also paying his father a salary.

The complicated dynamics between father and son, father and mother, father and everyone else, is the definition of dysfunctional. Otis is already smoking and drinking as a pre-teen. His father also introduces him to marijuana which he is illegally growing. It’s easy to see how grown-up Otis lands in jail and rehab.

Sounds sad, right? It is. This movie breaks your heart. It’s an intense in-your-face recovery film. It’s like being in someone’s therapy sessions.

It’s also awesome on two levels. All the performances are fantastic. Noah Jupe plays young Otis. Lucas Hedges plays grown up Otis. Both actors are amazing. All the actors bring their A-game to this movie.

Playing his own father, it’s Shia LaBeouf who delivers the knockout performance of “Honey Boy.” He deserves an Oscar nomination. And that’s the second level of awesomeness. Rehab and counseling finally worked for him, in his real life. You are cheering for this guy to move through the rest of his life sober, healed, and whole. You are rooting for Shia’s happy ending.

I really liked this movie. Go see it.

9.5 out of 10 Mocha Angels.

Shia explains the backstory to his semi-autobiographical film.
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Please watch this just to see why Ellen is giving Shia a standing ovation. It’s too hilarious.
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Up next on Holistic Saturdays: A Short Buddha Story to Calm Your Mind. Saturday, November 23.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 321.

We do have control over our thoughts, actions, and feelings. When you get into the feeling space of what you desire, now you are in the manifestation lane. You act like you have it already.

For instance, back in 1997, I interviewed for a job at an internet company. I wanted that job so much. Post-interview, as I waited to hear back from the company, I decided to “act like” I already worked there. Before I’d go to my actual job, I’d drive over to the internet company “as if” I was going to work. Once, I stopped in to say hello. That job was mine and no one was taking it from me.

I got the job.

Later, I found out that I was a “pity interview.” The group that interviewed me only brought me in because they didn’t want to cancel. The day before, they had found their perfect candidate. No one could be better than homegirl, but we’ll interview Althea anyway.

Althea knocked their socks off. They were impressed with my soap opera and pop culture knowledge, which was important to the job.

I acted like it was mine…

It sounds crazy, but feeling all the intimate details of your desire will indeed bring it to you. The point of power is always in the present moment (that’s a Louise Hay quote).

Mocha Angels 365. Day 320.

It’s Sunday! If you don’t already have plans, stay home and chill….When I have off days, sometimes I stay in my pajamas. When my kids come home from school, my youngest son says, “You need to change your clothes.” ::smile::

No, I don’t. Like so many of you, I have to raise children, go to work, run errands, cook, clean, wash clothes, pay bills, deal with life stuff…oh, and work hard to build a brand every single day.

No one, except James Brown and Samuel L. Jackson, gets an award for the hardest working person on the planet. It’s okay to stop, or sleep, or watch movies, or read a book. Your family needs you to rest. Let me know what a “stay at home pajama day” looks like for you.

Vegan Deli Bowls with Smashed Chickpea Salad (V, GF)

Gena Hamshaw’s original recipe with video here at FOOD52.

Adapted from her book Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals.

Gena’s website: The Full Helping.

If you like macaroni salad, egg salad, potato salad, then you’ll love this chickpea salad. It’s a Gena Hamshaw recipe from her cookbook Power Plates. I eat this every day for lunch. It’s that good. And it’s super simple to make. Below is my adapted version of the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas, or 2 (15-ounce, or 425g) cans, drained and rinsed
  • stalks celery, finely chopped
  • scallions, green parts only, chopped
  • large dill pickle, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon capers + a splash of caper juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (I use Veganaise), plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Add everything into one large bowl. Mix well. That’s all I do!

Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors marinate.

I eat it with tomatoes, avocado, and cucumbers. Sometimes I add pita bread, rice, or baby red potatoes. Add any green vegetable and you’ve got a yummy, simple lunch. Enjoy! I love it!

Up next: a review of Shia LaBeouf’s autobiographical film “Honey Boy” (2019).