Alex Buta. Being nobody, yet becoming everything (II)

Liorisme: Care e cea mai extrema chestie pe care ai incercat-o pana acum, din punct de vedere alimentar? Dar sportiv?

Liorisme: What’s the most extreme thing you’ve ever tried in terms of food? What about as an athlete?

Alex: Alimentar+Sportiv (2 in 1): timp de 4 zile nu am consumat mancare solida, iar in acelasi timp, am facut inot, jogging intens si sport cu greutatea propriului corp. In aceste 4 zile, mi-am testat putin limitele. Insa ciudat pentru mine a fost faptul ca m-am simtit super bine. Cred ca a fost totodata si cea mai intensa perioada de detoxifiere din viata mea. Mi se parea ca nu mai am nevoie de mancare! Ha, ha! De fapt, chiar cred ca nevoia de mancare poate fi depasita, cand constiinta noastra e pregatita. Insa, in subiectul asta nu ma adancesc, pentru ca nu am experimentat prea mult. Totodata, mananc de regula doar intre orele 12 si 18, adica tin post intermitent (6 ore interval de alimentare, 18 ore – pauza). Ma simt super bine asa, dar nu pot numi asta ceva extrem, mai ales ca o fac cam de 4-5 ori pe saptamana, iar de vreo 2 ori pe luna am cam 2 zile in care nu mananc nimic.

Alex: Food + Sport (2 in 1): For 4 days, I did not eat solid food and, at the same time, I swam, I intensely jogged and I worked out with the weight of my own body. In these 4 days, I tested my limits a little. But strange to me was the fact that I felt really good. I think it was also the most intense period of detox in my life. It seemed to me that I no longer needed food! Ha, ha! In fact, I really think the need for food can be overcome when our conscience is ready. But in this topic I do not want to go too deep, because I did not experience it too much. At the same time, I usually eat between 12 and 18 pm, that is, I do intermittent fasting (6 hours window for eating, 18 hours, fasting). I feel so good, but I can not call it something extreme, especially because I do it 4-5 times a week, and about 2 times a month I have about 2 days when I do not eat anything.

Liorisme: M-am intrebat des ce cantareste mai mult: o alimentatie cat mai corecta, sport, aer curat sau un psihic echilibrat, alaturi de constientizarea ca raspunsul la toate se afla in modul cum gandim, cum simtim si cum privim tot ce ne inconjoara. Care este parerea ta?

Liorisme: I’ve been wondering for a long time what is most important: a healthy diet, sports, clean air, or a balanced psychic, along with the awareness that the answer to everything lies in how we think, how we feel and how we look at everything we are surrounded by. What is your opinion?

Alex: Sincer, si eu m-am intrebat asta si le-am probat pe toate. Am fost extrem in mancare, radical in gandire, extrem in simtire, etc…ulterior mi-am dat seama ca ceea ce conteaza poate fi descris intr-un singur cuvand cel mai bine: Echilibru. Mai ales ca toti ne aflam in procese diferite si avem provocari diferite in viata.

Alex: Honestly, I asked myself the same thing and I tested them all. I was extreme with my eating, radical in thinking, in feeling, etc … I later realized that what matter can be described best in one word only: Balance. Especially because we all are at different levels and have different challenges in life.

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Liorisme: Din punct de vedere spiritual, exista o anume invatatura in care te regasesti cel mai bine? Daca da, de ce?

Liorisme: From the spiritual point of view, is there a particular teaching you found yourself in? If so, why?

Alex: In a mea! Ha, ha! Glumesc, insa nu neaparat 😛 M-au inspirat foarte tare Eckhart Tolle, Bentinho Massaro si practic toti cei care rezonau cu mine, in functie de etapa prin care treceam. Totodata, am invatat de la niste simple pasari ce inseamna sa traiesti (insa tot nu o fac in masura in care stiu ca pot sa o fac!:)).

Eckhart Tolle spunea ca lumea este aici pentru a ne face sa fim constienti de cine suntem. Sunt de acord cu asta. Totul ne poate fi invatatura. Am avut momente cand eram destul de atasat de invataturile acestor oameni, pe care i-am mentionat mai sus, iar atunci mi-am dat seama ca ceva nu e in regula, ca nu imi mai urmaream propria intuitie, care de fapt ne ghideaza spre cel mai puternic profesor: experienta proprie.

Alex: In my own teaching ! Ha, ha! I’m kidding and not quite: P I was very inspired by Eckhart Tolle, Bentinho Massaro and practically by everyone who resonated with me according to the stage I was at certain time at. I also learned from simple birds what it means to live (but still I do not do it, as far as I know I can do it :)!).

Eckhart Tolle said the world is here to make us aware of who we are. I agree with this. Everyone / everything can be our teaching. I had moments when I was quite attached to the teachings of these people, which I mentioned earlier, and then I realized something was wrong, because I was not following my own intuition, which finally would guide us to the strongest teacher: our own experience.

Liorisme: Ce presupune, in opinia ta, a fi o persoana spirituala?

Liorisme: What does it mean, in your opinion, to be a spiritual person?

Alex: Spirituala este fiinta care e conectata cu ea insasi, asa cum este normal, de fapt. Paradoxul e ca toti suntem conectati, in fiecare secunda; altfel, am fi morti. Insa in momentul cand realizam asta, ne numim spirituali.

Totodata, pe drumul acesta al reamintirii a cine suntem, a cunoasterii sau oricum il numim, toti avem o perioada cand ne credem spirituali. Asta se intampla atunci cand ego-ul intervine subtil si isi creaza etichete. Trebuie sa ne amintim tot timpul ca absolut orice fiinta care are constiinta (viata) in ea, e spirituala, e parte din tot. Nespirituale cred ca sunt  creatiile noastre cu constiinta sau inteligenta artificiala.

Alex: Spiritual is the being that is connected with itself, as it should be normal, in fact. The paradox is that we are all connected in every second; otherwise, we would be dead. But when we do that, we call ourselves spiritual.

At the same time, on this journey of remembering who we are or whatever we call it, we all have a time when we believe we are spiritual. This happens when the ego intervenes subtly and creates labels. We must remember all the time that absolutely every being who has consciousness (life) in it, is spiritual, is part of everything. Non spiritual, I believe, are our creations with artificial consciousness or artificial intelligence.

Liorisme: Cum ne influenteaza ceea ce mancam la nivel fizic, spiritual, emotional?Liorisme:  How do we get influenced by what we eat at the physical, spiritual, emotional level?

Alex: Aici as putea scrie mult, dar incerc sa explic cat mai pe scurt ceea ce am realizat eu. Daca ma intrebai asta acum un an, raspundeam ca ne influenteaza super tare ceea ce mancam. Acum, raspund ca ne influenteaza atat cat ne lasam influentati de asta, in functie de cat de constienti suntem de ceea ce se petrece cu noi, cand ne permitem sa consumam ceea ce consumam. Cert e ca tot ce mancam are un impact asupra noastra pe toate nivelurile. Cu cat e mancarea mai densa, cu atat coboram in vibratie, iar cu cat e mai usoara, cu atat crestem in vibratie. Aici intervine, bineinteles, si calitatea mancarii.

De mentionat este ca nu exista o vibratie mai buna sau mai rea. Cateodata, situatia in care ne aflam ne face sa avem nevoie de o mancare mai densa, iar alte situatii ne fac sa ne luam energia din ceva mai usor. Exemplu: cand lucrez pe laptop, functionez mai bine cand mananc arahide sau grasimi, gen avocado. Iar cand stau la plaja si ma relaxez, simt nevoia de fructe sau de ceva cat mai usor.

Raportat la cum isi traiesc multi oameni viata in ziua de azi, ne putem imagina motivele pentru care consuma ceea ce consuma. Mai trist e ca ei habar nu au de ce o fac si e si destul de greu sa ii indreptam intr-o alta directie, atat timp cat ei au inca de “munca” acolo unde se afla. In ideea asta am si renuntat sa mai fiu “health activist” sau orice fel de activist. Vad clar punctul in care omul se afla si simt daca informatia mea il ajuta sau nu cu ceva. In functie de asta, deschid gura sau tac :).

In concluzie…mancarea are impact major la toate nivelurile, iar cu cat devii mai constient de asta si ai corpul si constientul mai purificate/detoxifiate, cu atat hrana isi pierde impactul negativ si poti gestiona (mentine in balanta) totul, raportat la activitatile zilnice pe care le ai de facut. Cel putin asa vad eu situatia acum; poate se schimba…de fapt, sigur o sa se intample asa! Ha, ha!

Alex: I could write a lot on this, but I try to explain on short. If you asked me this question one year ago, I would have answered that we are very influenced by what we eat. Now, I say that food influences us as much as we let ourselves be influenced by it, depending on how conscious we are about what happens to us when we allow ourselves to eat what we eat. The point is that everything we eat has an impact on us at all levels. The denser the food, the lower we get into the vibration, and the easier is our food, the more we vibrate. Here, of course, the quality of food is important.

It is worth mentioning that there is no better or worse vibration. Sometimes, the situation we are in, makes us need a dense food, and other situations make us take our energy from something easier. Example: when I work on my laptop, I work better when I eat peanuts or fatty food, like avocado. And when I sit on the beach and relax, I feel the need for fruits, or something as easy as possible.

Regarding how people live today, we can imagine why they consume what they consume. But it is sad that they have no idea why they do it and it’s hard enough to turn them in another direction as long as they still have some “work” where they are. That’s why I’ve given up  on being a “health activist” or any kind of activist. I clearly see the level where a person is at and I feel if my information helps him or her with something. Depending on that, I open my mouth or not. 🙂

In conclusion … food has a major impact on all levels. And the more aware you are and the more you cleanse / detoxify your body and consciousness, the more food loses its negative impact and you can manage (keep in balance) everything related to the daily activities you have to do. At least, this is how I see it now; it may change how I see things; actually, surely it will happen; ha,ha!

Liorisme: De ce crezi ca pentru cei mai multi dintre noi, desi suntem constienti de importanta miscarii si a alimentatiei in viata noastra, schimbarea e atat de greu de aplicat? Ce ne opreste sa actionam?

Liorisme: Why do you think that for most of us, although we are aware of the importance of exercising and of nutrition in our lives, the change is so difficult to apply? What stops us from acting?

Alex: Conditionarea, obiceiul sau dependenta, presiunea sociala, presiunea pe care ne-o punem noi in carca, zona de comfort, etc. In teorie, toate sunt proiectii ale mintii care au la baza mai mult sau mai putin ceva emotional de prelucrat. Cand depistam emotia aceea care ne face sa actionam intr-un anume fel, ne este mult mai usor sa depasim provocarile, pentru ca o intelegem (ne intelegem). Cel mai bine e sa radem de noi insine, cand observam asta, pentru ca daca ne frustram, amanam procesul si mai tare. Cel putin asta am observat la mine. Incerc sa ma iau tot mai putin in  serios.

Alex: Conditioning, habit or addiction, social pressure, pressure we put ourselves, comfort zone, etc. In theory, all are projections of the mind that have, more or less, as a root something emotional to process. When we detect the emotion that makes us act in a certain way, it is much easier to overcome the challenges, because we understand it (we understand ourselves). It is best to laugh at ourselves when we notice this, because if we get frustrated, we postpone the process even longer. At least that’s what I noticed in myself. I’m trying to take myself less and less seriously.

Liorisme: Care au fost lucrurile pe care a trebuit sa le reconsideri de-a lungul drumului, legat de regimul tau alimentar? Dar in activitatea sportiva?

Liorisme: What were the things you had to reconsider along the way, related to your diet? What about in sports?
Alex: Modul in care vedeam situatia. Priveam lucrurile destul de dogmatic, in alb sau negru. Pe plan alimentar, vedeam totul intr-o singura culoare, doarece credeam ca doar asa ajung sa ma iubesc pe mine la cel mai inalt nivel; adica facand chestiile cele mai “healthy“. Eram atat de blocat in imaginea mea mentala, incat nu reuseam sa observ ca iubirea de sine e mult mai complexa. E vorba in primul rand de acceptare, iertare, compasiune, etc, pe langa toate celelalte emotii pozitive.

Pe plan sportiv, nu simteam satisfactie decat daca faceam ceva care sa imi creasca muschii intr-un mod vizibil; asta pana am descoperit yoga. Inainte, eram foarte focusat pe imaginea mea, mai mult decat pe cum ma simteam eu de fapt, interior. Era o emotie acolo, care a necesitat putina lumina; ha, ha! Toate astea s-au schimbat treptat, iar acum pot sa zic ca reusesc sa mentin un echilibru cu care rezonez cel mai bine.

Alex: I had to change the way I used to see things, because I used to see them quite dogmatically, white or black. Concerning food, I used look at it in just one way, as I thought  that only so I was getting to love myself at the highest level, by doing the most healthiest things. I was so stuck in my mental image, that I could not see that self-love was much more complex than that. Self love is primarily about acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, etc., along with all the other positive emotions.

Concerning sports, I did not feel satisfied, unless I was doing something to grow my muscles in a visible way; that was until I discovered yoga. Before, I was so focused on my image, than I just did not pay attention to how I actually felt inside. It was an emotion there that required little light; ha, ha! All of this has gradually changed and now I can say that I manage to keep a balance, with which I resonate best.

Liorisme: Care crezi ca au fost cele mai mari beneficii pe care le-ai castigat ca si frugivor?

Liorisme: What do you think were the most important benefits you’ve earned as a frugivor?

Alex: Detoxificarea corpului si a mintii. Realizarea ca fructele sunt hrana noastra ideala. Relatia cu corpul meu s-a schimbat considerabil din acea perioada si de cand consum in cea mai mare parte fructe.

Alex: Detoxing the body and the mind. Realizing that fruits are our ideal food. The relationship with my body has changed considerably since that time and since I mostly consume fruits.

Liorisme: Daca ar fi sa recomanzi niste titluri de lectura ori de filme revelatoare, ca sprijin pentru cei ce doresc o schimbare, care ar fi acestea?

Liorism: If you were to recommend some books or revealing films, as a support for those who want a change, what would they be?

Alex: Carti: “The Power of Now” si “A New Earth” de Eckhart Tolle, “A Course in Miraces” de Helen Schucman. Documentare: Unity, Samsara, Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds. Filme: Interstellar, Lucy, I Origins, Birdman, Shape of Water, 7 Pounds. Astea mi-au venit acum in minte si consider ca sunt cele mai importante de mentionat. Pe langa astea, mai sunt Avatar, Matrix si asa mai departe, insa acestea sunt super cunoscute de toata lumea, cred. 🙂

Alex: Books: “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, “A Course in Miracles” by Helen Schucman. Documentaries: Unity, Samsara, Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds, Interstellar, Lucy, I Origins, Birdman, Shape of Water, 7 Pounds. These are now coming to my mind and I think they are the most important to mention. Besides these, there are Avatar, Matrix and so on, but these are very well known by everyone, I guess. 🙂

Liorisme: Am vazut ca ai vizitat si ca ai locuit in diferite colturi ale lumii. Unde ti-a placut cel mai mult si unde ti-ar placea sa te stabilesti? De ce?

Liorisme: I saw that you visited and lived in different corners of the world. Where did you like the most and where would you like to settle in? Why?

Alex: Am vizitat in jur de 10 tari. Insa doar tari europene. Cel mai mult mi-a placut in Grecia (pentru plaja) si in Amsterdam (unde gradul de stres e foarte scazut), insa nu as vrea sa ma stabilesc acolo. Practic, nu as vrea sa ma stabilesc nicaieri momentan, desi ma gandeam mult la tropice anul trecut. Acum locuiesc in Karlsruhe, Germania si imi place aici. Are un vibe mult diferit de majoritatea oraselor din Germania, pe care le-as numi “Workaholic Cities”. Sunt o gramada de open minded people aici si, totodata, e cel mai vegan friendly oras din Germania. 😛

Alex: I visited around 10 countries. But only European countries. I liked the most in Greece (for the beach) and in Amsterdam (where the stress level is very low), but I do not want to settle there. Basically, I would not want to settle anywhere now, though I was thinking a lot about the tropics last year. Now I live in Karlsruhe, Germany and I like it here. It has a very different vibe from most of the cities in Germany, which I would call “Workaholic Cities”. Here, there’s a lot of open minded people and it’s also the most vegan friendly city in Germany. : P

Liorisme: Faci sport? Daca da, ce anume si de ce?

Liorisme: Do you practice sports? If so, what and why?

Alex: Fac yoga mai nou, pentru ca am descoperit ca ma ajuta sa ma echilibrez pe toate planurile, desi eram foarte critic si sceptic la inceput. Insa chiar functioneaza! 🙂 Mai fac exercitii cu greutatea corpului. Pe langa asta “ma dau” cu bicicleta, merg mult pe jos (nu am masina pentru ca nu am nevoie aici), mai alerg din cand in cand, iar vara, inot. Nu-mi mai plac sporturile de performanta sau competitiile.

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Alex: I started to practice yoga, because I discovered that it helps with my balance to all levels, even though I was very critical and skeptical at first. But it does work! 🙂 I also do workouts with my own body weight. In addition to this, I ride the bike, I walk a lot (I do not have a car because I do not need it here), I run from time to time, and in the summer, I swim. I do not like performance sports or competitions anymore.

Liorisme: Care e menirea omului pe Pamant?

Liorisme: What is man’s purpose on Earth?

Alex: Sa evolueaze, sa experimenteze, sa se elibereze de mintea conditionata (daca e cazul), minte care ii suprima potentialul. Procesul de eliberare ii va aminti cine este si de ce este capabil, de fapt.

Alex: To evolve, experiment, to free up from the conditioned mind (if the case), mind that suppresses the human potential; this process will remind us who we are and what we actually are capable of.

Liorisme: Astazi, acum, ce e important pentru tine?

Liorisme: Right now, what is important to you?

Alex: Momentul prezent, in care ma dedic acestui interviu cu foarte mare interes si cu mare placere. 🙂

Alex: The present moment, in which I dedicate myself to this interview with great interest and pleasure. 🙂

Liorisme: Ne impartasesti cateva din visele si planurile tale de viitor?

Liorisme: Would you share some of your dreams and plans for the future?

Alex: Vise nu pot sa zic ca mai am. Am o viziune in schimb. Imi doresc ca umanitatea sa devina cat mai constienta si iubitoare, iar in directia asta lucrez la o carte, scriu articole si mi-am ales ocupatia pe care o am. In rest, ma bucur de momentul prezent si in orice directie ma duce, ma bucur de viata, pe cat de tare posibil. 🙂

Alex:  I can not say I have dreams anymore. But I do have a vision. I want humanity to become more conscious and loving, and in this direction I work on a book, I write articles and I have chosen what I do. Otherwise, I enjoy the present moment and in any direction it takes me, I enjoy it as hard as I can. 🙂

Liorisme:  Te rog sa dezvolti putin sintagma: “Be nobody. Become Everything”.

Liorisme: Please tell us  a little bit about the phrase: “Be nobody. Become Everything “.

Alex: Aceasta sintagma mi-a venit in minte dupa ca am scapat de obiceiul de a ma eticheta intr-un fel anume. Tin minte ca, atunci cand am inceput sa renunt la carne, ma identificam cu a fi vegetarian, pe urma vegan, pe urma raw-vegan, frugivor si asa mai departe. Am observat ca de fiecare data cand ma numeam astfel (sau in orice alt mod, cum ar fi spiritual, roman, etc.), lumea ma vedea prin filtrul acela, iar eu ii dadeam filtrului putere, practic limitandu-ma la eticheta aceea si asa existau tot timpul dificultati de comunicare cu oamenii, in general.

La un moment dat, mi-a venit un gand: We are everything! Suntem nelimitati, si nu putem fi caracterzati printr-o idee, definitie, tipar, etc. Practic, tot ce stim este ca SUNTEM. In ideea asta, putem fi tot ce ne dorim sa fim, iar cand nu ne atasam de imaginea mentala pe care ne-o cream despre noi, devenim orice, iar de aici pleaca sintagma: “Be nobody, become everything.” Asa o sa se numeasca si prima carte pe care o scriu, care va fi mai mult un manual pentru cei care inteleg si vor sa simta aceasta sintagma in propria fiinta, ci nu doar in teorie. Gata, acum mi-am facut si pre-reclama. Mi-a parut bine! Big hug, Lioara! 🙂

Alex: This phrase came to my mind after I got rid of the habit of labeling myself in a certain way.  I remember that, when I gave up on eating meat, I identified myself as vegetarian, then vegan, then raw-vegan, frugivor, and so on. I noticed that every time I called myself  like this (or in any other way, such as spiritual, roman, etc.), the world saw me through that filter; so, I was giving power to that specific filter, practically limiting myself to that label and so there were always difficulties in communicating with people, in general.

At one point, a thought came to my mind: We are everything! We are unlimited and we can not be characterized by an idea, a definition, a pattern, etc. Basically, all we know is that we just ARE. In this sense, we can be all we want to be and when we do not attach ourselves to the mental image we create about us, we become anything; and so, that’s this phrase  is coming from: “Be nobody, become everything“. This is actually going to be the title of the first book I am writing now, which will be more like a manual for those who understand and want to feel this phrase in their own being, not just in theory. Okay, now I did some advertising for myself. 🙂 

I felt good writing this interview! Big hug, Lioara! 🙂

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