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Month: March 2016

A clear night on the moors…

A clear night on the moors…

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Merlin

Last Friday must have been the hottest day of the year, and today must be the dreariest & windiest! I took the opportunity to head into the Peak district to a spot I often go to on Stanton Moor, near to the 9 Ladies Stone Circle (Derbyshire). I thought aswell as spending time in nature it would be a great opportunity to test out the new bits of gear I have recently acquired (I have reviewed these below). I was joined by my friend Yannis and my little doggie, Merlin. This was Merlin’s 1st night sleeping out, he loved exploring the moor, loved it so much he quickly made it his home and barked at any poor bugger walking within 50 metres of our camp site.

Returning to nature , or returning home as I like to say, is a good habit. As I was saying in my previous posts on the podcasts which I featured on, nature heals. Lessons are to be learnt, observing the natural environment take its play. All lessons which can be applied to our lives & daily routines. So, I drop my bag and lay down. Nothing is more relieving than laying on the bare earth, letting go of the weekly baggage I may have picked up, breathing in & breathing out deeply. So peaceful & so blissful…. until Merlin comes jumping all over me, excited at the sheer fact he has so much space and freedom to run around, marking his scent and just being a general adolescent. Good to see the doggy having fun. Waggy tail & bags of joy, hooray. We arrive around 10pm, stars are out & we quickly get a fire going, not for warmth, but mainly for light, comfort & atmosphere. The amount of time I’ve spent gazing into a fire would amount to days or weeks even… Their is something quite primal about it. Our ancestors have been sitting round fires for years and years, and future generations will be doing the same. I sit for a while allowing the silence to soak in, the rustle of the leaves in the trees and subtly be heard on this relatively still night. I soon get tired and decide to turn in. Quite eager to test out my new sleeping mat, pillow and put the tent to further testing.

mdeMy sleep was relatively comfortable. Merlin was out for the count, I think he overdid himself today, all the excitement…. he’s just a small dog in a big world. Just like all of us, running round like headless chickens excited by the sounds & sights around us. How wonderfully beautiful this world is. and how wonderfully beautiful how each one of us perceives it differently, relating what we see to our own experiences. This is where we differ, as individuals. As I sit in my tent, Merlin to sleep & Yanis asleep in his tent, the silence which is shared is marvelous & something quite special. I will talk about the kit I use below quite reluctantly as laying on the earth, is quite enough to make me feel safe, secure, comfortable & protected.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I will be walking 650 miles from Hebden Bridge to John O Groats starting in the middle of May. I will be raising money for a charity called Survivors UK. Survivors UK support adult men who have been affected by Sexual violence & rape. My aim to raise awareness about these sensitive topics and to outline how walking & nature has a positive impact on well being as a whole. If you would like to read more about my campaign please visit my just giving page linked below. My target is to raise £1000 and I am currently at £573. Any heartfelt donations are ofcourse greatly appreciated

Azim x

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Podcast – Shredded Brainiac (Ru Wikman)

Podcast – Shredded Brainiac (Ru Wikman)

It was a real pleasure to head down to London a few weeks ago, to South Kilburn, a stomping ground near where I used to live. I linked up with personal trainer & fitness model Ru Wilkman. Ru has briefly worked with myself in plant healing ceremonies and it was great to have an open conversation on his 20th podcast show Shredded Brainiac. If you knew Ru, he couldn’t have picked a more fitting name for his radio show. Ru, very clued up and knowledgeable about the human body, nutrition and its workings. But, his knowledge is equally balanced with an extremely open heart & mind, sharing a high positive mentality and frequency.

We touched on meditation, plant medicines such ayahuasca and psilocybin, and how all these techniques and tools can be useful to bypass years of cultural conditioning, and open up the person’s heart. We talked about the dual nature of this world, the constant interaction of love and fear, what does it mean to experience oneness, and the implications of ego dissolution.

You do always have a choice, and it’s all about perception. Awareness is what makes the difference, and it helps you see the distinction between what you want, and what you need.

You can follow Ru’s personal blog, Instagram & Facebook (links below) for short workout videos and more.

http://www.shreddedbrainiac.com
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Podcast – Chris Robson Lifestyle

Podcast – Chris Robson Lifestyle

What a week its been. This week has been a week of connecting with people, both old and new. I reconnected with an old old friend this week, Chris Robson. Chris’s website & Blog Chris Robson Lifestyle provides content and clarity to improve your lifestyle, ‘without the crap’.

Chris invited me to talk on his podcast, which has been an amazing experience, firstly just to have the opportunity to continue to put a good message out there, but more importantly to reconnect with Chris after some 6 years or so discussing meditation, walking & spiritual healing. A surreal deep conversation was had & we both touched on topics we would have seriously laughed at some years ago.

To listen to this Podcast please click on this link :- AZIM ‘NOBEE’ NOBEEBACCUS – GET BACK TO BASICS. RECONNECT WITH NATURE. BE HERE NOW.

It is great to see people taking their power back, and realizing their health is literally in their hands. Listen to the podcast and you can hear us delving into :

– The impact your environment has on your mental, physical and spiritual health
– Why reconnecting with nature could solve a lot of your problems
– Why so called ‘alternative’ therapies should be considered as the primary forms of healthcare
– The importance of meditation and how to get started
– How to work on the wider world and not just yourself
– Why you should be walking very long distances
– The concept of frequencies and how what you resonate, you attract
– Why you should never have expectations

To find out more about Chris and what he does please visit Chris Robson Lifestyle

Enjoy & have a great Easter Weekend
Azim x

Nottingham Post…

Nottingham Post…

A great write up by Ben Ireland in the Nottingham post. A great picture of the Dark Peak, from the top of Mam Tor. I was surprised to see nearly a whole page with this article. I spoke briefly with Ben earlier on in the week where we had a conversation as to what he wanted to put in the article, and it is spot on. He Has highlighted some great information and even contacted Survivors UK to get a quote from.

All in all, I must say, an extremely positive article, very forward thinking and definatly something to show the grandkids 🙂

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When you face the sun, your shadows fall behind…

When you face the sun, your shadows fall behind…

When you face the sun, your shadows fall behind…

A clear day in the Peak District. I park up in Chesterfield and get the 45 minute bus journey into Bakewell with the intention to walk back or at least to Baslow. Before I start todays walk, the market is on in Bakewell. I good opportunity to pick up some fruit. I picked up a pound of lychee’s & stumble across a French man selling soap off his wooden table. As I’m looking, he says, all soap is from Marseilles. Said in his deep Southern France accent. It must trigger something in me, because he make me chuckle to say the least. Even, the soap said Made in Marseilles on it, so I buy 6 bars, varying in scents and off I go. Bakewell is hustling today, loads of people on the streets eating Fish n chips.

My starting point is the church on top of the hill at Bakewell, quite a spectacular sight, and a lovely church, with both Celtic & Nordic stonework surrounding it. As I stand underneath an arch facing east. The sun is pelting my forehead and even on this cold clear day, I feel warm, joyous, gracious & pretty damn ecstatic. As I gaze at the sun, the words seap through my being. When you face the sun, your shadows fall behind. So true it is, as you turn to the light, your demons quiver & your fear dissolves.

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When you face the sun, your shadows fall behind

As I set off I head across the river Wye, turn right, and take the high path out of bakewell towards Beeley. Or at least thats where I think I’m going towards! Today is has come quite evident my map reading skills need some work! My new compass also appears to not be working. Either that or I appear to not know what the hell I’m doing. I mean what is north, the red arrow or the white arrow? God only knows…  When I look at an OS map, there is no such thing as a path, I am the type of person who would go from A to B as the crow flies. Even if it means walking through swamps & deep overgrown forest. I quite like it, to venture of the path, to venture to places which are rarely threaded on my human feet. ‘Off the beaten’ track I think is what they call it. I was always more of a rebel than a conformist. Which I’m glad for, great discoveries can be made when the mind is left to wander, but let it wander too much and you could end up in trouble. Anyhow, I venture up into the hills, through the Haddon Estate taking in the clear skies, the sun and the beautiful peaks in the distance. It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of tree’s. Tree’s are great teachers, they are just still & observe. So very simple, to sit like a tree and just observe the world go by with no comment. We are often nattering away with ourselves, with our head in either the past or the future. How often are we 100% focused on the present moment? We have things to defend, things to attack. our identities, our beliefs, we stick up for what we thing is right, what we thing is wrong. We continuously feed our ego’s in so many different ways and loose sight of what is important. So, i sit by a tree on the path and be like the tree, the observer. The seer who does not judge all the situations which surround. The seer who is not the one seen…

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Sun beaming through

After a brief meditation. I continue, through the muddy path for a few miles or so, until a reach a little village called Carlton Lees. I’m close to Chatsworth & Chatsworth seems to be on my route which is great. As a child my family used to take me here to run around on the grounds and around the garden maze. Chatsworth is a well known place & Tourists come from across the world to spend time in this part of the country. Actually, I think I read the Peak District national park is the 2nd most visited park on this planet. The 1st being one in Japan. I mean, I don’t dispute this place is packed pull of his-torys. And I must admit, the Chatsworth house itself, is bloody impressive. However, nowhere near as impressive as the land it is built on, and the mighty River Derwent in front. I stroll alongside the Derwent quite slowly. watching the dogs and dog walkers go past. Everyone enjoying this fine day. I look up & there is not one cloud to be seen anywhere. I look down at my Scarpa Ranger boots. This is the 2nd time I’ve walked with time on a longish distance. The first time was difficult. Blistered feet & aching toes. Too many delight, they are right as rain today and this pair of boots are really starting to feel like a good pair of boots. I misplaced my stepping a few times today into deep puddles and my feet don’t have a drop of water on them. I’m trying out some new socks, 1000 mile fusion double layer socks. On the packet is says Blister free guarantee! I don’t know how they can guarantee that as there are so many factors which could contribute to blisters. but the science behind it, is in the double layer system and Tactel fabric. The inner layer sticks to your foot, and the outer layer rubs against the inner layer rather than rubbing against your foot. Ye.. I know, blew my mind aswel. However, I was stupid enough to not bring any water with me on this trip, and that pound of lychee’s I bought Bakewell was gone within 10 minutes of walking. So, when I do eventually reach Baslow looking for a shop, I’m told by a local its 200 metres up that hill… So of I go. up the hill and back down again and sitting my a bus stop with mucky muddy boots. Baslow is another lovely quaint Derbyshire village & a perfect place to end my walk.

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