Connectionz Don’t Have To Be Complicated.

They don’t have to be, yet we often make them so. Our actual needs are simple, yet day to day happenings seem to drive us to always want more, even though more often equates to less in the ways that are really important. Life becomes an autonomic event where we do things, but never really pay attention to what we’re doing.

Children want to learn, and will do almost anything if someone is willing to do it with them. Teens want to know that they are seen and heard. Adults want to know that what they do counts for something.

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What better way to demonstrate our ‘Connectionz’ with others than simply by being with them in a casual, easygoing way, you know simple, old-fashioned togetherness. If we try to see the ordinary as extraordinary, when talking with someone and not worrying about who’s right or wrong just being in the moment with them.

Staying awake to what matters most in anothers life. Loving and being loved. Embrace family. Restore people’s faith in humanity. Remember to give your whole heart and your whole mind to those we are with — before it all disappears, whoosh!

For you to give this to another person to make this kind of impact in a lifetime is a special gift, but it takes practice. Some people never, ever grasp this concept. Let this not be your fate. Let this not be the fate of those around and close to you. Let it not be the fate of anyone.

Grab those around you – big or small – look into their faces, show them your eyes, let them see that you care. Give what you can everyday and in every way and you will find that your capacity for that giving grows as you do so. When you give all you are able, you will not regret it. Your only regret may be that you held back, that you didn’t or were unable to have done more.

Team Work

I want to ask my village of friends all around the world, to share with us their favorite ordinary moments… the times when you overjoyed just to do for others… the times when the only thing that really mattered was the connection, your words will be inspirational and wise beyond comprehension.

It’s not about traveling to someplace, about spending huge sums of money or throwing amazing parties. But about the simple things: The best moments are when 
we’re together because the simple things are powerful. Those moments are what make make for the best memories. The ones that we can think about often, those that lift us up.

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People are People

Regardless of who you are, where you’re from or what you do for a living, people are people and we all want the same basic things. Of course there are physiological differences but putting those aside, we are left with a number of attributes that are prevalent the world over. 

ideas-sWhy otherwise would advertising work so well? It’s well known in marketing circles that if you appeal to certain aspects of human psychology it is far easier to persuade people to your point of view.

I can tell you based on over 25 years of sales experience, this is fundamentally true. Another truth is that our relationships run us. We react and do things based on the people we’re constantly with or want to be with. Cultivation of personal relationships is then what it’s all about.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” - Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Relationships run the world. The most successful can meet almost anyone and build an almost instantaneous relationship. While the rest of us have a difficult time with it, even when we would like to do better. Why is that? A thorough look at anyone who is good at creating relationships will reveal some interesting characteristics, the likes of which can help us all.

A connection is a two way street, it starts as a one way approach, which develops and builds from there. To connect ‘we have to want to give or do for another person’ with ‘no thought for what we may get out of it’. What can I do you? How can I help you? Whenever we meet someone these are the type of thoughts we must keep in mind. If we do, a connection will be close at hand.

reach-sA kind word, a helping hand, along with kind and helping thoughts; these will always work during an approach, from there if we continue to keep the other person in mind with the same kind of thoughts and desires, a connection will just get stronger and stronger. That doesn’t mean everyone will become your friend or that the relationship will grow and expand. It does mean the onus is on each one of us to keep others in mind first and foremost, it doesn’t matter what situation you’re talking about.

For many people this will be quite difficult at first especially those who may have never been nurtured that way, but it gets easier as more effort and frequency is put into it. By keeping others in mind first we slowly become more ‘altruistic’, our EGO (that part of us that is always saying what’s in it for me) decreases and the number of true relationships will increase. You gradually change from a ME first person, to a YOU first person.

Others will begin to look at you as a desirable person to be around, as you become more consistent in your thoughts and deeds and as you treat others as if they are real and important. The more you strive to learn about and be there for others even in simple ways the more memorable person you will become to others.

upwardAs a result your own happiness will also increase, because when we’re with others, we feel more positive, which leads to greater happiness. When we’re happier, we make more connectionz and have better relationships, which in turn makes us more positive and on and on in an “upward spiral”.

Connectionz Are What Matterz !

Fullfillment

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Fullfillment

When we take the path of awareness, we see every situation that we find ourselves in, as beneficial for our development.

We affect one another with our thoughts, qualities, and feelings. Everything is passed from one person to another.

Change for the better depends on us being able to transfer our focus from “me” to “we”.

It is vital that we learn how to connect and cooperate.

Perceiving Reality

Perceiving Reality


“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein



Our view of the world is constantly being filtered through our culture, we perceive that culture as reality through our senses – sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. Basically we create our own realities through our physical inputs.senses

Everything we perceive as being outside of ourselves is really coming from within. Each of us sees the world a little differently. Our brain receives in the neighborhood of 10 million bits of information every second, but you might only process 10000 if you’re lucky. The brain filters the millions of bits through our senses and our beliefs which use it the way we have learned to our cultures and society. For most individuals these are the ways we have been actually taught to view and live our lives, a generally scientific view – if I can see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it – then it must be real. These somewhat objective and mechanical means do well for the most part.

What of everything else, that we are told exists but can never actually use our own physical inputs with? What of the multitude of things that objectivity and science has sprung on us after mankind has been repeatedly told they doesn’t exist. Ask yourself: Is it that the world exists and I’m here observing it, or is it that I exist and through my perception I create the reality around me at every moment?

Columbus sailed the ocean, and as he drew closer to North America, a Native American on the shore looking out at the sea, simply would not have seen the approaching ships, oh they may see something, but you see they had never seen sailing ships before so they had no picture installed in their minds, one that could tell them that “a big house sailing on the water is coming towards us (a ship)!” They would have observed a shape and movement on the sea, understood that something was happening. But would have had no idea what.columbus

By concentrating on what was was there, an image would have gradually formed in there mind until it became a clearly identifiable object – what we know of as a ship. Only then would they see and be able to describe it to his or her people. This image was then also depicted in their imagination.

Do we truly only see what’s inside us? If we have no form or mold of an object inside our mind, can we recognize it, without a shift in our perception? The next logical question then, is whether the perceptions we get from our inputs is uniformly the same to everyone before it has went through our filters, or are we merely responding to patterns that we have been trained with throughout our lives? Does what I perceive differ from another person perceives? If I do not recognize a given form and cannot perceive it with my five senses then does it actually exist?

These types of questions this knowledge is somewhat difficult whether we’ve read about it before or not. I mean, it always feels like there are things outside of me. If I walk barefoot on the sand near the water I feel the soft dampness of the wet sand under my feet or if I buy chocolate ice cream I feel the cold spark as soon as the ice cream enters my mouth, followed by the sweet taste of the chocolate. So what does that mean, that I’m creating this reality for myself? Is the whole world around me just one big illusion?

On the one hand, I’m told that my reality is limited to my five senses and I do not perceive everything around me, and on the other hand I’m told that I can only perceive something if I know it. So the problem is how am I supposed to perceive this new reality when I have absolutely no idea about it, what it – this new form – is like? How do I? Where do I receive these new forms?

This would be accomplished in the same way that the Indian described the ship to his tribe, and they then developed the image of this big house floating on the water in their minds, by simply listening to nature and others who have already gained those new forms, in this way we expand our own realities and help others expand there’s.

Existence operates on a “equivalence of form”, by listening for and to those equivalencies instead of culture and society, we are able to absorb the forms and mold what would otherwise be unavailable to us. Some would call this meditation or communing.

There are many levels of existence, from the smallest that we are unable to see to the largest which again we are unable to see, those levels of existence have been blocked from our physical senses, most individuals are incapable of registering even the smallest perception of them. Those levels are worlds unto themselves, our upper and lower worlds if you like. By attaining and implanting new forms and molds we allow ourselves the capability to perceive a reality that would otherwise be hidden from our inputs or senses and give birth to a new perception of reality.

When we learn how to recognize existence and the operating forces behind it we can understand why many things happen as they do, possibly even what our role may be within this illusion we call “reality.” Learning of how to recognize the operating forces in life and getting the guidance on how to equalize our form within nature is precisely what we all need to learn.

Try this…. Take a minute to look around you. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new? Stop reading this, and just look around you. Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it. If you really focus it’ll get brighter and seem more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise in your life. Now, try to view your surroundings from the point of the object. Some people can do this with no effort while for others it takes some time and concentration. Depending on how adept you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in realty, where you are suddenly viewing the world from a different perspective.

Did it work? Whether you noticed anything or not, your perception did change, albeit for just an instant.

face“Everything you see, hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create your universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams


Webbingz, Connectionz are what Matterz!

Problems and Opportunities

Whether we like to admit it or not, our biggest problems are really not what we think they are.  Although most of us have difficulties or what we often view as problems at various times in our lives we don’t spend very much time thinking about why they occurred, or what if anything we might have done to stem its flow before it started.

For most people problems stem from 4 main areas:problems-3

1)  Someone or something else and we have now control whatsoever.
2)  We created pretty much the entire problem.
3)  Someone or something happened, but the problem was created by our reaction or lack there of.
4)  It’s not really a problem at all, but we’re reacting like it is (they are opportunities).

More than half of what we perceive as problems are rooted in what we perceive to be our own limitations (ourselves), and they could have been avoided by us.  By either thinking and planning out what we could or would do, or by changing our attitude and how we react.  Rarely are problems really problems.  More than half of what we perceive as problems are actually just misinterpreted opportunities.

In order to stop this from happening we have to change ourselves.  Before we can change anything we need to change our way of thinking, change the way our brain responds.  The most basic human cognitive function is to ask questions.  If we think about something, try to reason it out we are questioning ourselves.  We already do this all the time.  Is the light turning red or green, should I turn left or right, what did they say?

Start to pay attention to the questions that your brain is asking yourself on a daily basis, as you go through your day.  This is the self-talk, the self-questioning that is happening all the time.  Once we become aware of the questions we are asking ourselves, we can begin to take control of those questions and actually ask questions that mean something.  As we get better doing this we will begin asking great questions and we’ll begin to get great answers, if we’re don’t we won’t.

Once we are aware of the automatic questions we are asking ourselves, we can start to ask two questions that we’ve all heard, but paid very little attention to.  They are:

1) What if?what if i could
2) Why Not?

Just by asking ourselves these questions, we will begin to open up the possibilities they bring with them.

What if I Could?  What would that look like?
I know I can’t, but what if I could?  What would it look like?

We can start out asking these in a general way.  When a potential problem or  opportunity presents itself to you, even if it seems impossible, keep asking.  Try it now, think about something that you have already perceived as a problem.  What if I could _____________ (and fill in the blank).  Just say it to yourself.  What if I could _____________ (and fill in the blank).  Well, What If I Could Do That?  What would it look like?  I know I can’t, but what if I could?

By asking these questions of yourself, It doesn’t mean your going to do it.  But counter intuitively this is the actual power behind the questions, your’e not putting anything on the line, there is zero commitment on your part right now.  Anything is possible, but as soon as you ask the question your brain makes a fundamental change.  Instead of thinking of reasons to stop you from doing it, it starts thinking of reasons and ways that you can do it.  This is an extremely important point.

Compass Pointing the Way to Business OpportunityWe all have a challenge or three to deal with.  Don’t shy away from them.  Meet them head on with:  What if I could?  When you ask yourself this you start tying to come up with a creative way to get by the challenging moment.  What you come up with will be a unique product of your experience, and your experience only.  No one else could come up with the same solution.  The more you ask yourself those questions, the greater the chances are that the answer(s) to the opportunity will be something truly fantastic.

Read the previous chapter, Access Your Potential

Read the next chapter, “What If?” and we’ll talk more about opportunities around and inside of us.

Thank You For Being A Friend

Thank you for being a friend, traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant
friendsI’m not ashamed to say, I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew
Well you would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say

Thank you for being a friend

If it’s a car you lack, I’d surely buy you a Cadillac
Whatever you need any time of the day and night
I’m not ashamed to say, I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And when we both get older
With walking canes and hair of gray
Have no fear even though it’s hard to hear
I will stand real close and say

Thank you for being a friend

Let me tell about a friend
Thank you for being a friend

And when we die and float awaykarma
Into the night, the Milky Way
You’ll hear me call as we ascend
I’ll say your name, then once again
Thank you for being a

Thank you for being a
Thank you for being a friend

People let me tell about a friend
Thank you for being a friend

Tell about a friend
Thank you for being a friend

- Andrew Gold -

Guerrilla Gardens in Overlooked and Unused Spaces

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Our home really enjoys having its annual gardens, and honestly I can’t think of anyone who grows a garden who doesn’t look forward to it each year.  We started out small about five years ago, just trying to grow a few things in what we saw as limited space.  Our initial ideas have mushroomed each year since.  Today instead of looking at our yard with an idea of limited growing space we look for ways and places to grow more.

What started out as just something to try, has grown into a annual affair that includes our children as well.  On one side of the yard we used an old fence along with some purchased construction poly and created a greenhouse area that has become ideal for growing tomatoes and peppers.  We removed a few strategically placed patches of grass and created raspberry and strawberry patches.  What was once a grassy area in the middle of the yard has been raised up and is now an above ground garden being used for growing various onions, leafy vegetables and herbs.

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We always like the idea of having some berry bushes for ourselves so last year pulled out a section on another side of the yard and planted Saskatoon berries, Currants, Blueberries, and Rhubarb.  We also decided last year that the small old shed we had, needed to go, that spot was re-purposed and changed into another greenhouse.  All in all our garden project has increased quite substantially, but the area that we have hasn’t changed, we merely changed the way we think about it, we’ve moved away from the idea of having grass everywhere to one of, what would we like to grow on this spot, whether is by putting it in the ground or using a potter or above ground garden.

It seems hard to make little plans when it concerns our gardens now, every new decision creates new ideas.  Gardening, growing and making for ourselves has definitely become a part of our lives.  Many of the trappings of this modern age, like fast food, processed groceries and its cheap and poorly made mass produced goods have lost there luster for us.  As we speak to others we get the same feelings and hear many of the same words from them.

The changes we’ve made to our urban life have made us feel more comfortable doing things we never did earlier in our lives.  We didn’t grow up on farms so we didn’t get the chance to live or be part of that side of culture, so for us growing our own tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions… is a big thing.  All of the items we grow taste so much better that the ones we have bought in the stores.  Sweeter, juicier and more flavorful, and if I were a chemist I’m sure I could prove scientifically they are healthier for us.

This year we are adding another level to our home gardening.  We have joined a local group that supports and runs a community garden and for a small fee we are able to use a small amount of community property for the growing season.  This extra area will allow us to add potatoes and beets to our growing list of home grown foods.  We’re not at the point of self-sustaining yet, but the more we do, it seems the better we feel in more ways than one.

Small projects like the ones we’ve done are what make life in urban and city areas more livable, everywhere we look people seem to be getting the same or similar ideas.  ‘Guerrilla gardens in overlooked and unused spaces’, these interventions to an existing way of life seem to be the only way families stand a real chance at a long term healthy life.  Just go online and you can find example upon example.

“Inspiration breeds inspiration. Simple, interventions are contagious.”

not-easyWe can squeeze more nature into our lives and in so doing we can make and help create good things for ourselves and for others to benefit and share in. It requires a little bit of creativity, some work and a change of attitude.  With communication mediums like the internet on our side today’s good ideas can spread across the world in an instant.

It’s More Rewarding to Work Together

Multiple psychological and sociological studies have reported that it is more rewarding to work in a group than alone. So, why don’t we cooperate all the time?

We all have strong desires to receive, it’s the driving force behind most of what we do (What’s in it for me?, How can I work this out to my advantage?) even the most altruistic individuals still do much of what they do because they get something (maybe it’s only that warm fuzzy feeling) from it.

If that’s the case why don’t we do more collaborating? What is it about us that makes us choose to do things on our own even when we know we work better together?  Why are competitive and individualistic behaviour’s promoted?

The reason is because our ego’s stimulate our desire to have more, but not just for more, but to have more than others.  We want to be more unique and superior than others so we try to do things on our own. Working with others would provide our own evidence that it is better to work together than alone.  This then provides our egos with the proof that working together is not better because others will then get the same as we do, and this does not fulfill our egoistic desire to be unique or superior.

“The base nature of each and every person is to exploit the lives of all other people in the world for his own benefit. All that we give to another is only out of necessity; and even then there is exploitation of others within it, but it is done cunningly, so that our neighbour will not notice it and concede willingly.”       Baal HaSulam

How can we merely dismiss others, the help they offer or likewise how is it that they are able to dismiss us and our offers.  Going it alone seems to stem back to what is called the school of hard knox.  Whereas working with others makes it easier for all and provides many more benefits than doing things on our own.

When we work with others we give of ourselves to them (bestowal) and they do so in kind.  This helping of one another, bestowing your energies and life force to them or to a common goal is what is considered to be walking the ‘path of of light.’ The term, “light,” refers to the sensation of delight that the desire to receive (which is our essence) experiences when it is filled.

We receive when we bestow.  This may seem simplistic, but if we follow our egoistic paths it quickly becomes impossible to relate positively to any person, except out of necessity.  differencess

Based on the book, Self Interest vs. Altruism in the Global Era: How Society Can Turn Self Interests into Mutual Benefit by Dr. Michael Laitman.

Freedom is an Illusion

Freedom is an illusion propagated by the ego’s of others. In life we get trapped in  illusions, beliefs, desires, attachments, obsessions and addictions each of which is our own ego trying to assert control. desire-defnThe trappings of our life become the idols we serve and to which we submit. Once we become their captives, it is very difficult to return to the essence of bestowal provided for us upon our entrance to this world.

Our essence is not our own, it is but a part of the greater whole, our piece was provided so we may find our way back.  The path of which is guided by the light, it lies before us whether acknowledged or not.  With free will we are provided the ability to see, understand, and make some choices, though not for our sake but for the sake of the world.  We travel through life on a path guided by our essence and directed by the light.

When we come to this world we are rich with the light and love, but we become poor as we embrace our ego’s fantasies and illusions which squeezes the light and love to a single point within our hearts, point-heartbut it does not abandon us.  In spite of all, the point remains, reminding us of that which is to come.  When the path again directs our point in the heart searches and reaches out for others to join with and grow.  Our only responsibility is to listen, and follow.

All along the way darkness counsels fear, fear of the unknown an unseen.  We are pushed by our ego’s, the negative traits and tendencies of our humanity.  But there is nothing to fear, for everything is known and laid clear in the light.  As we embrace the light the darkness disappears and makes way for our redemption, as we come to realize that redemption is possible our bond with the light increases and darkness is further pushed aside.

Thus our consciousness is redeemed, it cannot be different for we come into the light but cannot recognize it without having experienced the dark.  Once revealed we are able to find and travel the path we must take.
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What to Know about Social Media Marketing

Are you currently trying or planning to beat your competition by getting more consumers than them? Have you stumbled upon their Facebook or MySpace pages and think its time to have one also? Do you want to become more productive compared to what they are?  If this sounds like you, then try to understand the concepts of Social Marketing and Advertising presented in this article.

Web-Design-and-Social-Meida1Social Media is a way to connect your enterprise and your customers. If you desire to take full advantage of of this, make an effort to market using the media that is available and be sure you keep it uncomplicated. Try to talk with your customers and clients in a natural way when corresponding on social media marketing, just be yourself especially to start out. Focus on you customer’s reactions, and you may learn how to continue.

Hiring an advertising business which is focused on social media is not always a good answer. There are a large number of firms that will simply attempt to take advantage of companies who do not possess experience with internet marketing. A number of them make use of ‘click here’ methods with bogus social media accounts by means of automation and proxy machines. Your advertising campaign may be hardly seen by the real people you want to communicate with, and you will have squandered a lot of money.images

Consider building a group page on your own instead. This will help make the page a more personal thing and it will be seen as something with far better discussions. Don’t wait to have a whole strategy setup, just start right away and make each additional page as it is needed, so your customers will be able to get information from you right away.

Try not to post unimportant or insignificant things on your profile. Always maintain your overall theme, your posts and information should be related to your business.  No one really cares that you obtained a new cellular phone, unless that is you business.  Insignificant blog posts needs to be avoided, use your specific company or business information that you want put out there to your potential customers.

Add Facebook or twitter access buttons on your company website. Most blog platforms will automatically integrate these components but it is simple to get the code required to include these switches by visiting your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace settings. These buttons are a great way to promote to your readers a way to discuss your articles and reminding of social media campaign.

Promote your Facebook or MySpace posts on YouTube also. These make remarkable social media items for hyperlinks. If you create some exceptional social media blog posts from time to time, then spread the word as much as you can by using your YouTube stream. Don’t forget to tweet it once or twice to help the information obtain some traction.

To provide aide in setting up your website and increase its potential with social media, you ought to position a social networking widget on the website, this is an ideal way to glean new followers.  A widget will allow viewers to talk about articles on your web site with their favorite social media marketing internet site with even out leaving your page.

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If you are thinking about outsourcing your social media advertising and promotions. There are a number of highly skilled and knowledgeable sources that you can use to improve your social networking results. It costs you more than doing it yourself, however the potential surge you experience may be worth it.

Try using graphics as a call-to-action convert your website visitors to into supporters of your social media page. Try to persuade people to “like” your site as a way to get some discounts or information. When people arrive at your page, all they see is “like our site to find out more”, then when they have “Liked” you page, they are able to see the content material.

Check your competitors on social media websites and their internet web sites. Invest some time by taking a look at what your top five competitors, and what they are doing. Examine which social media sites are the most lively, and try to use a similar kind of content, materials or programs.  Look at the number of fans they have and the way they encourage the traffic, including what they have to offer.

Once you tweet, incorporate a tag.  Hash-tags, including # before a word or words makes them subject to special treatment and are special markers for Tweet postings. People often subscribe to a number of these tags, and they will be more likely see your posts if you are using the hash-tag component. Be clever with your tag and label groupings, consider your products or services.

Use discount coupons and deals that are time responsive to really ramp up dialogue concerning your information. These will make the customers want to do things faster so they don’t miss out on an arrangement. This may also make your visitors more inclined to share with your details with others.

Facebook or MySpace sites are more efficient if you use them as a link tradesman, so try not to utilize them the same way you would work with a direct marketing strategy. If all you submit is marketing and advertising information your pages will probably not be overly popular and your may even loose “Likes”.  Individuals are already thinking about your organization you just need to draw them in.  Make sure they don’t feel like you are just spamming them.