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09
Nov
13

Activity vs Action

UnknownMind always thinks in terms of purpose, profit, utility. When mind disappears, action does not disappear, activity disappears –and there is a great difference between the two. Activity has utility; action is pure joy, pure beauty. You act not because something has to be achieved; you act because action is a dance, is a song. You act because you are so full of energy ~Osho

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04
Jan
13

Heart-Centered Meditation

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Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions,         then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.                              ~ Author Unknown

Operating in a survival state-of-mind in which the ego is in control of our thoughts and emotions when external events rock us is not uncommon.

This state-of-mind is characterized by negative self-talk and unhelpful thinking patterns. It can lead us to feel disempowered, hopeless and pessimistic about the future.

If this is a feeling you recognize, take note; there is a solution.  To help you infiltrate ego-hold with peaceful more heart-centered thoughts, try incorporating a meditative practice into your day.

By taking a moment to pause and reflect on your highest-self and giving yourself the opportunity to remember who you are and who you want to be, you will conquer the negative self-talk and retain a positive, peaceful and heart-centered outlook.

Allow the meditative process to tap into your subconscious– there you will find clarity and a sense of peace.

Peaceful-Heart-Centered Meditation

A peaceful-heart-centered meditation begins by finding a place where you can sit quietly, without outside disturbances.  Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.  As you begin to feel settled, bring your attention to the area of your physical heart.

With each breath you take, see your heart slowly expanding.  Allow your heart to continue to expand.  If you feel that your mind is trailing off – note the pattern.  Are you thinking of unpaid bills or a to-do list that seems never ending?  Bring yourself back to heart-center, and refocus on your breathing.  Take a few minutes – or longer – to rest in this nourishing energy.  Now, slowly open your eyes, sit quietly.

Integrate this awakening into your being. You should feel awakened to specific details related to your mission, and you should feel a sense of peace and calmness, rather than feeling stress and anxiety. You can work with increased focus, clarity and awareness, increased productivity and an increase in self-worth and self-confidence.

By taking the time to listen to the wisdom of your highest, heart-centered self during meditation and throughout the day, you allow this wisdom to guide you into a higher expression; where the ego does not have a booming voice.

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21
Sep
12

Expanding Value

Ruby 9/18/12 I found this particular excerpt thought-provoking:

“In capitalist societies, the goal is making profit, the expansion of money value, rather than the pleasure of using or consuming the commodities acquired through the exchange.  In capitalist societies, value is continually being transformed from money into commodities and then back into a larger sum of money; value becomes capital by virtue of the fact that it is involved in the process of expanding, of creating extra value.  However, there is only one commodity that can actually create extra value:  human labor power.”

Perhaps we need to expand the concept of capitalism with an expanded view of value. We know that expanding money value in a vacuum is not working. Integrating consciousness and measures beyond profit ensures that value expands to include such things as making a difference in people’s lives and being respectful of ALL resources.  When we view value from this view point, we are able to incorporate a concept of expansion that serves all of humanity, yet fundamentally rests on right use of individual power.  

Capital + integrity = Profit with increased human power as an exponential

On Sep 11, 2012, at 1:37 PM, Cindy Leinweber <cindyaleinweber@earthlink.net> wrote:
I’d appreciate any insights you have.

Civilization and Its Discontents:The Archeology of Capitalism 
The price we pay for our advance in civilization is a loss of happiness ~Sigmund Freud
It is hard to call capitalism successful, when two-thirds of the world’s people live in poverty.  (Placard in Guadalajara Mexico)
The drive to political accumulation, to state holding, is the precapitalist analogue to the capitalist drive to accumulate capital. Robert Brenner The state is the distinctive collective misrepresentation of capitalist societies… It is a bid to elicit support for or tolerance of the insupportable and intolerable by presenting them as something other than themselves, namely legitimate, disinterested domination.  The study of the state, seen thus, would begin with the cardinal activity involved in the presentation of she state:  the legitimating of the illegitimate ~ Philip Abrams
Capitalism as an economic system is concerned with the production and sale of commodities in markets.  Commodities are goods that are produced for sale rather than use by the people who made them.  The roots of modern capitalism lie in the sixteenth century with the expansion of commerce and markets that eventually enveloped the entire world.   Commercial or merchant capital is different from the barter, or traffic in goods, that occurred, and still takes place among precapitalist communities.  In these societies the circulation of goods is aimed at the satisfaction of wants or needs.  In capitalist societies, the goal is making profit, the expansion of money value, rather than the pleasure of using or consuming the commodities acquired through the exchange.  In capitalist societies, value is continually being transformed from money into commodities and then back into a larger sum of money; value becomes capital by virtue of the fact that it is involved in the process of expanding, of creating extra value.  However, there is only one commodity that can actually create extra value:  human labor power.
“Archaeology   The Historical Development of Civilizations”Author – Thomas C. Patterson
01
Aug
11

Hip-Hop, Yoga, and Being Super Rich

Guest post by Francesca Brava 

Think of the “godfather of hip-hop” Russell Simmons and you definitely think RICH. He founded the music label Def Jam as well as clothing lines such as Phat Farm and American Classics. With a net worth estimate of $340 million, he is the third richest figure in hip-hop, only behind artists Diddy and Jay-Z. But do you also think of yoga and spirituality when you think of Russell Simmons?

Simmons is the author (along with Chris Morrow) of Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All. His business website www.rushcommunications.com relates his many business successes, which “have spanned music, film, television, fashion, video games, online and financial services” and his activism, which “has encompassed all of the areas touched by his businesses, including poverty, education, social justice and inclusion.”

It’s easy to daydream about being incredibly rich, but Simmons is more than just about having a lot of money. He grew up in a lower-middle class African-American community in Queens and recently was named one of the 25 most influential people of the last 25 years by USA Today. He has two beautiful daughters he adores (and a beautiful, well-known, and accomplished ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons). Not only does he practice yoga, meditation, and philanthropy, he also eats no meat. He believes that there is a connection between his spiritual practices and his worldly success.

The title of his book Super Rich might make you think it’s all about accumulating money, but to Simmons that term means “the state of needing nothing.” That’s powerful! THE STATE OF NEEDING NOTHING. Imagine being in that state. Surely, you’d feel super rich. But how do you achieve that state? Simmons says that we have to “clear out the clutter and quiet the noise” that keeps us from “hearing” or connecting with the happiness…or the richness…that is already inside of us.

He says that we attract the world to us by giving until the world can’t live without what you have to offer. Huh? To get rich, you just give away what you have? YES! He quotes yogis: “You never lose what you have given” and says that if you “just show the world a fraction of the sweetness and honesty that’s in your heart, it’s going to come running after you.”

What else can you do to attain the STATE OF NEEDING NOTHING?

  • Access stillness…that “quiet, peaceful mental state that allows you to be completely present in life.” Then you can become “totally connected with the inspiration and imagination that’s inside [you].”
  • “Stay focused on your work without any expectations for, or concern with, the fruit of your labor” and “operate out of a zone of pure focus and clarity” like Michael Jordan did on the basketball court.
  • Be a business yogi and “only do shit you believe in. Period!” Vegan Simmons, for example, says he would never invest in a restaurant that serves meat. If you are a yogi, you won’t do work that creates instability or suffering in the world. Let go of the results…and watch what happens!
  • “Be reborn every day.” Simmons went from being a drug dealer to a mega-rich businessman, yogi, author (he previously penned the New York Times best seller Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success), and humanitarian. How did he do that? He “began moving away from [his] unconscious state and toward enlightenment.” He says it is important to “get open”…to be fluid and creative and never rigid.
  • Build bridges…with people of other races, religions, beliefs, etc…that will bring people together. Recognize that we are all connected.
  • Practice and realize the power of acceptance and love of others and what is.
  • Enjoy and be grateful for the material things, but don’t become burdened by or attached to what you have. Instead, achieve balance in life.
  • “Make a real commitment to being conscious and compassionate.”  He quotes the story of theBhagavad Gita and Arjuna’s final words to Lord Krishna: “Through your kind conversation, I’ve woken up and am conscious of who I really am.” Simmons says that even if you fall short in all the above things, if you are conscious and compassionate, you will…like Arjuna…become more awake, which is “central to all your success.”

Simmons says that, armed with the knowledge in the book, we can be like Arjuna and:

To fight not for what you can get for yourself, but what you can give to others.

To fight not for your own abundance, but for the abundance of others.

To fight not for your own security, but for the peace and safety of others.

To fight not for your own joy, but for the happiness of others.

To fight not for your own upliftment, but for the enlightenment of others.

Russell Simmons, hip-hop, fashion, and multi-business mogul, yogi, father, UN Goodwill Ambassador, vegan, and philanthropist, ends the book by saying:

When you are devoted to fighting for these things with a smile on your face and love radiating out of your heart, then all these things will be yours. You will have it all. You will be Super Rich.

How refreshing to see someone who truly is super rich in every way practice what he says. Thanks, Russell Simmons.

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07
Mar
11

The Planning Game


Fundamentally planning is about designing the steps between a current situation and a chosen future. Specific linear results are expected from each action taken. Have you ever noticed that specific, linear, expected results are rare? Consider that this is because as soon as an action is taken, external resistance or internal doubt may arise. Resistance or doubt will alter the action’s course and often deflect it from its original trajectory.

What to do?

Clean up, to the best of your ability, any internal doubt that may stand in the way of your being aligned with your soul vision and your connection with divine source.

Pay attention to feedback from divine source and then, to the best of your ability, plan your plan.

Maintain action or change action based on correct perception of any external resistance.

A Few More Things……

Be responsible for understanding the game you are playing.

You are playing the game of business.

The goal of the game of business is to have you be prosperous.

Being prosperous, in the game of business, includes profit (even in a not-for-profit).

In order to win (reach the goal), you must understand the rules.

You can play the game with your own values, style, finesse, and integrity within the rules.

Rules in business are mainly about how to keep score.

Scoring can increase your ability to win the game.

One Last Thing……

Always remember that you are enough with or without the game.

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23
Dec
10

Find your answers, not the “right” answers

I discovered Men with Pens several years ago and have been on-goingly impressed. I am truly excited to now be working with them (look for my new web-design in 2011!) Their renegade style coupled with substance resonates with me.

A recent post on the MWP blog hits the mark regarding the importance of doing your business, your way. Following is a excerpt:

If you want to build and grow and succeed in business….you need to stretch your thoughts and think beyond what you’re being told to do.

Get those textbooks from all the experts, sure – but use them as a springboard, a starting point.

Muse, ponder, ask questions, explore. Contemplate what’s being done and what could be done differently, or better. Think about what works for other businesses and compare that to what might work (or won’t fit) for yours.

Don’t assume the experts have all the perfect answers and template instructions to success – they only have the perfect answer of what’s worked for their business. You can replicate some of what they’ve done, sure, and you’ll achieve a certain measure of success, yes.

But imagine what might happen if you went beyond what they did.

Find your answers – not the “right” answers.

Poke at the “what ifs” and explore calculated risks. Try out new ways of pulling in clients or getting raves that no one has done before. Be untrendy and reject what’s cool. Look instead for what’s smart or efficient or effective. Chase money and results, and leave extra work and expenses in the dust.

If you want to succeed, you have to question the “rules” and the “musts” that other people tell you. You need to improve on textbook methods and rote strategies to reach even better results. MWP Post “Are You Barely Passing with Your Business Philosophy?

Remember the basics, look deep within and design your own strategies for success!

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29
Nov
10

Allow Business Basics to Work for You

Consider the pre-construction of a building. The potential exists for an infinite number of blueprints setting forth the specifications for an infinite variety of buildings.

Beginning with the intended use of a building (be it a conservative home or landmark skyscraper), blueprints are carefully drafted to ensure that the completed structure is in alignment with the original vision and intention.

While designing to meet any specific use or aesthetic desires, an architect makes certain that each set of plans embodies and conforms to a relatively much smaller set of engineering principles. Principles from which there must be no deviation. Principles having to do with ropes & cables, sticks & stones, shape & strength; which in turn form the basics of a sustainable structure.

Similarly, business blueprints must also embody and conform to a small set of principles. Principles having to do with products & safety, accounting & taxes, quality & efficiency; which in turn form the basics of a sustainable business.

As a firm foundation upon which to rest, adherence to the basics allows for creativity, flow, sustainability, and infinite possibility.

Basics form a bedrock of support.  Allow them to work for you.

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