A Complete and Balanced LIfe


 Found this somewhere

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.  I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom goes on as fruit.”

Dawna Markova

 Re-read the above quote, then close your eyes for a moment and imagine this it’s you speaking the words.  Imagine it’s the kind of life YOU chose. What comes up for you?  Do you feel inspired?  Do you feel like it could never happen?

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 In the years I’ve been coaching I’ve found there to be some essential qualities of people who live a complete and balanced life:

 They firmly believe their success is more about who they are, rather than just what they have or what they do.

  1. They’re clear about their values and what’s most important to them.
  2. They have a vision for their life.
  3. They’re willing to take clear and focused action to fulfill that vision.
  4. They hold themselves responsible for the quality of their life.

Living a full and balanced life starts with knowing what a full and balanced life means to you.  Each day, we are bombarded with images from the media that tell us who to be, what to do and how to act.  We are saturated with “shoulds,” past experiences, family edicts and endlessly disempowering messages.

 So the first step in claiming a complete life is to embrace the distinction that Oprah makes quite succinctly,  “Don’t worry about living THE best life, just live YOUR best life.”

 Here are some suggestions I give my clients to help them begin the journey toward living their best life.

 1. Start a journal.  One of the best ways I know to quiet the mind and access your deeper thoughts is to write.  Let yourself write in an uncensored way.  Let your thoughts flow without concern for grammar or impressing a reader.  Be curious about what your inner self wants to tell you.

Here’s a series of provocative questions to help start the journey:

What will my life feel/be like when I’m living fully and in balance?  Here’s where you imagine in detail the life you want.  Let yourself dream about how you’ll feel.  Will you feel peaceful?  Energized?  Both?  Will you be fulfilling a dream or simply living fully in each moment?  Paint a picture for yourself.

What’s most important to me?  Begin to make a list of your values.  Your values are your personal inventory of what you consider most important.  We all have values, but unless you take the time to clarify them for yourself, you can inadvertently be living someone else’s values.  Your values inform the choices you make.

2. Get to know yourself.  Walk, meditate, exercise, or take yourself on a date.  Getting to know yourself and what you like is an important piece of the puzzle.  What movie would YOU chose?  Is nature most enlivening or would you prefer a cultural romp in the city?  Do something you’ve always wanted to try.  Take a risk.  To live a complete life you have to be in touch with what makes you happy.

3. Find support.  It can be difficult to explore or make life changes without the benefit of a support system.  Often, when people start to grow, others around them – friends and relatives – may feel threatened.  They may not want you to “rock the boat.” Seek out at least one person you feel safe sharing your desires with.  This will help you to stay motivated and provide some accountability.

4. Take action.  Inspiration without action is like being dressed up and having nowhere to go.  Take some baby steps.  Ask yourself:  “what’s one thing I can do this week to feel great about my life?”  Then do it.

What does a complete and balanced life mean to you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you discover.  It’s truly possible.  You can love your lifeand watch the seeds turn to blossoms and the blossoms turn to fruit.

It’s YOUR life. . . live it completely!

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

Enlightenment

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist.

There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God!

This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth as I know it today, everything stated actually happened, according to my own perception.

It has been an exciting search,at times very frustrating, very rewarding, and above all, very fulfilling.

My main purpose in writing this book is to show that anyone, even a bashful unfamous country boy can have these awakenings, you don’t have to be rich or well-known to find your connection to Divine Source.

I began taking notes for this book over thirty years ago, at the time, writing a book was the farthest thing from my mind. My only thought was to have a journal to read over when I got older.

As a result, I didn’t record some of my references, many of the references were from Aboriginal and Mayan elders themselves, many of which has been the victim of the ravages of time. Hence my book is short on references, but long on experience, I hope you understand.

My Books are available in both Hard Copy and Ebook format.

Why do People Think Like They Do?


For a long time I have tried to understand why people think the way they do.

To me, some people’s line of reasoning is so far out of line , it is incomprehensible how they can believe what they do and think it makes sense.

I understand that not everyone thinks the same,no one thinks they should, but for some, their line of reasoning is so far out of line , there is no way what they believe can work or be useful in the real world.

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I happened to be watching a movie tonight and a statement was made that made it all make sense.

The movie was called “Premonition” and Sandra Bullock was asking a priest for advice about a premonition she had.

During the conversation the priest remarked,” People who have lost their spiritual beliefs are taken over by a force greater than themselves.” I’m paraphrasing , but that was the meat of the statement. The priest went on to say that they then begin to belief absurd things.

When people fall away from their spiritual foundation, they begin to believe anything. Thier reality changes.

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Nature abhors a vacuum, when a person loses their individual beliefs, a vacuum is created and something is going to rush in and fill that vacuum. This is a natural event and happens to many people. Most of us at some point in our lives question what we believe and many times we change our perspective completely.

As this is happening in our lives it is important to remember to keep one foot planted firmly on the ground as we are reaching for the stars. What is real must always be kept in mind.

If one foot isn’t grounded in reality, we tend to create an unrealistic reality, and begin believing everything and anything. That is what is happening to many souls, they actually begin to believe their absurdity, they no longer think objectively and they don’t even realize it.

We are living in a changing society and nothing can be done to stop many of the adjustments that are being made to our lives. Having said that , we need to hold onto the basic truths and knowledge that has guided society from the beginning of time, those unchanging truths that are called the Laws of Nature, Nature’s Laws, or the Laws of God, or Nature’s God.

Many are living in an entirely different universe, they have replaced God with government , and mistakenly believe all solutions come from elected officials.

They have lost their birthright, God provides the answers, the God within, not government.

Even the founding documents of our country state this.

You have to believe in something bigger than yourself.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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The Separation of Church and State


People are continuously saying that in the United States, we need to keep church and state separate.

In many instances this is true, we certainly don’t need a country where everything is decided by a church or our whole government is run by a religious figure. The founding fathers took many measures to insure that  wouldn’t happen. They saw what had come about in Europe because of those issue,and were determined to not let that happen here.

However, that doesn’t mean we should shut God or religion completely out of government. We are seeing first hand what becoming a secular government has done for our country. In the last several years, we have abandoned the basic principles of decency and common sense that made our country great.

We no longer adhere to the universal laws that our founders based our constitution and bill of rights on. Our founders were deeply concerned this could happen.

Our constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence rank right up there with the Holy Bible and the Magna Carta as sacred documents. If followed, they guarantee rights and freedoms unparalleled in human history.

Although we don’t need or want a country governed by a religious zealot, we do need a president who believes in a supreme being, or God.It is essential, If one doesn’t believe in God, they naturally believe in government. 

Our rights as humans come from God, no government should have authority over us. We have power over government , we are the ones telling them what to do not the opposite as is happening in today’s world.

It is important we get back on the right track.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

church and state

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

 

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Militarizing the Local Police (Part 2)


Written by; Gary Wonning

The riots in Missouri bring back many memories of such events in the past, the riots of the 60s,from which Detroit has never recovered, The Rodney King incident, and like several others, the full story was never told.

The O.J.Simpson trial, where riots broke out in Los Angeles, which would have been a lot worse had he been convicted. Even the  Trayvon Martin incident could have gotten a lot worse in short period of time.

There have been several such events in the recent past that has brought major destruction to the property of law abiding citizens.

I don’t think anyone wants to see their cities and homes burned to the ground, these types of incidents have to be controlled very quickly. We saw what happened in Ferguson, in many cases it was more about looting and robbing than it was about someone’s civil rights, or race.

Most people, and the press jumped to conclusions. The press and certain  so called civil rights leaders actually threw gasoline on an already explosive situation, having only their own selfish agenda in mind.

Our civil rights are important and protecting the Bill of Rights is of the utmost importance.

Having said that, we don’t live in the era of Barney Fife anymore. The world has changed. There is a real imminent threat to our way of life, our liberties, and our security like never before.

Technology has made it possible for almost anyone to create a weapon of mass destruction. Because of the actions of our own federal government, we have thousands flooding across our southern border daily that threaten our security and our way of life.

I don’t want to be an alarmist,but our country probably has hundreds, if not thousands of terrorists living within our borders. They are walking amongst us , many supposedly leading so-called normal lives.

We face threats on many levels, we will be attacked again, it is just a matter of time. When we are, it will be up to the local authorities to control the situation until, and if help arrives. There may come a day when we are glad our local police forces are armed as they are.

If things get really ugly, the federal government won’t be able to handle it, it will need to be taken care of on a local level.

Our second amendment rights need to be preserved, that is a major necessity, but we may need more firepower than the citizenry can provide, plus the local police force can gather much needed information and coordinate it, something the local citizenry cannot do.

Thankfully, most law enforcement officers have their heart in the right place and are dedicated to their mission.

There are always some bad apples in the barrel. The best way to ensure we have dedicated people in our local law enforcement is to hire the best people , regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation,etc. It is time to stop hiring people to fill some quota, and fire and prosecute them if they overreach.

Like everyone else, I am concerned about the military build up of our local police forces, but I am equally concerned about the dangers facing our nation and our ability to face them. Our local police force may be our first line of defense.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

thinking

America is in serious trouble, many no longer realize what values and principles our country is founded on and have strayed from the common sense and creative thinking of our ancestors, how can we fix it?

Militarizing the Local Police


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Written by: Gary Wonning

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri has once again raised the issue of militarizing our local law enforcement officers to a semi-military status.

Like everyone else I am concerned to see this sort of thing come about. I get concerned when I see unmarked government cars, and some with Homeland Security stickers on the door driving down our expressways.

Not long ago I saw an unmarked suv with a “Special Forces” sign on the front window visor. He had a computer mounted on the dash like a police officer would have, he took a photo of a nondescript community sign and drove off ,raising the visor so no one could see it.The back of his suv had tourist type stickers on it like a normal tourist would have.

I see a lot of such things that concern me. It makes me wonder what this country is coming to , and why the police and other law enforcement are gearing up they way they are.

I get concerned there may be a takeover of our country by an overextending government who is hell bent on destroying our liberties.

I think many well meaning Americans, like myself are becoming concerned. However, there are always two sides to a story.

Continued next week.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

masonic

Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

The Plight of the Postal Service


Written by :Gary Wonning

Much has been written about the plight of the postal service. 

The latest mantra is they are losing money because of email and the internet. Their claim is because more and more people are receiving and paying their bills on line , their revenue has dropped and thus it is impossible for them to show a profit. 

There is probably some validity to that point, however , businesses have to adjust to changing environments all the time. Every business that thrives faces challenges everyday and most have competition, the post office has no competition in the first class mail business.

Thus, they can can raise their rates whenever they want and suffer no consequences. They continuously raise their first class rates, while keeping their rates for parcels low. They have competition in the parcel business from companies such as UPS and Fed Ex, so they try to undercut their rates. 

Aside from the normal business challenges,UPS and Fed Ex face challenges and pressure from congress all the time, and they continue to make money on a business that the post office gave away because they said they were losing money on it.

UPS , operates with a union presence and they still maintain a healthy bottom line, in spite of paying the highest wages and having one of the best benefits packages available in the nation. They even provide health care,vacations, and extremely good pensions. 

Besides lower rates for smaller packages, the post office also give away free boxes to their customers. These boxes have to cost at least a dollar apiece,when you subtract this dollar from the rate they charge, it reduces the price even more. 

The postal service has continuously lost money at least for the last sixty years.  I can’t remember a time when they showed a profit.

In the early 1970s, they blamed their woes on parcel post and willingly gave the parcel business to UPS. As a result, UPS grew by leaps and bounds, enjoying some of their best years of expansion. The post office then discovered how much money UPS was making from the parcel business , and complained that UPS stole the business from them. It wasn’t stolen , the post office willingly gave it to them. 

It comes down to the basic principle that the government , and it doesn’t matter who’s government, are not good business managers. Why should they be? It isn’t their money, when they run out of money all they need to do is go crying to congress and congress will give them more “free” taxpayer money to operate on. 

They have a pretty good scheme going, keep losing money and get more free money from the unsuspecting taxpayer. All government run  businesses operate on this principle, and the taxpaying public never seem to catch on. 

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors

Available in hard copy and EBook format.

A Video, Journey towards Enlightenment.

 

The Masonic Influence on World History


From time immemorial, one group of people have preserved the tenants of freedom from tyranny, can we count on them again?

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Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.