Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Another simple concept that we can work on a few minutes a days is our perspective. This can be towards things that affect us directly, towards others, and towards life overall. By shifting our perspective in a direction in which we can allow for certain things to have a lesser effect in our life, we can make ourselves become a richer us.
For example, working on our perspective even for the small things, will have a great effect. When we allow the small things to remain small, we’ll allow for free ram space in our brains to process highly complex or highly important decisions in a much more efficient and effective way. This may then allow us some free time to be able to develop and improve our perspective in other things and the cycle continues, always compounding on itself.
“How can I clearly see what’s wrong with someone else, and then look at myself as though I’m standing in front of a fogged mirror?”
In a business book that I read several years back from Jim Collins titled “Good To Great” there was a chapter which has always stuck in my mind. This was Chapter 4: Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Lose Faith). Some people live in a deep state of delusion in many aspects of their life. I too have been in this situation, and I often catch myself in it from time to time. It’s state of mind which aims at removing guilt from our lives, it helps us in dealing difficult things and allows for our mind to become distracted with things that simply aren’t true.
By accepting life’s brutal facts, which often include our flaws, we can begin to work on these. By working on these, we may become a better person overall. By not being in a delusional state of mind, we may also allow for our mind to remain at balance. This balanced state will help us make better decision making power because we can now see the issue for what it is and not for what we want it to be.
I hope that you all become to work on these immediate ways to become a wealthier you. I am quite sure that there are many more ways in which we all can become fuller human beings!
Importance of Chewing
A simple practice that doesn’t take much energy and that we can do continuously is to chew our food fully. When it relate to our health it’s not just what we eat but how we eat. Unknown to many, digestion begins in the mouth. Contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva begin the breakdown of food much before the food touches our intestines. Our current fast paced life’s has ruined the whole eating experience. We hardly acknowledge what we’re putting in our mouths. We eat while distracted. Often, while we’re working, reading, talking and watching television. The leads us to swallowing our food practically whole. On average we chew each bite only eight times. It’s no wonder that many people have digestive problems.
There are many great reasons to slow down and actually chew your food.
This kind of quiet can be disconcerting at first, since we are used to a steady stream of distractions and demands from others. But as you create a new habit, you will begin to appreciate eating without rushing. You have to eat every day why not learn to savor and enjoy it?
Food To Try This Week: Quinoa
Consider eating some quinoa. This is a nutritional powerhouse with ancient origins. It was originally cultivated by the Incas more than 5,000 years ago; they referred to it as the “mother of all grains.” It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a great source of protein. Quinoa is also high in magnesium, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and zinc.
While quinoa is widely considered a grain, it’s actually the seed of a plant called Chenopodium or Goosefoot, related to chard and spinach. Quinoa is a gluten-free seed and has a similar effect as other whole foods in helping to stabilize blood sugar. It has a waxy protective coating called saponin which can leave a bitter taste. For best results, rinse quinoa before you cook it or even soak it for a few hours or overnight. When cooked, it has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture. Try it in soups, salads, as a breakfast or as its own side dish.
For quinoa, and whole grains in general, the majority of digestion occurs in the mouth through chewing and exposure to saliva. For optimal nutrition and assimilation, it is vital to chew your grains well and with awareness. A great meditation is to find a calm place, without distractions, to sit down for your meal. Make it a habit to chew each bite 20 times or more. See how this simple practice can help your digestion and overall focus for the rest of your day.
Recipe of the Week: Quinoa Pilaf
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
1 cup quinoa
2 1/4 cups water or stock
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
pinch of salt
1. Rinse quinoa in a strainer.
2. Boil the water and add quinoa and salt, cover and reduce heat.
3. After 15 minutes add cranberries and walnuts to top; do not stir.
4. Cook 5 minutes more, until all the liquid is absorbed.
5. Remove from heat, add parsley and fluff with fork, cover and let sit for 3-5 minutes and serve.
The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
We all have heard of the expression: "Rome wasn't built in a day." That statement is true, however in relative terms, it was dismantled in one day. Many may disagree with this, and argue that instead it fell overtime and that "it" was its own greatest enemy. For now, we’ll leave that debate to the historians. However, the collapse of this empire serves as a great analogy for our lives. I’ll use it in the aspect of our habits. Wise habits are difficult to create in one's life. If we refrain from continuously practicing certain actions with great volition, we can never develop such habits. And all the effort will be a sunk cost.
I hope that I have not disappointed you due to the catchy title and the difference in content. No, this post will not be about growing your bank balances, in a day. I don't sell that "JUICE" and I'm definitely not the Wolf of Waukegan. :)
Nevertheless, to quickly build wealth it necessitates virtually nothing. You merely have to pause your actions for a few minutes and breathe. Once you’re somewhat stationary, do your best to stay that way. In these minutes of physical calm, your mind will remain energetic and even more dynamic than ever before since the mind fears itself.
This is the time in which you may have a good potential to lead (not control) your mind in a direction which will help you build good habits of mind. Habits which will help you become a person of a well-developed character.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
I believe that a person of character is one which has the ability to demonstrate great gratitude. Especially for the simplest of things. This can be towards life in general, towards others, etc. Being gracious doesn't require much energy. It simply requires a certain amount of mindfulness and openness to certain experience of life. But habitually, we're so occupied with making sure that we always remain occupied. I'm somewhat guilty of that.
Yet, if we become strong enough mentally. We may be allow ourselves a minute or two to develop the habit of being continuously gracious. From here, other good practices will follow. These may include one's generosity towards others, a more optimistic perspective on life, wiser conduct, etc. This will greatly vary on a case by case basis. Yet it will definitely have a great effect on our karma (actions). Our karma, in my opinion is all that we "have" in our temporary experience here.
Don't get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.
In the identical manner that interest (financial) compounds over time if allowed to grow by not touching it, so will our good karma. When our levels of gratitude have been expanded we may cultivate great appreciation for ourselves and others. The consequence of this will definitely show in our states of mind which may also force us to value the most precious resource which is our time.
These better states of mind may very well lead us into seeking the following:
To be continued in part 2..
Jahaziel Rueda CHHC,CPT,CES AADP
-Expert in nutrition, basic anatomy and physiology.
-Owner/Trainer at Vita Nova Nutrition and Fitness