Being Back Here

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The beaches of an exotic island, some foreign land, the resort, the cobblestone streets of an old city lined with the most appealing and unique shoppes, cafes, bars and restaurants and of course the taste of the fresh natural homemade food from a place you wish you could call home, a place you dream of forever living in, but now it’s gone. You’re back in your actual home from your long get away from life and the daily grind.

We’ve all been there before, that destination we fall in love with and think about when we return home to go to work. Being back here sucks, but it’s fucking motivating to get back to that place you imagine living.

The first two weeks home are the hardest. Trying to get back in to the right mental state of being, adjust to your mundane daily schedules and routines is difficult at times and frustrating. Instead of focusing on your job you end up drifting away to that place you miss so much. Whatever that place may be, know that you can live there, you can have the paradise you desire.

It may take time and a lot of work and effort, but know that the best window of time to take advantage of is when you return home. Use the WANT energy, that DESIRE to return to the escape place you enjoyed so much. Use it as your inspiration and motivation to strive to achieve greatness.

What your goals and desires are, or your passion you want to turn into a way of living may be, now is the time to grind out the work you need to do, finish that which can get you there.

Use the energy you bring back home as your fuel to conquer all that you desire.    

Getting Started: The Writing Roadmap

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So you want to write a book? Well, as with most things in life the hardest part is to start, and the question is; where to begin?

 

1. Visualize.

 Before even writing you need to think about a story you want to tell or a character you want to bring to life. You need to visualize both and manifest it in your mind. Spend a good amount of time doing this. This is the fun part where there are no rules, boundaries or regulations. Anything is possible and anything you imagine has the potential to grow and evolve into something great. This is where the seed is planted.

 

2. Manifest your thoughts.

 After thinking about your story and character the next step to do is to now get all those thoughts down on paper. Write it all down. There is really no right or wrong way of doing this but what worked for me was first write out what the plot is in 1 paragraph, next divide the story up into three parts, beginning, middle and end and write a paragraph about each part. From there you can now begin to break the story down into chapters and start outlining the entire book, chapter by chapter. These could be 1-3 sentences, brief descriptions. As for the character/characters don’t put too much thought into who they are at this stage, because they will evolve and change during the writing of the story.

 

3. Building a frame.

 The first two stages will act more like blueprints at this point. They will be your guide as you dive into actually writing the story. What worked for me and what I recommend is to just dive into the story, just start writing without worrying about structure, fancy words, spelling, grammatical errors, or how good or bad it is. Just write because when you finish your first draft by the time you get it published the story will have changed completely. Your job at this stage is to just beat out the entire manuscript. How long this takes is up to you and your life, work, writing balance. Usually a 300 page book could be written in what is the equivalent of a season, 3-4 months.

 

4. Balance.

 The key to successfully writing a book is all about balance, how do you balance your life, work, and writing. If you are serious about writing a book you will have to find and make time to write each day. There are 24 hours in a day so there should be no excuses why you can’t devote at least 1 hour a day writing. Even if you are only able to write one paragraph or one sentence, it is progress and each day it will grow. Set a writing schedule and stick with it.

 

5. Reflect.

 Congratulations, at this point you should have completed your first draft. The next thing to do, is to let your manuscript sit untouched for some time. This could be for 1-2 weeks, a month, or even what I have done before 1 year. Why? It’s a healthy habit to master because as it sits, you can relive the story, think about it, the changes you want to make and it helps clear your mind of all the clutter, so that when you revisit it you’ll see it from a different perspective. How long you sit on it is up to you, but as you leave it alone, you should have someone read it to give you feedback, take notes on things you like, don’t like, want to change, take out, add in, and last what I do is take this time to start thinking about and outlining another story I would like to write.  

 

6. Repeat.

 After letting it sit, having someone read it and critique it, and taking notes on all you would like to change, you can now go back, revisit the story and begin doing edits, rewrites and molding the story into something better. I recommend doing this 3 times before sending it off to a professional editor. You want the story to be solidified and most of the grammar to be on par with a final draft.

 

The final published book being held in your hands should be the big picture you see at the very beginning, this should be your motivation to just start writing. It’s that simple. So don’t be afraid to, you never know what it is you may end up creating and how many lives you could change, entertain and inspire with your words. It all starts with one word so start with just one word, start writing.  

This is Mexico

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-The Mexico I know is a palette of art and beauty. It is rich with culture and traditions. It seduces the heart and soul with its exotic and transcending culinary dishes; especially the coffee, with all its varieties, which is dark, warm and filled with spice and aromatic flavors not matched by any other in the world. It is unique and plentiful and it is mirrored by its people who are humble and passionate to live life.

 

-There are too many prominent figures to name who have made their mark and too many brilliant minds and people, amongst the everyday Mexican, such as the musicians and artisans who get left unnoticed, whose art and words touches the heart, and uplifts the soul. They are a part of a whole which mend together all of Mexico. Even the architecture and vibrant colors of Mexico are only pigments of a mural of Mexico’s people, achievements, and contributions to the world; its history which spans from the Mayans to today. It is splattered with big, swift brush strokes, abstract, which is intellectually thought provoking, inspiring, and comforting to know. This is the Mexico I know.

 

-A nation plagued with corruption, yet, continues to stand up for what is right and strive without fear or intimidation.

 

-It is a nation with a vast landscape of rising mountains, and scattered throughout are cities filled with beauty and life. Some hidden in mountain ranges, others out in the open plains, but no matter how far, the cities sing for all, beckoning people from all walks of life from afar.

 

-And amongst the many faces of color, ranging from white, to tan, to brown, to mocha, topped with dark hair, even golden, there is a spirit within all, a universal soul consciously connected as one, which is enrooted in Mother Earth, and within humans from all walks of life. The people of Mexico are as diverse as they can be, who open up to strangers, and welcome all, for this is a true host when entering the gates, and walking into the great hall, that is Mexico.     

 

-There are many hidden treasures, such as Hierva el Agua, and the streets of Guanajuato. And although parts of Mexico are still underdeveloped, the Mexican way of living, shows us how to live within our means and live a simple life, yet, enjoy and live life to the fullest without fear or complaining.

 

-And for those parts of Mexico blanketed with technology and the modern way of life, underneath the surface of it all still exists Mexico’s rich traditions, deep rooted into a past so wealthy with knowledge that the old sprouts up through the cover of modern days, and sheds light, removing blindness, and taking all down an enchanting trail to something real. The blood of life flows through Mexico, and its blood pulsating veins stretch throughout the world, beyond borders, bringing down walls, building bridges, reaching out to all, and bringing life, passion, and hope to all. This is the Mexico I know. This is the Mexico I love.   

Live Life

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Live life

-Enjoy this life. Enjoy the ride. Enjoy all that it provides. Enjoy all that we behold. Enjoy all. -Sometimes you have to go with the flow of life and swim with the tides no matter where they make take you. Go with it, and embrace the currents and the waves. No matter how treacherous it may seem to be once you figure out the path you are on then take control and swim to where you desire to be.

-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, whatever the day may be who the fuck cares live each day as if it's your last, embrace it and don't wait for tomorrow for tomorrow may never come.

-Dive in without worries or conviction. Listen to your heart and all that it sings. Never allow negative forces from within or out there to hold you back or bring you down. Enjoy this life and enjoy the ride. Happy Tuesday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGJ19XKdn-w

Hope for Humanity

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Hope for Humanity

Humans are amazing beings capable of creating and achieving anything we imagine and desire to do. Our greatest gift and asset is life, so live it.

Among the "billions and billions of stars in the cosmos" is the pale blue dot, Earth. We are the care takers and the creators. We are the love and light. We are what ever we imagine ourselves to be.

So harness light and positive energy into whatever it is you choose to do with your life. Live it and achieve greatness. There is a vast ocean of possibilities. Dive in and enjoy this game called life and all those we meet along the way. There is a life to live. There is love to give. There is hope for humanity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPFmdAWRZ0

A clear home/work space = A CLEAR MIND

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We live in times of consumption and excess. Our homes and work space become cluttered over time as does the mind. Everything has energy such as the objects and space around you. The way we try to avoid negative people and thoughts, the same applies to having negative space; the clutter around creates a dense vibration which can like a vampire feed off of our energy and mind. Interesting article on how clutter in the home/work space can create stress and anxiety.

https://understandingcompassion.com/articles/clutter-is-a-trigger-of-stress-and-anxiety-psychologists-say/

Balance is Key to Success

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Balance is key to success This is an interesting article about mastering Ikigai, a Japanese term "reason for being" and lifestyle that is lived to find balance with the spiritual and practical. For anyone in life seeking to find truth in themselves while also trying to balance work, life, passions, body, mind and soul this concept is a must to live

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrismyers/2018/02/23/how-to-find-your-ikigai-and-transform-your-outlook-on-life-and-business/amp/

Stimulated Concentration

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-Finding that quiet peaceful setting to get some work done seems ideal for the average person, but for some the chaos and the background noise can heighten their concentration.

 

-So why is that? Why is it that some people can concentrate better with the background noise? Is it because they are conditioned to focus better under such conditions due to a past experience, their environment or is it something more, something engrain deep within the psyche and the subconscious. There are untapped realms not only within the human body, mind and soul, but also within the nature of reality. The connection between the two seems to be magic behind why some people can concentrate with chaos and background noise.

 

-Everything in life is vibration and has an energetic code wired into it. In today’s word we are surrounded with technology and stuff that can be distracting to the eye and ears. We are constantly in a space which can feel suffocating due to all the material and inanimate objects around us. Not only is the space in which we lived crowded with stuff but the noise pollution seems to be even louder and consuming. This can create an energetic disorder in the space we occupy.

 

-Technology plays a part in this. We are connected to our cellphones, no matter what public place you walk into there is either music playing or a television is on, or sometimes both. In public spaces there are also the crowds of people and even in our work space we are not alone. Yes for some they are able to work from home or find a quiet space, but are you ever really alone and is there ever really silence.

 

-Some crave solitude and silence when working while for others they are able to work within the noisy environment that surrounds us. It is interesting how this can be that someone can have so much going on around them, the music playing, the news on the television playing in the background, crowds of people around talking, laughing, yelling, sirens, horns, airplanes passing by and even the sounds of nature, are no distraction to some who can get work done under such conditions.

 

-This is what I call stimulated concentration. I’ve witness this during the 10 plus years I’ve worked in the education system in classrooms with special needs students who have many disorders such as autism, Asperger’s, oratory sensory disorder, and many other conditions. Although some students needed silence and solitude, I’ve witnessed a lot of these children who couldn’t function within a quiet calm classroom setting. They were able to focus and get work done with either background music, white noise, or sometimes with talking from other students or teachers who were around them. Others fidgeted around with stress balls, stuffed animals or a pencil. Now this is just a small percentage of people who can work under such conditions.

 

-For me as a writer I am only able to focus and concentrate in café’s and public places. That background noise and distraction that comes from people, technology, and the world around seems to stimulate my mind and help me concentrate more. Maybe it’s because I need to concentrate because of all that is going on, but personally I feel that there is something more going on, something that connects a person to all happening in the space they are in.

 

-The nature of reality I feel plays a part in this. Knowing that everything in life is vibration, I feel that by connecting with the same frequency of all that is around you that, that is what is able to help make concentration possible. I’ve had many experiences where certain people would come into the café I am writing in and if I’m on the same wave length, and can feel good vibes, I can get lots of good writing done. There have also been many other times when I have had been distracted due to the fact that I can feel a disconnection with, who just by their presence were able to prevent me from getting any effective writing done. The vibrations and frequencies from us didn’t match and created this disorder, I like to compare this soul connection to being in the presence of someone who you adore or love and vise-versa with someone who is hateful and evil.

 

-There is a secret language woven into the nature of reality and because of this that is how the idea of stimulated concentration can work for some and not others. Those who can make that soul connection with the vibrations of reality all around them and connect can concentrate and get some work done, while those who do not have that connect can not concentrate.

 

-So embrace stimulated concentration, the little side distractions, the inanimate objects and the flow of the crowds, you never know what thoughts may fill your mind or how productive you may be able to be. For those who crave silence, and empty space all around that is ok, that’s just the way you are wired and how you are. No matter which works for you know that you must embrace whatever form of concentration you choose you use.

Embrace Day Dreaming

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-The day dreaming state is a form of meditation. As the world and those around remain in the present you are off in a better place in time. It is here where magic happens and dreams become reality.

 

-As the years have gone by since 2001 and 2012 two pivotal years in the expansion and awakening of human consciousness the masses of people from around the world have been awakening and tapping into themselves. Mindfulness, meditation, and other forms of holistic transformations have been the new trend for people. Nurturing and focusing on feeding the mind, body and soul in a more unconventional manner than in years past. There is an energetic wave of evolution happening and people are finding new and better ways to live life.

 

-Meditation is a big trend now. The secret that thoughts create reality is out of the box. Motivation and inspirational life coaches are the new charlatans and trendy personas. There are group meditation sessions and/or people find a quiet dark place to be alone. Yoga is also another form of tapping into the body, mind, and spirit; all of these are great evolutionary activities, but what about day dreaming?

 

-Day dreaming is where the magic happens. Think about the long car rides, the walk or run through the park, the hours of waiting on a plane, train, bus, or time spent in a waiting room, those thoughts that race through our minds are of worth and value. Don’t let them go unnoticed or fade away. There is something special happening within us during these meditative states of being. Think back when you were a child sitting in a classroom bored out of your fucking mind, just sitting there in the classroom, blocking out the teacher’s voice, fading out all the other classmates, looking out the window and drifting away to a better place. Those were the best times of day dreaming, and it was always ridiculed, condemned and used as a means to belittle you by the teacher.

 

-As an adult this happens often too during those long work meetings, when a spouse or co-worker is complaining, or someone engages in small talk you have no interest in. Cherish those moments and don’t be afraid to tap into those day dreams when you shouldn’t. You never know what gem is hidden in there waiting to be discovered. There is magic within and it is Einstein who said “imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

 

-The inspiration for many of his theories began while he worked as a patent examiner for the Swiss patient office in Bern, Switzerland. He would spend most of his time looking out the window day dreaming. It is also during a day dream state that Einstein developed his corner stone for the general theory of relativity while riding a streetcar day dreaming and looking at a clock tower in Switzerland. He observed and focused on how the clock tower passed behind him while he was in the street car and wondered how it would appear if the street car passed by faster and faster. Later on at the house where he lived in Switzerland between 1903-1909 he wrote the annus mirabilis papers which were the beginnings of Einstein’s thoughts on modern physics.

 

-There is a relationship between day dreaming and intelligence. This union helps with the brain developing into its true potential. Many great artists spend their time day dreaming and imagining the art that they want to create. Michelangelo spent months observing a giant piece of marble before he began to carve into it. What he ended up carving is the statue of David a masterpiece which captures the perfection of human anatomy. The time he spent observing the marble wasn’t a waste but he was day dreaming, imaging what figure would emerge from the marble.

 

-Embrace day dreaming for it will uplift your heart, mind and soul and bring you magical gifts hidden deep within. Never allow technology to take away this precious gift. So the next time you are a passenger on a bus, an airplane, subway, or waiting in a waiting room, try to leave the cellphone alone and instead drift away to a magical realm, for it is in our dreams that questions are answered, messages are given and the seeds of ideas are planted and begin to grow.   

Being a Pisces

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-Being a Pisces isn’t easy. It’s confusing at times. The dramatic mood changes and personas we act out can be confusing to ourselves and others. It’s mentally and physically draining. In one day we can feel complete joy, anger, rage, lonely, loved, brave, timid, sad, and depressed to the point we will either dig a hole to hide away in, or stand on the edge of a bridge contemplating our demise, yet, in a matter of minutes rise back up to the emotional high of love and happiness.

 

-Our emotions constantly change and turn like the tides. We are dreamers, the innovators, the crazy ones who go with the flow of life. We are leaders in the most unconventional way and creators, using actions, not words to guide and give, and teach others a better way to live.

 

-Intuitive souls who can sense and feel the emotions of others and like a psychic reads minds, who can somehow anticipate the words and actions of others. We are adaptable, constantly wearing masks in an attempt to fit in or play along with the masses. Someone who can live with nothing, or more than needed.

 

-Pisces are charming and desirable by those who can see beyond normality and all that is façade and status. A Pisces needs not money, looks, or fancy cars, only a genuine gaze in our eyes, enough to cause others to stop and admire that which they desire, yet, don’t understand; why because a Pisces never lies.

 

-We are the truth all seek and try to hide, the ones who are true to themselves. Pisces are comfortable in their shoes, never allowing negative words or opinions of others to stand in our way, as we swim through life chasing dreams and making nothing appear as it seems.

 

-The one who sits alone on a park bench, or strolls alone down the beach, or sipping coffee alone in a café watching the world pass by. We are the hermetic shamans, we bring heart, body, mind, and soul together as one; we never give up until we’re done.

 

-Strangers in a world of many, who hides in the crowds, trying to avoid a sea of mixed emotions filled with hate, lies, and indecent exposures, cancerous thoughts and feelings Pisces feel in others. This is why a Pisces stands alone in the corner or slips in and out of a party or a mass gathering unnoticed.

 

-We seek solitude, yet attract many from all walks of life. Inside we are old and wise, yet, still feel and act young like a child. We are broken and fixed inside, and do whatever just to create from our hearts and souls.

 

 

 “Chances are, while you can come across as introverted, the real reason for your apparent reserve is you're happy to be the life of your own party (be it in your head or in your own space) rather than follow the crowd.”
― Rosemary Breen, Pisces: Horoscope Compatibility