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Balance Point – Joseph Jenkins

Balance Point - Searching for a Spiritual Missing Link; Book Notes

Balance Point - Joseph Jenkins Book

Book Notes for: Balance Point (Amazon Page)

Wicca - witchcraft, craft of the wise.  They were the wise ones in villages that knew about natural healing, legal matters, and spiritual ones.  They were doctors, lawyers, and priests.

They believe in a spirituality that is completely connected nature.

Links:

https://www.wicca.com - "one of the oldest and largest Wicca, Witchcraft and Pagan sites on the Internet!  "

http://www.wicca.org/courses/library.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca

 

Honeybee "Robbing Frenzy" 

Humans are herd animals in small groups and hive animals in large groups.

When a hole is discovered in a hive that isn't guarded by resident bee's they start to steal all the honey from it.  It's kinda like people looting a store during a riot.  They become crazy.  Their natural thinking of sustainability is thrown out the window.

The bees will steal until there is nothing left, or the hole is patched.

 

Humans are in the middle of a robbing frenzy with the earths resources.  Someone who digs an oil well and finds oil is like finding a back door in the bee hive.

Like alcoholics we cannot control this illness.  We're taught from a young age that excessive material wealth is what we should strive for.

Our population is growing exponentially.  And is dependent on oil for food production.

Our stealing and burring fossil fuels is causing the earth to be sick and heating it up.  The natural cycles can not overcome the excess heat/waste.

The ego acts as a barrier between humans and nature. It blinds us to the destruction we are doing to the planet.  The ego allows us to think we are more important than the earth.  It's pumped up by material wealth and social status.

Just like addicts.. we are addicted to consumption and afraid to admit and fix the problem.

Global collapse at around 2040 if we don't change.

Population growth, resource consumption, waste production are all growing at an exponential rate.

 

1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity

Scientist Statement
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity (1992)

Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. The World Scientists' Warning to Humanity was written and spearheaded by the late Henry Kendall, former chair of UCS's board of directors.

INTRODUCTION

Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.

THE ENVIRONMENT

The environment is suffering critical stress:

The Atmosphere
Stratospheric ozone depletion threatens us with enhanced ultraviolet radiation at the earth's surface, which can be damaging or lethal to many life forms. Air pollution near ground level, and acid precipitation, are already causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops.

Water Resources
Heedless exploitation of depletable ground water supplies endangers food production and other essential human systems. Heavy demands on the world's surface waters have resulted in serious shortages in some 80 countries, containing 40 percent of the world's population. Pollution of rivers, lakes, and ground water further limits the supply.

Oceans
Destructive pressure on the oceans is severe, particularly in the coastal regions which produce most of the world's food fish. The total marine catch is now at or above the estimated maximum sustainable yield. Some fisheries have already shown signs of collapse. Rivers carrying heavy burdens of eroded soil into the seas also carry industrial, municipal, agricultural, and livestock waste -- some of it toxic.

Soil
Loss of soil productivity, which is causing extensive land abandonment, is a widespread by-product of current practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. Since 1945, 11 percent of the earth's vegetated surface has been degraded -- an area larger than India and China combined -- and per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing.

Forests
Tropical rain forests, as well as tropical and temperate dry forests, are being destroyed rapidly. At present rates, some critical forest types will be gone in a few years, and most of the tropical rain forest will be gone before the end of the next century. With them will go large numbers of plant and animal species.

Living Species
The irreversible loss of species, which by 2100 may reach one-third of all species now living, is especially serious. We are losing the potential they hold for providing medicinal and other benefits, and the contribution that genetic diversity of life forms gives to the robustness of the world's biological systems and to the astonishing beauty of the earth itself. Much of this damage is irreversible on a scale of centuries, or permanent. Other processes appear to pose additional threats. Increasing levels of gases in the atmosphere from human activities, including carbon dioxide released from fossil fuel burning and from deforestation, may alter climate on a global scale. Predictions of global warming are still uncertain -- with projected effects ranging from tolerable to very severe -- but the potential risks
are very great.

Our massive tampering with the world's interdependent web of life -- coupled with the environmental damage inflicted by deforestation, species loss, and climate change -- could trigger widespread adverse effects, including unpredictable collapses of critical biological systems whose interactions and dynamics we only imperfectly understand.

Uncertainty over the extent of these effects cannot excuse complacency or delay in facing the threats.
POPULATION

The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits. Current economic practices which damage the environment, in both developed and underdeveloped nations, cannot be continued without the risk that vital global systems will be damaged beyond repair.

Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth. A World Bank estimate indicates that world population will not stabilize at less than 12.4 billion, while the United Nations concludes that the eventual total could reach 14 billion, a near tripling of today's 5.4 billion. But, even at this moment, one person in five lives in absolute poverty without enough to eat, and one in ten suffers serious malnutrition.

No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.
WARNING

We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.
WHAT WE MUST DO

Five inextricably linked areas must be addressed simultaneously:

We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth's systems we depend on.
We must, for example, move away from fossil fuels to more benign, inexhaustible energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of our air and water. Priority must be given to the development of energy sources matched to Third World needs -- small-scale and relatively easy to implement.
We must halt deforestation, injury to and loss of agricultural land, and the loss of terrestrial and marine plant and animal species.

We must manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively.

We must give high priority to efficient use of energy, water, and other materials, including expansion of conservation and recycling.

We must stabilize population.

This will be possible only if all nations recognize that it requires improved social and economic conditions, and the adoption of effective, voluntary family planning.

We must reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.

We must ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women control over their own reproductive decisions.
DEVELOPED NATIONS MUST ACT NOW

The developed nations are the largest polluters in the world today. They must greatly reduce their overconsumption, if we are to reduce pressures on resources and the global environment. The developed nations have the obligation to provide aid and support to developing nations, because only the developed nations have the financial resources and the technical skills for these tasks.

Acting on this recognition is not altruism, but enlightened self-interest: whether industrialized or not, we all have but one lifeboat. No nation can escape from injury when global biological systems are damaged. No nation can escape from conflicts over increasingly scarce resources. In addition, environmental and economic instabilities will cause mass migrations with incalculable consequences for developed and undeveloped nations alike. Developing nations must realize that environmental damage is one of the gravest threats they face, and that attempts to blunt it will be overwhelmed if their populations go unchecked. The greatest peril is to become trapped in spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic, and environmental collapse.

Success in this global endeavor will require a great reduction in violence and war. Resources now devoted to the preparation and conduct of war -- amounting to over $1 trillion annually -- will be badly needed in the new tasks and should be diverted to the new challenges.

A new ethic is required -- a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth's limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.
The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere. We need the help of many.

We require the help of the world community of scientists -- natural, social, economic, and political.
We require the help of the world's business and industrial leaders.
We require the help of the world's religious leaders.
We require the help of the world's peoples.
We call on all to join us in this task.

A shaman is a healer.

Cacao is a seed that gives great strength and stamina.

We're all the same.  We are all connected.  When someone harms the earth they harm all life.  Our spirit is what connects our human mind to a higher mind. The more we develop the more we realize how connected we are to nature and the great mystery.

Our awareness of the true extent of life is very limited. So we have created myths to explain it all.  Or religions.

We don't have the answers.  We are just one life form in a vast universal, continuum of life.

The more spiritually evolved be become the more we notice that we are also a part of  everything outside and beyond ourselves.  We are just a tiny piece of a greater whole.

The key is reaching a balance of selflessness and self awareness.  The people who harm the earth are out of balance.

The world around us is the only part of the unknown mystery that is known to us.

We are balanced when we live in harmony with the larger whole. With all of life and the earth.

A true spiritual relationship can only exist between you and something that actually exists. 

Spiritual - We are all apart of a Greater Being.  We are linked to it.  Everything is connected.  Awareness of that connection is spirituality.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Our spirit becomes ill when we think we are apart from the rest.

We need to see that we are apart of an unlimited consciousness.

Oneness is the essence of spirituality.

Religion separates and is based on belief. Spirituality is based on awareness.

Being balanced leads to leading a healthy, productive, rewarding life that is without pollution, waste, greed that is common in our culture.

This point is different for everyone on one person may lean on one side or the other.

A spiritual person can participate in religion without actually believing the myths.  Myths are dogma.

Churches provide charity, social connection, inspiration for many. But they need to get more into spirituality and based more on reality. People need to feel a connection to what they are actually apart of.  You can't have a connection to some mythical human figure. We are apart of a living universe.

The life that continues after you die is the life on Earth.

The first step is to admit the problems exist and not feed our egos and deny it.  Then use our brains to solve the problems.

GDP is measured by money spent.  But we are not admitted we are losing wealth because the natural resources are not being replenished.

If we change our consumption habits it will cause huge shifts if it hits a tipping point and forces bad businesses out of the market.

As a business owner I can no longer pursue a simple goal of just profit.  I have to think about the rest of the world and posterity when I have any interaction with the economy.  As a consumer I can refuse to buy things that doesn't support this mission.

When you get in touch with this balance point you will know that you are in the right mix of selflessness and selfishness. You will feel it.

We who are alive today.. right now will determine the future of humanity.

Vagabonding – Rolf Potts

I finally read the book Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.

Vagabonding - Rolf Potts

Book Notes:

Vagabonding is about taking a break from everyday life and traveling the world on your own terms.  It's about improving your life not in relation to others, but to yourself.

Long term travel is about being more deliberate.  It's learning what you truly want and what adds value to your travels.   Your personal outlook is more important than money, age, race, etc.

It's about using the possibility and prosperity of the info age to provide you more freedom rather than material possessions.

It's about finding adventure in our normal lives.

It's about how we use the most precious resource we have.. time.

Earning your freedom to travel involves working.  Working for your freedom builds its value and makes you appreciate freedom more.  Working allows you time to plan, get rid of any loose ends, and teaches you to be happy in the journey to your destination.

"I don't like work, but I like what is in the work- the chance to find yourself." - Joseph Conrad

The meaningful part of your life and travels begin with work at home.  It allows you to clear up whatever needs to be cleared up before your travels.  Then, travel will not be an escape from your life, but a discovery of your real life.

"Regardless of how long it takes to earn your freedom, remember that you are laboring for more than just a vacation.  A vacation, after all, merely rewards work. Vagabonding justifies it."

Make work serve your interests.

Material investment such as health food does very little to help the state of the planet.  And a notion that it's more important than personal investment is what leads so many people to think this sort of thing is outside of their grasp.

Travel isn't something you buy.  It's something you give yourself into.  Through simplicity and using your resources wisely.

Remember wealth isn't about the things you consume, or own.  It's about having time and using it how you want.

Time is what you need to live.  Switch the game from material to time. 

Save whatever money you can make to help you meet basic survival needs, but spend your time lavishly to create the life values that you're passionate about.

As you soak in the new found time; you can't help but grow as a person.

Travel will help you simplify your life because it demands it.  You can't bring a bunch of unneeded junk along with you on your travels.

Principles of simplifying your life:

  1. Stop unnecessary consumption/expanding
  2. Optimize your daily routine to lower expenses below your means (cook instead of eating out)
  3. Reduce clutter/possessions

Get out of any debt.

Keeping expenses low while traveling is key.  Sleep in hostels, take local transportation, eat at local vendors not expensive restaurants, etc.

Traveling on the cheap may become preferred over expensive options.  The simplicity will save you money and buy you time, make you more adventurous, allows you to meet others more easily, etc.

Seeking simplicity at home and while traveling will help you find a new meaning of life.  Time.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. - St. Augustine"

Vagabonding teaches you that the most rewarding experiences are usually ones that find you by accident.  And this will help you from your worldview and develop a great outlook on life.

Most people are afraid of traveling, but after the first couple days you will most likely be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner.

The secret of adventure is not to carefully seek it out but to travel in such a way that it finds you.  Open yourself up to unpredictability. Instead of spending 10 thousand dollars on a climbing expedition bike through local towns.  Put off your destination until you get to a bus stop.  Follow your intuition.  Leave yourself open to both good and bad experiences.  Trust chance and always learn from it as you go.

Adventure is whatever you allow to find you.  Bad experiences can be seen as increasing your knowledge of the world.  Don't seek the bad, but make the best of it.

Be open to reality and accept it for what it is.

Strive to find a balance of finding yourself and losing yourself on the road.  Doing so will require some creativity. Mix things up a bit. If you have been traveling alone find someone to spend time with.  Instead of taking a plane rent a boat or walk. Take a random job. Volunteer.

Hitting the road and letting go of material is a spiritual journey.  Your choice to enrich your life with life experience and time will pay spiritual dividends.  Without all the day to day stuff that complicates our life travel forces us to look within for meaning.   It leaves you with nothing to find behind and pushes you into the present.

Jesus - The kingdom of God is within you.  It is pointless to look to otherworldly realms for revelation.

Buddha - Enlightenment comes from taking apart the conditioned personality.

God favors what we do now.

Spirituality is a process that deepens with time.  Instant results can not be had.  Just like the gym.  It requires openness and realism.

Life itself is a joinery just a your travels.  And the lessons learned in both go hand in hand. Keep the envy, fear, selfishness, vanity, prejudice at bay.  Be creative and open minded to get into adventures.  Keep things real and keep learning.  Keep your spirit growing and life simple.

Most important; keep living in a way that allows your dreams room to breathe.  Don't get tied down with debts because you never know when you will want to hit the road again.

Your travels never truly end.

 

 

 

 

Living in a Van Behind Walmart

Wow what an awesome story of a dude that embodies simple living.  While actually living and not all about the consumer lifestyle our society promotes.

Here is what I am learning about people who live in cars.  There are people who are forced into it.  Live in their vehicles and do drugs, drink, etc.  These are the people most think of when they see a person in this circumstance.

But, there are also people who choose to live below their means.  Allowing them the freedom to truly enjoy their life on their own terms.

Is life about working your life away to buy a large expensive house with rooms and stuff you don't use.  Or, is it about who you are, how you relate to others, freedom, and the experiences you have along the journey?

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Some of my top quotes:

For almost 80 years, his father and grandfather owned and operated a small bicycle shop in car-dependent Johnson City, and their store was not only a place to sell bikes but a way to spread their family values and popularize a belief system. Play outdoors. Love the earth. Live simply. Use only what you need.

Being alone on the mound reminded him of being out in the wild, where he was forced to solve his own problems and wrestle with self-doubt.

Most players had spent $10,000 or more on laptops, jewelry and headphones. Norris returned with only a henley T-shirt from Converse, bought on sale for $14. It's been a fixture of his wardrobe ever since.

It's enough to live in a van, but just barely. "I'm actually more comfortable being kind of poor," he says, because not having money maintains his lifestyle and limits the temptation to conform. He never fills Shaggy beyond a quarter tank. He fixes the van's engine with duct tape rather than taking it to a mechanic. Instead of eating out with teammates, he writes each night in a "thought journal" that rests on the dashboard.

"Research the things you love," he wrote one night. "Gain knowledge. It's valuable."

"Be kind. Be courteous. Love others and be happy. It's that simple."

"Where else can you be as free as by yourself in the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of the ocean, or on the peak of a mountain. Adventure is freedom."

This is his favorite beach in Florida, a 25-foot stretch of sand separated from the road by a line of palm trees, a place so public that nobody else seems to notice it. The traffic cruises by on the causeway at 50 miles an hour, and he has the beach to himself. He comes here to paddleboard, to read and to journal. Once, after a morning in the water, he returned to the beach and fell asleep on his surfboard. A few hours later, he felt the cold chill of water on his foot and awoke to see that the tide had risen and swept him back out into the ocean on his board. He was quite a distance from shore, out there by himself, disoriented and scared. "That was one of the best moments of my life," he says.

“WHAT I'LL DO, IF BASEBALL GOES WELL, IS I'LL BECOME EVEN MORE OF AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE THINGS I REALLY CARE ABOUT. ”

- DANIEL NORRIS

Cutting Grocery Costs

So I have decided to tackle my grocery bill.  It's typically $100-150 a week.  Which comes out to $400-600 a month.

Using the formula for retirement. " 4% withdrawal rate -> 1/0.04 = 25 times annual expenses = 300 times monthly expenses."

At the upper end that tells me that in retirement I would need $180,000 to sustain that eating style.

My goal is to get down to $150 a month in food expenses which requires only $45,000.  So I would not have to save that extra $135,000.

In the future I also plan to grow some food and get a few chickens for eggs.  This should lower it to the $100 range.   Saving even more money.

I want to do this in a healthy way that provides good fuel for my body.  Preferably in a macro profile that is 40-50% carbs, 10-25% fat, and 30% protein.

How am I going to do this?

Lets look at a sample day:

  • 3 eggs $2.99 a dozen for Phil's eggs.  $.25 a egg = $.75 total
  • 1 cup rolled oats - $.18 a serving (1/2 cup) - $.36 total
  • 1 cup pinto beans dry - $.05 a serving = $.20 total
  • 2 tablespoon flax seed - $.15 a serving = $.30 total
  • 16 oz of Alaskan Pollock - $.60 a serving = $2.39 total
  • 1 cup brown rice - $.12 a serving = $.48 total

Total daily cost = $4.48

Monthly cost = $125.44

Calories = 1984 which is a good amount for me to maintain my weight.  If I wanted to cut weight I would cut back on the carbs a bit and add some more protein.  Maybe another serving of eggs at night.    If I wanted to gain weight/muscle I would just add more servings.

Macros = 54% carbs, 18% fat, 28% protein.

My main concern is low moderate fat intake and enough protein for my lean body mass.  This provides 147 grams of protein so I can eliminate any need for expensive and highly processed protein powders.

Now I also add in some additional foods such as fruit and veggies which will easily add up to $25 a month.

This trip I bought 2 pounds of carrots ($2.00), salsa ($1.99), hummus ($5.69), frozen organic berries ($12.36 a bag = $2.13 a cup), Ezekiel bread ($3.99), pears ($1.76).

I will also buy nuts in bulk and make my own nut butter using my Vitamix blender.

Cooking will be done by first sprouting the nuts, seeds and grains to remove anti-nutrients and boost bio available nutrients.

Here is some good info on sprouting:

"Nuts, seeds, grains, and beans are nutritional powerhouses. However, the natural agents that protect them from early germination can wreak havoc in our digestive system. Soaking and sprouting replicates germination, which activates and multiplies nutrients (particularly Vitamins A, B, and C), neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, and promotes the growth of vital digestive enzymes.

Soaking and sprouting is very easy. The method is exactly the same for nuts, seeds, grains, and beans—only the time required for full germination changes. (See the table below.)

Please note: Many “raw” nuts and seeds have been pasteurized and irradiated. Truly raw almonds and peanuts will sprout, but those that have been pasteurized and irradiated will “activate” with soaking, but will not physically “sprout.” However, soaking still removes anti-nutrients (compounds that can interfere with the absorption of nutrients), increases nutrient density, and makes the nuts more digestible.

 

HOW TO SOAK NUTS, SEEDS, GRAINS, AND BEANS

PLACE  in a large glass bowl or mason jar, and cover with warm, filtered water (about a 2:1 ratio) and about ½ tsp. Celtic sea salt. Cover with a light cloth for desired time.

RINSE food thoroughly and drain.

USE these activated “non sprouts” immediately to make plant-based “milks.” You can also cook soaked and rinsed grains immediately, using them just as would un-sprouted grains in any of your favorite recipes or as a bed for vegetable dishes. Do note that most soaked grains only need a 1:1 water/broth ratio to be cooked through because they are already plumped with water.

OR

DEHYDRATE in a food dehydrator at no higher than 115º F for 12 to 24 hours, and store in sealed glass containers in the fridge. Beware: If nuts are not completely dry, they will develop mold.

 

HOW TO SPROUT NUTS, SEEDS, GRAINS, AND BEANS

GET a quart-sized (or larger) mason jar. Remove the solid middle insert of the lid, and cut a piece of cheesecloth or breathable mesh to fit inside.

FILL one-third of the jar with nuts, seeds, grains, or beans, and fill the rest of the jar with warm, filtered water and about ½ tsp Celtic sea salt. Screw the lid on with cheesecloth or breathable mesh screen in place.

SOAK For soaking times, see table below.

DRAIN/RINSE Remove the mesh insert of the lid, and replace with metal insert. Pour the soaking water out of the jar, fill with fresh water, replace lid, and rinse well by shaking jar. Replace the metal insert with the mesh lid again, and drain. 

INVERT the jar and lay at an angle so that air can circulate, and the water can drain off. Allow to sit in the light.

REPEAT this process, rinsing every few hours, or at least twice daily.

WAIT  In 1 to 4 days, the sprouts will be ready. Sprouts vary from 1/8-inch to 2-inches long. When ready, rinse sprouts well, drain, and store in a jar (with the solid part of the lid replaced) in the fridge.

ENJOY within  2 to 3 days. Sprouts are a fabulous nutrient-rich addition to raw salads, sandwiches, and wraps, and are also tasty in smoothies, soups, and stews.

 

 

FOOD SOAKING TIME (hours) SPROUTING TIME (days)
Almonds 8-12 No Sprouting (if pasteurized) 3 Days (if truly raw)
Adzuki Beans 8-12 4
Amaranth 8 1-3
Barley 6 2
Black Beans 8-12 3
Brazil Nuts 3 No Sprouting
Buckwheat 6 2-3
Cashews 2-4 No Sprouting
Chickpeas/Garbanzo 8 2-3
Flaxseeds ½ No Sprouting
Hazelnuts 8-12 No Sprouting
Kamut 7 2-3
Lentils 7 2-3
Macadamias 2 No Sprouting
Millet 5 12 hours
Mung Beans 8-12 4
Oat Groats 6 2-3
Pecans 6 No Sprouting
Pistachios 8 No Sprouting
Pumpkin Seeds 8 3
Radish Seeds 8-12 3-4
Sesame Seeds 8 2-3
Sunflower Seeds 8 12-24 hours
Quinoa 4 2-3
Walnuts 4 No Sprouting
Wheat Berries 7 3-4
Wild Rice 9 3-5

 

PLEASE NOTE: Sprouts can be subject to contamination which can result in bacterial growth such as E. coli, leading to food-borne illnesses. Always purchase organic fresh products from a reputable source, wash your hands thoroughly before handling foods, and keep sprouting equipment and all kitchen surfaces clean to avoid cross contamination. Always consume sprouts within a few days, fresh and straight out of the fridge. Some health organizations also recommend consuming them cooked to reduce the risk of infection. I certainly consume raw homemade sprouts, and have never had an issue. Decide what is a responsible choice for you and your family."

Then I will use a pressure cooker to cook beans/rice/potatoes.

Water - I drink lots of water and found myself going through 1-2 cases of water a week.  Closer to two cases.

I have purchased a reverse osmosis filtration system to make my own water.  I will monitor water qualities with a TDS meter to know the water is filtered properly and when to change the filters.

Cases of water typically cost $3.99 a case.  Making my own water will cost $.44 a case.  And I will avoid any PCB's from the plastic bottles by using stainless steel reusable bottles.  Saving the environment as well.

Summary:  Lots of healthy whole foods at a affordable cost.  Plus lots of clean water equals a great diet, body, and life.  Not to mention saving $350-450 a month and not having to save an extra $135,000 in a retirement account just for food expenses.

 

 

Values

  • Pick the harder long term solution instead of perceived easy fix
  • Always do the right thing even when no one else will know
  • Make decisions quickly and stick with them until the end before changing
  • Be truthful 100% of the time
  • Don’t put things off that need to be done. Do them now and get ahead
  • Strive for constant growth in small increments (10%)
  • Treat other people how you would like to be treated
  • Provide the most value as possible to others
  • Achieving goals is important but we must enjoy the process/journey

Andre Agassi

Found a great YouTube series on Andre Agassi.  I was never a fan of tennis or Andre's, but watching him tell his story is quite amazing.  The level of self discipline, mastery, self discovery, lessons learned, etc.  It's worth watching.  I am going to dive deeper into his story and read his book Open when I get a chance.

Food Matters Documentary

Everyone should watch the Food Matters documentary. Its a great primer for nutrition and health. You can find more information at foodmatters.tv but be careful.  It seems as though they're turning this into a business and selling nutrition courses ($4995 currently). They have many business marketing strategies at work on their website.  Email opt in to market to you, sense of urgency in their offers (see red countdown timer to make you buy), testimonials for social proof, etc.

Don't be sold one of the current scams of "certification" going around right now.  You can find all the information in pubmed databases and your local library for free.  If you want a certification I would go to a real school and become a registered dietician, etc.

You can learn from the film Food Matters and their website.  Just be careful not to be sold anything you don't need.

 

A Life Worth Remembering

One thing you can do to follow your heart and pursue your passion is to live as lean as you can in your younger years. The more baggage you have.. the house.. the car/s, family.. it all makes it harder to explore options and really find what makes your heart beat hardest.

Live lean, explore until you feel it in your heart. Pursue that path and then along the way you can happily add the baggage and not resent it.

Thanks to Rich Roll for showing me this video:

Open your eyes and heart to the world.

I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively, and push the scope of my experience. For adventure. And through passion.

Heavy waves, waves with weight. They coax from comfortable routine. Ignite the imagination. Convey some divine spark.  Whisper possibilities.

If I only scrape a livin’, at least it’s a livin’ worth scrapin’. If there’s no future in it, at least its a present worth rememberin’. For fires of happiness. And waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on Earth at that moment in time. To do something worth rememberin’.

The dude behind the video