How Balanced Is Your Lifestyle?

How many times in your life have you checked if your  lifestyle  is truly balanced? If you are like most people, consider yourself lucky if you have done it once if at all.

Nowadays, we are so used to doing tons of things for everybody else and every cause that sparks our passions, that we forget that our lives are out of balance and consequently in danger of consuming us, leading us to a life of complete automation.

We do things like robots, without becoming aware of our actions. We live, love, socialize, and work, all in auto-pilot. We don’t even stop at our birthdays to question what on earth is happening to us or in which direction life is going. We just do what we usually do and forget that we are incredible beings, capable of having the grandest and most fulfilled life.

Now, that has to stop. So let me give you some suggestions on how you can make your life a terrific adventure traveled on a sacred path.

First of all, evaluate the major areas of life and give them each a “score” from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, most scarce and scary score and 10 describing an absolute bliss.

Think in terms of the following areas (not in order of importance or priority):

1. work

2. leisure

3. social life

4. money

5. family

6. love

7. sex

8. exercise

9. time

10. health, etc.

Now, you may say: “I don’t have any fun, but it is all right because I have other priorities.” Well, let me advise you to look at the big picture. If you do this you are skewing the balance of your  lifestyle , and that goes against the principle of happiness.

In our modern world these, among other areas of life, are what makes us happy and totally fulfilled. And I am not talking about values, meaning that you should only pursue what you value the most.

No, I am talking about a balanced, rounded, centered  lifestyle  and if you want to achieve this balance in all the areas of your life need to score a 10, or at least a 9 each of them. Remember that there is always room for improvement.

I will give you an example. I used to be a very successful professional when I was younger. I was the quintessential career woman, with the added benefits of having a great social life, money, health, time, etc. You could say that I had everything.

But no, I was missing a family. I wanted to have children. I wanted to experience motherhood and I didn’t have that. Deep inside I was the epitome of a very dissatisfied person. Though I had my family, I didn’t have a family of my own. And that tipped the balance of my life to an extreme that made me a very unhappy person.

So, what area is lacking in your life? Money? Good nutrition? Sex? A committed relationship? And what are you going to do about it?

After you have done your evaluation from 1 to 10, make a chart. Check which areas require the most urgent action towards change. Plan how you are going to solve each “issue.” Step by step.

And then go for it: walk the path you have designed. It will bring much joy and you will live in bliss.

Bose Lifestyle V35

If you are looking for an excellent home theater system, then Bose Lifestyle V35 will be your first choice to take a look. It has been created with the best available technology to give you video and sound that just might keep you at home and out of the movie theaters and concert halls for a long time.

The system itself is unbeatable for the sheer quality of sound and picture imaging is awesome. This innovation custom fits your system’s output to the unique acoustics of the room it’s in. A media console allows you to hide and keep out of sight more equipment and wires. This invites you to only see an elegant stand-alone display panel.

Bose V35 has five Jewel Cube speakers which put out superb sound, and has automatic video upscaling which enhances the video signal up to 1080p over HDMI. This system offers four audio and video inputs, along with two HDMI inputs, so you can connect your DVD player, high-definition disc player, gaming system or satellite receiver with no worries or problems.

With the ADAPTiQ system it analyzes the way your room’s dimensions and other variables affect sound, and then adjust the Lifestyle surround sound system for a consistent, high-quality performance. Engineered with exclusive Bose Unify technology, this system uses easy-to-follow onscreen messages to guide you through the setup process. It even verifies when you’ve made the correct connections. The system is compact so you can fit it in small rooms and have a great viewing experience.

The Bose V35 is not cheap, but it is also not the highest priced system around. You really can enjoy thrilling and impeccable surround sound. What this system does for the price is delivered incredible quality and great value. When you want to buy a home theater system the Bose V35 is the one to check out first.

Warrior Wisdom – The Warrior Lifestyle

What is the warrior lifestyle? The true warrior is a rare person in today’s world. He lives life with a different set of values compared with the rest of society. Even those who do share the same values, rarely live a lifestyle which adheres to those values to the extent that the warrior does. To most people, ethics are situational. They make decisions according to what is best for them, instead of what is right. This is not the case with the warrior. The warrior values honor, integrity, justice, and his sense of what is right, above all else. His ethics are not situational; they are his way of life.

The warrior lifestyle revolves around a code of ethics which is non-negotiable. The warrior’s code of ethics, or code of honor, is taken very seriously. To the warrior, distinguishing between right and wrong is of the utmost importance. He sees right and wrong in terms of black and white. He knows that an action is either honorable or dishonorable. This is not meant to imply that honor is black and white; honor is not that simple.

Those who live the lifestyle of the warrior know that whether or not an action is honorable, is determined by both one’s intentions and the situation at hand. This is not to be confused with situational ethics. The warrior’s ethics do not change according to the situation. His actions will change as needed, but his ethics remain set in stone. There is a big difference between ethics and actions. Ethics determine actions; actions do not determine ethics.

The warrior lifestyle is concerned with what is right and what is honorable. A warrior’s ethics revolve around these two issues. Justice and honor are foremost on his mind. His thoughts are centered on “what is right,” not on other people’s opinions of what is right. He realizes that many people profess a belief in absolutes which they neither live by, nor truly believe in, when push comes to shove.

The only absolute that the warrior lives by is that of what is right and wrong. If it is not right, he doesn’t do it. He determines what is right and wrong by his strict code of ethics, not some arbitrary laws or the politically correct standards of the day. The warrior doesn’t appear to be honorable; he is honorable. Sincerity is ingrained in this lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that is meant to be lived, not fantasized about or merely discussed.

This lifestyle consist of much more than being trained in the art of war or the art of self-defense, although these are an important part of the life of the warrior. It also consists of the challenge to perfect one’s character. This is a process much like the Japanese concept of kaizen. Kaizen can be translated as constant, never-ending improvement. True warriors try to apply this concept to every area of their life. They seek to balance and improve each area – spirit, mind and body, on a daily basis.

Each area of your life is important and should be kept in balance. Training men in the art of war or in the art of martial arts, without regard to character, only produces a dangerous man; it does not produce a warrior. In years past, the martial arts masters would not train someone fully until they felt assured of that person’s character. Today most schools will train anyone who can pay, regardless of their character or lack of character. This is dangerous information to give to just any and everyone who comes along. In my opinion, character should be a prerequisite, not only for martial arts training, but for many of the privileges which we enjoy in this country.

I am asked often whether or not I believe that the term “warrior” should apply only to military men and women who have been in war or to trained and experienced fighters. Although I realize this is the literal definition of a warrior, I do not believe that this is the correct definition, not according to the many accounts from past warriors anyway. This literal definition of a warrior is not the definition that is used for our discussion of the warrior lifestyle in Warrior Wisdom. An ape can be trained to throw punches and kick, a dog can be trained to fight, but that doesn’t make either of them warriors. Being a warrior involves more than being trained to fight or being in the military; it involves character training as well. Character training is the true goal of Bushido, the way of the warrior.

Please don’t misunderstand me; I have great respect for our military men and women. But I believe that anyone who has ever served in the military will agree that not every soldier lives by the character traits which are necessary for the warrior lifestyle, anymore than every martial artist or every person in general lives by these standards. I’m not taking anything away from those who serve our country. Every person who serves our country deserves our respect and gratitude, but service doesn’t necessarily indicate that a person is concerned with perfecting his or her character. It is rare to find people who take their ethics seriously today. It is common to find people who claim to take their ethics seriously, but I am referring to people who walk to the walk, not just “talk the talk.”

Yes, the warrior is concerned with physical training and the martial arts, but he also knows that character training is the cornerstone of the warrior lifestyle. The true warrior should be trained in martial arts. His ethics require that he be ready to defend his family, friends, or himself in certain situations. In today’s world, you never know when you may have to use your martial arts skills. It is essential that you have this training to be as self-reliant and as safe as possible, but without a code of ethics, which is based on a deep understanding of right and wrong, there is no warrior; there is only someone trained to fight. There is a difference. Without the character traits of honor, integrity and justice, there is no warrior lifestyle.

In short, the warrior lifestyle is for anyone who want to live a life of excellence; a life which adheres to a strict code of ethics. You must be willing to live your life based on honor, preparedness and what is right. This lifestyle requires that you put your ethics before your comfort, and that you put what is right before what is profitable. It requires filial duty, dedication to family and friends, and a willingness to help those in need. It requires independence in thought and action. This lifestyle is a decision, not a profession.

This is just a brief introduction to the lifestyle of the warrior. Each of these points can be greatly expanded and I understand that not everyone will agree with my assessment. Even if you disagree with my definition of a warrior or the characteristics of the warrior lifestyle, you will still find the wisdom in this book to be very useful. Warrior Wisdom seeks to provide the reader with wisdom from throughout the ages that will help him live the warrior lifestyle. This lifestyle is not a goal to be achieved, but rather a road to be traveled. May you travel this road with honor.

“Take a deep breath of life and consider how it should be lived.” Don Quixote’s Creed

Green Cleaning is the Way to Go

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven”. – Erma Bombeck

Green cleaning is generally defined as the use of products and cleaning methods that include environmentally-friendly elements that “protect health without harming the environment”. The term “green cleaning” can also refer to a type of human behavior that encourages the exclusive application of healthy, eco-friendly products on a regular basis, as well as advising other consumers about how green cleaning can be effectively utilized every day. There has even been a steady increase in the availability of products offered in biodegradable packaging via environmentally-friendly manufacture and distribution methods.

In the past few years, there has been a vocal groundswell in the amount of people across the nation expressing the desire to ditch their expensive and chemical-filled cleaning products, electing instead to choose more simple, good-for-the-Earth techniques. In fact, some men and women who are wholly invested in the green cleaning lifestyle swear by the use of a tiny dusting of baking soda in favor of costly underarm deodorants! They even sing the praises of old shirts, socks and towels that have been cut up and used as disposable sweeper cloths and window-washing squeegees, as opposed to pricey fabric cleaning dusters.

If you become dizzy while scrubbing away with your vast array of colorful multi-purpose sponges, toilet brushes and kitchen mops and start to feel lightheaded, you might need to ask yourself if you really trust the numerous unknown chemicals in the cleaning products you continually use. Instead, here are some great homegrown cleaning recipes that everyone can use:

All-Purpose Cleaner: This simple mixture can clean, disinfect, and deodorize a variety of surfaces, so you can wipe down kitchen and bathroom countertops, stovetops, kitchen appliances, and much more. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 cup of white vinegar
-1 cup of water
-1 spray bottle

Instructions: Mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on surface and wipe with a cloth or sponge. Caution: If you don’t properly dilute the white vinegar, you can actually end up harming the surface you want to clean. Make sure you test the concoction on a small area first to assess its efficacy.

Surface Scrub: If you have any of those disgusting spots, streaks or stains on your countertops that never seem to leave, this green remedy can be used in place of many commercially available products. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 ½ cup of baking soda
-½ cup of water

Instructions: Mix the baking soda and water in a bowl to create a creamy paste. Spread the paste over the surface area and, after letting it sit for about 10 minutes, wipe it down with a moist sponge. If the stain is really stubborn and refuses to budge, let the paste stand for between 20-25 minutes before trying to sponge it off. If needed, repeat this a few more times if it doesn’t vanish after the first attempt. Caution: Be sure not to use overly abrasive sponge pads that may damage the surface.

Fabric Softener: For those with sensitive skin, detergents with “normal” ingredients can still cause awful rashes and other skin irritations. Adding half a cup of white vinegar to the soak cycle of your wash on laundry day is a fantastic organic fabric softener. Here’s what you’ll need:

-½ cup of white vinegar

Instructions: Pour the white vinegar in during the rinse cycle, or into the fabric softener compartment if your washing machine has one.

Healthy Lifestyle Requires a Healthy Home

In order to support a healthy lifestyle, one must think about more than eating right, regular exercise and taking vitamin supplements. A healthy body needs a healthy home to give it the all-around support that complements a healthy lifestyle – and choosing green cleaning products can help.

Using harsh chemicals to clean contributes to unhealthy air in the home, not to mention a mixture of dangerous chemicals ending up in the septic system or the city sewage system. Increasing importance is being made of using green cleaning products because of the concerns over the health of our Earth. But, people need to realize starting their environmental efforts at home is the best way to make a significant difference toward establishing a healthy lifestyle. Different types of natural products often work better than harsh chemical cleansers and by doing so naturally, the environment will stay green longer. Thus the reason green cleaning is becoming so popular for those committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Many of the more effective green cleaning products that contribute to a healthy lifestyle are those made with enzymes and bacteria that safely and effectively remove organic stains and odors. Grass, berry juices, blood and wine are perfect examples of organic stains that are difficult to remove. Besides working on stains, using all-natural enzymatic cleaners can actually break down organic odor-producing molecules. These types of green cleaning products work on stains and odors by attaching to the contaminant and breaking it into two separate molecules, and therefore changing its chemical structure. The stain or odor molecule is degraded and no longer has the characteristics that made it a stain or an odor.

Enzymatic cleaners have unlimited uses for supporting a healthy lifestyle, from removing odors caused by smoke, restrooms, trashcans, litter boxes, nursery pails, kennels, etc. to removing stains, and all without dangerous chemicals. The benefits of these green cleaning products are obvious and include not having toxic odors in the house from cleaning chemicals that are dangerous to inhale as well as to have on your skin or in your eyes. Also, you are keeping your septic system in better shape as well as your pipes that lead to it. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about residue from harsh cleansers affecting your healthy lifestyle, or that of your family or pets.

Other enzyme green cleaning products can be used specifically to break down the waste in septic systems. For those people who have a septic tank in their yard, if they have ever had to have it pumped, they know how expensive and frustrating it can be. Using a waste degrader that not only uses enzymes, but living bacteria, is a safe and extremely effective way to consume liquefied waste, converting it into inert compounds like water, carbon dioxide, and minimal solids, and protecting one’s healthy lifestyle. Organic wastes are things like cooking oils and grease, body oils that come off in the shower or bath, and sewage from bathrooms. Biodegrading this waste is a simple, safe and cost effective way to prevent septic tank and drain field problems from arising.

Also, what can you do about antifreeze, transmission oil, power steering fluid, and motor oil leaks on your driveway and garage floor? The typical cleaning solvents that are used are harsh, highly alkaline soaps and hydrocarbon-based cleaners that are not compatible with a healthy lifestyle. These solvents are toxic to humans, and once the leak is cleaned up, the toxin-soaked rags are pitched into a waste can or bagged for disposal in a landfill. In effect then, the problem is being transferred initially to a different location in your home (hold your breath!), only later to be deposited in a landfill at great long-term expense to the public. Enzyme and bacterial green cleaning products offer a solution to degrade the automotive fluids safely and effectively. The problem is solved (or “dissolved and degraded”) at home and can be washed away with a little normal dish detergent and water.

Green cleaning products using enzymes can also be used in pools and spas. They emulsify and digest skin oils, suntan lotions and other organic contaminants, keeping the water clear and eliminating the host environment or substrate that would allow the algae to grow. Using enzymes in this way enhances a healthy lifestyle by reducing the amount of chemicals, such as chlorine, needed to keep the water clean and in turn helps to diminish the side effects of using those chemicals such as stinging, watery eyes and itchy dry skin. Plus, the use of an enzyme-based green cleaning routine assists in keeping the filter lines clear and by following this green approach can save the consumer money and time.

Another use for a green cleaning system involving enzymes and bacteria that isn’t commonly known is as soil conditioners for lawns and gardens. Using fertilizers yearly is, simply put, a waste of time and money – and can impact a healthy lifestyle in a negative way. This is not to mention the run-off that goes into the streams, rivers and lakes that supply drinking water. By using a soil conditioner (enzymes and surfactants derived from bacteria), you can aerate and oxygenate the soil in turn, breaking down the complex nutrients, feeding the plants and grass by making the nutrients easily assimilated by the roots.

Enzymes are created naturally in the human body, animals, plants, and bacteria. Nature has been using them for billions of years, and now we know how effective and safe they can be for our day-to-day lives. So the next time you are shopping, take the time to read some labels and educate yourself about safe, natural cleaning products. With so many ‘green cleaning’ products becoming available, you are sure to find what you need to complement your healthy lifestyle.

Why Should We Clean?

There are a lot of reasons why should we clean. When you own something or are in charge of an object, it is our duty to take care of it. It maybe something we own, or rent, or just holding for the time being, but nevertheless, we are in charge of it. We need to treat our homes like we treat ourselves. Our goal is to keep ourselves fit and healthy. These are the same needs our living space requires from us.

Cleaning promotes self worth. It is a confidence booster that shows that we can accomplish a task when we put our minds to it. Once we accomplish a task, we then can see that we are good at something therefore allowing us to take on more tasks! If people think that we are not good at something, lazy, and inconsiderate, these opinions of you can be magnified ten times more by the space we inhabit!

If inviting friends over to your house to have dinner or watch a movie, do you want them to sit in a dirty home? If you are sitting in your home watching a movie or having dinner, do YOU want to sit in a dirty home? We can understand laziness but understand this; we cannot accomplish the major things in life without taking care of the little things.

One of the ingredients for a clean and healthy lifestyle is… you see where I am going with this. Taking care of these two things promotes happiness in our daily lives. If you live a clean lifestyle, you can now focus on the healthy aspect but finding time to work out and learning to take care of your body and mind. What you put into your body is going to be the reflection of what it looks like on the outside. So why would you do that to your home? Let your home be a reflection of you.

You got to understand, that you can’t do it all in one day. Nor are we telling you to do it that fast. Take some time each day to do a little here and there, then the overwhelming task of cleaning doesn’t feel like you are climbing a mountain with flip-flops. Do a room or two a day, or take an afternoon to do it all! This would not only allow you to feel like you have gotten some cleaning out of the way, but also created accomplishment, which is a self-esteem booster!