When you are inspired to do, be or have certain things in your life, you find yourself naturally taking the appropriate action to make it happen and it feels good irrelevant of whether you enjoy the actual process or not. The thing about doing things we love is that when we love something, we’re willing to put in the effort to make it happen and can put off the immediate gratification we look for when we’re not inspired.
I have started my www.inspirationtosuccess.com website and will be adding tips, tricks and courses of action you can follow to improve the quality of life you’re having.
Be sure to drop by and check out the articles. I’ll also be delivering courses in and around Los Angeles and it would be great to see if you would like to know more.
Covering a brief overview of my background, I explain what I believe to be three key concepts, (starting 4:28m) the 3Cs of Confidence, Clear Direction and Communication in a short TED style talk.
These are very useful for achieving more of what we want and minimising what we don’t want. Focusing on communication, I also outline the Wealth Dynamics model for understanding our natural ability to create wealth.
This was a talk prepared by David Woodier for the audience at Centre Camp, Black Rock City in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man event 2014.
If you’d like to learn more about the ideas discussed, feel free to contact me or visit my website www.davidwoodier.com for more information.
Shortcuts are awesome.
Here’s an idea which means an almost insignificant change to your behaviour yet it maintains and improves your health in a big way. The gift of a recommendation to help you keep your health resolutions.
I damaged my back and was in daily back pain for 13 years. That’s all sorted now but I do maintain my back health with chiropractic and magnetic insoles. This is why:
Magnets: As humans we’re electro-magnetic creatures – that’s how we absorb nutrients, use our muscles and think. The Earth is a huge magnet and this magnetic field serves to prevent the solar wind’s charged particles from stripping the ozone layer that protects us. Magnets are shown to attract iron in our blood to the areas they’re placed which stimulates the healing process.
Feet: Reflexology manipulates our feet to stimulate energy throughout our bodies and practioners treat illnesses, relieve pain and stimulate specific organs from the feet. I’ve found it very useful myself. In addition, we’re on our feet all day and there’s nothing wrong with a good foot rub!
Having magnetic insoles means an important part of your body is being bathed in healing energy for your whole wellbeing. It stimulates blood and nerve flow and creates an environment for natural healing and protection. I’ve had the Nikken brand of insoles in my shoes for about a decade now and in addition to never having sore feet, I believe they have helped maintain my back health and general health. I have tried specific kinesiology tests when standing on them and my strength and balance are without doubt considerably better. (I also recommend magnets for other ailments and used to use a pad on my lower back to help relieve pain and I slept in a magnetic cocoon!)
The long and short of it is that I recommend you get a pair of Nikken insoles and put them in your daily shoes for your health’s sake. They cost about $25-$50 on ebay and although thicker, the most comfortable are the MagStrides. The other ones, the MagSteps, are hard and have dimples which I personally find uncomfortable. They have a new type but I haven’t tried them.BTW you can easily swap them between shoes.
I took the images from this short video if you’re interested in learning a bit more: The Biochemical Magnetic Influence of Nikken Magnetic insole.
Have you tried magnets – did you find it useful?
The other day Erin and I went on an adventure to Joshua Tree which is a small town in the Mojave desert about 3 hours drive east of Los Angeles. One of our primary intentions for the weekend was to visit an unusual building called the Integratron for a sound bath.
The structure of the Integratron is based on a combination of biblical design, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extra-terrestrials. It is said to be built at an intersection of geomagnetic ley lines (which are invisible energy lines crossing the globe and often link historic and other important structures).
It is claimed that the combination of design, location and energy make this a very powerful building claimed to be capable of rejuvenation of cells.
Upon entering the building, I was surprised to see there were two floors. The ground floor we entered on was a staging post with books, posters, musical instruments, relaxation area and an area where we could remove our shoes. From here we climbed a steep set of stairs to the main floor. A beautiful wooden dome shaped room, there was enough space for forty of us to lie on the floor (on comfortable blankets) with the beautiful sun streaming through the perfectly spaced windows. There were also a set of large crystal bowls measuring up to nearly half a metre across. These are used in a similar way to Tibetan singing bowls.
The idea of the sound bath is that when these bowls are played, the power of their vibrations coupled with the design of the building and the geomagnetic power of the location ‘soak’ every cell in our body with natural healing energy. The intensity and duration of the sound ensures every atom is bathed in vibrational energy.
After a short intro, the playing began. Continue Reading »
A visit to Aberlour Distillery gave us the opportunity to kick off our ‘The Good Life’ series. We explored the grounds, compared their tipples and also bottled our own 15 yr old malt whisky. A dram of our adventures of 2014.
Black poured in as I opened my eyes; my ears were deafened with silence. All I could gather was that I had been sleeping. I was literally at a loss for where, when and almost who I was in this sense vacuum yet this wasn’t a dream. Additionally there was a pressing problem, I needed the toilet.
I am not alien to waking up in unusual places due to my work and lifestyle. Last year I regularly slept in up to ten diverse locations within a thirty day period. These ranged from friend’s beds and couches, mining camps, airplanes and buses, campervans and multiple hotel rooms both in Australia and overseas. Despite the multiplicity of cradles, seldom does it take me more than a second to realise where I am, but not always…
I once awoke on the back of a car trailer under a tree somewhere in the Northern Territories of Australia with no knowledge of how I got there. Another time I was in a duvet cloud of a beautiful fresh white bed draped with pristine mosquito nets floating in warm light. These are two episodes I remember now yet for a moment at the time I felt like a newborn in an unknown land. Continue Reading »
This is true.
I read this today when reviewing Dante’s perspective on desire and thought it a lovely illustration of the importance and worthiness of living true to our values. Our actions diligently describe our values far beyond what our heads ever tell us, although our minds sometimes disagree.
There are activities we pursue which cost us time, money and effort however we love to do them so accept both the energy used and the reward. Personally I adore festivals. My annual Mecca is the Burning Man festival in Nevada. The premise is that tens of thousands of us spend a week in an oasis city we build (then dismantle) from an ancient dry, dusty lake bed. There is an ethos of ‘Leave no trace.’
To go to this event requires months of planning, creating costumes, procuring provisions, building structures and a host of other effortful tasks. The payoff; one week living in a desert on our wits, seeing sights not available elsewhere on the planet, meeting NASA engineers, mad scientists and spiritual teachers and dancing in dust storms under the stars.
I love going to this event and I embrace the pains and pleasures associated with it. As a result, I generate my own energy (health, money, time) towards achieving the end goal; like a magnet, I am the one who creates the fuel for myself.
During this period, I am literally living with purpose. The purpose of Burning Man. And this is an important point I’d like to leave you with:
You have many purposes. Your purposes change. A purpose may be temporary or it may evolve.
Generate your own energy by pursuing the activities which you are drawn to. Analyse where you spend your money, time and where you’re organised as they are key indicators as to what’s truly important to you.
One word of warning though; when we don’t feel on purpose, we tend to seek immediate gratification through food, smoking, TV, tidying, having breaks and the like. If this happens, use your intuition to determine what you’re doing. Appreciate the feedback and decide if that’s what you want right now. If so, do it with gusto and plan what to do afterwards. Enjoy the immediate gratification for what it is, then get back on track.
Satisfy, not sacrifice.
The other day I was out and about and I realised that in addition to the phone in my pocket, I was sporting a range of wearable technology. My appreciation of new devices has lead me to pick up a few devices and I thought I’d review why I like or dislike them and how they affect my life.
Jawbone Up Band
Cost: Around $100
Battery: 10 days
Any smart phone
This is an asymmetrical bracelet which captures my movement and sleep patterns. When I plug it in to my phone, the data is synchronised to show me how many steps I’ve taken per day as well as my hours of sleep and any patterns I follow during the night.
I really like this little piece of technology as the data encourages me to keep active for my 10,000 steps per day, even when I’m just in and around the garden at home. In addition, being aware of how much sleep I need to feel refreshed and the consequences of regular late nights and early mornings. The knock on effect is that I believe it helps me stay healthy in my active and resting life.
I give this an overall rating of 8/10 as a health device and it helps reinforce the belief I have that anything we measure improves. In addition, the batteries last for 10 days so I don’t have to keep running to my laptop or a USB cable to keep using it and often forget it’s even there.
Samsung Gear Watch
Cost: Around $300
Battery: 1-2 days
Samsung phone and software required
The Samsung Gear watch has a range of functions James Bond would be proud of; at the touch of a button you can change the face to blend in with your outfit (digital and analogue or design-your-own). It has an inbuilt speedometer and with a double press of the single off-screen button I can talk to it to phone someone, Google a restaurant or send a text message. It also measures my movement and wirelessly synchronises with my phone. The built-in camera takes pretty good photos and short videos and this can be done at times when either it is difficult to get your phone or if you are being chased by baddies. For those who know Evernote, rest assured it all links up so a photo of an advert or recipe can be instantly sent to my to-do list fo
r follow up. Also, being hands free you can easily chat to someone whilst driving.
The downsides are that the watch battery life if only used as a watch is about 2 days and if I’m taking much video or photos, that life drops significantly. The camera angle for taking photos isn’t ideal either. However when we consider it probably has more processing power than many countries in 1950 it is surprisingly small given the technology contained within.
Overall I’d only give this about 5/10 and for the most part, a phone is quite ample to do what this watch does. Fun but frivolous.
Cost: Around $150
Battery: 6-8 hrs playing time
Any Bluetooth device
This is my latest addition and I’m seriously happy with them given my lifestyle. This great device streams music via Bluetooth directly to my headset (from phone, laptop etc) so I can be walking from room to room without my phone and still listening to music. In addition, I only need have one earpiece in to listen to my favourite radio programmes, TED talks, Youtube videos, spoken word files or even be watching a movie whilst I walk between the kitchen and the bbq as I have been doing recently.
At the touch of a button I can change the volume, skip tracks and even answer calls. I really don’t understand how the microphone is so effective as it is fully sealed however I’ve heard from people I’ve spoken to that it’s quite easy to hear the conversation. Oh, and they’re pretty comfy.
The battery life is supposed to be 8 hours but I think 7 is probably closer to reality however you do get audible warnings when you’re down to about an hour left so you can plan and recharge it which only takes 2 hours for a full charge.
BTW in addition to all of the above, I can swim with these on so am very excited to put on a good programme and swim for hours to see what it’s like when I’m entertained whilst swimming.
9/10 for these headphones. Slightly longer battery would be fantastic, and that would give these a 10/10.
If you want to know more about any of them, simply YouTube them – there are heaps of videos.
That was a short review for you if you are considering any of these wearables and to keep you updated with what’s happening.
Do you have any wearables and what are your thoughts about them?
I’ve been making some new tracks and thought I’d share them here.
Click here for David’s Sound Cloud.
Do you think I have a chance to make it as a DJ?
I’ve recently been listening to the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve watched her TED talk about Your Genius a number of times and hearing her questioning inflection in the way she speaks, I can only think of her on stage telling her stories.
I’m at the ‘Love’ part of the book, the third section set in Ubud. Ironically I was there in Bali at the start of this week so it’s rather fortuitous that I’m reading about it now. Whilst she’s there she explains about a lovely gesture she was fortunate to be able to offer for her 35th birthday.
I was inspired by her story.
Well, it’s my 40th birthday at the end of the month and today I spent some time thinking about gifts for myself. I thought of asking for a silver coin for each year of my life and a key country I was in, then I stopped myself and thought about what I’d really like.
Have you got Room to Read?
I’ve always been impressed by the organisation Room to Read and have helped at an event of theirs in Brisbane. It was started by a guy from Microsoft who visited a sorely information-undernourished school in Nepal which had only 3 books in its library – he then left the company to change the world. John Wood has since gone on to build schools, libraries, computer rooms, publish books and give grants to girls needing education in many developing countries. Today over 8.8 million children have benefited in their education and today I want us to do our part to increase that number. BTW think about that – 1 person has impacted nearly 9 million!
Let’s build a library together
With your help I’d like to build a library. It is only US$5,000 to provide a library in a developing country which will have an ongoing effect at improving the lives of children and future children and families on the planet.
So, I’m asking if you will help me reach the goal of $5,000. I’m going to make it easier straight away by pledging $400 so between us we only need $4,600 … 115 x $40/years I’ve been on the planet!
All I ask is that if you would considering giving me a gift for my birthday, that you give a contribution towards our library as it would mean so much to me to know that we helped provide for a library in the world where children are learning every day – long after our contributions are forgotten.
Really simple next step – just do something
Click here to go to my contributions page and you can make a donation using Paypal, Credit Card and other ways.
I’m so excited about this and really hope you can add your contribution, no matter the size, to our library – which I believe is a worthy cause and a legacy we can leave together on the planet.
Let’s make this happen!
Thank you for being a part of my 40 years and leaving something special for the future.
Click here to go to my contributions page