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Mark Armiento

Life Balance Advantage Bootcamp

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Personalized small group work (limited to 6-8 students) reserved for those who are serious about making rapid life changes. Participate in a series of six 90 minutes sessions focusing on becoming mentally focused, physically energized, emotionally centered, interpersonally connected and spiritually aligned.

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The Emotional Path

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How we use our emotions in life can be a great source of happiness or the plight of misery. Learning emotional independence and maturity; knowing specifically what you’re feeling and how to responsibly express it, is essential to true inner peace and happiness.

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What fits for you: Spiritual or/and Religious?

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Religious experiences are usually known as occurrences that are uncommon, in the sense that they don’t fit in with the norm of every day life experiences and are connected to the one’s perception of the divine. Religious experience is entirely a subjective phenomenon, however commonalities and differences have been argued by scholars for many years.

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An old Hasidic story

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“An old Jewish tribe in a middle European Country faces crisis. They are about to be invaded; they look to the old venerated Rabbi for guidance and wisdom. The Rabbi said he had no immediate answer, but he knew how to find one: he went into the woods. He lit a fire. He said a prayer. God answered his prayer. The Rabbi told the people what God had revealed. The people did God’s will. The village was saved. That was the experience.

Following the experience, the second generation said: “The woods we cannot find, but the fire we can, light and prayer we can say.”

The third generation said: “The woods we cannot find, the fire we cannot light, but the prayer we can say.”

The fourth generation said: “The woods we cannot find, the fire we cannot light, the prayer we cannot pray, but the story we can tell.”

Perhaps Carlos Castaneda was accurate when he said: “Those who have no power must settle for tales of power. Talk is cheap.” For that matter, so is the use of chemicals to alter consciousness.

Stop & Listen

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.
When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Acres of Diamonds

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In the mid 1800’s Russell Conwell, an educator & minister was approached by his following to assist them in getting into college. He felt very strongly about creating the opportunity for poor folks to get formally educated. He spent years raising the millions to establish Temple University!

He accomplished this by giving 6000 free lectures where he told the following TRUE tale of an African farmer:

The farmer excited about prospecting for diamonds spends his life in vain pursuit! Despondent, he threw himself into the river & drowned.

The new owner of the African farmers original property, the one he vacated to find his fortune, discovered a large crystal in the stream that ran through the property. He placed it prominently on his fireplace mantle.

True and lasting happiness comes through experiences of fulfillment

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We search all of our lives for happiness, living the delusion that it will appear during moments of personal wealth, pleasurable experiences or when our soul mate finally appears. The truth is that lasting happiness is a direct result of one’s contributions, spiritual insights, and expansion of our personal and collective consciousness. During the upcoming holiday season ask yourself:

Do I feel fulfilled? What will bring me lasting happiness?

If you answered the second question: If only I could receive that special holiday gift, be given that new _____ (fill in the blank), or manifest that physical changes that I’ve been wishing for, THINK AGAIN!

Our ultimate goal in life is always a spiritual one: i.e. peace, harmony, happiness (subjective state of joy), feeling “in tune” with the universe that you are part of.

Money doesn’t buy Happiness! 42% of those on the Forbes 500 richest list were less happy than the average person! Only 6% of lottery winners, reported being happier in life after they won.

When you begin working on your 2010 New Year’s resolutions keep only one thing in mind.

True fulfillment (more important than pleasure and longer lasting) can only be derived from making a difference in the lives of others/world (Golden rule), from moments of true insight, from feeling inspired and by becoming more aware (expanding your consciousness); recognizing that you are part of the wholeness of the universe!