Mindfulness – Focusing the Attention of the Mind Into the Present Moment

Alright. Today’s topic for this week is a practice called “Mindfulness”. The key to being mindful is to focus the attention of the mind into the present moment. So if presently you are listening to this message, you focus your mind entirely into the message.

Mindfulness then, would be the practice of ignoring any other distractions that might come in while you are paying attention, either listening to or reading this particular message. If you were to practice mindfulness while you are falling asleep, you would fall asleep much faster. If you were to practice mindfulness maybe while doing something that is pleasurable to you, you will find much more pleasure in it. Practicing mindfulness while smelling a cup of tea, you will find that you probably love the aroma and when you taste it, it will taste differently than the aroma that you were loving. The same is true of food.

So when we are mindful and we focus our attention into one activity, it changes the experience. Sometimes you can use this say for an addiction. Maybe you really like your beer or something and you think about the beer and something begins to transform. There is a physical reaction. Your stress hormones begin to change; a variety of things happen.

Well, just focus your mindfulness 100%. It might be ice cream you are craving, whatever it is, and then go ahead and feel it, smell it, focus your mind entirely on it, not the result that you are expecting like “I’ll feel relaxed” or “I’ll feel comforted” or “I’ll be distracted from my real emotions”. Whatever else is going on.

Be mindful 100% with that item of your addiction. It may be drugs, sex, food, alcohol, whatever it is and stay with it and you will find that because you are mindfully attentive, it is not producing the normal side effect that you are used to. Oftentimes substituting with something very simple like taking some trace colloidal minerals, take a mineral supplement, and maybe a little Vitamin C or Ester C with it and maybe some MSM. Take that instead and some water and wait. And then if it comes back again, focus mindfulness into that whatever it is and see if anything has changed.

All right dear ones. That has been your Spirituality Article, information for this particular week. As always we appreciate very much that you help spread the information. It is complimentary.

Effective Business Plan Presentation Techniques

You have taken a great deal of time and trouble in writing your business plan and have painstakingly researched every detail. You are convinced that you now have a polished and thoroughly professional document which could convince anyone whether they are potential lenders or investors, customers or suppliers or even your own management team. The acid test now awaits you when you have to actually start giving presentations. The onus is entirely on you to be as convincing as possible and to answer questions confidently and comprehensively. Remember that different audiences will have different areas of interest and therefore an entirely different set of questions to be answered.

Start your preparation for your presentations by inviting close friends or associates to listen to your presentation. Preferably, they should be individuals with some exposure to business plans and business environments whose judgment you can trust and who have no prior knowledge of the details of your plans. Have them ask any questions that might occur to them and preferably questions that will really stretch your capabilities in answering them. Ask them to be as tough and forthright as possible. One run-through should be enough because too much rehearsal can cause you to sound too mechanical when you actually need to give the presentation. Try and stay spontaneous and entirely natural in your responses.

Because you never know where your opportunities to give the presentation may arise, prepare three versions of your presentation. From the first presentation, which should be the full scale version lasting 60 minutes or more, prepare a very short version lasting one or two minutes as well as a medium version that lasts from five to 10 minutes. Potential investors, customers and suppliers can be found anywhere around you and you should be prepared to take advantage. For instance, a very short conversation (usually referred to in the business world as an ‘elevator pitch’) may give you the opportunity to give your one-minute presentation and evoke enough interest to arrange a follow-up meeting.

Similarly, the five-minute presentation delivered at a visit to a potential customer may well provide you with a potential investor. Ensure that the presentation touches on all the key items required when writing an effective business plan and follows naturally from conversation so that it does not sound like a rehearsed sales pitch.

As an entrepreneur, you need to be ready to pitch your business idea at any time and be comfortable with the reality that a presentation does not have to be given to a formal audience in a formal setting.

(c) 2010 George Osawaye

Powerful Dynamic Leaders With Integrity Appear to Be a Scarce Commodity in These Present Times

Moses, an anointed and dynamic leader, who has much to teach us today, is also a man who is prepared to listen to others and learn from others. Now, there’s a lesson for each of us. These recent articles are based on the Old Testament book of Exodus and we are presently reading and studying in Chapter 18.

Moses’ father-in law spoke to him, and he took the matter to the Lord God Almighty. Moses is open to hear and learn, and the work load is to be shared.

Verse 7. Do check out the actual text. Note the attitude and respect – the warmth and the love – and Jethro is delighted.

On we go to verses 13 and 14. Moses was doing far too much, and it took his father-in-law to see this and advise him. He noticed it immediately.

Verse 17 – what you are doing is not good. If you go on like this you will wear yourself out. Moses was trying to hear all the complaints, grumblings, and whinings of the people!

Moses appoints some 78,000 to assist him in this massive task – 78,600 to be exact and precise, and they are to do the job he was trying to do on his own. This is remarkably similar to Acts Chapter 6 in the New Testament when a problem arose and the spiritual leaders would not be sidetracked. They refused to be diverted from their main task.

They must be men of ability – godly men – integrity is important – and they are to be impartial. If gifts are to be developed in these men they must have the opportunity to develop their gifts.

We so need leaders with integrity in these present days. They appear to be a very scarce commodity.

Every 10 to 12 people should have someone to look after them pastorally and personally. If a man does not have a covering he is in trouble. He can wander off and so easily become a loner. Such a person is in great danger.

There is spending and being spent – II Corinthians Chapter 12 verse 15. Paul was so willing to spend and be spent, but remember that when Paul returned from his journeyings preaching the Gospel and teaching the believers, he always took time in his home church at Antioch to rest and recover and be refreshed, and that is always vital.

In Mark Chapter 6 at verse 31, we have these words of Jesus – come away from the crowds – and from the hustle and bustle – and rest awhile.

It has been said that if we do not come apart we will come apart!

What followed was amazing, and without this advice from Jethro things might have been very very different.

Moses was left to receive and teach the general principles of God’s law.

What a sensible arrangement. God organises our time so much better than we can.

There are things we have to do – things to which we have to say “Yes” – and things to which we have to say “No”.

But can you imagine some people saying – “Well I used to be able to get through to Moses with my problems – and now I have to go to just one of these elders – my problem needs Moses – my problem is special! Well Moses hasn’t been dealing with the things he used to deal with – it has all changed since his father-in-law got him to introduce this new system.”

Moses learned that to delegate is important, or else you will impair your long term usefulness.

There is another side to Jethro which needs to be seen.

Jethro was a man who never got to the Promised Land. He rejoiced in what God was doing for His people. He was glad about what God was doing in the life of his son-in-law – verse 9.

He rejoiced. He was so sensible and practical but he never fully identified himself with what God was doing, and that is always sad. Jethro acknowledges and even sacrifices – but that is not enough – he never went along with them. He didn’t take the vital step of being one of the people of God and following the Lord God Almighty.

He was helpful and positive and practical. He was what the world might call a good man, but the most vital thing in life was missing – commitment to God.

We seek to be fully committed to Jesus Christ – and to what Jesus Christ is doing – and to be overflowing with the Love of the Risen and Living Lord Jesus Christ, even when we wonder what might be around the corner.

We seek to be identified with the purposes of God – and with Christ Jesus – and with the Moving and Leading of the Holy Spirit.

Personal experience, of the Power of God, is a potent means of bringing others to acknowledge the saving Grace of Jesus Christ, and to revealing His Glory.

We seek to have a testimony that is real and living – and to witness and to be a witness in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.