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A Best of Episode - 60B - Michelle and Amado Villela talk about Gratitude



During their Monday Mindfulness, a meeting Michelle and Amado Villela do each Monday Morning to get their mindset right for the week ahead, the topic of finding things to be grateful for came up.  

It's difficult to feel connected and grateful when you're breaking everything down.  Connecting, finding God's work in all things, and LOOKING for His grace and things to be grateful for will not only keep you connected, but it will also allow you to be bigger than all the small things around you. 

Here is a taste of what we do each week.  Our Thanksgiving gift to you! 



Where we mention books all the time, this Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and being with the ones you love.  Enjoy!!

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Show Transcript

[00:01] Over the last two centuries, nearly 90 percent of the world's millionaires have created their wealth through real estate. Here to tell you how you can ride this wave with less risk and less capital while creating greater income, is your host, best selling author and Speaker, Michelle Russell.

[00:21] Hi, this is Michelle, the Master of Money Mindset, and you are listening to the Short Term Rental Revenue Podcast...

and in today's episode,
We're going to be speaking with Amado Villela. He is a very good friend of mine and I adore him completely and we do something together called Monday mindfulness for our membership. So what we do is we talk about the things that move us and shake us, you know, our habits or rituals, the things that we do every day, keeping our mindset intact. And we had a really great Monday mindfulness this week. And so I thought, you know what, we've got to post this so that everyone can hear it, not just our group, because our group is amazing and great, but this was really awesome. And I said, it fits right in with Thanksgiving. And I thought I'll put out a special Thanksgiving podcast and that, ah, this is it. So here's your podcast for today. Something to think about with a motto. And I, and I hope you are having a wonderful day already. Make sure that you saved me a little bit of the pumpkin pie. And don't forget the whipped cream. Here you go. This is a motto and I doing our Monday mindfulness all for you on this wonderful, wonderful thing is giving. God bless you guys. This is my gift to you. Happy Thanksgiving.

Speaker 4: (01:46)
We're laughing. We're laughing because you know, since I um,

Speaker 1: (01:52)
jeez, because we started off Maureen's, how was your weekend? How was your day?

Speaker 4: (01:59)
We start off with the dumbest things. We start off with things that bother us and stuff. And Allison, as I put down thoughts of what to talk about on Mondays, I really panicked because like, what am I supposed to say? You know, just sit there and home. Just do that every day. And so it's like something that I guess food for our mindfulness, right? And as we talk it, it never fails that, that the, the wheel, like we meander until what I've been writing us and connects. Right. And so you were saying how you started playing this Christmas music, right? To get yourself Saturday night.

Speaker 1: (02:36)
Yeah. Christian music, no, not Christmas, but the old Christian. Do you say, you know, my God is an awesome God and all that, the things that connect you with step by step, you know, just things that what connects me to God and, and separates me from a religion that has betrayed so many people. You know, in Catholicism, like right now I'm having a challenge with my phone, keeps stinging. We're going to deliver some Amazon stuff. But um, you know, when with the Catholic church that they hid pedophiles, I did a ton of stuff and now you see that it went even deeper. And so I said, it's the basis of my belief system in God was through a church. How do you, how do you find God again? And so I was going through this thing that some trying to find God without using, you know, how would you say, I want to find where God is and not, not used or the construct that they gave me. Maybe it was limitations to think about that. Um, yeah, so I believe that when you, we have this tendency, me

Speaker 4: (03:48)
too too, and we've talked about this before where we look at it and in a scientific mode, right? Right. And so what happens is when, when we're in that mode, and again, it's very difficult because our whole world is filled with that. Everything we do and the, there's a technological hierarchy right now that that's sitting at the top, which is technology is and scientific advancements and understanding are, are at the top and it's at the top because a lot of people value it, right? People valued beanie babies, then everybody will be collecting beanie babies until nobody values them anymore. Everybody has a closet full of worthless, teeny beanie babies. Right? So it's at the top, because there's a, we perceive a lot of value for a whole host of reasons, right? We, it could be for our businesses to expand our business or really to research and information to gather information to socialize to, um, and you want to go deeper on in discoveries of medical and stuff like that because we want to solve these problems.

Speaker 4: (04:49)
So it becomes like, like the, like the golden chalice, you know, where, where, or the fountain of youth or whatever, where a lot of money, a lot of effort, a lot of focus, a lot of talk of going into that direction, you know, because it's gonna, it's our savior. It's gonna say it's gonna save us from the problems that I have. And so by default, it becomes the top of the hierarchy. Right. And it becomes very important. And so because, and so then that colors the way we review the world, right? How do we, how do you view the worlds your house through technology, right? Or your business through technology. You're, your interaction with people through technology. So it's colored through all of that. And then technology or the scientific method. What it does is it breaks things apart because as a brace, things apart to understand things, right?

Speaker 4: (05:34)
So like if we look at the camera on my computer here, it's made up of pieces and it's made up a pieces and there's like a little lens and there's a thing that senses light and cables and plastic and all these things that make it up. But we go deeper and deeper and we can take it all apart. And then we'll say, well, what is this little piece? There's a little black thing here. What does that do? What's his little thing? It was like a little barrel. That thing that was this green thing is what always aligned. And we can find somebody who will explain to us what I want you to get really granular. What does it mean? What does it mean? What does it mean though? What are these things do? And you break it down, break it down, break it down, right?

Speaker 4: (06:09)
And so then all of those things make up the camera. But what happens is that we can easily just say that's just the camera. So there's a difference between breaking something down into little pieces to find out how it works. Okay. And what's it made out of? But we can easily in a split second say that's the camera. Well what is the camera like this part. And then the thing that sticks, you're done and you move forward. And when you, when you do that, when you do that, then what's happening is you are going from going from the scientific method to more spiritual methods. And the spiritual method is what does it mean this device, you know, laying down on the ground and I don't have a need of a camera and it matters nothing to me, what it's made out of, where at works.

Speaker 4: (06:57)
But if I have a need of a camera, it becomes whole. It becomes one whole thing. And I don't need to know how it works. It's made out of because that has a meaning to me and that's more of a spiritual part. So I hope I can make that transition where we can get stuck on all the pieces and how, how they work. And so then that can break, break our traditions down. It can break down our, our spirituality because I mean, we can put a, uh, uh, some sensors on our brain and then every time we have a spiritual experience, they can say, okay, this is what's happening is what's lighting up? You know, all these things that are lighting up all these things. And then all of a sudden it feels like, wow, it feels like I'm having a spiritual experiences. Like, okay, so then they can go on, study that and figure out, Oh, take this pill, this drug, and you'll have the same booms.

Speaker 4: (07:44)
Like, Oh, was like, and so like I say, that's all that was. And, and you're going to sit there and go, well, that sucks because the spiritual experience that I was having was really had a lot of meme for, but once more. But once you figured out what was happening in my brain and all the chemical reactions that were happening in the snaps and all that kind of stuff, then then it's really, it's really just an illusion. So then all of a sudden when you have another, a spiritual experience or like it's just the chemical reaction in my head and the meaning is removed and then there's like an emptiness, which is a sad thing. Right? So then so because we have taken it away from a spiritual thing that's happening to a scientific things, here's the, here's the pieces, here's the pieces that it's made out of and harder to work.

Speaker 4: (08:37)
Yeah. So when we are in that where, when we are in that mode again, I'll say it again, the pieces that it's made out of and how they work, right? We lose contact with our soul. And so then when we move it to what it, what it means to us, then we start tapping into contact with ourselves. It's not good or bad, right? Because it's a process. Because what, what you have to realize is that if we're looking at the camera on my computer right now, is that data, those didn't exist at one point. There was a person that was studying how things work and they said, if I do this, if I do that, if I do this and then I will create something that people need, it's a camera.

Speaker 1: (09:24)
I can save that image, I'm to hear and Oh, this'll be cool. I'll just light

Speaker 4: (09:29)
things. Right? And then, and then now you have, you have a situation where he was trying to figure out something that works because he saw that he could help or fell in need that we have as humans. We just to see images and talk. And then you have a situation that Jen that manifests itself as an example where my son is a, is in robotics, um, was in robotics in high school. Right? And it's not, it's not battle robots. They create these robots and they have to do certain tasks and the time, right? They have to pick up a ball, put in an Uber blocks and stuff. So I had to give all these things. And so then, but the program isn't just building a robot. You, you have to have a photographer, you have to have a, a media expert, and you have to have somebody that coordinates the travel. You have to somebody that coordinates food, you have to have somebody that,

Speaker 1: (10:17)
Oh wow. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. When you're saying all the stuff that goes with it. Yeah. Right. So then so then what happens is that

Speaker 4: (10:22)
they don't just involve the kids that are good at roping in robotics. There's like this whole community that gets created by people who print the tee shirts. They do all these things. Right. Exactly. And so then all sudden you have this really the rounded group of kids that, you know, one may not know how to code, but it doesn't matter because they're making tee shirts and little because they need to do these little knickknacks that they trade with other teams. Right. And so they come up with all these things. So there's always this whole, a lot of people get involved in it. Right. So then the other thing is that they have to do an outreach. So then you have to go to food bank or clean a park or something like that as a group. Right. So they can't just stay within the group that the outreach to regroup.

Speaker 4: (11:05)
So then the camera's helping that because as they're showing pictures, they have the little videos at what they do. Right. So I put together a girl's team Australia. Right. And so then one of the things they do is they go to another private school in a less developed part of town or a core part of town and help them create a robotics team. Wow. And so then they expand that and so then they help like two or three girls schools in India create a robotics team and then they are able to, on a weekly basis corresponding mentioned them over the internet to these girls in India, India and help them do fundraisers for their stuff. Anyways.

Speaker 1: (11:43)
But what does that web of all the things

Speaker 4: (11:47)
right. And the guy, all he was trying to do is figure out how these pieces work to send an image over the internet. And so somebody took that thing and gave it meaning and expense. So crazy. Okay. So keep that in mind with things where if you find yourself losing heart because you can, you're losing your religion is because you're breaking it down to pieces and seeing how they work and what they're made out of. Yeah. So then I was, so when I pulled back, um, yeah, so I'm looking, so the Catholic church will be the camera, but I'm seeing that and now you're saying, okay, how does it work? What are the pieces and what are the pieces? When there was something more, because honestly, it wasn't the camera that was creating the images or giving me the fulfilling me or making me the person who I am.

Speaker 4: (12:41)
There was something more that was operating the camera. What was behind that? What was behind all of it? So pull back even farther than the camera and look at all the different cameras and all the different kinds of cameras and all the different, this one's a movie camera, this one's a still camera. This one doesn't, black and white film only on this one does this or this is an old fashion shutter box. And so now there's all these cameras that represent all the religions. What's behind all of them. And then, yeah, so you just have to pull back and then, and then when you, when you have a thing that meant a lot to you, right, that has a lot of meaning. It's because it breaks down. You start looking at it at a scientific way instead of virtual way. Exactly. Yeah. But it's cool too that we can not lose our religion, you know, like not lose our, well because losing a religion thinks of this, but losing my faith, there you go.

Speaker 4: (13:40)
Not lose my faith and just know and have faith. Right. And it's all for the best. Don't freak out. It's just a changing of perspective. And it is. And what it is, is that you, and we'll talk about this as we go forward, is that yeah, let you under the water, like you always talk about that going up and looking underneath now that's what it feels like, right? Because you're looking in going, how are you seeing this before? Oh, this is way different than what I thought it was. Right. And what it meant to me. But that doesn't mean that I lose, I have to lose the whole thing. It's like, and if you want to look at the church as that camera, right, and think of the church as a tool to connect to spirit, right. And the church comes up with all these rules and regulations and things like that.

Speaker 4: (14:32)
All these things we have to do. Cause all it is, is take a picture of God so you can focus on has to be in God. Right? Right. Yeah. Put your lens, this lens cap on this, Eric, take that lens cap off lens in. And so then, so there's somebody, somebody goes and breaks into your house, takes your computer and films porn with it, right? And you're like, okay, I need a mesh, my computer, this computer sucks as worthless. It's like, no, it's because somebody used it for another purpose. Okay. Was built for a certain purpose. It was, it was probably even just built to like, you know, again, they took something where they didn't build the church for that they build because they're like, okay, I need to connect with spirits. Like, okay, here's what we're going to do. We're gonna gather here at the street.

Speaker 4: (15:20)
Right. Okay. Yeah. Okay. And then, okay. It's like, okay, wait. I was like, Oh, that tree dies. Like, okay, well let's build something more. Let's put a stone here. Right? And we'll go and gather and we'll talk about again, it's like, okay, you know, it's raining. It's like, okay, how about we'll make a hut. Okay, we'll make a church, we'll make a building and everybody comes to this, to the building and we'll connect. We'll connect to to God here. And people are connecting to God or connecting the spirit. And then all of a sudden somebody comes in, it's like, Hey, a group of people that I can victimize. And some. And so it's like, and so then they use the tool that gathers people together and, and, and victims. And then so what happens is like, Hey, I'm happy, I'm happy, everything's going great. That plenty of corn in the field, that cattle, my wife loves me.

Speaker 4: (16:05)
I got 200 kids is great, you know, it's great to be. And they're like, okay, would you like to come to church? Why is that? Cause I'm still feel better. I feel good right now. And then, so then what happens is my cattle are dying, things are falling apart, you know, I'm just going to kill myself. I can't take this anymore. It's like, well, come to church, you'll feel better. It's like, okay, I'll try that. So it attracts broken people, attracts gross broken people because broken people don't want to feel broken anymore. And it's not the rock, it's not the church, it's not the stone. It's this tool to connect to spirit so that you understand that it feels that you're broken but you're not broken. Right, right. And, and amen. And then so we have this, this thing through Instagram and things like where it appears that everybody's happy.

Speaker 4: (16:47)
No, not everybody's happy. Everybody has parts of their life where it's, it's that they we don't like and it goes to like, it's broken too. It looks like this is unbearable, right? And we have this and some parts that we really liked and we're really enjoying, right? And so we have this, we don't have a life that is perfect or unbearable. We have a life that has everything in it, right? And so then we can handle or we think we can handle the things that are good and we need help handling the things that aren't variable. Right? And so then so then those are the, that's what happens when people come to church. And so it's about finding, finding meaning and, and integrating everything. That's the first thing I have here. And so the thing about finding meaning and things is that we, we look at life and then we say, okay, here's the negative things in my life.

Speaker 4: (17:37)
I'm going to move those to the side. Get them out of the room. I don't want to look at them anymore. And you start clearing out your room of all the things that are like, and then you just keep the things that bring you joy, I guess, right? You do a little Marie condo and you some spark joy, joy work now and you sit there and you're like, okay, this just feels better. Right? And then, and then you can get to a point where like, okay, but I have no meaning to my life. And I believe that having meaning in your life is like, okay, all that stuff you got rid of, you have to now bring it back in and then understand that that is part of yet that integrated. Right? Because you know, there's some things you can get rid of like an old shirt, but you're, you're mother-in-law or whatever your mom or you know are their health problems you that your parents may have or something like that.

Speaker 4: (18:24)
You can't get rid of those. Right? And so then you have to integrate those into your life, integrating them into your life, integrating the good stuff and the bad stuff into your life will give you meaning. The trick is how do you do that? And so one of the things we don't do is we, we don't try to break things down. We don't try to break him down in pieces. I can, you know, with my mom's health problems, I can go and look it up and find out what her health problems are and if she has trouble with her legs or always have trouble with their legs, you know, they, they just, there's not enough circulation and I can find out, okay, why do, why do her legs have that color? Why did she get those blisters? You know, what can I do to fix? Say what kind of white man I can all figure that out, right? It doesn't fix it. But what I can do is say that, okay, this is something that is in my life and I'm going to create some understanding to manage it and I'm going to be okay with it because it's part of my life. It's like spice in a dish or flavoring in a dish. And I have to be okay with it. Once I am able to bring that in and be okay with it, then my life has meaning.

Speaker 4: (19:36)
And I'm, I remember, I don't have to remember that story. We were doing a Jane seminar. Um, so anyways, there was this lady and so we were writing down these things that were like, that were pissing us off, right. And she, and, and she does, it's like write down, you know, like a bitch session. She starts writing things down below by, you know, everybody writes down all and we meet this and you're like, more paper, please bring the more pain. And so, um, so he's there right now and there's one lady had written ends up where they stand up afterwards, like was like talk about the stuff that they were bitching about. So one of them was that their parents had gone into hospice or something like, or group home and um, she had brothers and sisters and for some reason they, she ended up with a parrot, their parents, parents.

Speaker 4: (20:23)
Right. And she goes, I hate this parent. It's like hate this parent. It's like, and she's just, you know, and parents can either love you or they hate you. They're no in between. Right? Yeah. And I took care of a pair for a friend and it fell in love with me, but he did everybody in the, all right. But I would like, I couldn't get, I had to like push it off of me and I thought it was going to bite me, put it in the cage cause it wouldn't leave me alone. Right. So, and so my friend's like, Oh, he fell in love with you. I always falls in love with one person in that household. Right. And so she, she didn't have that relationship with her, so she hated and she complains, I can't believe this. Why do I have to take care of weddings?

Speaker 4: (21:01)
It's like, and then, and then Jane does her thing, right. And I can't remember the question she asks is like, well, do you have to take care of the parent? Well, yeah. And he goes, no, I mean, do you really have to do it? What would happen if you weren't here tomorrow? Would that parent die? She goes, no, somebody else will take care of it. Okay, so, so you're not the only person. And she sort of steps her through this, right? And then she gets to this real is this thing, it's like you could say, no, you don't have to do this. You can give us pared away. You can tell your, your brothers and sisters and say, you guys got a week to either take the kid or I'm giving you this other stuff. Right? And so, so the lady gets to that point, she goes, yeah, I can do all of that. And so then why don't you do that? And he goes, because the parents important to my parents and I love my parents. And that's the kind of person I am. She goes, there you go. You don't have a parrot because it was snowing on you or because some people are making you, it's because that's the type of person you are that will I knew made that choice important to another person. You'll take it.

Speaker 4: (22:04)
And so what was my point?

Speaker 1: (22:07)
Yeah, because then she would she, I remember those exercises she would have you make those lists and then when people made the lists of the things that they did like it was much smaller and harder for them to find. They think that list was shorter and and they were struggling to find those things and then she read, she gave them a readjustment and a thought process is creating, being grateful because once you start, start the morning with gratitude and you're always looking for things to be grateful for, more of those things show up because what you look for is literally what you find. So if you are constantly focused on the bitch session, which most of us were, we could fill up those pages and if we're constantly focused on what do we see that's good for us, we'll see more of that. Those things. It's like looking for the color reds, like look around the room and everything that's red.

Speaker 1: (23:00)
Find everything that's red. And everybody's like, okay, I see this, this and this. And it's like, okay, what was green? And you're like, Oh well shit, I was focused on the red. I didn't see any green. And it's like, okay, well this time look around the room and look for everything green. What did you see that was green? It was like, well, there was this, this and this. It wasn't there before. Yes. Why didn't you see it? Because you weren't looking for it. So look for the blessings, look for the good things, focus on those things. The things that you're grateful for and more and more of them will appear. You'll start to spot them like the new car that everybody seems to have bought since you bought yours. It was like everybody had those cars before. You just never noticed them because they weren't in reality start making the good things a part of your reality and your fault. Yeah, exactly.

Speaker 4: (23:51)
And so, so yeah, you're developing on that. And so one of the things I found was that when we did the bitch session, right, right. Um, and then it was like, and then they switched it and said, okay, the things that are grateful for. I remember thinking, Oh my gosh, as I bitched in bitch and bitch and bitch and bitch, I felt smaller because I kept breaking things down into these little tiny things. And I was focusing on little tiny things, things that didn't matter, but they weren't annoyed me. And I just felt really small. But I did feel small until I did the gratitude one when I did the gratitude is like I feel bigger, I feel more like I feel more. Right. And so when you start feeling that you're feeling small and insignificant because you're starting to break things down using the scientific method instead of being grateful for things, right. And then for, and so then you know, you can be grateful for something that I'm not grateful for and vice versa. Right. And so why? Because it means something to you. It doesn't mean anything to me. And because that's where you find your meaning is to look for things that you're grateful for. And it, there's no, it's not granular. It's not a little pieces. It's always big, big, big.

Speaker 1: (25:05)
And if you can find something that you're grateful for, if you're stuck in that, you know, that depression and stuff, because my mom struggled with depression. She had, she had attempted suicide several times and was in and out of psych wards because of all the attempts to under her life that she had mains. But one thing I got from it when she was starting to recover from all that, because eventually she did beat it. And as she got older, she got better. But the thing that she started doing, and she said to me, she goes, when I can't see anything out of the darkness of the depression that I'm in, she goes, I have to help others. Because once I step outside myself and I do something for someone else, I realized how insignificant those things are and that we're hiding the light. And she said, and then I realized that I am a part of something so much bigger than just myself, that there is so much more.

Speaker 1: (26:04)
Because when she was stuck in depression, she felt very small, insignificant. Like there was no getting out of it and she could only see or feel or really connect with just herself. It was a very lonely place. You know, she felt like I'm all alone. Nobody knows how this feels. This is how it's going to be forever. You know, those things. But when she was helping other people, she realized that there's so much more and it allowed her to see. So I think that those are the wonderful things about gratitude, that we feel bigger, but we also feel connected to everything else, to, to God and to other people. We allow ourselves to, we take ourselves out of situations where we would feel alone and isolated and we start to realize that we are all apart of this wonderful community of beings and we can see to what they call the fingers of God.

Speaker 1: (27:06)
Like how people like the miracle ways that God miraculous was moves chess pieces on a board so that we met this person at this right time or you know, like I love those stories where you know, they're like, if this didn't happen and this didn't happen and this didn't happen, then this guy wouldn't have been there at that right time. You see that thing, it's all over our news for the past couple of weeks and played it over and over again where the couple was walking across the street here in Phoenix and they were pushing the air, pushing the stroller. So there's a couple of walking across the street and just imagine that the light turns green. So the cars, you know, they're, they're walking with the lights so they're, they're walking with the light. The cars have the right of way going next to them. Right. Not obviously through them, but there's a car that runs a light and is, I mean it is on a direct course for hitting these people.

Speaker 1: (28:07)
Like it is freaking crazy that this person, I mean, you know, these people are going to die. You can see it on the camera and suddenly this car comes and she, she's going straight and she takes this car that's going to hit these people and she just knocks it off track at the, I mean like it is so miraculous that it's like, you know, God had to put that car there and it's crazy because she saved all those lives that wasn't, you know, if you're like a person like me, that wasn't an accident, that was an intervention. It was a divine intervention from God, you know? And, and it helps everyone there too because it saved that person who was driving impaired from having a homicide and going to jail. Probably they got a DUI and they got a lot of stuff, but definitely things that they're not going to be in jail for the rest of their life.

Speaker 1: (29:07)
They're not going to feel responsible for murdering three, three people. The lady whose car was ruined because she was the one who was driving and saved them and her car was smashed to pieces. Carvana gave her a brand new car, you've got a brand new car out of it, and she was like, Holy cows. She had a POS car. Luckily it was a, it wasn't a good piece of shit because it saved her life, but it was enough to keep her safe during this collision. And she got a brand new car and those people are alive and everyone in their family was safe. So like all these lives at one time were impacted by a divine hand, like the, you know, that's kind of how I believe that everything works that you, if you take those steps back, you see how all those little pieces came together.

Speaker 1: (30:00)
And so when you're helping someone that, I love the stories, like there was just a story of a guy where he went to a house and he asked the guy how much his rent was and the guy told him and he took out these hundred dollar bills and the kid does this on YouTube all the time. He has this video where he's like, you know mr philanthropists and basically I don't like the kid because I think to myself, you know, he's just putting himself on TV so you can, you know, show everybody what he's doing. But he got caught by God because this time when he gave this guy this money, like guy, it was a Hispanic couple, it had to be close to the border and his wife didn't speak any English and he, he looked at him and he said, what is this?

Speaker 1: (30:43)
And he said, it's your rent. And the guy's thinking all cocky, like I'm paying your rent. And the guy looked to him and him with all seriousness, he said, he started crying. He goes, I was just inside praying. I was just inside on my hands and knees praying to God and just now to help me because I got laid off and you're just like, Oh my God. And then he goes and he goes, let me get my wife and he gets his wife and he said, we were just praying and she's looking at her and she's going, what's going on? And he said, this man, he's telling her in Spanish, this man just gave us our rent. And she was like, Oh my God. And she's like, we're just praying. And you just sat there and you're watching this and you're like, that took that kid, that YouTube kid trying to get all famous was just played by God.

Speaker 1: (31:28)
No freaking clue. And it's like you're just playing. God just used you as his pawn to do something wonderful and miraculous for this couple who are in there on their hands and knees and praying and saying, please God, we got laid off. We don't want to lose our home. We've been here, we got nothing else. You've got to help us. And two seconds later there's a knock at the door and somebody hands 'em all their rent. You tell me how that is not miraculous, you know like everything in this world, if we look for the miracles, that's all we see. I mean you literally can do that with almost everything. It can't you. Yeah. So you know, even when those things are destroyed, like even when that camera, I'm looking at that camera and all the flaws in that camera. When I stepped back or I'm under that water like you say, and I look back and I go, no, there is something much bigger than just this camera at work. It's not about the camera. It's something about much, much bigger in this world. Don't you think God created us? And he said it was good. And then we bring it down to these

Speaker 4: (32:40)
little granulars and nuggets and stuff like that and we're like, this is not good. This is not good. He's like, no, it's good. Right. And the, and the gout, I have this and the processes that when we talk about mindful Mondays is to get yourself into that mindset of this is good and what I am adding to that is that this is good. And you have to have the courage to integrate those things that you don't think are good. Right? Because it's all good. It's all good. All be used for good. Right. That says that in the Bible too took what was created. Well, the devil was using for evil and he turned it good. Yeah, that's exactly, exactly it because I was just listening to this this morning. Somebody was saying like, so basically that you had the garden of Eden, right? And then Cain, you know, he creates the first cities, right? So basically you have eval that creates cities, you, we leave the garden and then we integrate into cities and communities and stuff like that. And so then they become the focus of these corruptions and bad things happen. All bad things happen in cities, right? When people aren't in the country, everything's fine, and he's like, don't go to the city. Right. We're going to, I'm going to destroy that city. Look back at it so bad. You know, there's all these things that could happen, right?

Speaker 4: (34:00)
So cities become this, this symbol of bad things because it just kind of gets more and more men together to gain more and more bad things, right? Right. And so we, we as Christians need to integrate that and say, Oh, this is, this is good. Because at the very end, God creates a shiny city on the Hill. He will take all that, all the crap that we did and then, and then he will perfect it. Even even that thing, we'll create a perfect setting in a perfect world. And so, so we integrate that. So we do this on Mondays, right? We have to integrate everything. Everything that comes into your mind, you have to integrate it somehow, right. And allow it. I would say if it's a person that you can get rid of in your life, get rid of them. You don't need that bad energy.

Speaker 4: (34:47)
But then again, sometimes that person that's giving that energy is, I mean, you're stuck with, right? It'd be a family member marshaling, mostly thinking, right? And know that that has, that has purpose and meaning. When that situations arise. And we talked about how we have to reenact that thing where you have to sit down and create the gratitude, right? Right. That is religion right there. Because what you're doing is what the word religion means is that to realign yourself to back, to litigate it means to tie ties up something, right? Right. So what you're doing is re aligning your Reed, tying yourself to this concept of being grateful and religion is basically you coming back in a place in time to reestablish that. Because if you do that, then you get stuck in that scientific process where everything's broken into little pieces and none of it seems coherent and none of it has meaning.

Speaker 4: (35:45)
You have to come back except all those pieces and then focus on on what your purpose and what your meat will, your meaning, your purpose are. Then all those little pieces have a place, right? Right. All everything has meaning and purpose and that's what religion is. You go back and you start again, right? You start again from scratch and you go back and you have to, you have to physically Mark those times. We're physically marking these things on Mondays, right as at the start of the week. So we do my mindful Monday because regardless, regardless of what happens or doesn't happen, regardless of whether you work your plan this week, we are so we don't work your plan, regardless of whatever happens, we have to come back and say that everything is okay and you have purpose and meaning. And we do that with time and we do that with, with um, talked about with rituals, you have to consciously separate time rituals and places to do that.

Speaker 4: (36:44)
It's difficult to do on the fly, but you, if you're always trying to, you can still do time. You can still do rituals, right? Sometimes your time is not yours. Right? So your rituals might be different and originals may, may seem weird and creepy when their rituals are basically habits though. Exactly. Yeah. It's just a habit. Brushing your teeth every night is like a ritual, Rachel. Exactly. Right. So what happens when you don't do the ritual? You lay in bed, I gotta go get pressed my teeth radically. So then create rituals. Good rituals are productive rituals. We've talked about that. How many times went, especially when we did that. Exactly right. And, and we have, and we have time rituals where we do Halloween, we do Thanksgiving, you know, Christmas. And guess what happens? Guess what happens? Those things give us purpose and meaning. Yeah, right?

Speaker 4: (37:40)
Because they're there. It's at that set time. And what I want you to do is, is to meditate on how much meaning that ritual brings to you and how it makes you feel. Right? You don't have to do that every 12 months or whatever, right? Yeah. You don't have to wait till Thanksgiving to be grateful. You can bring that, you can bring that same sensation and excitement and looking forward to things and giving a lot of purpose and meaning to a lot of things in your life. If you do it on a daily basis, when you do it on a daily, daily basis, you're replaying that, that you know, Christmas, you know, family, Volvo, all the, all the feelings that come with that. Right? You can, you can break that into more often things. Right, and when I say rituals, I don't know am I, am I?

Speaker 4: (38:31)
Maybe. Maybe people are listened to as like, yeah, I get Rachel's. Oh cool, I love Rachel's, then let's do rituals. Right? Am I my thing? Because I'm more like a thinking person or a scientific person. It's like, okay, that's pretty awkward, right? That's an awkward thing to do, but, but we had to move it from that because I'm breaking it down. It's like, what is it? What does it do is nothing. It's just like a little statue. It's just like a little rock. But even, even if I think that I still gather things and do ritual things, Oh my gosh, did you watch the profit this week? Profit is like one of my favorite shows. I love it because the profit or the profit as if to make money.

Speaker 1: (39:11)
The profit as to make money. It's a show that's, I don't know what it is, seventh or eighth season on, I think it's on TLC, but I can't remember. But I watch it.

Speaker 4: (39:22)
I want to get, I want, I want to get all his DVDs right. I want to get, um, who's the guy that the chef that's always yelling at people Ramsey when he does make overs for restaurants and then there's Tabitha that does salon thought, I want to get those three right. And then if my kids say I want to start a business, I'm like, okay, here's all the BS. You watch them all.

Speaker 1: (39:50)
Exactly. Because I mean yeah, Marcus has got some great stuff, but this week you went to a pizza parlor, which I thought was really weird because I was like, why would he go to a pizza? Like yesterday we went to this pizza joint in New York and there was a dad there and the business was in the son's name. Like the business was the son's name. They were struggling with their business. It was really busy. They shut it down to rehab. They did a bunch of stuff anyways, the outside looked like a piece of shit. Right. And so the, he came in at need. He was trying to talk to them, see what was going on. They couldn't, they didn't know how to keep books. I had never started a business or as Marcus finally just said, what the hell made you stop you like out of the blue?

Speaker 1: (40:38)
Just decide. I know Jack shit about restaurants, businesses or anything else. Like what made you do this? And he said, my wife was killed in nine 11 and he said, what? And he said, yeah. He said, my wife of, I forget you said at the time was like 25 years or something and he said that she was killed in nine 11 she, she saw something with the explosion. She called him and said, I'm going over to the nursery and check on the kids that was inside the building of the second tower and she went there to check on the children. I don't know, I can't remember the like how she worked there or whatever was going on. But she went to check on the kids and then the second plane hit and the building collapsed on her and she died. So his kids at the time were like nine or 10 or whatever.

Speaker 1: (41:31)
They were very young and he got a large sum of money and he, he decided, because he was just this blue color guy and he had worked his ass off his whole life for somebody else and he was going to give it to his son and he gave you, I must have given some Joe's daughter, I guess each of them and start a business for them. So he wanted his son this to be his son's business with this money. And Marcus said, that's really important. And he said, why did you not tell anybody this? He goes, do your employees know this? And he said, no, I don't talk about my business to anyone. That's my personal stuff. And Marcus was telling them, you've got to share this, right? So then the kid was struggling because he was young. He had never had a business. He didn't really know any, he wasn't putting, he was working hard, but it didn't have any, you know, like it needed, he needed some, he needed a Y. This kid really needed a Y because you really didn't have Y. And so Marcus took him outside and this is what you said, that maybe you remember this cause he picked up a rock and he gave this kid the rock and he said, this is, this represents your mother and this represents your business.

Speaker 1: (42:52)
And he said, because you wouldn't have any of this if it wasn't for her. This is her protecting you and your future from out there, from somewhere else. And he said, what does this rock mean? And, and he said, it means everything. And he goes, it's your mom. And he said, so what do you do with this rock? And he said, I protect it. And he said, I take care of it. And he goes, you take care of this like it's your mother. He said, you take care of this. Like it's everything that she meant to you. Every memory you have, everything. This rock is your business, but it's your mother. And so he said, so think about that. So the kid goes on, he cleans up the outside, he does some stuff, and then Marcus decides, you know, I can't invest in this business.

Speaker 1: (43:44)
Not really the type of business I invested in, but I'm going to invest 30,000 I'm going to give you a loan, we're going to rehab the whole inside. We're going to really make it represent the story, you know, because the story brand is really important. And the kid comes back to Marcus later and he pulls out the rug and he says to them, he goes, I kept this rock because this business is my mother. I mean, it goes and I will take care of it forever. And he's like, thank you, Mark as me hugs him and you're just like, Oh, gets it. You're like so happy watching this story because literally these things only have the value that we put upon them, right? So we need to place value on those things. We need to see the value in everything we do. You know, there was a reason for all of that, so take that away. I can tell you're going right now, I'm struggling with like just shut up because

Speaker 4: (44:46)
I always have to cause I'm a scientific method and Lenny, I want people to understand what just happened here is that we took something, we assign the meaning to it, the rock, right, and it's because you're a freaking spiritual being. That's why it resonates, period. You're, you're not an animal. You're not a thing that can be taken part of scientifically because a robot and artificial intelligence will never be able to assign a meeting to Iraq. Iraq will never become a mother and this in a sense, a rock that would become a business. But because our spirit is dying to speak to us or the other way around, it's like we're dying. We literally are dying to connect to spirit. When we do that, we Pierce the veil and it means everything. It means the world. Yes, yes. That's where I wanted to get to.

Speaker 1: (45:40)
It's so weird that my stories and your story is always like,

Speaker 4: (45:45)
and so the, the tools, the camera, the tools are don't just have things in your life. You can have a bunch of pretty things in your life, but in your ritual, pick physical objects and assign meaning. What does that mean to you? Right? Um, and um, pick a time and pick a place, right? Because we are in a three dimensional world. We are spiritual means experiencing a physical environment. And the only way back to that special place is to manipulate our spiritual or physical environment to make us go back.

Speaker 1: (46:26)
Absolutely. I agree. And I believe that we should treat those times just like that rock with the respect that says, look, I am going to take that five minutes every morning to write down the three things I'm grateful for. Or to meditate or to whatever it is like that all those habits or rituals we create deserve that same sort of respect.

Speaker 4: (46:51)

Speaker 1: (46:52)
So we need to do that for not just for ourselves, but literally for our wellbeing and our spiritual being. Because I think that that helps us.

Speaker 4: (47:02)
[inaudible] I think that the respect would be we, we want to set it apart and respect the fact that it is set apart so that things don't, you don't respect the things you respect, that there's a line and I'm in a place, right? That where where you are now going to move back into your spirit and then the first place you start starting point, right is this place we just separated by time, space and it has fingers in it that represent those. And those are the things that become sacred, right? And once it becomes sacred and you believe it and you feel it, then the magic happens and you can move into the spirit. Right? And so those, that's what religions did. They created those things. They created sacred things, right? And the greatest SegWit place, they created sacred time. Right? And you didn't, you didn't go there to do anything else, you know.

Speaker 4: (47:55)
So there was a, there was a time where like all the, all the merchants went into the temple and started selling things, right? And, and Jesus got mad. He's like this, these are not sacred things. What you're doing is not sacred. This is, this is a place where sacred things and that's where he got mad and started kicking them out. Right. He says you have to do that. Where there, you have to have that same energy is that when you create the time and space and things, when the world starts encroaching on it, you have to set the same type of resilience to say get out sacred and apart. Yeah. I think you do. Are you complete? I'm complete.

Speaker 3: (48:42)
So that's what our Monday mindfulness is. Uh, her about Monday, mindfulness is, that sounds like a weird word, but our Monday mindfulness is really important to us. We do it every single Monday morning. We also have an accountability group that we do on Monday evenings. So we make sure that everybody starts the week off, right. That they get the mindset that they need, they get the directions so that they know what they're doing and we get a lot of the wasted time out of the way and really plan and set a course of action. Whether or not we get to implement it all week is a matter of just how the dominoes fall. Right? But the whole point is we're there to support each other. And that's what it's all about. So your family is there today supporting you and being with you. And I hope you're having a lovely, amazing time.

Speaker 3: (49:35)
This was just a gift to you. So they, you had some, some things to think about, something to help you start this season off in a wonderful, wonderful way that didn't involve money. Oh, and that reminds me too, if you haven't already go to our Facebook page because we have the prosperous Christmas group opened up. It's a free group. But we're talking to people about how to save money during the Christmas season so that they're not just going out there spending Willy nilly that they have a plan and a course of action. And we really want to help you get your finances in gear so that you can build a short term rental real estate empire. And this is part of the plan, not spending money on a bunch of TVs that we don't need because we already got a TV. I don't care if it's $50 I'm like, guy my butt up at four in morning and going out and getting a new one. So I don't care if you're getting me a coffee. Everybody's like, what if you get a coffee? I don't care. I get a coffee every morning. I don't need another one. So you guys, God bless you so much. I hope you have a great, great Thanksgiving. God bless you. God bless your family. Have a great day. Go and grow.


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