Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Are our Fast-Paced Lives
Making us Deaf, Dumb & Blind?

Image Montage by PeapodLife: Washington Metro commuters miss out on virtuoso performance;
Source: facebook.com: Facebook - Liberty Girl's Photos
Inset: Joshua Bell: one of the world’s great instrumental soloists. Photograph: Linda Nylind; 

Are we so absorbed in rushing around, so busy “doing,” that we could miss one of the world’s great violinists, Joshua Bell, give an impromptu performance in the Washington Metro? Apparently so.

It started off like any other rush hour in Washington DC...

Then a man sat down in the subway and began playing the violin. Not unusual per se. Busking is a common fixture just about wherever you go.

Over a 45-minute period the man played six Bach pieces. During that time it is estimated some 1,100 people went through the station; only six of them stopped and listened for a while. About 20 gave him money.

He seemed to receive the most attention from children, including a three-year-old boy who was dragged away by his mother (like most of the others).

The man was Joshua Bell, one of the world’s great virtuoso violinists. His serenade of Bach was courtesy of a $3.5 million dollar violin. Who knew? No one. Well, no one in the metro station, anyway.

If only they could have known Joshua Bell played a sold-out concert in Boston just two nights before his free subway performance in Washington. Average price of admission? $100.

But they didn’t know. Deaf, dumb and blind to the beauty, artistry right in front of them, hundreds upon hundreds of people missed an opportunity of a lifetime.

Image: Blind, deaf & dumb by Nancy Calef

Modern society is so obsessed with creating opportunity. We think we have to do it. We are bombarded from every angle with every conceivable message of “what it takes” to be successful: win; beat the other guy; long hours and hard work are the earmarks of the linear mathematical equation for happiness.

So we slave away. We stay connected: 24/7...and we freak when we misplace our phone. “Well, I might miss an important call!!!”  Yeah, because your device’s voicemail will fail you the one time you need it to work, right? 

We stress, sweat, binge, suck back coffee like it was oxygen. And let’s not even get into some of the stronger drugs we use to douse the flames of insanity. Look no further than Martin Sorcesse’s The Wolf of Wall Street for a glimpse into just how insanely stressful and manic the world of success can be.

Image: The Wolf of Wall Street (does this look like someone at their best)?

We do all that (to one degree or another), and never ask ourselves what we may be missing as a consequence. But rather than taking our cues from the surreal world of The Wolf, perhaps we’d do better to heed the advice of golfer Walter Hagen, who said:
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” 
~ The Walter Hagen Story

It was good advice in 1956, and was never more poignant than now.

Okay, we’re not saying if you slow down, unplug and pay attention you’re going to run into a superstar musician on the street…but you might. Or perhaps you’ll notice something new and wonderful about your spouse, your partner, your friend, your pet, that fills your heart with real joy and bliss.

Perhaps slowing down and taking your time will allow the multi-million-dollar idea you’ve been searching for to just “show up.” Perhaps you’ll discover you had been looking for it in all the wrong places. (Legend has it, E=MC² came to Einstein in the bubble bath).

So go ahead: take a bath. A long shower. A relaxing massage. Meditate. Listen to a WHOLE ALBUM, beginning to end, no interruptions or distractions. Stop trying to make something happen by doing and start being in the middle of what’s already there; experience what’s already happening...within you.

Now imagine what you might discover in the midst of your very own rainforest ecosystem. A living community of collective harmony and symbiosis. Each and every individual in a beautiful dance of perfect balancing, with you as their focus.

Imagine yourself unabsorbed by all the craziness of the world; and instead, completely absorbed into the peace, harmony and lucidity of life in its highest, calmest, most vivid yet peaceful expression.

See. Hear. Be brilliant…like a child in the metro who can recognize the sounds of a virtuoso musician and his multi-million dollar violin…once more.

Youtube Video: Stop and Hear the Music
Uploaded by Washington Post

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Can’t Afford an Ecosystem? Relax!
The Answer is Here; Your Sanctuary Awaits.

Image by PeapodLife: Relax turn Stress into Sanctuary with a New Home + Ecosystem
Microsoft Image Credits: Man Stressed

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
~ William S. Burroughs
When it comes to people’s reactions to our ecosystems, we’ve heard one response hundreds of times:

“I love it! I want one! I just can’t afford it.”

Well now you can. Stress no longer about what you can’t afford or finance. Your indoor ecosystem sanctuary awaits you, along with affordable home ownership, plus whatever design, decor and green technologies you’ve ever dreamed of.

It’s all possible thanks to a freshly minted partnership between PeapodLife and CASAVANT.

Casavant is a revolutionary new approach to home ownership. They identify and solve problems faced by consumers, including assessment, financing and fulfillment issues around home improvements.

The result is Canada’s first integrated resale home buying process. A seamless, hassle-free, risk-free way to find, finance, purchase and renovate a resale home.

Don’t want to move? No worries, depending on your situation, Casavant may be able to re-finance your home so that your ecosystem and any and all home improvements are in your first mortgage.

For more info and to see how it works, please visit www.casavantcorp.com.

Image Casavant: Innovative Home Ownership Solutions
Source: http://www.casavantcorp.com/index.html

The Big Three Reasons why PeapodLife & Casavant are working together:
  1. PeapodLife is introducing a new paradigm of stress-free living; Casavant is introducing a new paradigm of stress-free home ownership.
  2. PeapodLife is an integrated platform of truly green, truly sustainable building technologies for stress-free living. Casavant is an integrated system for stress-free home ownership.
  3. PeapodLife is a social enterprise with profound social and environmental benefits; Casavant is a social enterprise with equally profound social and economic benefits.

Image by PeapodLife: Three Reasons why PeapodLife & Casavant are working together
PeapodLife & Casavant: it’s a match made in heaven. Contact us today to learn more about all the benefits our affiliation with Casavant has to offer.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Slow & Steady Wins the Human Race™
Building EcoSystem Technology lets You Be at Your BEST

Image: Illustration by Phil Couzens, Jockey rides giant with sustainable winds of change.  
Image Source: www.japaninc.com: Japan -- Business People Technology |  Blogs » Jason de Luca's blog: Slow and steady sets the pace

“Slow & Steady Wins the Race”
~ Aesop
There’s no question: life moves pretty fast these days. So before we go any further, take a deep breathe, relax, and enjoy a moment without feeling the world’s lead foot pressing down on the proverbial gas pedal of your life.

Just ssslllooowww…dooowwwnnn. Great! Now we’re off to a good start.

Isn’t that funny? In the time it takes you to read and really consider this blog, your partner, colleagues, boss, or tech-savvy friends might have read and/or sent a dozen tweets, half-a-dozen text messages, 3 emails, AND beat one of the more “impossible” levels of Candy Crush Saga.

What would they have accomplished…really? What will they even remember having done? There’s no question the frenetic pace of today’s world—enabled in part by technology—lets us DO more. But is DOING the same thing as BEING DONE? How do we get, living at breakneck speed?

Stressed out. Burn out. Breakdown. These are neither words of productivity nor happiness. But what about breakthrough?  When do the real magic moments; the eureka! moments really happen? 

Ever notice how nature doesn’t really seem to DO too much? Yet there is little doubt a lot gets done. The old joke about “watching grass grow” gives way to the reality of mowing the lawn regularly.  Grass doesn’t sweat doing what it needs to get done; it sorta kinda just happens.  No fuss, no muss.

And who doesn’t like lying down on a soft green lawn (allergy season / chemical fertilizers & pesticides notwithstanding)?

Image: Couple lying barefoot in jeans on grass.
Image Source: www.layoutsparks.com: Layoutsparks: Lying In The Grass Picture and Photo

The above image captures the essence of taking time, slowing down, actually being as opposed to always doing. Seriously: can a thousand tweets, a hundred emails, and a dozen new Xbox Live achievements compare with a single authentic experience of being?  Just ask the couple in the above pic.

When Aesop said “slow and steady wins the race,” it was much more than just the moral of his famous fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. PeapodLife puts the practical wisdom hidden in Aesop’s Fables (and many others) into Building EcoSystem Technology.  Our BEST is the winning secret for the human race.

The very BEST nature has to offer awaits you. Immerse yourself in indoor rainforest ecosystems and tune into the perennial rhythm of nature. Start experiencing the essence of being, no matter what you’re doing: at home, at work, at play (allergens, chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides free, BTW!).

Regardless of the demands the world place on you, our ecosystems keep the beat of optimal existence, as defined by nature itself. Living the PeapodLife helps keep you balanced, measured and relaxed even in the face of today’s frenetic world. Productivity, peace and countless experiences of real joy await you.

This is how slow & steady wins the human race.™ The power of nature, the genius of Building EcoSystem Technology and the beauty of living the PeapodLife.  Be You @ Your BEST. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

New Year’s Greetings for a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Joyful 2014

Image: 2014 in Sparklers 

Although Mother Nature decided to ring in 2014 with an Arctic Vortex and remind us North Americans what winter is really all about, we wondered if perhaps there wasn’t some sort of hidden message.

More on that in a minute.

First, from all of us at PeapodLife, please allow us to extend warmest wishes to you and yours in 2014. May all your hopes, goals and dreams find fruition in the coming year.

If you were one of many hundreds of thousands effected by the recent ice storms, snowstorms, deep freezes, etc., we trust all is well and that life is returning to normal for you and yours.

If, like many, you’ve had quite enough of winter already, thank you very much, may we humbly remind you of the beauty of our indoor rainforest ecosystems.

Just think: no matter what condition the world outside may find itself in (be it deep freeze or heat wave), the soothing sounds, gorgeous colours, full spectrum light and temperate indoor microclimate of your very own ecosystem serves as your own personal sanctuary.

Again, all the best to you and yours in 2014.

The PeapodLife Team