S.A.M and Relationships ~ From the I AM Project

Posted by David Gilks on

Over the course of the weekend I was having a discussion with a friend of mine and we were talking about relationships and after ending one relationship what was the key to starting again. Repeatedly the discussion went back to philosophy, meaning a shared and common set of values that transcends all other aspects of relationships. It is how I think religious or cultural themes may have worked in the past (not so much the diluted versions we see nowadays) where there was a strong belief system that everyone adhered to. All decisions, big or small, were made by adhering to a philosophical set of beliefs or rituals, that reduced the tendency for human pettiness, ego and self-interest to enter into the picture.  I can’t remember who first said that if we had a strong set of common values that governed us there would be no need for laws as we would simply know what to do and act on that knowledge. So this brings me back to the discussion around marriage and relationships and the question regarding on how to make them work.

With the divorce rate over 50% we obviously seem to be missing something. Several years ago,...

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And so much more

Posted by David Gilks on

As I sip on my coffee waiting for the ferry to take me home I reflect on my recent adventure. Looking at my hands, the fake tan is still coming off little by little (mainly on my clothes) and the realization that I have followed through on my goal to attain the status of a professional bodybuilder and the summation of that goal left me with a 2nd place and 3rd place standing in our national competition, of which I am proud of. Here is the interesting thing though, it’s not “being a bodybuilder” that I was after, it was the accrual of discipline(s) required to make that goal transpire. I had also wanted to attain my black belt in martial arts, but time became an issue and with children and career (I previously owned a private training facility) so I had to be practical and choose the activity that I could do without demanding more of the little time that I had available.

So what do I mean about the “disciplines” required to become a bodybuilder? Surely that stereotypical ‘meathead” based sport didn’t require discipline? Interestingly enough, it was bodybuilding that gave me an out from the world of...

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Paleo Pizza

Posted by Simone Soares on


Making this pizza crust is a breeze. When you mix the ingredients together it forms more of a batter than a dough, so there won’t be any dough tossing with this recipe. The crust comes together when you bake it for about 20 minutes, at which point you flip it over so that it cooks evenly, and then place the toppings on it.

For the crust
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
• 1/2 cup of coconut flour
• 2 tsp of garlic powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• 1/2 tsp baking soda

For the breakfast pizza
• 3 strips bacon
• 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
• 1-2 tomatoes, sliced thin
• 2 cups spinach
• 4 eggs
• 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. To form the pizza dough, lightly beat the eggs and coconut milk in a bowl. Add in the coconut flour, baking soda, and seasonings and mix into a smooth batter.

2.Spread the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a spatula...
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Faith ~ Belief ~ Trust

Posted by David Gilks on

I love the power of words and the messages they tell us of what it is we hold be true in our version of reality. I think one of the things we don’t fully appreciate is how powerful words truly are. A discussion recently discussed the level of our “belief” in our business, our product and ourselves being effective in our chosen field of endeavor. The challenge we have I think is selecting the right language, the right words, that will unlock our potential to truly expand our capacity. We were discussing the various levels of “belief”, but before we continue, perhaps we should explore what belief means, or may mean to you. By definition belief is the “acceptance that a statement is true or something exist”, which begs the question, can you believe in something but not be compelled to act on it? So what if we used the word “faith” instead of belief?

Faith is the “complete trust or confidence in someone or something”, which sounds, in my mind as I say the word sub audibly, stronger, how about for you? Can you believe in something in something but not have faith? I think so. Lets look at...

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Self Expression “The Key to a Healthy Eco System”

Posted by Nicolaas Smith on


I have always wondered why in nature we can see the beauty in the most abstract things yet in our human experience of each other we often view or judge the ones who are “not the same” as us as some how less than, as if there was some unwritten code of conduct or self expression that we must adhere to. I think for the exception of issue dealing with moral conduct and the harming of another, should we not be allowed to be freely expressed as long it does not do harm to another or to ourselves? I think some of the challenges we face in our ability to be self –expressed is that we may be lacking in certain areas that inhibit us from truly opening up and being free. One of the areas that many people lack nowadays is their physical health, and being diminished in their ability to fully self expressed on that level. Our ability to think, feel, move, be independent, relies heavily on our state of our health, from our muscles and organs, from our internal bio-chemistry, to the strength of our heart and lungs. Any lack in...

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