Living in the Present Moment

Many of us have heard the expression “living in the present moment” or “living in the Now.” Spiritual teachers tell us to treat each moment like it’s our only one in existence. Eckhart Tolle teaches that living in the present moment means having awareness and presence in our current reality. Edgar Cayce discusses how we can implement this concept into our every day lives on a regular basis.

In the “Edgar Cayce Companion” book Edgar talks about how in order not to be swayed by uncertainties that come our way, and as we all know life can be very unpredictable, we need to contain an unshifting ideal. What he is not referring to is a set belief on how things should or shouldn’t be. In the book “Courage, the Joy of Living Dangerously” the author, Osho teaches that when you function out of assumptions the conclusion protects you. There is a big difference between a conclusion and an ideal. When one comes to a set conclusion about his reality it gives him security, safety and establishes a well defined comfort zone. A comfort zone is the egoic mind believing that it is a separate entity. The illusion of believing that we are separate identities causes us to find something to latch onto whether it’s a certain image, status, money…etc.

Edgar Cayce refers to an ideal that will always exist no matter how high the tide. For Osho it was the courage to function without conclusions which instilled in him the power to be alive, open and spontaneous. Edgar doesn’t specify which ideal he’s talking about because he wants you to find it in yourself. He holds very high beliefs on the notion that “Direction must come from Within.” It’s inevitable that the more we are aligned with our higher self-our piece of the Source, the more we will want to merge with the source of which that piece came from. What comes with that is feeling the connection with the rest of the universe as they are all pieces of the same Source. In essence, living in the moment means to attain the awareness of feeling a closer connection with your higher self. This will manifest in increased appreciation for all internal and external circumstances that surround you at that very moment. So why do so many of us find it so difficult to live in the present moment? Edgar Cayce explains it best: “the individuality of a soul must be lost in the personality of God.” The ironic part is that the more we become individuated and trust in our innate natures via our intuition via our piece of the Source the more we practice “dvekut” which is the Kabbalistic word for becoming one with Source.

We live in this world to develop the capabilities of being able to discern between forces and energies that can either shift us towards our Higher Self or away from it. Once we master the power of discernment and choose to follow our intuition then we inevitably merge back with the Source that we came from and that we essentially are. It has been said in every religion that the meaning behind this game we call life is to will our way back to our original Oneness by the powers of choice and discernment. In its totality our souls will only become One again after fully realizing and being conscious of what being One is not. It is through experiencing the reality of opposites that we are here to fully appreciate exactly what it’s contrasting in the vastness of time, space and limited conditions.

Living in the present moment is appreciating and recognizing something for the first time like you’ve never done before. If we think of the word “appreciation” it bestows the message of receiving a new found level of awareness resulting in the feeling of gratitude. If we think about leaving our comfort zone in order to live in the present moment it can feel scary for us because it is a form of forsaking our established identities. But if we realize that living in the moment is actually connecting back to our true core nature, that which we really are, then we can readily shift to this new paradigm of perception.

We are exactly where we are supposed to be right now at this very moment even if we are not living in the present moment. The world gives us several opportunities to rediscover ourselves through the reality of opposites. This is a crucial time to ask ourselves what our intent is behind everything we do. Honesty and the right intentions can help us shift to a state of higher consciousness, or in other words, of living in the present moment.

Add a PowerPoint Voiceover for Effective Online Presentations

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek announced OnLive Inc.’s release of an app that allows the full Windows versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to run on an iPad. These are real programs that work the way they do on a Windows PC. The app lets you create, edit, view and run Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. They are fully functional and available for free. This is however a cloud-based app, which means that Office is not installed on the iPad, but rather, runs through a remote server which you are connected to via the Internet. Nonetheless, it’s still great news for iPads users, who constantly work with the key Office productivity apps.

Adding Voiceover to PowerPoint

Businesses, schools and the general community use these key apps for several reasons. Whether it’s for professional, personal, social or academic purposes, they play a significant role in today’s world. PowerPoint has become a powerful tool in companies and schools because it can be easily integrated into online courses, conventions, webinars, remote business meetings and teleconferences. What’s great about PowerPoint is that you can also add audio to the presentation.

Microsoft Office lists the following cases where a PowerPoint voiceover or a narration can be added to a presentation:

• Web-based presentation
• Archiving a meeting so that presenters can review it and add comments later on
• Self-running slide show presentation

If you want to hold your audience’s attention, you should aim to entice all or as many senses as possible. It’s just like watching TV or videos; no matter how great the visuals and animations are, they still won’t be that effective without music, narration or sounds. The material on screen, whether it’s an advertisement, trailer or movie, will only be effective if the visual presentation is complemented with the appropriate audio.

For PowerPoint presentations, which are usually informative or instructional, the voiceover should be short, concise and clear. You should ensure that you perfectly time your PowerPoint voiceover to match the correct slide. When you record the audio, use PowerPoint’s slide timing features, which you can set up if you want to run the presentation automatically.

Getting Started with PowerPoint Voiceover

Before starting your PowerPoint voiceover, be sure to check that your computer has a sound card, microphone and speakers to be able to record and hear your narration and music. You can either record your voiceover before creating a presentation or during the presentation; in which case you should have a clear understanding of the presentation, a list of slides etc. Please note that PowerPoint is setup so that voice narration takes precedence over other sounds. So if for example, you’ve inserted background music, it will be overridden by the voiceover.

Recording a Voiceover PowerPoint

Once your equipment is ready, you can begin creating your PowerPoint presentation with voiceover or music on each presentation slide.

When adding a voiceover in the presentation, here are simple steps you can follow:

1. Check if your microphone is ready: turned on, not muted, sound mixer set at a balanced level.
2. Create a new folder and label it accordingly.
3. Save a copy of the PowerPoint file you’ll be working on.
4. Set up Narration Recording in PowerPoint and follow the instructions below:
a. Select the slideshow option in the menu bar.
b. Click “record narration”.
c. Choose “change quality”.
d. Select “44.100kHz, 16 bit, Mono”.
e. Click “set microphone level” and test your microphone.
f. Tick the “link narration” box.
g. Choose “browse” then open the new folder you’ve created from the previous step and select the folder.
h. Click the “OK” button and begin recording voiceovers on your slides.
i. Choose “yes” every time you’re asked to “save timings on the slides”.
j. Save the completed PowerPoint presentation again.
5. Review the audio quality of your presentation.
6. Run the entire PowerPoint presentation to check if voiceover and slides are well synchronised.

When you are working on a professional or business presentation, especially if it’s to be used for sales and marketing, it’s recommended that you consider hiring a professional voiceover talent to ensure that the final product is perfect. With a professional voiceover talent, you get to choose a voice that’s attractive, confident and experienced in capturing the targeted audience’s attention.

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Grow Your Business Online – Find Out More

Money and relaxation is what everyone would love having in life. But very seldom do they come together. If you want to earn something you will have to work rigorously which would deprive you of the much wanted relaxation. This has made many people start thinking of taking up their own business plans that would help them earn good and live good with a relaxed life. Home based business ideas are meant for people who are on the lookout for such ventures. There are a number of such opportunities knocking your doors right when you are at home!

Home based business plans are a recent trend in running business that could be handled with resources easily available at our home. Most of these ideas started emerging with the growth of internet technology. This occurred simultaneously because internet is a platform that many of the businessmen and their business ideas were waiting for a long time to hit the markets. Internet offers a greater number of advantages than any other social media as it is far reaching across the boundaries if nations and continents. This would help you promote your business to anywhere across the globe and earn good at a faster rate.

Online transfer of money and transaction of good have landed upon us adding to the facilities offered to ease and elevate our living standards. There are very few people who still remain uneducated in using the technology in an age when almost anything and everything in service are getting computerized.

The affordability and the user friendliness of internet services and service providers respectively have allowed more people to subscribe to the technology and enjoy all the advantages it offers. Also the service offered through the internet is present on it for almost 24 hours of the day and for all days of the week. Thus internet services are 24/7 available throughout the year unless it is disturbed by some technical problems or issues.

Home based business plans would include attracting the online society towards your web portal that would be promoting products that you have built on your own or with the help of some other production units. All the basics of business remain true for online business also. That is the product or the services you are trying to promote or sell should be of good quality and must meet the customer’s requirements and those assurances you state through the advertisements.

These business plans could be of varied sorts like selling homemade cookies or snacks to retailing handicrafts of artistic values through a website to show case your products. Selling electronic versions of books called as eBooks, forex trading, blogging for money, content writing, online video tutorials etc are all small home based business plans that are being carried out by many people across the globe.

The ability to handle e-cash through online transactions have helped the businessmen and the easy ordering and delivery of ordered products at their doorsteps have let more customers to come back to online trading and business in large numbers. Home based online business scheme although being a relatively a younger idea has started to come up as a major pursuit that many are into seriously.