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THE CREATIVE AND THE PERFECTIONIST 
i wonder if you are at all, like me.
within me, lives both a creative and a perfectionist.
in fact, they represent in me two of my core values.
and usually they live together in peace
but it is when they lead me in different directions that i am torn.
let me explain with a perfect case in point. . .
i have been writing a book called, The Mosaic for over a year now.
i have finished it, reworked it, finished again and reworked it so many times,
that when i look on my computer for the final version, i sometimes have a hard time finding it.
here is the good news: i sent it out to book agents
and i am represented by one of the top book agents in the country.
he believes in what i have created
and told me that he very rarely says what he is about to say to me,
he feels my book, The Mosaic, will touch millions and millions of people.
with that in mind,
he sent it out to a few of the major publishers
most of which have sent back extremely kind letters,
saying they really liked the book
but they all choose to reject it.
during a time of introspection.
i found these two core values were at opposition.
on one hand, there was my desire to be creative, to express myself freely
to not give a darn what others think, to do what i feel is right
on the other, my desire to get it perfect
so that everyone who reads it, wants to share it with 10 more people.
in this case, i did the first but didn’t achieve second.
so i sat with it. reread it
and i have to say i felt the book is missing something.
so, i decided to re-work it
telling the same story but now outlining a 15 point plot structure.
the perfectionist in me created a new outline
and i decided to use this outline to rewrite The Mosaic.
before doing that, i sent the new outline to my agent.
he wrote back, ” i like the original story better.
the only reason the publishers rejected your book
was because you do not have a big enough platform.”
he said to me, if this was written by paulo coelho, the author of the alchemist
it would have received a very large advance and been accepted by many of them.
but i am not paulo coelho, i am danny levin.
i have a very small platform and a story that probably needs a little fine tuning.
so how do i move forward?
i have taken it inside
i have created a dialogue
asking the creative and the perfectionist within me to connect.
i told them, need both of you to play together.
there is something special about this book, due to the brilliance of my creative
and there is something it is missing.
which the perfectionist clearly sees.
to make the book to right,
i must reconcile these two parts of me

it is not the fight of the creative and the perfectionist that brings resolution
but the connection of these two seemingly opposite core values.
i must learn to see what i cannot see
and when the battle of my core values resolves,
The Mosaic will have found a connection where previously there was no connection,
and that is how i will move forward.

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THE MOSAIC of America

The UNITED States of America?

UNITED in name, fragmented in belief.  Once a melting pot, made strong by our diversity, we have become a country engaged in an ideological civil war.  Once a land where people from all nations came to live, to build the American Dream,strengthening us and themselves at the same time; we now not only talk about building walls around our borders, but we build walls between our beliefs.  How can we not feel a little embarrassed and ashamed as we teach our children the pledge of allegiance:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

ONE NATION . . .  INDIVISIBLE . . .  LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL?  Does this still resonate with the America of today?  Have we not lost our core values?  For now, it seems we live in a land where we have forgotten we are one. We choose to see our differences rather than those things that make us great.  We see ourselves as multi nations, DIVIDED under many Gods, with liberty and justice for just a few.  We have become a country of red and blue states, DIVIDED right down the middle.  Coasts vs. Interior.  North vs. South.  The shock conservative radio show hosts accuse the liberal media of brainwashing the country while they feed their hatred on anyone who opposes them.  What has happened to us?  The Republican Party has gone so far to the right that it has lost it’s way.  And the Democratic party continues to move more and more to the left.  There seems to be very little UNITED  about these United States of America.

Because we are a divided nation, we fight each other.  Our ideological struggles create gridlock and prevents sorely needed change from happening. That ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE has become broken and shattered, It is time to build THE MOSAIC.

We are no longer what we used to be, and if we try to hold on to what we were, it will only cause the sadness that comes when looking at a beautiful piece of pottery that is now chipped.  But we are not the broken bowl. Nor are we the shattered piece. We are part of an exquisite Mosaic.  One nation under God Indivisible.

It is time for us to come together and create The Mosaic,  It is time for all brother and sisters to come together again.  We are calling out to all colors, shapes and sizes, those who are big and those who are small,  those who shine and those who have lost their lustre, those made of wood, and those of ceramic.  It is time for us to take that which seems broken, the  pieces of diversity and make something even more exquisite than what was.

It is time to build THE MOSAIC.

We are not broken.  We are a part of something magnificent.  It is in our diversity that we are not only beautiful but powerful.  Now, we stand apart, but we must all realize we are a part of this exquisite Mosaic called THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  This is our greatness.  This is the American Dream.  This is the Mosaic.

Daniel Bruce Levin is the author of the upcoming book, The Mosaic.  He is creating Mosaic Gathering around the country and around the world, creating community where there is discord.  For in community we thrive and in discord we suffer.  His goal is to end suffering in this lifetime.  To become a part of The Mosaic Movement, please leave your email below.

 

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PROFIT WITH PROPHET = FULFILLMENT

Inherent in our corporations, businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors is the idea of building a service or product that fulfills a need people have and at the same time is profitable.  It is the simple achievement of this one simple statement that brings fulfillment to our lives, and yet all to often, it is the carrot at the end of the stick that we never realize.
We either spend all of our time trying to make money, slowly allowing the fulfillment of people’s needs to slip or we serve the needs of others and forget to include ourselves in the goodness that we bring, continually help people for free and not only are we not profitable, but we run ourselves into the ground wondering why people continue to take advantage of us.  The carrot at the end of the stick literally than becomes like a nimchok that swings back and beats us down.
For a rare few, the PROPHET’s in the business place, those who understand that HYPERGROWTH  can only happen when there is a convergence of finding that which serves others and that which serves self.  It is at this place, when we are truly honest, that we find fulfillment.
All too often, we hear the story of the people who have everything except the one thing they want.  For those who do not have money and who live life struggling from one paycheck to the next, the stress they feel of living life so haphazardly leaves them thinking that if only they had money, life would be different.  And they are right. Life would be different, but not necessarily fulfilling.  Trading one set of problems for a diverse and different set of problems is really all that happens, all the while that elusive sense of fulfillment slips away yet another time.
Let me be perfectly clear here.  Profit does not bring fulfillment.  Prophet does.
The PROPHET is someone who is wise. He/She knows himself, understands what she needs to be happy and instead of putting a carrot at the end of the stick, carries the stick of happiness in his hand.  She looks at all situations more holistically, looking to profit everyone involved, knowing that when everyone profits, profitability is sustainable.  But profit is only a part of the equation.  The PROPHET looks at what is best for both parties involved in the deal, whether that be a singular transaction or a life long contract.  The PROPHET understands that everything comes from inside out rather than outside in.  What makes a deal great is not how much money we make from it, but who we become in the process.
To learn more about becoming a PROPHET, email:  zenseidanny@me.com
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IN THE WORK ANA and I HAVE DONE WITH
individuals, companies, corporations and government
we have found
in 100% of the cases
there have been issues around trust.
senior management doesn’t trust each other
middle management doesn’t trust senior management
husbands don’t trust wives
parents don’t trust their children
one party doesn’t trust the other
and few trust authority of any kind any more.
look no further than
the reality TV showed called “the republican party”.
entertaining for some to watch,
but embarrassing to be a part of.
we just came back from a trip where we met and conversed
with dignified people from many different countries
all said the same thing
your election process is entertaining to watch,
but we are scared.
in essence, america as great as it is
has lost something,
the trust of the nations of the world
that rely on us
and the influence we bring to the world in which they live.
but our political scenario is only a reflection
of what is at the center of the whole way we now live.
with immediate access to the world around us,
we see reason after reason to fear more
and trust less.
and this leaks into everything we do.
as people we protect ourselves more and trust less.
in business, we carry our protected selves to our work place
and we trust those we report to, our peers,
and those who run the company
less not more.
our lack of trust
makes it harder and harder
to achieve the greatness we want
for those we serve.
we spend our time fighting
because we don’t trust one another.
what would our world look like
if we could once again trust one another?
i can tell you from the work we do with companies and government
individuals and corporations
everything changes.
who is interested in this dialogue
not only talking about it intellectually
but bringing trust back to our lives,
our businesses, our families, our government.
this is our work,
who is actively ready to join us?

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MEET THE MOSAIC

i am writing a book called THE MOSAIC.
This is the story of a man who has everything
except the one thing he really wants.
So, he closes the door of his house
with only the clothes on his back
and the money in his pocket and just starts walking.
Common wisdom would tell him
without knowing where he is going he will never get anywhere.
But this time, common wisdom is wrong.
The undistinguished assortment of characters
he meets along the way
The Hitchhiker,
The Trash Man,
The Street Artist,
The Thief,
The Blind Woman
and a bunch of others
are people he never had the time to speak to previously,
but now, with nowhere to go and no time frame to get there
he has all the time in the world to sit and talk with them.
Each story told disrupts his preconceptions
and changes the meaning he gives to being,
to the people he sees
and to life itself.
Each story mysteriously brings him closer and closer
to what he set out to find
WHO WILL YOU MEET
and what will their story give you?????
limited offer to the first 24 people.
10 spots already taken, 14 left.
to sign up for a place, send instant message me
or email me: zenseidanny@me.com
t h a n k y o u !!!!!

WHY DOES ONE SUCCEED AND ANOTHER FAIL

FIND YOUR WHO

THERE IS A TOOL
that helps us determine
why we sabotage ourselves and better yet how we can get out.
it is a proprietary assessment
that I became certified to give and debrief on
as part of my IPEC Coach Training Program
and it is amazing.
And I do not say that lightly.
I have been around the block quite a few times
and I have seen tons of different things,
this is one of those tools you want in your tool belt.

What if life was not what we think is.
What if life was exactly what we think it is?
Confusing? Not really.
Life is much, much bigger than we could ever imagine.
I often laugh when i think i understand it,
because here is what i know,
whatever i understand is only a thimble of what is.
Life is not what we think it is.

And . . .
When life happens, we see it a certain way
The reality from each perspective is true.
Life is what we think it is.

But here is another beautiful reality.
Every thing that happens can be seen from seven different perspectives
Each perspective we choose creates a different reality
When we change perspective, our whole reality changes.
Life is not what we think it is.

How valuable would it be for you to know how to choose your reality
and to choose how you show up

Interested?
Let’s talk

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MY WISH FOR EVERYONE I KNOWimage
may we spread:
love and end hatred
love of self and end self loathing
peace and end war.

may 2016 be the year
we each step up
and become who we know we have chosen to be.
may our dream become our purpose.

HAPPY NEW YEAR. HAPPY 2016

KNOW YOURSELF MOSAIC

23 HOURS, 59 MINUTES and 20 SECONDS

23 HOURS, 59 MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS
many years ago,
the rebbe pulled me aside
and told me he wanted me to understand
the difference between being honest and being truthful.
i was perplexed.
he continued saying
“be honest.”
and explained the following situation.
if a man were to come home and tell his wife
i thought about you almost every moment of the day
except for about 20 seconds when this beautiful woman walked by.
what do you think his wife would hear.
the 20 seconds right.
she would remember that for 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds
all he could do was think of her.
that is being truthful.
honest is to come home and say,
“baby, i love you so much,
i thought about you the whole day today.”
perhaps it is because i do it so much in my life
that i see it so much in others.
why do we spend our time thinking only of the 20 seconds?
i used to judge a whole religion, because of a few.
i look in the mirror and see my flaws rather than my strengths
i remember the moments i made a mistake,
rather than the life that i have lived gloriously.
do you do this too?
here is my promise to myself
and because we are all connected in the beautiful mosaic of life
to you as well.
i will choose to be honest with myself more that truthful
i will allow all of the moments to make up my present
i will see the totality of the mosaic
rather than get lost in the individual broken pieces.
when we meditate and celebrate world peace together
every night at 9pm EST
let’s remember our world is amazingly beautiful
and the vast, vast, vast majority of the people living here
are kind and loving and want to live in peace.
even those who are caught in a belief of the moment
where they feel destruction is the only way to speak their truth
may we pray from our own experience
that together we see honestly
not only the 20 seconds
but the 23 hours, 59 minutes, 40 seconds
that make up who we are on a day to day basis.
to me, this is the miracle of hanukkah,
the birth that we celebrate at christmas
the principles and symbols of kwanza
we are one mosaic,
one exquisite piece of art
made up of all of our moments
what will we focus on,
the necessary parts on the mosaic that are filled with darkness
or the totality of the mosaic that makes us light.
i know which one i choose. how about you?

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TO BE OUTSTANDING, YOU MUST STAND OUT

TO BE OUTSTANDING, STAND OUT!
sometimes it is hard,
to believe that what i know is true is true.
i woke up this morning
knowing that my developmentally delayed daughter
just wants to be loved and accepted
just as she is.
in my desire to “help” her
i find without even meaning to, i am always wanting her to do things
she does not feel ready to do.
this morning,
i meditated and felt her and i prayed
that she be able to do the things she wants to do
without me or someone else telling her to do it.
i am willing to do whatever i need to do
so that she knows whatever she does,
i am there for her
i love and accept her.
and, then i thought about everyone else.
and how much i am there for them.
i am there a lot of times,
and in saying this,
i do not want to draw the focus to just the times that i am not
because i am here
and . . . . .
i realize how much more i want to love and accept others
more honestly
how much i want to love and accept myself.
in the world today,
it seems the actions of a few
are trying to make me hate the whole
hmmmmmm,
sounds similar to my way of thinking about myself.
i let the few moments of things i do wrong
color over all i do right.
i let my daughters few moments of accidents
color over the whole of her beauty
i know this sound to simple
but i wonder if terrorism would end
if we simply practiced self love.
pray with us
every night at 9pm EST
wherever you are, however you pray
take 5 minutes and love yourself
and pray for this beautiful world we live in.
LOVE. NO HATE.
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if not now, when

WHEN?

OFTEN QUOTED, RARELY PRACTICED
i wonder why……….

Am i alone in noticing what i notice?
we KNOW what we need to do
for businesses, for relationships, for self care
and yet
we don’t do it.
that’s not fair to say,
we do it for a while and then we stop doing it.

we know the right words to say,
how to present to others the right appearance,
and yet,
why do we feel so unfulfilled,
so alone,
so scared to be who we really are.
in business, in life, in love?

underneath all our stories, what is real?
do we do the things we need to do to be successful?
what do we do when our words say one thing
and our actions tell us another?
do we ask the right questions?
do we try to do it alone or ask for help?

i know this feeling well.
i am the same as you and yet, i feel different.
i get it. we feel others do not understand us,
our unique challenges.
and i know the separation that this feeling causes.
why ask for help from people who cannot understand us.

the beauty of a lie, is that it is based on a kernel of truth.
it is true, we are different.
but what we tell ourselves is a lie.
people do not need to understand us,
to help us understand ourselves.
they just have to ask the right questions.

what we tell ourselves is a story. a protection.
we are scared to be seen,
to love ourselves,
to acknowledge our power.
when will we be vulnerable
enough to be strong?

the oft quoted, rarely practiced . . .
if not now, when?

this post is for all of us that suffer from
GIVER-ITOUS
the dis-ease of giving so much
that we do not allow ourselves to receive.
strong people ask for help.

why do we think we have to do it on our own?
why do we make excuses
that we can not afford it,
or we do not know where to find the right clients,
or that we just need a few months ?
or, or, or . . . .

when will it be our time
to sit at the table
and enjoy
the beautiful meal we prepare so exquisitely for others?
are you ready?

if not now, when?