black razor ridge cuts deeply against purple in a fading
Horizons dim and lights blink on yellow pools of comfort, in valley
villages below. A chilled Andean evening breeze comes biding down the
mountaintop whispering knowledge of hidden things, with universal love
from the cracks, crevices and sky above.
Three of Ecuador's greatest assets are the Andes, Amazon and the sun.
This combination has created soil and lifestyles so rich that some
people live incredibly long lives, up to 130 years.
We have learned in our health studies there that one of the keys to a
long life and greater wealth and abundance is love. There is a
tradition shared by the shamans in this region that this is the time
for the Eagles of the north (the North Americans) and the Condor of
the south (the South Americans) to fly in the skies together enhancing
the equilibrium of mankind. They say that the eagle can teach the
condor to use more of its mind and the condor can teach the eagle to
use more of its heart.
The key to good health and success is to let the mind and heart work
together. This is one reason why many Ecuadorians are so long lived.
They remain active and involved in their community even in their
eldest years. There are no rest homes down there!
But how can we remain active and involved in a positive way" Where do
we start" The answer is that we start with love. Our son once sent me
a copy of some essays by John Burroughs, entitled the "Art of Seeing
Things". One essay included is from his book first published in 1908
entitled the "Leaf and Tendril".
I never forget a passage our son underlined.
"The great mass of mankind are, in this respect, like the rank and
file of an army: they fire vaguely in the direction of the enemy, and
if they hit, it is more a matter of chance than of accurate aim. But
here and there is the keen eyed observer; he is the sharpshooter; his
eye selects and discriminates, his purpose goes to the mark.
"Even the successful angler seems born, and not made; he appears to
know instinctively the ways of trout. The secret is, no doubt, love of
"Love sharpens the eye, the ear, the touch; it quickens the feet, it
steadies the hand, it arms against the wet and the cold. What we love
to do, we do well. To know is not all; it is only half. To love is the
other half."Wordworth's poet was contented if he might enjoy the things
others understood. This is generally the attitude of the young and of
the poetic. The man of science, on the other hand, is contented if he
may understand the things that others enjoy: that is his enjoyment."
The message to me in this passage is clear. If we want to live longer
lives, then we must begin to do what we enjoy. Surprisingly this is
also the secret of wealth. See Inspired Investing
and Inspired Investing - Living in Balance
This is a test of truth, when it works in every aspect of life. For
greater wealth and longevity, turn to your passion and let love
rejuvenate you. Until next message I wish you love in every aspect of
P.S. Join us in sunny Ecuador this winter.
Join Merri, Thomas Fischer and me for International Business and
Investing Made EZ and learn more about the
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Merri and I have studied longevity, health and wealth with
and Yatchaks for years. Here we are with a Yatchak deep
in the elusive