"You Have It Within YOU"
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,
and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."
~Agnes Repplier, American Essayist
Today's Tune (on/off):
"Eclipse of the Heart"
From the Inside Out...
Hearts Made Strong
Yes You Can!...
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
A Life that Counts
BE the World
You Want to See!
Several years ago I experienced an incredible "Heart
Opening" that was facilitated by young woman from India
who I'd never even heard of before. Basically, I was tagging
along on someone else's journey to a satsang gathering near
Limberg, Germany. As things sometimes go, the event was,
unknowingly, meant for me and is one of THE great moments
in my life.
From the Inside Out
heart seems to be one of the most vulnerable in the system because
it is the one that has held the most fear, the most old pain, perhaps,
and repressed energy. It is the one that is most afraid to open
to pure unconditional love, which is indeed where your power lies.
So, in essence, when you open your heart and heal without fear,
you are opening to your own spiritual power. The power is in the
heart, in the love, in the truth, and however challenging or difficult
it may appear to be at times, the power is still in the truth of
When you are on your journeys, in confusion, perhaps, afraid to
turn this way, turn that way, it is the confusion in the heart that
keeps you from walking forth in true connected power. It is that
smoke screen, if you will, of the confusion of the heart without
setting the heart free to clearly love, to support, to bring the
truth of unconditional love that keeps you from stepping
into who you truly are.
For many, the heart has been in a place of just existing but not
truly loving, being a bit numb or complacent, perhaps a bit stagnant
for without the heart truly connecting with unconditional
love, there is no true connection to your own passion. There is
no true connection to your own creativity because you are not fully
feeling with emotion the love for yourself and then, of course,
The exercise that is required for this particular time to strengthen
the heart is to truly go deeply into the heart on all levels
feeling, connecting to the pain, to the joy, to the confusion, to
the openness, to the expansion, to the Light, to the repression,
to the feeling of confused darkness because as you go into
that place and hold it, and hold the energy of the heart open to
it instead of fleeing from it, you do strengthen the heart. You
must go into the heart because it is aligned with soul and purpose.
the Heart Exercise:
*Find a safe, quiet space
in which to do this exercise. When you are fully relaxed, travel
into your heart.
*To strengthen the heart,
allow yourself to go deeply into the heart on all levels. Connect
to everything: the pain, the joy, the confusion, the darkness,
the love, holding the energy of the heart open to the experience
instead of backing away.
*Tune in to it and feel what
energy is there. Is the heart open or constricted? Is it warm
or is it cool, or cold, perhaps?
*When you are ready, think
about a person, situation, or emotion and bring that energy directly
into the heart. If you feel yourself back off, continue to breathe
into it. Embrace it. Hold it. Breathe out.
*Then bring it in again, allowing
yourself to really "feel" it, holding it a little longer,
a little deeper, each time. Stretch a little further.
*Keep opening the heart, stretching
it, holding it open, until that energy begins to feel a natural
part of your being.
causes your heart to contract? What person(s) or situation(s) does
your heart back away from? How does it feel to open your heart fully
to every experience?
Second Exercise: Do this with someone with whom you are trying to
experience more openness, more love, more joy: Sit
across from each other and place your right hands over each other's
heart. Breathe, letting the heart open. Continue to let the energy
open and hold it. Open and hold. Let the energy cycle, opening each
other's heart. Hold that energy as long as you can.
How did this exercise with another person change how you feel about
him or her?
2. What fears, if any, did you experience? (fear of joy,
intimacy, trust, openness)
3. My fears: ________________________________________________
4. My partner's fears: _________________________________________
~Shirley Knapp & Nanette McLane
FIND GETAWAY DEALS
you're ready to flee, use the Net to find the best deals. It takes
practice to become a true escape artist to be able to take
off for a quick break of a week or so, knowing exactly what to do
and when. With that in mind, we offer some tips to build your skills
for travel at any time of year.
Going against the crowd can really pay, especially when it comes
to knowing where and when to travel. This doesn't just mean traveling
in "shoulder seasons." It also means flying on less in-demand
days of the week or flying into alternative airports.
If you're going on a weekend trip, flying Thursday and Sunday can
be cheaper than Friday and Monday. "Just be flexible and think
it can pay off in a big, big way," says Gregg Brockway, co-founder
of Hotwire.com. "If you're heading to Los Angeles, think Burbank
airport. Heading to San Francisco? Think Oakland or San Jose."
sleep, drive blind:
If you're willing to forgo a little knowledge when planning your
trip, you can rack up a whole lot of savings. You often don't get
to see what airline, hotel or car rental company you're buying from
until after you've paid.
missing piece of the purchase puzzle varies by site and by
what you're buying: most hide the exact rental car company until
after you've paid, and at Priceline.com, the prices as well as the
airlines and itineraries are hidden. At Hotwire and Expedia, the
prices are preset and viewable, but you allow them to pick the airline
and itinerary, within certain parameters.
the inside scoop:
Sites such as Flyertalk and Biddingfortravel are dedicated to taking
some of the ambiguity out of buying from the Pricelines and Hotwires
of the Web. After all, when you're buying from sites that don't
show you the goodies until after you've paid, you only want them
to THINK you're ignorant.
focuses exclusively on how to get good deals on Priceline, with
message board posters sharing their winning bids and tricks, such
as how to figure out how many layovers are involved. Flyertalk and
Frommer's message boards are also good for sniffing out the best
deals and the best customer service. One discussion thread
focused on rental car companies, including one to stay away from.
"Hotels and, to a lesser degree, airlines care about their
rate integrity," says Expedia spokesman Mitch Robinson. "They
don't necessarily want you to know how much you're saving when other
people are paying more." Sounds crazy, but if you're bragging
about the $59 special you found for your hotel room and the guy
next to you paid double, he's probably going to be less than happy.
way they can hold onto "opaque pricing," Robinson says,
is by packaging their services. Online packages don't necessarily
work like their offline counterparts, where everything from the
hotel to airline and itinerary is predetermined. Orbitz partner
NeatTravel's E-packs and Expedia's Build Your Own Trip module allow
you to put a customized package together. The savings potential
is 30%-70% over buying all the elements separately.
an efficient Web path to the best deals:
Admittedly, this can be hard to do, given the dynamic nature of
the inventory. But you want to use the most helpful online tools,
rather than randomly and laboriously surveying tons of sites. Again,
helpful tools include the travel message boards and also fare finders
such as a downloadable search agent like SideStep, and QIXO, which
requires no download. Both will compare prices from all over the
Web (almost 30 different airline and travel sites at QIXO and more
than 130 at Sidestep).
search tool popular with some BiddingForTravel message board users
is ITA Software.com. You should also try some of the bigger sites,
including Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, along with specialty
discount travel sites such as Hotwire, Hotels.com and Site59
dedicated to last-minute fares and auction sites, such as
Skyauction and eBay.
Finally, don't forget the major airlines' own sites, even for
United Airlines' recent two-night air/hotel deal to Vegas rivaled
those offered on sites such as Expedia. Also, if you buy your ticket
on an airline's site, you can avoid forfeiting frequent-flier miles
as you do on Priceline and other travel sites.
also avoid their fees: Orbitz charges you $5 for tickets on airlines
that pay it commissions and $10 for tickets on airlines that don't,
for example. And not all airlines sell tickets on major sites such
as Expedia and Orbitz notably, budget carrier Southwest Airlines.
Wandering Albatross, South Georgia
By C. Monteath Hedgehog House New Zealand.
South Georgia is an island in the Atlantic Ocean
about 800 miles southeast of the Falkland Islands. Stunningly beautiful
and rugged, this island wildlife sanctuary is not easily forgotten.
Its majestic grandeur of snow covered peaks, blue glacier ice and
emerald green bays is a breathtaking sight. South Georgia is an
"Antarctic Oasis" in the cruel and stormy southern oceans
and is home to thousands of penguins, sea and land birds, seals
and reindeer. Many visitors come as a result of reading the story
of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Voyage. Shackleton lies buried
in the picturesque cemetery at Grytviken. The abandoned whaling
stations rusting away in Grytviken remind us that this island was
once a grand whaling capital.
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ANTIMICROBIALS DON'T HELP
Consumer products such as soaps and lotions often contain germ-killing
antimicrobials, but there is scant evidence they are helpful in
preventing infections, according to an American Medical Association
(AMA) committee. What's more, they may actually be harmful in terms
of promoting bacterial resistance to germ-killers, according to
a report from the AMA's Council on Scientific Affairs.
Indiscriminate, widespread use of antimicrobial products is discouraged
by the medical community because it is believed to promote the growth
of bacteria resistant to chemicals used as hospital disinfectants.
Still, the use of antimicrobial-laden products, such as disinfecting
hand soaps and lotions, have skyrocketed in recent decades. Indeed,
45% of consumer soaps contain an antimicrobial, even though there
is no proof the products can prevent infections better than regular
The authors report that "a growing number of studies"
suggest that bacteria are gaining resistance to the antimicrobials
used in these products. It is even possible that bacteria that become
resistant to such antimicrobials may also be harder to treat with
"These same surface chemicals have been used effectively for
several decades in hospitals under stringent guidelines that require,
among other precautions, minutesnot secondsof exposure,"
according to Dr. Stuart Levy of Tufts University School of Medicine
in Boston, Massachusetts. A high concentration of the chemicals
is left on surfaces "long enough to do the antimicrobial job
In the home, however, the products leave a residue on the skin,
kitchen or bathroom in a less-than-effective dose, setting up the
"perfect condition for the selection of microbes resistant
to their action," Levy notes. There is no "evidence that
additional cleaning or disinfecting power is needed in the home
beyond that provided by normal cleansers, soap and water. Instead
the negative consequences stemming from the residues of these compounds
present an unacceptable risk to the household."
Laughing It Off
The cop got out of his car and the kid,
who was stopped for speeding, rolled down his window.
"I've been waiting for you all day," the cop said.
The kid replied, "Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could."
When the cop finally stopped laughing,
he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.
UNDER A BRIDGE:
A truck driver was driving along on the freeway.
A sign came up that read, "Low Bridge Ahead."
Before he knew it, the bridge was right ahead of him
and he got stuck under it. Cars were backed up for miles.
Finally a police car arrived. The cop got out of his car and
walked around to the truck driver, put his hands on his hips
and said, "Got stuck, huh?" The driver said,
"No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas."
DEALING WITH TROUBLE:
A deputy police officer responded to a report of a local disturbance.
The "disturbance" turned out to be well over six feet
weighed 300 pounds. What's more, he boasted that he
could whip the deputy and Muhammad Ali at the same time.
Said the policeman, "I'll bet that you're also an escape artist
probably better than Houdini." The giant nodded with a grin.
"If I had some chains," the deputy continued, "you
could show us
how strong you really are. But all I've got is a set of handcuffs.
Why don't you see just how quickly you can break out of them?"
Once in the cuffs, the man puffed, pulled and jerked for four minutes.
"I can't get out of these," he growled.
"Are you sure?" the deputy asked.
The fellow tried again. "Nope, I can't do it."
"In that case," said the deputy, "you're under arrest."
The man was in no shape to drive.
So he wisely left his car parked and walked home.
As he was walking unsteadily along, he was stopped by a policeman.
"What are you doing out here at 2 A.M.?" said the officer.
"I'm going to a lecture," the man answered.
"And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?" asked
"My wife," replied the man.
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Do you work in an office, stuck at a desk?
If so, two new innovations may help you through the day, whether
youre looking for a workout or just a quick snooze. The bike-desk,
by Danish firm SIS International, enables a worker to pedal away
and burn some calories while still remaining productive on the job.
German engineer Matthias Knigge has designed a desk that converts
into a giant pillow at the push of a button for workers in need
of a respite. The aim isnt to keep people chained to
their desks 24 hours a day, Knigge said. I think people
should also get away from their desks and get a life. ~MSNBC
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A LIFE THAT COUNTS
his book TOUCHING MOMENTS, Steve Goodier of Life Support
tells a wonderful true story of a man who decided to show the
world who he
really was and what truly mattered in his life:
morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, the man who
had spent his life amassing a fortune from the manufacture and
sale of weapons of destruction, awoke to read his own obituary.
Of course, it was a mistake. Alfred's brother had died, and the
reporter inadvertently wrote Alfred's obituary.
"For the first time, Alfred Nobel saw himself as the world
saw him "the dynamite king," the great industrialist
who had made an immense fortune from explosives. This, as far
as the general public was concerned, was the entire purpose of
his life. None of his true intentions surfaced. Nothing was said
about his work to break down the barriers that separated persons
and ideas. He was, quite simply, a merchant of death, and for
that alone would he be remembered.
"Alfred read the obituary with horror. He felt that the world
must know the true meaning and purpose of his life! He resolved
to do this through his last will and testament. The final disposition
of his fortune would show the world his life's ideals. And at
that time came into being yearly prizes for chemistry, physics,
medicine, literature and the famous Nobel Peace Prize.
"If you were to read your own obituary today, what would
it say? Do others know what you stand for, what you believe in
and what truly matters to you?
"Dr. Philip Humbert asks, "What remarkable, extraordinary
and amazing things will you do with this wild and wonderful miracle,
your one and only life?" The question should perhaps also
be asked this way: "What will you do with this wild and wonderful
miracle, your one and only day?" For how we spend our days
will decide how we spend our lives.
"Chances are, you will not be reading your own obituary.
But you have already begun to write it day by day, moment
by moment. Live your todays as if they truly matter, and tomorrow
you will look back on a life that counted." ~Steve Goodier
day that we are alive affirms the magic of the Universe and
the miracles that can happen through the power of intention.
Each time we step beyond a wall that has imprisoned us,
we become more empowered and our intent reinforced.
Chelle Thompson ~
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