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"When I'm trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously."

~Shakti Gawain, Bestselling Personal Growth Author


March 10, 2003

Today's Tune (on/off):

"Circus Time"

IN THIS
WEEK'S ISSUE:

From the Inside Out...
Welcome to
Fantasy Land

Yes You Can!...
Firm Your Face

Far Horizons...
Massive Mud Mosque

Links That Shine...
Point of Life

Fascinating Facts...
Boosters for
Body & Soul

Laughing It Off...
What Were They Thinking?

Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Computer Ease

Look at That!...
Cat Pride

Joyful Lifestyles...
Choices, Choices,
Choice


Uplifting World

BE the World
You Want to See!

Fantasyland is what I call
the Drama of Phenomena ...
and it always stands
between our authentic
selves and happiness
.

~ Chelle ~

 

 

From the Inside OutFantasyland
WELCOME TO FANTASY LAND

When was the last time you visited a theme park? Did you enjoy it?

Most people love to go to theme parks and escape the humdrum chores of everyday living. How real are these parks? All those fascinating furry creatures that come up to us and give us a big hug ... How cute they look, but how real are they?

Within an eye to a young child they are very real, but through the view of adulthood they are just a person in a costume ... Right? Well, not exactly, for many times we use our imagination for just that one day and we go along with the fantasy. After all, that is the fun of going into a theme park — to indulge in the fantasy....... is it not?

We allow our imagination to go back to our childhood and we enjoy all the fun of the fair. At the end of the day we are tired, but very contented with all the release of worry and tensions the fantasy has relieved. But.....we do not live in fantasy worlds do we? We have to go back out into the "real world," to face all the negativity and dangers of modern day living, or do we?

So, what is real and what is fantasy in our everyday lives? Worry and anxiety seem real enough when there are events in our lives that take on harmful emotional stress. Being in debt, sickness, death of a loved one, all this stuff will play havoc with our enjoyment of life and turn happiness into sorrow. Debt, illness and lack of joy can be avoided if we know the true, authentic paths to follow, but death of our physical form is a certainty...You can bet your life on it! But ... what is life? And...... how real is death...

Well, the physical presence on earth disappears. The ego/intellect that was so worried about its appearance, other people's gossip, making lots of money, keeping up with the Jones's, world events, family arguments and a host over other "Important Stuff" will all disappear like smoke — just as if it was all a fantasy?

A theme on life .... in a park of drama perhaps?

It sure is a shame most folks forgot their lines they were given at birth and tried to ad-lib a script fabricated by self-torment and mental-torture. The fantasy they enacted really seemed like reality, but since all finite substances are glued together atoms, fed by chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, they are bound to come unstuck eventually and the "reality" fades into oblivion. The good news is the tangible authentic BE-ing will never fade away. The true essence of a human-being is a constant flow of intelligent energy that cannot disappear. We label it a soul, but such identities cannot describe the indescribable ...... that has to be experienced.

So, is it time to get real now? ....To rediscover the authentic life that is projected here on earth and throughout eternity. Is it time to take off our fluffy costumes, our masks, our facade and to live as our authentic self?

Is there any difference between eternity and the now existence? If you say: Yes there is, then you are living in a fantasy theme park, but this one has a long dark shadow that turns happiness into grief. It exists only in a will-o'-the-wisp called ego.

OK...enough already! I guess it is time to cut out the Non-Sense of the ego/intellect and to turn on ...... tune in ..... to our S-SENSE! The Spirit of a True Soul. Now that's a valid existence that experiences how to live in infinite Love and Joy! A design, within a subject, within a point, within a theme, within a dream, within a fantasy land......Enjoy it all from within! But understand — what is not born.... cannot die. The eternal soul will nourish our life on earth. For without the soul — there is no life .... just a Fantasy of Delusions.

~ Michael Levy, PointOfLife.com


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Sun Wave Yes You Can!
FIRM YOUR FACE


Facial exercises are of great benefit to everyone – women and men of all ages – who want a smooth and healthy-looking face and skin. Firm muscles in your face can easily be achieved for free with very little effort.

The appearance of your skin relies in part on the supportive muscles, and in order for these muscles to be well toned, firm and to help project a vibrant and youthful face, they need to be exercised.

People spend literally thousands of dollars each year on skin care and cosmetics, yet sometimes fail to address the chin, throat and neck area.

Our mothers used to say that in order to ascertain a person’s age, look at their neck and throat – a "crepey" looking neck or throat with loose skin hanging around, and fold upon fold of tired looking skin.

Some people might think that a double chin is simply excess weight manifesting itself, but it also is the manifestation of loose skin and terrible muscle tone.

Many folks struggle with a double chin, but if they only did these exercises regularly they would realize a disappearing double chin in a short period of time.

The following exercises will help relieve and prevent a double chin, loose skin on the neck and throat area and will assist muscle tone.

These exercises work on the facial muscles to create a far smoother, unlined and unwrinkled face.

Exercise 1: A great exercise is to sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and then start a chewing movement. You will feel the muscles working in your neck and throat area and will be truly amazed at the results.
Repeat 20 times.

Exercise 2: Sit upright, head back looking at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Start puckering your lips together in a kiss and stretch the kiss, as if you were trying to kiss the ceiling. Keep your lips puckered for 10 counts, then relax, bring your head back to its normal position.
Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 3: Sit upright, head back looking at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Open your lips and stick your tongue out as if you were trying to touch your chin with the tip of your tongue. Keep tongue out in this position for 10 counts, and then return your tongue and head to its normal position.
Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 4: Sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Next move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep it there for a count of 5.
Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 5: Lie on bed, with your head hanging down over the edge. Slowly bring your head up towards your torso and keep it there for 10 counts. Relax and lower your head towards the floor again.
Repeat 5 times.

Exercise 6:
Sit upright and face forward and while keeping your lips together, separate your teeth by dropping your jaw and then push your jaw forward, keep for a count of 10, bring back to starting position and relax.
Repeat 5 times.

~ Ageless.com

 

Far Horizons
MASSIVE MUD MOSQUE

Grand Mosque
Photo: J. Aaronson /Day in the Life

A priest stands outside the massive Grand
Mosque complex in Mali's medieval city of
Djenne. The largest mud-brick building in the
world, the mosque is reinforced with a sturdy
network of internal timbers. Built in 1905, it was
modeled on a mosque first erected on the site
in the 11th century. Two times a year all the
city's residents drop everything, cart mud up
from the nearby Bani river, and together
they re-pack the temple walls.

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"POINT OF LIFE"

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without a dependency on drugs or dogma.
www.PointOfLife.com

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Fascinating FactsTime for Some TLC
BOOSTERS FOR BODY & SOUL

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you give yourself. By pampering your mind and body with the TLC they deserve, you ensure your well-being for years to come.

1. Banish the seasonal blahs. Winter can bring about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that goes far beyond cabin fever and hits as many as one in 20 adults — 75 percent of them women. Experts theorize that decreased sunlight alters the body's circadian rhythms, aka our "internal clock," which in turn disrupts the balance of hormones related to mood and energy levels; symptoms include lethargy, carb cravings and episodes of crying, anxiety or irritability.

Kathy Hogan Bruen, Ph.D., senior director of prevention at the National Mental Health Association, says going outside for just a few minutes daily, preferably midday, and getting plenty of exercise can help. If you think you have SAD, talk with your doctor. You may need light therapy, in which you sit close to a special lamp for a half-hour each morning or taking antidepressants.

2. Clean your closets for good. Gather friends together for a clothing swap where all cast-offs are up for grabs and the leftovers go to charity. Streamlined storage space is a plus, but even better is how good you'll feel. Research has shown that giving to others gives individuals a sense of social connectedness and self-confidence. Donate your discarded office wear to charities such as The Women's Alliance; take other clothes to Goodwill Industries or a local thrift shop.

3. Take care of your heart. Make sure yours is in tip-top shape. After all, coronary disease is the biggest health threat facing people today, says cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, M.D.

Measure your waistline. Anything greater than 35 inches (40 inches for men) indicates increased risk.

Streamline your snacks. Excess salt and fat are no-nos. Try this fatty chip alternative: Cut a few corn tortillas into quarters, arrange on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until crunchy.

Get moving. Exercise is the best way to start caring for your heart, says Dr. Goldberg. Even better: Get sweaty with your partner. Research has shown that camaraderie helps you stick with your routine.

4. Top tip for a better relationship. Redbook magazine says the number one thing you can do to improve your relationship is to greet your partner at the door when he/she gets home. If this seems too simple, think about how the "coming home" scene is played out in your home. Often the "home" partner is deeply involved in working on the computer, tending to the kids, cooking dinner, or doing household chores. As a result, the tone of any greeting is likely to be lackluster. Next time your mate arrives home, take 60 seconds, stop what you're doing and give them a pleasant hello and a hug. Do this consistently — it only takes a minute (literally) and it's a great way to create more of the happiness you want in your life.

5. Cut down on pessimism. Adopt a daily exercise called "Three Good Things." At some point each day — dinner time, for instance — have family members take turns telling one another about their day. Each person has to think of three GOOD things that happened during the previous 24 hours. Make it a routine, and you'll all have a better outlook on life.

~Martha Schindler for Lifetime
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Inside the Box

Laughing It Off
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

AT THE STORE:
I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature I had just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared the signature to the one I had just signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: too many deer were being hit by cars and he didn't want them to cross there anymore.

AT THE TACO BELL:
My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.

AT THE AIRPORT:
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?" He smiled knowingly and added, "That's why we ask."

AT A FAREWELL LUNCH:
At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the company due to "down-sizing," our manager commented cheerfully, "This is fun. We should do this more often." Not a word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

AT THE OFFICE:
I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her couldn't understand why her computer system would not start up again.

AT THE DEALERSHIP:
When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. "Hey," I announced to the technician, "It's open!" To which he replied, "I know — I already got that side."

-Top Greetings.com
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Untangling the Web

Penguin Programmer

WHAT A SITE!

Tax information ...
for the U.S. and Canada that is easy
for everyone to understand.

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COMPUTER-EASE

Sunshine Coast Computer Guide
is designed to to help the new Personal Computer user to get to know their computers and maybe save a few headaches. They look at many issues throughout this site and you will hear good advice but remember, before changing any settings, doing any adjustments or just tinkering around, SAVE, BACKUP, READ, UNDERSTAND AND SEEK ADVICE!


Look at THAT!
CAT PRIDE

Cat Pride 
Photo: Tony Gentile /REUTERS


A man dressed as a Roman Gladiator

holds up a cat during a march for feline rights in Rome. Some 2,000 cat lovers turned out for the city's first "Cat Pride" march to demand protection and funding for the city's thousands of strays. Donning whiskers, bearing signs and in some cases cradling cats in their arms, protesters streamed by the Coliseum and ancient Fori Imperiali ruins, home to many "sacred strays" which Rome declared a part of its historical heritage last year.
~REUTERS

 

JoyJoyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES (Part 1)

Here's a good resolution for ANY given moment: See if you can stop using the Seven Deadly Habits of Truly Miserable People.

According to psychiatrist William Glasser, MD, president of the William Glasser Institute in Chatsworth, California, and the author of "Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom," most of the emotional turmoil you experience
is directly traceable to the fact that you've learned to try to control those around you through Seven Deadly Habits.

As explained recently in articles published by Emazing.com, these seven habits include: Punishing... Complaining... Blaming... Threatening... Nagging... Criticizing... and Bribing.

Where exactly do these habits originate? Dr. Glasser says that we learn these habits from teachers, parents, grandparents, and others as a child. After years of hearing this manipulative patter, we eventually begin to use it ourselves. And it seems to work — at least in the short term. However, these "seven deadlies" take a terrible toll on relationships.

According to Glasser, unless you recognize what you're doing and learn how to get what you need in a relationship without trying to control other people, every relationship you have will disintegrate into a power struggle that will make everyone miserable.

So how do you avoid these "seven deadlies"? By replacing them with what Dr. Glasser calls the Seven Caring Habits: supporting, encouraging, listening, accepting, trusting, respecting, and negotiating differences. Sounds easy enough. Accept people for who they are, listen to them, respect them, trust them, encourage and support them, and negotiate any differences you may have. A lot harder than it sounds.

Coming up next week ... "Tricks of Truly Happy People."

~ Chelle Thompson

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