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are not separate and independent entities,
but like links in a chain, and we could not by
any means be what we are without those
who went before us and showed us the way."
Mann, Author & Nobel Laureate (1875-1955)
"I Can See Clearly Now"
From the Inside Out...
Colors of Ritual
by the Seat
What a Site!
Word Choice Matters
BE the World
You Want to See!
Clearly seeing the chances we have to make a difference
in the World Within Our Reach is the best way to change
the world at large.
From the Inside Out
RECOGNIZING PLATINUM OPPORTUNITIES
very interesting email hit my Inbox yesterday, in the form of two
little quizzes prompted by what was called "Charles Schultz'
Philosophy." Schultz, of course, was the creator of the incredibly
popular and long-lasting "Peanuts" cartoon strip. Let
me share the quizzes with you.
Name the 3 wealthiest people in the U. S.
2. Name the last 2 winners of the Heisman trophy.
this year's top 3 best-selling authors.
last year's winner of the Miss America pageant.
the editor-in-chief of your favorite magazine.
Name last year's Academy Award winners for best actor and best actress.
how did you do? If you're like me, not all that well. Now no disrespect
to whomever these people are. Clearly, they've achieved some wonderful
distinction for who they are and what they've done and I congratulate
them all. But did they have a direct impact on my life? Or how I
think? Or what I do? No, not really.
Name your all-time favorite teacher - and why.
2. Name 3 friends who helped you out when you really needed it
circumstances around it.
3. Name 5 people who have taught you something worthwhile
and how you've used that knowledge.
4. Name 6 people who made you feel especially appreciated
and what you did to earn that recognition.
5. Name 6 people you enjoy spending time with
and what else you could do together.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you
and consider what their advice would be for a problem you're currently
I suspect so. And why? Because these people made a lasting impression
on you. They touched your life and made you care in a way
that was powerfully self-affirming. I think we could all use a bit
more THAT! How about you?!
So let's build on this. Turn your attention outward and ask yourself,
"Whose lives am I touching? Whose lives could I be touching?"
The equation is simple: What others have done for you, you can do
for others. And what you do next can be easily determined by understanding
the Platinum Rule. The PLATINUM Rule? Yes.
all know the Golden Rule do unto others as you would have
them do unto you. Well the Platinum Rule, per Dr. Tony Alessandra
is, "Do unto others as THEY would have you do unto them."
And if you think about the people in your responses to Quiz #2,
I suspect that each and every one of them whether they realized
it or not honored the Platinum Rule with you in some way.
And what made it all the better was that even though you didn't
ask, they delivered!
a moment or two and think about the people you know and interact
with. What Platinum Opportunities are there for you? How can you
do unto others as they would have you do unto them?
Schultz once said, "It doesn't matter what you believe just
so long as you're sincere." And so to it is with Platinum Moments
you have to be sincere, or they don't count. So whatever
you choose to do, do it because you want to, not because you feel
you have to. And
watch what happens!
Barry Zweibel, Certified Business & Personal Life Coach
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MEDITATE FOR HAPPINESS
Western science has finally begun to confirm what the wisdom traditions
of the Orient have known for millennia: that meditation practice
literally and physically improves your brain behavior.
Felix, author of "The Partners Within", has been educating
on the healing power of prayer and meditation to overcome destructive
emotions for the last decade. Now several scientific studies are
converging to confirm this idea. As recently reported in the Wall
Street Journal Science column, studies at the University of Wisconsin
confirmed that "meditation, Buddhist or otherwise, might change
the brain and, in particular, its emotional circuitry."
focus of these studies was on the brain structure called the amygdala.
This is a little almond-shaped center that is located deep in the
brain and it has been shown to be involved with the negative emotions
such as fear, anger, anxiety and depression. This emotional center
needs to be modulated by the prefrontal cortex; when it is not,
its negative emotions can snowball into destructive behavior patterns.
The psychiatric community commonly treats these poor states of mental
health with neuroplastic drugs such as seratonin uptake inhibitors
(Prozac and Zoloft etc.) with mixed success.
now, according to Sharon Begley, placebo-controlled clinical studies
are suggesting, "Meditation strengthens connections between
the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala. Inhibitory signals from
the prefrontal cortex appear to rein in the amygdala like a good
yank on a kite string. The stronger or more numerous those "stop
firing!" signals, the stronger the inhibition." Indeed
"It appears that the inhibitory signal reaching the amygdala
can be modulated voluntarily," says Prof. Richard Davidson,
of the University of Wisconsin.
importantly, Ms. Begley continues, "The plasticity of connections
between the thinking and feeling regions of the brain casts doubt
on the belief that each of us has a "set point" for happiness,
and that neither a Powerball win nor a life tragedy budges it for
long. If inhibitory connections between the frontal lobes and the
amygdala can be strengthened in an enduring way, then perhaps you
can voluntarily shift that point, increasing our capacities for
happiness, fulfillment and for actualizing our own unique human
and higher powers."
Here to Read Free Article by Robert Felix:
"The Easy Chair Method of Prayer and Meditation"
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THE COLORS OF RITUAL
Rajesh Kumar Singh /AP
Artisan Hamid Ali carries freshly dyed "kalawa", a sacred
orange-yellow thread used extensively in Hindu rituals, against
a backdrop of kalawa drying in the sun in Lalgopalgunj village,
near Allahabad, India. Allahabad is located in Northern India at
the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythological Saraswati
rivers. The "Kumbh Mela", which is the world's largest
fair, takes place here every 12 years. It was in Allahabad that
Mahatma Gandhi proposed his program of nonviolent resistance to
Coaching and Mentoring
for You and Your Staff. Because the busier
you are the more they probably need it.
HIGHER QUALITY Z'S WITH JASMINE
People who sleep enveloped by the soothing smells of jasmine may
get a more restful snooze than others, new research suggests. Dr.
Bryan Raudenbush and his colleagues at the Wheeling Jesuit University
in Wheeling, West Virginia, found that people who slept in rooms
infused with jasmine appeared to sleep more peacefully and report
higher afternoon alertness than when spending the night in a lavender-scented
room, or one with no added smell.
found they were just laying there, as opposed to tossing and turning,"
Raudenbush told Reuters Health, speaking of the nights when people
slept in a jasmine-infused space. The
researcher explained that the purpose of the study was to investigate
some of the beliefs behind aromatherapy, a form of medicine in use
since 3000 BC that is based on the practice of treating patients
with essential oils extracted from plants.
amount of added aroma was so small, Raudenbush noted, that some
sleepers said they couldn't smell anything different. The researchers
found that when people slept in a jasmine-infused space, they moved
less during the night. Although people slept the same amount each
night, jasmine-smellers reported feeling less anxiety when they
and his colleagues also gave study participants a test of mental
function after they woke up, in which they had to match numbers
to a symbol using a key that showed which number was linked to which
symbol. The team found that after sleeping in a jasmine-infused
space, people could complete the test more quickly and accurately.
This finding suggests that people who sleep with jasmine scents
experience a more productive sleep, enabling them to wake up more
refreshed and alert than after sleeping the same amount on other
nights, Raudenbush noted. Jasmine smellers also reported feeling
more alert during the afternoon hours of the next day.
most people probably can't pump traces of jasmine into their sleeping
quarters throughout the night, Raudenbush said there may be easier
ways to obtain the scent's benefits. Many products contain jasmine,
he said, and a shower using jasmine-scented soap before bed or the
strategic placement of jasmine potpourri around the house could
is the history of Mother's Day?
Laughing It Off
FLYING BY THE SEAT ...
let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor.
Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints by QANTAS pilots
and the corrective action recorded by mechanics.
the way, Qantas is supposedly the only major airline that has never
had an accident.
= the problem the pilots entered in the log.
Solution = the corrective action taken by the mechanics.
Test flight OK, except autoland very rough.
Solution: Autoland not installed on this aircraft.
Something loose in cockpit.
Solution: Something tightened in cockpit.
Dead bugs on windshield.
Solution: Live bugs on backorder.
Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent.
Solution: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
Solution: Evidence removed.
DME volume unbelievably loud.
Solution: DME volume set to more believable level.
Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
Solution: That's what they're there for!
Solution: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
Suspected crack in windscreen.
Solution: Suspect you're right.
Aircraft handles funny.
Solution: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and
Solution: Reprogrammed radar with words.
Mouse in cockpit.
Solution: Cat installed.
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Look at THAT!
Juergen Sarwan /Sports & News AP
Picuruta Salazar rides the "Pororoca,"
a wave that flows upstream and reaches a height
of 13 feet on the world's second longest river, the Amazon, in Brazil.
The Pororoca happens every year during February and March when the
ocean whips back on the heavily drained Amazon and creates a giant
swell that flows upstream for hundreds of miles. Salazar, a Brazilian,
rode the muddy brown wave for 37 minutes, traveling about 7 miles
through the rainforest. ~MSNBC
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WORD CHOICE MATTERS
a meaningful little story from my dear Aunt Mary Lynn in Peoria,
Illinois, that very simply conveys a message we all need to remember.
It's called "NAILS IN THE FENCE" ....
once was a little girl who had a bad temper. Her mother gave her
a bag of nails and told her that every time she lost her temper,
she must hammer a nail into the
back of the fence.
first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the
next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger, the number
of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. She discovered
it was easier to hold her temper than to drive those nails into
the day came when the girl didn't lose her temper at all. She
told her mother about it and the mother suggested that the girl
now pull out one nail for each day that she was able to hold her
temper. The day passed and the young girl was finally able to
tell her mother that all the nails were gone. The mother took
her daughter by the hand and led her to the fence.
said, "You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes
in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things
in anger, they leave a scar just like this one." You can
put a knife in a person and draw it out. It won't matter how many
times you say "I'm sorry", the wound is still there.
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
What "holes" have you made recently? Some might be big
and some might be small. Whatever they are, each hole that is
made in anger makes life a little more ugly. The next time you
begin to feel angry, take a deep breath .... then, try to express
yourself in a different way. In heated situations, I've learned
to consciously shift my focus to my heart and willing that
the words I speak come right out of my heart ... not my head.
This approach has never failed to present the TRUTH with clarity
Chelle Thompson ~
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