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"You Have It Within YOU"


 

"Ninety percent of the world's woe comes from people not
knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and
even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way
through life as complete strangers to ourselves."


~Sydney J. Harris, American Journalist (1917-1986)

March 24, 2003

Today's Tune (on/off):

"Yesterday"

IN THIS
WEEK'S ISSUE:

From the Inside Out...
Your Life Map (1)


Yes You Can!...
Take Care of
Your Family

Far Horizons...
Los Pueblos Blancos

Links That Shine...
Health Scout News

Fascinating Facts...
Music to Our
Fears (1)

Laughing It Off...
Homecooked
Humor

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

Look at That!...
Europe on Ice

Joyful Lifestyles...
More on the
Kindness Challenge



Uplifting World

BE the World
You Want to See!

Discovering and reflecting upon the turning points in my life, taught me that some of my "worst" experiences were truly the "best" for my overall evolution.

~ Chelle ~

 


From the Inside OutLife Map
YOUR LIFE MAP (Part 1)

One way we can search for spiritual direction
is to draw a Life Map. Few of us can take the time to reflect on our life by writing an entire autobiography, but drawing a Life Map can render many of the same benefits. I still remember the feeling of astonishment I had when I drew my first Life Map, and I saw my whole life represented on one large piece of paper. I was amazed at how patterns emerged, how I could begin to see some design and direction in what had often seemed to be a confused, winding path filled with detours, successes and failures. After drawing a Life Map of my past I drew a Life Map of my future, which helped me become more conscious of my dreams and aspirations.

A Life Map helps us answer a deeper question: Who am I and why am I on this journey? It provides us with a spiritual perspective on our life’s path. This map is both a historical record and a creative tool for visioning the future. Perhaps the most important thing we use a map for is to help us plan where we are going — to map our future. The Life Map is a tool for conscious living, a way to create the life you were born to live.

The defining structure of the Life Map is the Lifeline, which represents the path your life has taken or will take. It can be expressed as a straight line, a series of steps, a spiral or any freeform design you choose. You can show the ups and downs of your life, the forks in the road (major decisions) and the roads not taken (someone you didn’t marry, a job you didn’t take). You can use symbols, pictures, and words to mark important events. You can visualize your map as a landscape or use other images and metaphors. Color can be used to differentiate phases of your life. Maps have words and symbols. You can label things, make little drawings, or use symbols such as storm clouds, lightning, a broken heart, a mountain, a bridge, a house, etc.

Take time to visualize your map. Remember as you visualize your past that there is no right or wrong way to look at your life. You have been telling yourself a certain story about your life up to this point, and by drawing your map you have the chance to become more aware of your story, and to rewrite it if you wish. The stories we tell about our life become our truth. They give our life the meaning, or lack of meaning that it has; they create our identity. After drawing your map you might take some time to meditate on your Life Map and write down some of your feelings and insights.

Until we take the time to become consciously aware of our stories, we continue to repeat the distorted stories we have heard others tell about us — stories that prevent us from being who we are really meant to be. When anxious or depressed clients come into my office, I help them become more aware of their stories. I remind them that they can take back the power to write their own stories and become the authors of their own lives. They begin to write stories of their future that inspire them to live more authentic and adventurous lives.

When you visualize your Life Map, remember that your story is also the story of all humanity. Your life partakes of all the great myths and legends. You can envision your life as a great adventure. What is it that has motivated you throughout your life? What is the secret quest you are on? When you were a young boy or girl you had not yet lost the sense of life as a glorious adventure. Whether you are trying to earn a degree, pay your bills, raise a family, start a business, adjust to a major life change brought about by illness, divorce or job loss, remember that you are on a spiritual quest. With this awareness you can transform the mundane into the transcendent. Your life matters to the cosmos.

This is the hero’s journey — to return to the wellspring of consciousness and find out what it means to be truly human. Instead of merely copying stories we have heard, we need to write our own story. Each of us deserves to be the author of our own life.

Somewhere in your Life Map, where you may least expect it, you will find a hidden treasure. In fairy tales and myths the hero or heroine often finds the treasure in a place that is desolate and dark, a region of danger and difficulty where few dare to venture. This place is our shadow, the darker side of our self — the place where we have thrown all the wounded parts of our self that did not meet with approval from parents, peers, and society.

Continued Next Week: Drawing your FUTURE life map ....

~ Robert Gerzon, Author
"Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety"
Printed with author's permission
www.Gerzon.com

Sun Wave Yes You Can!
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY


Recently, a client of mine wrote, "
We sit down to a family dinner each night and usually, our "TV Dinner" is the evening news. I know that some news stories can be disturbing, but my daughters are only 5 and 3 and really don't understand enough about the news to be upset by it. My husband and I enjoy our regular news program, but I'm not sure that it is appropriate viewing for our daughters. What do you recommend?"

Dinner is a wonderful opportunity for creating warm attachments, lasting traditions, and meaningful family interactions. Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings, however, are not members of your family, nor do they belong at your dinner table.

Exposure to frightening events seen on TV may, inadvertently, cause your children (or anyone) to become "virtual victims."

People do not have to eyewitness an upsetting event to be affected by it. News images resonate, and can result in nightmares, separation anxieties, or other long-lasting fears.

Even more importantly, TV news can shape and create a child's (or anyone's) view of the world as a cruel and dangerous place. After viewing news, studies have found that young children feel increasingly vulnerable and nervous.

This nervousness and anxiety, sometimes characterized by a sinking feeling that "something's going to happen," can interfere with a child's (or anyone's) play, eating, and sleeping.

~ Dr. Helen Boehm, Family.MSN.com




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Far Horizons
LOS PUEBLOS BLANCOS

San Juan de Oriente
Photo: Nicaraguan Pottery
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There is a cluster of quaint little towns near Managua which the Nicaraguans fondly call Los Pueblos Blancos "The white towns", named for their whitewashed adobe buildings. The jewel of these pueblos is Catarina, which borders on the deep crater of the Apoyo Lagoon with splendid panoramic views. Each of the towns has its own talent. While in Catarina it's plants and flowers, in San Juan de Oriente it's clay vessels. Although Diriá and Diriomo are called “The Towns of Sorcery” because of the legends about ghosts and witches, their residents specialize in preparing homemade sweets.

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Spiral LINKS
THAT SHINE

"HEALTH SCOUT NEWS "

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up to 20 articles covering the latest health news. Health Scout's editors flag each article for its relevance to about 800 health topics,
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Fascinating FactsHealing Sounds
MUSIC TO OUR FEARS

Music can excite or soothe us, but does it have the power to heal? A growing number of physicians and music therapists are using techniques to help their patients recover from illnesses of all kinds, and the current “sound healing” movement suggests that the traditional incantations and rituals of ancient cultures have value to our health today.

“Our ancestors intuitively embraced sound as the very essence of the life force and wove it into the fabric of their creation myths,” writes Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, an oncologist at the Strange-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center, affiliated with New York Hospital, in his book, “Sounds of Healing.” He believes that the therapeutic powers of sound, voice and music are wellsprings waiting to be tapped by modern medicine.

Although trained in conventional medical schools, Gaynor has been using chanting, music and even Tibetan quartz crystal bowls to treat his patients for more than 10 years, with remarkable results. “Whether we invoke OM or chant simple songs — of joy, anger or sadness — we celebrate the link forged through generations of humankind, a link that connects us to our earliest ancestors.” The use of music and sound to heal probably goes back to the dawn of human history. One need only think of the biblical story of David playing his harp to lift King Saul’s depression, or the ancient Greek followers of Pythagoras, who sang chants in unison as cures for mental and physical distress.

The modern idea of music as therapy in the United States, however, dates back only to World War I, when it became popular for musicians to travel to veterans’ hospitals to play for the emotionally and physically wounded. Today it is used in many health care settings, such as heart care, surgery, post-anesthesia recovery, and neonatal intensive care units. Now a new generation of “sound healers” is reviving ancient practices like “toning” and sacred sounds of Sufi mystics and Pythagoreans by means of tuning forks.

Sounds can nurture wellness and peace, but also soothe grief and anxiety, says Gina Sala, a voice coach, teacher and co-director of the Sound Healers of Washington. The American Music Therapy Association reports reaching thousands of people in 25 locations with their New York City Music Therapy Relief Project — using everything from drum circles to song-writing workshops, giving voice to grief and anxiety.

~Francesca Lyman, MSNBCNews


Chef du Jour

Laughing It Off
HOMECOOKED HUMOR

Several years ago at a family dinner I noticed that my little 5-year old grandson was not eating the fried chicken I had prepared. His aunt noticed this too and asked him, why. He replied, “It has sticks in it!” We all laughed because it was obvious that he was accustomed to eating chicken nuggets. -Unknown

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. -Erma Bombeck

When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother and found a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. I was not so pleased. I turned to Mom and said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?" Mom smiled and then replied, "I remember." -Unknown

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. -Rita Rudner

I love kids letters about misinterpreting the Lord's Prayer. When my twin daughters were young, I taught them to say this prayer before going to bed. As I listened outside their door, I could hear them say, "Give us this steak and daily bread, and forgive us our mattresses." My husband and I always had a good laugh over this and the memory still remains in my heart.-Unknown

Raising teenagers is like nailing jello to a tree. -Unknown

People are always asking couples whose marriages have endured at least a quarter of a century for their secret for success. Actually, it is no secret at all. I am a forgiving woman. Long ago, I forgave my husband for not being Paul Newman. -Erma Bombeck

I bought my wife a new car. She called and said, "There's water in the carburetor." I said, "Where's the car?" She said, "In the lake." -Henny Youngman

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?" "It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt? He yelled back, "University of Texas." -Unknown

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Humor Archives


Untangling the Web

Penguin Programmer

WHAT A SITE!

Online cookware superstore.
Shop... By Brand, By Material, By Shape.
Factory direct prices and discounted closeouts.
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www.PotsandPans.com


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Look at THAT!
EUROPE ON ICE

Ice Carving 
Photo: Francois Lenoiri /REUTERS


A young visitor looks at a sculpture of ice representing a Celtic Cross at the World Ice Carving Championship 2003 near Genk in the eastern part of Belgium. About 12 sculptures around the theme "Europe in Ice" were exhibited this past December.
~REUTERS

 

JoyJoyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
MORE ON THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE

My dear friend Marilyn Starnes in North Carolina recently returned from a second grief counseling mission to Nicaragua, where she established a widows' group in a village there last October. In turn, these widows are now reaching out to others who are hurting in neighboring areas. Marilyn is a person who has given "feet" to her dreams and she shares with us the following wise words by Ralph Marston.

"Spread Your Kindness"

"Live as though every positive thing you do will start a chain reaction, the culmination of which is so beneficial you cannot even imagine. Live as though even the smallest kindness, passed along from one person to another, can change the world for the better.

Live as though every good thing you do is multiplied many times over before surely and eventually returning to you. For that is indeed the way life can work.

You have a far greater influence than it may seem over people and events, even those far removed from you. Because the way you act toward others gets passed along in ever-increasing numbers.

Think about how you do it yourself. If someone has been kind and considerate to you, you're far more likely to act with kindness toward others, and many of them will do the same.

If in one hour you were to spread kindness to just three people, and each of them did the same, and the process continued to repeat itself, the results would be astounding. It would take less than 24 hours for that kindness to be spread to every person in the world.

Spread your kindness and consideration freely and respectfully to others. And the positive benefits will go farther than you can possibly imagine. ~ Ralph Marston

That pretty much sums up the opportunities which continually stand before us ...
now all we need to do is get our feet moving through the doors.

~ Chelle Thompson ~

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