"You Have It Within YOU"
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
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From the Inside Out...
Your Life Map (1)
Yes You Can!...
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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.
From the Inside Out
LIFE MAP (Part 1)
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.
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 lifes 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.
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
didnt marry, a job you didnt 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.
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.
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
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.
is the heros 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.
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.
Next Week: Drawing your FUTURE life map ....
Robert Gerzon, Author
"Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety"
Printed with author's permission
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?"
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.
to frightening events seen on TV may, inadvertently, cause your
children (or anyone) to become "virtual victims."
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.
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
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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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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MUSIC TO OUR FEARS
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
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.
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 Sauls 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
~Francesca Lyman, MSNBCNews
Laughing It Off
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
second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting
my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. -Erma Bombeck
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
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
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
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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A young visitor looks at a sculpture of ice representing
a Celtic Cross at the World Ice Carving Championship 2003 near Genk
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MORE ON THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
your kindness and consideration freely and respectfully to others.
And the positive benefits will go farther than you can possibly
imagine. ~ Ralph Marston
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.
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