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May 28, 2007
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Yes You Can!...
Perception of Time
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our spirit without hesitation is not an easy assignment. Many
dream-seekers face an onslaught of critical hailstones that
halt all but the most determined person in their quest. As
always, awareness is the key for breaking through these barriers
and realizing our own heart's dreams.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
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trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you ...
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Happy trails to you 'till we meet again."
have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San
Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fundraising events
to raise money for youth at risk programs.
last time I was there he introduced me by saying, I want to
tell you why I let Jack use my house. It all goes back to a story
about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer
who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm
to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses.
a result, the boys high school career was continually interrupted.
When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he
wanted to be and do when he grew up.
night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday
owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and
he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location
of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then
he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that
would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.
put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day
he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper
back. On the front page was a large red 'F' with a note that
read, See me after class.
boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked,
Why did I receive an F? The
teacher said, This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy
like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family.
You have no resources. Owning
a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land.
You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later youll
have to pay large stud fees. Theres no way you could ever
do it. Then the teacher added, If you will rewrite this
paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.
boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father
what he should do.
father said, Look, son, you have to make up your own mind
on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.
after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper,
making no changes at all. He stated, You can keep the F and
Ill keep my dream.
then turned to the assembled group and said, I tell you this
story because you are sitting in my 4,000- square-foot house in
the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school
paper framed over the fireplace.
added, The best part of the story is that two summers ago
that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch
for a week.
the teacher was leaving, he said, Look, Monty, I can tell
you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream
stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids dreams.
Fortunately you had enough guts not to give up on yours.
let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.
SOUP FOR THE SOUL:
Living Your Dreams
In this commemorative 10th anniversary edition, readers will
find 50 of the best-loved stories from the series, those that
exemplify the spirit of Chicken Soup and its ability
to illuminate the path we all walk on. Included in this must-have
keepsake book are
poignant letters from readers whose lives were transformed by
what they read and a special section written by coauthors, Canfield
and Hansen, on the special principles of living your dreams
that everyone can follow.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
By Jack Canfield
From Chicken Soup for the Soul
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ALTER YOUR PERCEPTION
has become a major stressor of our age. Probably THE greatest
stressor, in the final analysis. We live in the age of anxiety,
and that anxiety is most often provoked by the pressures of
time. People are driving themselves to the limit and are convinced
they never have enough time to get things done. With incessant
interruptions and immediacy of today's electronic communication
systems (computers, cell phones, beepers etc.), we are constantly
being told to hurry up. Is this good? Does it make us more
Seat Cushions and the Perception of Time:
the 1980s an upholsterer in San Francisco made an observation
that led to one of the most important discoveries of our time.
While working in the office of Dr. Myer Friedman, a cardiologist,
he noticed the seat cushions were worn out on the front edge.
He happened to meet Dr. Friedman that day and put to him a
simple question, "Why is it that in everyone else's
office the seat cushions wear out in the middle, but in your
office they wear out on the front edge?" Dr. Friedman
had answered many difficult medical questions before, but
was unable to respond to the upholsterer's curiosity.
his encounter with his upholsterer, Dr. Friedman paused often
during the next few weeks to peer out his office door and
watch the behavior of the cardiac patients waiting to see
him. He soon discovered why the phenomenon was occurring.
Instead of sitting back in their seats, reading magazines
like patients waiting in other rooms, they were perched on
the edge of their seats like Olympic sprinters so they would
not lose an extra hundredth of a second when their name was
called to see the doctor. After devising a few tests and performing
some studies, Dr. Friedman published his now classic book,
Type A Behavior And Your Heart
The Hurry Sickness:
is the connection between good health and time as we perceive
it? Plenty! The distorted attitude towards time which has
developed, mostly over the past hundred or so years, has proven
to have a huge impact on health and long life. There is a
very convincing-sounding adage that "Time is money,"
a philosophy that seems to become more true the more people
believe in it. The problem is that mounting research shows
a distorted attitude about time may distort the behavior of
that great timekeeper in your chest, your "ticker."
Dr. Friedman's studies, and those that followed, have proven
a direct relationship between how one handles time and the
eventual health of their cardiovascular system. It appears
there is a certain group of people who are more likely to
suffer from premature high blood pressure and heart attacks.
These turn out to be the folks who are hard-driving, always
feeling the pressure of time and seemingly spurred on by an
What if you have a "Type A"
personality, or are just merely stressed?
your reactions to constant pressure, demands, and continual
threats of your external environment are producing chronic
stress and persistent muscular tension you need to learn how
to de-stress If your nervous system is interpreting your current
social situation as an immediate threat to your survival,
you need to learn to relax even if the clock is ticking in
front of you and there are deadlines ahead.
I help my patients see an exaggerated degree of tension is
harmful and inappropriate. Actually, relaxation is not about
something we do; it is about something we don't do. It is
what is left over when we allow ourselves to stop doing everything
we didn't really need to be doing in the first place. Like
the stars in the sky, that are invisible when the sun is out,
the relaxation state is always there beneath the turmoil.
When we feel we are in danger or believe we have to respond
to some demand, an inner pressure to perform arises within
us. The tension of our bodies, the anxiety of our emotions,
the obsessive racing of our minds, are all futile attempts
to solve problems which are either imaginary, long past, or
not yet present. One is reminded of Mark Twain's quote, "I'm
an old man and have known a great many troubles, most of which
steps to help you relax and let go:
For one moment, become aware of the fact, at this instant,
there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, no problem to solve.
2. Recognize time is on your side. Start with a relaxation
tape that will lead you to a profoundly different experience
of time. You will learn the secrets of relaxing body, mind,
and emotions and how to come completely into the moment. Practice
regularly. Next, carry this altered perception of time and
relationship with time along with you.
3. Become a "One-Minute Meditator." Relax
and attune yourself to your breath. Breathe in slowly, then
breathe out and pause. Sink into the pause after you breathe
out and before you breathe in again. Although it may take
10-15 minutes initially to enter a truly deep relaxed state,
with training, this can be accomplished in a minute or two.
Direct your awareness away from whatever is going on in the
outside world, tune into the out-breath and let go. This sudden
awareness of Self creates a new relationship with the environment
and a new, more comfortable sense of time. You experience
the world differently; work quality improves, and your cardiovascular
system is protected from illness.
4. Re-examine your priorities. Make a list of the priorities
in your life, then make a list of what you spend your time
doing. If you're like most people, there's quite a discrepancy.
We're busy responding to urgent, unimportant things rather
than responding to important things that may not appear to
be urgent at the moment. If your schedule is too crowded with
other things to afford you time to do the things you really
want to do and that really are your priorities, then you must
make a commitment to change. One of the things that has to
go on this schedule is time to center and experience the eternal
moment. Take time for deep relaxation, physical exercise,
and quality time with someone you care about. All these give
a fuller sense of life, more comfort with being, and less
of the hurry sickness.
5. Drain your stress away daily. Stress is cumulative.
The more changes we have to deal with and the shorter period
of time we have to deal with them, the more stress is experienced
by body, mind, and emotions. Most people don't take time to
drain away stress because they don't know how, and tomorrow's
stress is added to that of today. Bottom line? On a daily
basis use stress reduction tapes, exercise, let go of rushing,
and mindless, unimportant activities. Take charge and wake
up to each precious moment.
6. Reinstate relaxation cycle. Understand stress is
just half of a normal, healthy life cycle. The rest of the
cycle involves relaxation. Normally, there is stress followed
by relaxation followed by stress, etc. The relaxation phase
allows nerves to re-polarize, chemicals to be metabolized,
emotions to come to rest, and the psyche to remember itself.
Without this, tension, anxiety, anger, frustration, etc. rise
as the body and emotions begin to experience the inner fight-or-flight
reflexes that enabled it to survive in prehistoric jungles.
Because we can't run away from our stressors, we must reinstate
the relaxation cycle. Deep relaxation and meditation help
us to do this.
7. Relax before each challenge. Relax after each challenge.
This simple technique keeps stress at a minimum, gives a sense
of success, and reinforces a calm, focused center for dealing
with stressful situations. You can get fit for stress just
as you can get fit for physical challenges. When you are fit,
you perform optimally and really enjoy the experience. Remember,
"stress is not something that happens to you; stress
is something you do with what happens to you."
Dr. Emmett Miller, author of Deep
Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine
One of the fathers of Mind/Body Medicine www.DrMiller.com
(Contributed by Jane at www.The-Cats-Meow.com
PARADISE IN PERIL
Tabiteuea Island in the Republic
dusk descends on the Kiribati Island of Tabiteuea (photo
above) a village elder's stilted hut provides a cool and
breezy refuge. Scattered over five million square kilometers,
the 33 Kiribati (pronounced kee-ree-bus) islands
are mostly low-lying coral islands in the Pacific. Kiribati
recently designated 73,800 square miles of Pacific atolls,
coral reefs and deep ocean as marine reserves. This region,
called the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, is refuge
for some of the planet's most pristine coral reef ecosystems,
and is the third largest such oceanic park in the world:
Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Northeastern Hawaiian
islands are the larger two.
the people of Kiribati, global warming is not a distant,
theoretical hazard. Sea levels are rising, slowly claiming
the land that hundreds of thousands of people currently
occupy Kiribati is disappearing one
inch at a time. Anote Tong, the region's president,
expects Kiribati to be unlivable soon; unless something
is done soon, he fears the entire nation will be gone
its people, its language, its culture within 50 years.
If you're interested in learning more about Kiribati's disappearing
act, check out Bill
Weir's report of the island that's slowly sinking.
history of Kiribati begins with the arrival of Micronesians
into the South Pacific, which took place between 200 and
500 AD. During the 18th century, British Captain, Gilbert,
discovered the central and northern islands of the Gilberts
group which he named Gilberts.
1892 the Kiribati became a British Protectorate when Captain
Davis hoisted the Union Jack on Abemama. Then in 1916 the
Ellice Islands were combined with the Gilbert Islands to
form the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony. During World
War 2 Tarawa was also the scene of one of the fiercest engagements
between the American and Japanese forces. Christmas Island
(pronounced Kiritimati and not to be confused
with the Australian-administered island of that name in
the Indian Ocean) was discovered and named Christmas
Island by Captain James Cook on his third Pacific
voyage on 24th December 1777. In 1975 the Ellice and Gilbert
Island were separated and the Ellice group became independent
in 1978, while internal self-government was attained by
the Gilbert Group in two stages until it finally became
a fully independent Republic on 12 July 1979, and recognized
itself as The Republic of Kiribati.
people here live by strong values, which include the importance
of family, hospitality, peace and tranquility and enjoy
making time for conversation and time to relax. They are
renowned traditional dancers and floorshows featuring such
entertainment can be enjoyed during festive occasions at
the village maneaba (traditional meeting hall
see photo below).
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wartime deeds as merely "the justification of
my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory."
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2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, nor for
risking execution to save other people's kids, nor for
holding out under torture by the Nazis, nor for enduring
decades as a nonperson under the communist regime that
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1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have
been done already.
I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find
I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the
amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing
I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new
technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my
I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless
of the amount of time given.
I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though
infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.
If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide
to change my mind.
I will always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or
write the first word, when I get around to it.
I shall obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the
greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work
that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is
I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
14. I shall become a member of the Ancient Order of Two- Headed
Turtles (the Procrastinator's Society) if they ever get it organized.
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