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I 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.

The 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.

"As a result, the boy’s 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.

“That 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.

“He 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.’

“The 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 you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s 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.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do.

His 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.’

“Finally, 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 I’ll keep my dream.’”

Monty 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.”

He 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.”

When 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.’”

So don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.

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ALTER YOUR PERCEPTION OF TIME

Time 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 productive?

Seat Cushions and the Perception of Time:

During 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.

After 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, Treating Type A Behavior — And Your Heart

The Hurry Sickness:

What 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 underlying hostility.

What if you have a "Type A" personality, or are just merely stressed?

If 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 never happened!"

Seven steps to help you relax and let go:

1. 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."

~By 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 )


Far Horizons

KIRIBATI: PARADISE IN PERIL

Kiribati Island of Tabiteuea
Tabiteuea Island in the Republic of Kiribati

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As 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.

For 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.

Modern 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.

In 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.”

The 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).

Traditonal Kiribati Meeting Hall
Traditional Kiribati "Maneaba"

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2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.

5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

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