"You Have It Within YOU"
is above all else a variable, and nobody is qualified
to say that he or she knows exactly what it is. As a matter
of fact, with a firm enough commitment, you can
sometimes create a reality which did not exist before."
~Margaret Halsey, American Author
(1910 -- )
Today's Tune (on/off):
"Do You Know Where
You're Going to?"
From the Inside Out...
Your Life Map (2)
Up Your Exercises
the Silk Road
UD Cancer Research
to Our Fears (2)
What a Site!
What's Stopping Us?
BE the World
You Want to See!
Creating our own reality
seems like a complex
concept. In fact it's quite
easy. We all do it every
single moment ... whether
it's done consciously
From the Inside Out
LIFE MAP (Part 2)
various times in life, and especially during midlife and other transitions,
we meet new challenges that don't seem to respond to our usual techniques.
these times the call to wholeness and healing becomes much louder
than before, and we unconsciously begin to reach back into our dark
interior for some long-forgotten part of our self. Those on the
hero's path are actively searching for their lost treasures, and
integrating the light and dark sides of themselves.
greatest gift often comes from the place where we have been wounded
the most deeply. Many creative and successful people are "wounded
healers" people who overcame a problem and transformed
it into their life's work. Bill Wilson founded one of the most successful
organizations in history through facing his own wounds. Today millions
of people benefit from Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs.
My client, Paolo, deeply anguished by his daughter's disability,
put his computer savvy to work and founded a company that designs
and produces computer-assisted communication devices for the disabled.
Another client, Vanessa, a talented secretary who found her path
to executive positions blocked by gender bias, opened her own consulting
practice, providing career development training for office workers
seeking to reach their full potential. Such people bring passionate
enthusiasm and a sense of purpose to their work because they listened
when their "inner voice" called them to take on a challenge.
Joseph Campbell advised students looking for direction in life to
"follow your bliss," he chose his words carefully. He
didn't tell them to follow their obvious talents, their social expectations,
their ego gratification or even their happiness. He used the word
"bliss," a word we associate with a state of passionate
spiritual ecstasy. Like many before you, you may discover your greatest
treasure where you least expect to find it. To find your greatest
gift, search in the dark regions where you have hidden your wounds
and your passions.
right quest generates passion in the hero or heroine. It is in searching
that we come alive with the inner passion that gives life its color
and vibrancy. Passion is the fire of human life the fire
in the belly that propels us forward through challenges. Deep, enduring
enthusiasm, unlike momentary excitement, comes only when we have
aligned our life with a higher purpose. This means opening up to
the deeper flow of wisdom in our psyche. Thoreau advised, "Dwell
as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows."
reflecting on your Life Map, you can take the awesome responsibility
of creating your own future by drawing a Future Life Map. This map
begins with the present moment and ends with your death. What do
you want to experience between now and then? Be bold, dream big
dreams. Let your first map be the hero's map, unfettered by the
limiting lie we call "reality." Your Future Life Map can
be one of many, as you explore alternate futures that emphasize
different aspects of yourself. After you express your deepest, wildest,
most creative dreams you can focus them into more down-to-earth
maps that help you plan the next year, or the next month.
is important is that the successes and failures we experience are
our own. Only by following our deepest desire can we find genuine
success. All truly successful people have defined success for themselves.
Success is not a distant goal, but a process, a state of mind and
a way of living life. To know that we can handle anything, to know
that we can turn everything into an opportunity for spiritual growth
- that is living successfully. Drawing a Life Map becomes a small
way station on our journey, a brief time to stop amidst the noisy
rush of everyday life, to gaze back at where we have come from and
to envision our future. And, perhaps, most important, to ask why
we are on the path.
Robert Gerzon, Author
"Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety"
Printed with author's permission
ADD UP YOUR EXERCISES
important to realize that daily energy expenditure is cumulative
it includes all movements, from low-intensity activities
of daily life like walking up stairs to more intense, deliberate
workouts, such as sweating through an aerobics class.
is like loose change in your pocket it all adds up,
says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American
Council on Exercise. So dont be intimidated by the idea of
a 60-minute workout.
of the guideline instead in terms incorporating movement into your
daily activities, such as walking across the hall rather than sending
an interoffice e-mail, taking the stairs at the mall, parking your
car at the far end of the lot, pacing while youre on the phone
or clenching your abs while youre online. Why not flex those
abs right now?
for those people who, no matter how many mini-activities they try
to cram in, just cant accumulate a total of one hour, then
rev it up, says Mirabai Holland, director of fitness at the 92nd
Street Y in New York. Instead walking for one hour at moderate intensity,
try jogging or running for 30 minutes.
also encourages interval training: Add in some hills and sprints
in your 30-minute jog and youll be reaping even more benefits
than someone whos walking for an hour.
Use stationary activities as opportunities to work out your muscles.
Flex your abs or clench your rear while standing in line at the
calf raises while talking on the phone.
Always take the stairs, whether you're at work or the mall.
Do stretches in the shower.
Roll your neck, touch your toes, do shoulder shrugs.
Take advantage of your TV time.
Do crunches or biceps curls with cans from the pantry while you
Jump up during commercial breaks and do jumping jacks.
Walk around the building during your lunch break.
Wear a backpack to increase resistance.
Get a dog. That's a surefire way to increase your daily activity
Plan vacations that include physical activity such as hiking or
ON THE SILK ROAD
Historically much more important than it is today, Shan Shang (which
means "on the mountain") was a major oasis or caravansary
on the ancient Silk Road. It was actually closely tied to India
and the kingdoms of the Tarim Basin rather than China. Today it
is a tourist mecca and museum of ancient Buddhist cave art near
the city of Dunhuang.
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MUSIC TO OUR FEARS (Part
can be a powerful catalyst in the healing process, writes
Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect, a book that
cites scores of cases in which sound and music are used to help
patients suffering everything from anxiety to cancer, high blood
pressure to chronic pain and mental distress. Gina
Sala,a voice coach, teacher and co-director of the Sound Healers
of Washington, believes that the voice can be an integrative tool
to link our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sides. We
were all born with this same, beautiful instrument our voice,
and were crying out to use it, she says, yet so
many people in our culture are afraid to.
music therapist, Mary Comtois of Teaneck, N.J., reports remarkable
results with a 9-year old cerebral palsy victim. Confined to a wheelchair,
he was so emotionally disturbed that he punched himself, even to
the point of blinding himself. Through toning and playing instruments,
like maracas and shakers, he learned to love music and feel a sense
of self-worth, she says. Hes now writing his own opera,
Comtois says. A few months ago he couldnt speak or match
pitch and now hes singing opera in Italian and French.
of the least-known practices of sound healers is using tuning forks
sound frequencies to literally tune up the nervous system,
triggering relaxation and wholeness, says biosonics
creator John Beaulieu. Marline Lesh, a Seattle audiologist turned
sound healer, invited me to a session of an offshoot, acutonics,
which also uses these forks, using the same acupressure points as
Chinese acupuncturists and massage therapists. The pulses of Tibetan
bowls are thought to mimic Alpha and Theta brain wave states, for
boast that such therapies are noninvasive and nontoxic, work well
with other treatments, like massage, and are far less expensive
than conventional drug-based medicine. HMOs like seeing the
faster recovery of patients in a wide number of areas and the falling
costs of anesthetics and other drugs, he says. This could
spur more of these therapies being covered by insurance. People
are looking for alternative forms of medicine, says Fred Schwartz,
an anesthesiologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, who has been
successfully using music mixed with womb sounds among
premature and low-birth weight babies. As we measure more
in patients vital signs and see changes in the brain at the
cellular level, well be able to map the positive effects of
sound on our health.
Laughing It Off
year my house barely survived our annual spring cleaning day. In
fact, both the fire department and the American Red Cross still
have us on their monthly check-in list. So this year when the time
came to divvy up the chores and dig into spring cleaning, I made
a cheat sheet of sorts for my husband to refer to:
Broom (brum) - Along handled brush used for sweeping (also doubles
as a mode of transportation for your mother)
Vacuum (vak' u em) - Much like the leaf blower except it sucks
in, instead of blowing out. Don't let this alarm you. It isn't broken
and doesn't need more torque, speed, RAM or whatever it is you did
to the dishwasher.
Dust Pan (DUH) - Contrary to popular belief, this is where you
sweep the dirt, not under the hallway area rug.
Dust Cloth (dust kloth) - A cloth designated for removing tiny
particles of dirt from every flat surface of the house. Hint:look
for your old "lucky shirt".
Bucket (buk' it) - Cylindric container used for holding soapy
water when mopping the floor. Also known as your mid-evil knight
helmet when you're playing with our seven-year-old.
Mop (mop) - A bundle of coarse yarn, rags or cloth fastened
at the end of a stick. You'll remember this as your dance partner
at the New Year's Eve party last year.
Toilet Brush (toi' lit brush) - Used for scrubbing the inside
of the toilet bowl. Remember, you may NOT use my shower luffa again!
Oven Cleaner (uv' en Klen' er) - No, not the teenager. This
is an actual product that you buy, spray in the oven and wipe out
two hours later. You won't need your welder's mask for this task,
but if it makes you feel more dangerous, go ahead.
Sponge (spunj) - Used to gently wash away food particles from
dinnerware. It won't be necessary to use your 300psi Power wash
set. That was given to you in hopes of cleaning the exterior of
the house (hint hint).
Squeegee (skwe' je) - Same principle as washing the car windshield,
and yes, real men do squeegee!
Note: While duct tape may be a wonderful plumber's aid, it's
really not the best solution for keeping the bathroom towels in
place, and Jamie's teacher is still asking why his homework was
stuck to his forehead last week. For these reasons, I have hidden
the duct tape and distributed your picture to the local hardware
stores. Don't make me call Duct Tape Anonymous again.
by Ted Lamb
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Look at THAT!
Since visitors don't stop at Soap Lake, WA,
anymore, even though its medicinal waters reputedly can cure
anything from sheep parasites to snake bite, civic leaders are seriously
considering trying to revive the tourist trade with a towering 60-foot-high
lava lamp in the center of downtown, complete with viewing platform.
The proposed installation is shown in this artist's rendition. After
all, look what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris and the Space Needle
for Seattle! ~REUTERS
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
WHAT'S STOPPING US?
can change at any age. Each of us has the power of emotional choice
we can create permanent change in OURSELVES. Our decision to be
happy is actually our decision to STOP BEING UNHAPPY. We do not
have to become prisoners of our perspectives; we can change them
and our lives. For, as the English poet John Milton said, The
mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven out of Hell
and a hell of Heaven.
look at some of the reasons why were afraid to make the
very choices that could change our lives. Renowned psychologist
Barbara DeAngeles, Ph.D., says to imagine that we are standing
atop a mountain ... a mountain called our comfort zone.
It represents the way were used to living, risks we take,
etc. Its not called our comfort zone because its always
comfortable, but because its always FAMILIAR. Across a ravine
from our mountain is another mountain. Atop that one is everything
we want: a better relationship, more freedom, more success, more
prosperity, that new job. We say to ourselves, I know I
need to jump, I know its time. Im ready....
and then we stop. Why?, because of FEAR.
theres the fear of failing, or not being able to do it,
or making a mistake. Sometimes the greatest mistakes in life come
from procrastination or from taking no action at all. After
fear of failure, the second thing that keeps us from changing
is fear of the unknown. At least our current circumstances, as
painful or unsatisfying as they may be, are familiar. Its
almost like weve said, Id rather suffer with
what I have today than to change because at least I know what
third thing that stops us from leaping from our present mountain
to a new one is the fear of leaving old and familiar ways behind.
For right there next to us on our mountain top are a bunch of
suitcases ... our emotional baggage. Baggage that represents old
anger or resentment we havent let go of, childhood patterns
that we havent changed and so forth. Sometimes
were not alone on the mountain. Maybe theres our partner,
or family, or friends. We tell them Come on jump, Im
ready to change and they reply, No, you go ahead,
I like it right here where I am. Then we have to make a
decision between keeping them company or leaving them behind and
growing for ourselves. Its very painful to choose between
our own growth and keeping somebody we love company.
week we'll take a look at the fourth and most frightening fear
of all ....
Chelle Thompson ~
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