"You Have It Within YOU"
think we are drawn to dogs because they
are the uninhibited creatures we might be
if we weren't certain we knew better."
~George Bird Evans, Outdoor Essayist
& Dog Breeder
3 , 2003
Today's Tune (on/off):
"All I Have to Do Is Dream"
From the Inside Out...
Sighs of the Heart
Yes You Can!...
Portals of Spirit
& Weight Loss
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Our Behavior Matters (2)
BE the World
You Want to See!
The love we get from our pets
is a dream example of
what might also be possible
between human beings!
From the Inside Out
OF THE HEART
keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to this
shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started
all of this," the woman told the volunteer.
is it she keeps asking for?" she asked. "Puppy size!"
"We have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for."
know. We have seen most of them," she said in frustration.
Just then the young child came walking in the office. "Well,
did you find one?"
not this time," she said with sadness in her voice. "Can
we come back on the weekend?" The two women looked at each
other, shook their heads and laughed. "You never know when
we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply,"
the volunteer said.
young child took her mother by the hand and headed to the door.
"Don't worry, I bet we'll find one this weekend," the
the next few days both mom and dad had long conversations with her.
They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend
or we're not looking any more," dad finally said in frustration.
"We don't want to hear anything more about "puppy size"
either," mom added.
enough they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning.
By now, the young child knew her way around, so she ran right for
the section that housed the smaller dogs.
of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of
the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could
see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.
young girl walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically
to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and
she held each one. One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not
It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.
The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked
up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.
"Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know
it!" she screamed with joy.
startled by all the commotion, came running. "What? Are you
sure? How do you know?" she asked. "It's the puppy sighs!"
it the same size as all the other puppies you held the last few
weeks," mom said. "No, not 'size' -- sighs. When I held
him in my arms he sighed," she said. "So?"
you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me
"Love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love,
the bigger the sighs!"
two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether
to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug her child she did a
little of both.
every time you hold me I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from
work and hug each other you both sigh. I knew I would find the right
puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said.
holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he loves
me. I heard the sighs of his heart."
your eyes for a moment and dream about the love that makes you sigh.
I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress
of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool
air on a hot day. They are the sighs of the heart.
Bob Perks, Petwarmers.com
Keyboards: Your wrist position is key. The
ideal computing position, most agree, is to be sitting upright or
slightly reclined. Your shoulders should be straight, upper arms
hanging straight down, close to your body, and elbows at a 90-degree
(or even slightly more) angle.
forearms and hands should be flat and your hands relaxed. All this
leaves your wrists in a neutral position those who type with
their wrists pointed up or down, or extended outward or inward,
are asking for trouble. It generally means they're sitting too close
or too far away, or they don't have a keyboard that suits them.
designed Split keyboards that are sloped in the middle are growing
in use and popularity.
Mouse: Does it fit your hand? Hands
run in all different sizes, but so do mice. What you want is one
not too big or too small, but that fits snugly under your relaxed
bottom of your hand should feel the mouse, and the point where your
hand turns into your wrist should be on the table.
you're pooh-poohing this, don't. You'd be surprised how many people
suffer hand or shoulder pain because of a mouse that's an unnatural
trackball mouse often works better for people with shoulder pain
because it takes less overall movement to use.
those already suffering from hand or wrist pain, the answer might
be a foot-operated mouse, which eliminates stressful hand motions.
Monitor: eye level and minus glare. If
it isn't positioned correctly, your PC monitor can cause neck pain,
shoulder pain, and eyestrain from glare.
Keep it directly in front of you, and at an arm's length in distance.
Your neck should be straight, not leaning forward.
top of the screen should be directly level with your eyes. The monitor
should be tilted slightly upward. Put stacks of paper underneath
it if necessary and be wary of using a laptop PC in place
of your desktop for long periods of time.
this, glare from poor positioning related to your windows or lighting
could result in eyestrain and headaches. Re-position your monitor,
and adjust your font size and color, if necessary.
strongly urges following a "20-20-20 rule." "Every
20 minutes you are working at your computer, look 20 feet away for
Chair: most important component? A
good chair may be the most important part of your workstation, because
it affects your position more than just about anything else.
An adjustable chair, allowing the user to customize the fit, is
the better choice ergonomically than a fixed chair with no options.
sitting straight or slightly reclined, a user's lower back should
be fully pressed up against and supported by the back of the chair.
His feet should be flat on the floor, or on a foot rest a
platform you can buy inexpensively to help a user maintain a correct
sitting position and avoid fatigue.
should change positions several times a day to break up the repetitive
stresses. A health-care specialist where I work recommends drinking
water throughout the day. That guarantees you'll take breaks.
WONDERS OF ARUBA
Photo: Aruba Natural Bridge
The first European to set foot on Aruba was the Spanish explorer
Alonso de Ojeda in 1499. He remarked that he had come to "an
Island of giants" for the remains he found of the first settlers
were larger than average Europeans of that day. Wind and water erosion
on Aruba have created the Caribbean's highest and most dramatic
coral structure. Natural Bridge forms an arch measuring 100 feet
long standing 23 feet above sea level, carved over the centuries
by the pounding sea. Many rock formations indicate this island was
once under the ocean and thrust up by
millions of years of volcanic activity.
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MEDITATION & WEIGHT LOSS
is a centuries-old method for clearing the mind and calming the
body. A few decades ago, it was known only as an Eastern religious
practice or as mysteriously bohemian. Now, meditation has gone mainstream.
Recommended as a stress-reducing technique by hospitals and doctors
across the country, its myriad benefits include reduced blood pressure,
healthier arteries and an enhanced sense of well-being. With all
these benefits going for it, meditation is an ideal tool for relaxation
and self-discovery on the way to your weight goal.
Breathing Your Way to Peace and Thinner Thighs? "The
very core place to start is the breath," says Alison Shore
Gaines, a holistic counselor at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
in Lenox, Massachusetts. In her "Conscious Eating for Sacred
Nourishment" workshops, Gaines teaches students to take five
deep breaths before eating. "A lot of times when we eat habitually,
we get poised for action we lean in and the tummy gets tight and
we get ready to shovel," she says. Taking five breaths relaxes
the body and clears the emotional palate. "This way people
enjoy their food, they really taste it, they really see it and they
eat less because they're enjoying more and going slower," adds
Gaines. Before you get too excited, though, remember: Meditation
is not a quick fix. "You can't just magically sit down and
meditate and tomorrow have no weight on your body," says DeDe
Lahman, a certified yoga instructor and body image lecturer in New
Practice of Presence: Of course, a meditation practice involves
more than a few deep breaths. "Meditation is about stopping
and being present, that is all," writes Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.,
in "Wherever You Go, There You Are; Mindfulness Meditation
in Everyday Life" (Hyperion, 1994). He adds, "Mostly we
run around doing. Are you able to come to a stop in your life, even
for one moment? Could it be this moment? What would happen if you
did?" What happens on the physical level is what Dr. Herbert
Benson, M.D., the Harvard doctor who initiated meditation studies
in the 1970s, calls the "Relaxation Response." He discovered
that during meditation, brain waves shift into a state similar to
and sometimes more relaxed than sleep. This level of relaxation
lowers the amount of stress hormones that cause pain and illness.
Meditation can also clear a foundation for healthier thinking and
feeling. "When you meditate, all the junk comes up, all the
clutter," says Lahman. "The negative body images come
up, the desires for certain foods come up and the emotions that
are attached to those desires come up. The more they surface, the
more you can put them in your mental recycle bin and start with
a clean slate," she adds.
Tips: There are many types of meditation. Find one that resonates
with your beliefs, and make sure your instructor has plenty of experience.
In the meantime, you can try the following:
Sit straight in a comfortable, quiet place.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Relax your muscles.
4. Pay attention to your slow and natural breathing.
5. When distracting thoughts occur, simply notice them and gently
bring your attention back to the breath..
6. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.
to practice once or twice daily. With time meditation will "bring
a sense of relaxation, of coming to peace," says Gaines. "And
from that place of peace we make better choices." Meditation
is not a magic cure for weight issues, but it can help curb emotional
eating and pave the way for a healthier relationship with food.
~Valerie Reiss for WeightWatchers
Laughing It Off
DOG RULES ...
TO HUMANS: "Ironclad Training Guidelines"
dog is not allowed in the house...
Okay, the dog is allowed in the house,
but only in certain rooms...
Fine, the dog is allowed in all rooms,
but has to stay off the furniture...
Okay, the dog can get on the old furniture only...
Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture,
but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed...
Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed,
but only by invitation...
Fine, the dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants,
but not under the covers...
Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only...
Fine, the dog can sleep under the covers every night
and the humans must ask permission to
sleep under the covers with the dog!
TO CANINES: "Phideaux's
I lay me down to sleep,
My humans' bed is soft and deep.
I sleep right in the center groove.
My humans, they can hardly move!
trapped their legs, they're tucked in tight,
And here is where I pass the night.
Peacefully, without a doubt,
'Til morning comes and I want out!
sneak up slowly to begin
Nibbling on my humans' chins.
They soon awake to care for me,
'Cuz I'm their critter, don't you see?
morning's here and time to play
(I always seem to get my way!).
From first light to the setting sun
I count my blessings ones-by-one!
by Jim Webster
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Look at THAT!
Photo: Stefano Rellandini /REUTERS
Hurricanes of vapor, snow and muscles ...
horse races called "White Turf" have been
held on the frozen lake of St. Moritz for over
95 years. In St.Moritz, which became the
first winter resort in 1864, two Englishmen
looking for some excitement proposed the
first race in 1906. The hit of the show are the
"skikjöring" competitions, a sport invented by
Scandinavians, where thoroughbred horses
pull competitors behind them on skis.
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OUR BEHAVIOR MATTERS (Part
nagging and yelling in a romantic relationship may be more important
for building intimacy than all those thoughtful things you do
for your sweetie, reports Jacqueline Stenson of Reuters.
want to try to avoid those negative behaviors and not do things
you can't take back," said Betty Witcher, an assistant professor
of psychology at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. "If
you're yelling, that's going to have more of an effect than doing
something nice," she told Reuters Health.
latest study, released at a recent meeting of the Society for
Personality and Social Psychology, involved 94 dating couples,
all of whom were college students who had been in the relationship
for an average of about two years. They completed questionnaires
to assess intimacy and conflict within their relationships.
responses to conflict didn't really seem to increase levels of
intimacy," Witcher said. "Instead, it was the avoidance
of verbal aggression such as yelling at or insulting a
partner that increased intimacy." Positive
responses included such behaviors as reasoning and discussing
issues calmly, she said.
was another big no-no. "If people thought that their partner
nagged them, then they reported lower intimacy," she said.
"People really don't like their partner nagging them."
said the findings aren't all that surprising given that the majority
of the relationships in the study were long-term. "Most of
the couples were dating about two years and had reached a stable
level of intimacy," she explained. "So basically, positive
responses couldn't raise their intimacy any more, but negative
behaviors could lower it." Aside
from damaging the health of the relationship, lovers' quarrels
have also been linked to depression, eating disorders, excessive
drinking, heart disease and chronic pain, she noted.
one another with respect in our romantic relationships sometimes
gets overlooked because of complacency and the "comfortable
syndrome. In reality, our loved ones are the very people we should
be honoring with KINDNESS ... in EVERY situation..
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