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Cultivate Life! Magazine #26

Cultivate Life!

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Caron B. Goode, Kids Who See Ghosts
A true pioneer in the field of parapsychology and psi research is Brad Steiger, the author of over 170 books on paranormal topics. Because of his extensive investigations and personal experience with ghosts, psychics, and paranormal phenomena, I asked Steiger to share his stories and experiences with ghosts and spirits, some of which are also covered in depth in his most recent book, Beyond Shadow World.

Pam Garcy, Walking Upon Your Own Path — Part 1
You are responsible for opening yourself up, and you can start now! Even baby steps can get you going in the right direction! You can turn to others for help and support along the way, and ultimately you retain responsibility! You are the one who decides when to walk, where to walk, and how to walk!

Chuck Gallozzi, Boredom Signals There Must Be Something Else I Want To Be Doing
Since you are interested in personal development, there is little chance that you suffer from boredom. How do I know? Simply because if you are interested in anything, you are not bored. After all, boredom is the absence of interest and enthusiasm. The words of Blaise Pascal were filled with passion when he described the horror of living a life of boredom, “Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.”

Beca Lewis, Graceful Rowing
A few days after Del and I had completed our cross-country move and I had arrived in my new office I went for a walk down to the Connecticut River.  As I approached the river, I heard the sound of someone calling out what I recognized as a cadence for crewing. When I reached the river, I expected to see the beautiful sight of a boat skimming across the river as all onboard pulled evenly and gracefully together.  That’s not what I saw.  Instead, I saw oars bumping and moving in and out of the water at odd times. The boat barely moved.

Guy Finley, Let Go and Let a New Life Succeed for You
Have you ever looked down at a sidewalk or parking lot and marveled at a single blade of grass that had somehow found the will and the way to break through the pavement out into the fresh air and sunlight? When we think of a titanic struggle, we don't usually think of a little seed of grass buried in the darkness and fighting to get out into the light.

Marlene Buffa, Coloring (Living) Outside the Lines
In our formative years, parents and teachers alike encouraged – and sometimes required- us to color inside the lines of the all-too familiar coloring book. We learned to read by identifying the proper colors to use in each segment of the black and white image, making sure our crayon marks blended together to form a solid-looking filler.

Laura M. Turner, The Path To Living Well
Have you ever thought: “Wouldn’t it be great to live ‘well’?” Yet, through our often rushed and fully-packed schedules it’s easy to wonder what living well actually means. Is it about living “healthy”? Eating right to support your body? Is it about exercise? Managing stress?

Steve Wickham, Pushing Your Faith to the Limit
Whatever limits we've placed on ourselves are usually obliterated by faithFaith sets sail from the coastland named "fear," nipping at the waves of courage--taking on its precious water as crucial ballast--as it goes. It takes on brightly the chiding joys of new frontiers.

Owen Waters, The Vital Importance of Inner Alignment
Many people in society today work at jobs they don't like, and find themselves with little or no time for activities that increase the quality of their lives. Such people are out of alignment with their inner selves.

Dr. Linda Sapadin, A Self-Confident Person
Some people who are lacking in self-confidence clearly show it. You know they don't have any faith in themselves because they constantly doubt whatever they think or do or say. Others, however, appear self-confident but their outsides and insides are out of sync. Though they present as though they have it all together, their insides tell a different story.

Dr. Alan Zimmerman, The Horror of an "Entitlement Attitude"
It was Friday, January 20, 1961, and President John F. Kennedy spoke some of the greatest words ever spoken by any President ... or any human being ... for that matter.  He said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." If only we had listened, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today.  We would have more productive organizations and healthier families instead of all the greed and dysfunction we see today.

Athena Kapantas, Walking in Your Own Shoes
Lately I have found myself wondering what it would be like to walk in someone else's shoes. The thoughts I pondered didn't last because I can only walk a million miles in my own shoes but as I pass by other wanderers I realize I am not alone in this journey.


Peter Shepherd
Listen to this issue's Metamorphosis Podcast:
Each week Peter Shepherd produces an audio version of the Cultivate Life! Magazine, including several selected articles. To begin this week, an interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who talks about subtle consciousness and how it differs from the body's senses and the biochemical functions of the brain. And then an excerpt from 'Grace Lost and Found' by Mary Cook, which explains how through the process of living, learning, and transforming we may discover and attain our unique purpose in this life. Finally, Beca Lewis says let's move to happiness now by stepping out of the human 'why' and 'why not.' Let's go to where happiness is a quality that always exists and can never, ever be replaced by sorrow.

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