Cultivate Life! Magazine #39

Cultivate Life!

This issue contains:

Quotes of the Week:
"How do we nurture the soul? By revering our own lifeBy learning to love it all, not only the joys and the victories, but also the pain and the struggles."
Nathaniel Branden.

"How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life - and a commitment to action."
Nathaniel Branden.

"If you open your heart, love opens your mind."
Charles John Quarto.

"Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them."
Booker T. Washington

Feature Articles:
Eldon Taylor, What Does That Mean?
One night as I drifted off to sleep, I reflected on unexplained events in my life and wondered, What does that mean? The next morning as I dressed, I heard someone on the television in the next room saying, "It's amazing. The window washer fell 500 feet, and he lived. That story and more, next." I asked myself, What does that mean? What does it mean to the window washer?

Meryl Ann Butler, We All Win When We Evolve Away from Fear
While recent events have inspired a louder conversation about the influence of verbal vitriol on aggressive behaviors and mental health, the reverse side of that coin also invites inspection: creating an environment of support, safety, hope and happiness can enhance personal as well as societal wellbeing.

Cultivate Life Weekly Writers:
Guy Finley, The Courage to Stop Suffering Over Mistakes
There is a very surprising reason why we tend to suffer over our mistakes as we do. The real source of our pain in these moments --whether we're alone or with others -- is the fear of being seen as less than we've imagined ourselves to be.

Chuck Gallozzi, Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?
A reader asks, “Which comes first, our thoughts or our feelings?” So, let’s consider this question, as well as how an understanding of our thoughts and feelings can help us lead better lives. But before we begin, let me clarify what I mean by “feelings.” The word has two meanings.

Beca Lewis, Dancing With The Devil
One of my all-time favorite movies is, It's A Wonderful Life. It never fails to remind me of the dangers of dancing with the devil and the power of Love to overcome that danger.

Steve Wickham, Reconciling the Hurt Heart and Troubled Mind
When things don't go well for us we're often thinking of the people enrolled in those circumstances - about what they might have 'against us'. Most of the time, however, these people are not against us at all - or not the way it appears to us at least.

Cultivate Health:
Andrew Weil, Is Gratitude Healthy? / Coffee While Pregnant
Question: I recently heard that being grateful is good for you - that it boosts the immune system. This sounds far-fetched to me. Is there anything to it?
Question: Should I Give Up Coffee While Pregnant?

Elizabeth Morgan, PMS Blues
Many women experience emotional changes that make them feel low during the days before their periods. In some women, these changes may be mild and transient, disappearing with the onset of a period. In other women, emotional symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with normal activities.

Cultivate Conscious Parenting:
Janet Lehman, How to Deal with Lying in Children and Teens
When you catch your child in a lie, it's natural to feel betrayed, hurt, angry and frustrated. But here's the truth: lying is normal. It's wrong, but it's normal. In fact, we all do it to some degree. Consider how adults use lies in their daily lives:

Josh Shipp, How to Motivate Teenagers
Does your teen seem completely unmotivated? For parents of teens, the refrains of, "Whatever," and "I don't care," can become all too familiar. In this interview by Empowering Parents magazine, Josh Shipp explains where your child's motivation really lies—and how you can tap into it...

Cultivate Life Extras:
Owen Waters, The Gateway to Spiritual Consciousness
Love is the saving grace of all of humanity. We contact this primal energy in our finest moments. From the moment a baby is born, it is enshrouded in the unselfish love of its mother.

Gabriella Kortsch, Create a New Life: One Intention at a Time
Wonderful things are happening. Global consciousness of the power of thought is growing person by person, minute by minute in an ever-widening fashion. So it stands to reason that the more people who think peace rather than war, or compassion rather than revenge, the more the world as a whole has a chance of moving in those directions.

Bronnie Ware, Top Five Regrets of the Dying
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

Hrvoje Butkovic, The Power of Contrast
A few weeks ago, I’ve had the privilege of meeting an extraordinary person. It was a chance encounter. I was walking to a nearby store and she was going in the opposite direction. She waved to get my attention, and then handed me a piece of paper.

From The Shelf, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance
Super Bowl–winning coach and #1 New York Times best selling author Tony Dungy has had an unusual opportunity to reflect on what it takes to achieve significance. He is looked to by many as the epitome of the success and significance that is highly valued in our culture.

Cultivate Life Partworks:
Pam Garcy, Part 14 — Daily learning
When I was a child, my mother taught remedial-reading to fourth-graders in an impoverished part of the cityThe week before school started, I was allowed to go into her classroom and help her to set it up for her future students.

A Course In Miracles, Lesson 30 plus Commentary by Allen Watson
The idea for today is the springboard for visionFrom this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it and see in it what you have never seen before. Nor will what you saw before be even faintly visible to you.

Charles F. Haanel, The Master Key System, Part 17
We are told that Man has "dominion over all things"; this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity which controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with which it comes in contact.

Video of the Week:.

Believe in Yourself.

Cultivate Life Podcast:
Peter Shepherd
Listen to this issue's Podcast:
Each week Peter Shepherd produces an audio version of the Cultivate Life! Magazine, including several selected articles. To begin this week, pondering the apparent miracles in life, Eldon Taylor asks, What does it all mean? Does it need to mean anything at all? And then Owen Waters explains how and why Love is the gateway to spiritual consciousness. Finally, Bronnie Ware examines the top five regrets of the dying. When terminally ill patients were questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.

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