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Cultivate Life! Magazine #41

Cultivate Life!

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Quotes of the Week:
"When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion."
—Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."
—Hans Margolius

"The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination."
—John Schaar

"Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present."
—Roger Babson

Feature Articles:.

Alan Zimmerman, What Does it Mean: To Take Responsibility?
Accountability is "in." It's one of the hot topics on the speaking circuit, and indeed, I often address that topic in my keynotes and seminars. If you're going to be an effective manager, you MUST hold your people accountable. Otherwise, your company may crashAfter all, if an employee is paid $200 a day to do a job but only gives back $50 worth of effort, the economics simply do not work out.

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Karen Wright, It's a Simple Thing, Really
CNN and Money magazine say the US has been in a recession since Dec. 2007. Three years and we're still holding our collective breath wondering when it's going to end so we can get back to normal. Will we be able to get back to normal? Or, as many are beginning to suspect, is this our new normal?
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Cultivate Life Weekly Writers:
Guy Finley, Find Freedom in the Principles of Invisible Justice
We can never hope to be free as long as any part of us struggles with, or suffers over what others are doing, have done, or won’t do with their lives. If we could remain aware of the often-compromised state of our own character, that is, how we still do those things to others that we don’t want to do, this awakened conscience would stir in us a new need.
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Chuck Gallozzi, Vicissitude, Victimhood, and Victory
Life can be like a roller coaster, with its ups and downs. Because of these vicissitudes of fortune, we may feel like a victim one time and like a victor at another. A reader is now feeling like a victim and wishes to become victorious again. I’ll call her Sophia, which means wisdom. She’s a 42 year old European with a university degree in Classical Studies and has some questions and comments.
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Beca Lewis, Dissolving Life Jams
Have you ever been in a traffic jam? Once traveling from Connecticut to Ohio Del and I were in three of them. Two of them lasted long enough that we turned off the car and waited for an hour or more before being able to move on. In all of them, we never saw the cause even though the result was over 10 miles of stopped traffic.
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Steve Wickham, Still Living!
To understand that we exist at the outer-most cusp of time - whilst that is indeed true, for tomorrow it mightn't be so - is blessing like nothing else in this world.
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Cultivate Health:
Peter Games, Pinpointing a Natural Pain Relief Option
Pain comes in many different shapes and sizesPain can rear its ugly head as mild discomfort that "comes and goes" or severe, excruciating agony that takes our breath away.
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Richard Chapo, Useful Information on Sleeping Disorders
Anyone suffering from a related sleep disorder condition can find an immense amount of important information on sleeping disorders which can help them become familiar with their condition or that of a loved one’s condition. For sleeping disorders the information is practically endless and essential for anyone who wants to be educated on the subject.
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Cultivate Happiness:

Gabriella Kortsch, Does Happiness Continue to Elude You?
When you finally go out to buy that product you’ve seen touted in magazine ads and TV commercials, or perhaps a friend has also recommended it, you actually go buy it because – or so our marketers tell us – you’ve seen it or heard about it a minimum of nine times.
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Sushil Baboo, In Your Happiness Lies My Happiness
I had a happy childhood. As a youth and a young startup in the professional life, I was given into whatever life had to offer and my being was in a continuous state of bliss. Was I missing anything? No, none at all! I guess you are getting a picture of an indolently happy person, selfish and self centered.
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Eve Achilleos, Happiness Is Your True Wealth
I've been studying the new field of Positive Psychology... finally a psychology that is rigorously learning what's right with people. I'm excited to search out that this research points to what spiritual truths already tell us - you are meant to be happy, to live the life you select AND, your thinking influences your happiness.
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Cultivate Life Extras:
Annie Burnside, Maintaining Balance: Children and Technology
In the modern age of texts, tweets, and status updates, it is of utmost importance that parents maintain open lines of face-to-face, soul-to-soul communication with their children. This does not mean resisting a highly technological world that is not going away, but rather continually exploring new ways to connect with one another both on and beyond the keyboard.
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Miles Murphy, The Sound of Silence
The other morning during my meditation, I suddenly noticed how quiet things had become. What had, a few moments earlier, been quite noisy, was now suffused with a blanket of silence. It led me to wonder what all the noise had been.
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Robert Darby, The Landscape of Consciousness
Most of us make the mistake of taking consciousness for granted as we do so many other things. The act of taking things for granted can have really bad consequences because it affectively limits the possibility of achieving a deep understanding of a given subject because we simply don't investigate the things we take for granted.
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From the Shelf, The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can't help feeling happier.
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Cultivate Life Partworks:
Pam Garcy, Part 16 — Taking Daily Action
When you set a goal that is consistent with your purpose and you develop a clear vision of your goal, you will probably feel very empowered.
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A Course In Miracles, Lesson 32 plus Commentary by Allen Watson
I have invented the world I see.
Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.
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Charles F. Haanel, The Master Key System, Part 18
In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for our growth. This is brought about through the law of attractionThis principle is the sole means by which the individual is differentiated from the Universal.
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Cultivate Life Podcast:
Each week Peter Shepherd produces an audio version of the Cultivate Life! Magazine, including several selected articles. Our first author this week, Beca Lewis, compares life to a traffic jam. One thing gets stuck in your mind and a life jam begins. It can feel like nothing is moving in your life, or it can be an overwhelming flood of feeling that it's just too much. Gabriella Kortsch asks if happiness continues to elude you? If so, she presents some of the main ingredients you will need in order to change your life from continually pursuing happiness and not reaching it, to a life where happiness simply is. Finally this week, Miles Murphy talks about a benefit of meditation and it's implications: the ever-present chatter or buzz, that had previously gone unnoticed, is now noticeable by its absence.

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