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Cultivate Life! Magazine #50

Cultivate Life!

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Quotes of the Week:
"The mirror tells only the facts, never the poetry."    
~ May Sarton.

"We all write poems; it is simply that poets write them in words."    
~ John Fowles.

"Ah, great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through, and say at the end, 'The dream is true.'"    
~ Edwin Markham.

"Trust yourself. This is your dream."
~ Hugh Prather

Feature Articles:
Brian Tracy, Sharpening Your Conversation Skills
There are three aims and purposes of conversation. The first is the plain enjoyment and pleasure of self-expression and interaction with other people. One of the most enjoyable things we ever do is to spend time with people we like and whose company we find stimulating. This potential pleasure is the driving force behind all of our social activities

Jon Rhodes, How to Stay Calm In Any Situation
It is often said that how we react when under pressure is the true measure of character. It is all so easy to be calm and efficient when things are going the way we want them to. However it is not always so easy when things are going against us.

Cultivate Life Weekly Writers:
Guy Finley, Step Up and Away from Punishing Feelings
No one really wants to talk about it, but the truth is there is a kind of evil spell hanging over each of us, and our world as well. In fact, part of this global spell is our denial of its existence. It is called suffering. Everyone does it -- believing that their suffering somehow benefits them.

Chuck Gallozzi, Thinking about “Thinking about Thinking”
We all think about a lot of things, but most of it is driftwood, so to speak. Thoughts drift in and out of our minds with little conscious input or direction from us. Yet, at times, we do take control and consciously direct our thoughts. But do you ever think about thinking?

Beca Lewis, Programmed For Joy
Most of the time I stand on my feet, or at least my head is pointing upOnce in a while, using a nifty piece of gym equipment, I stand on my shoulders, and my head is pointing down.

Steve Wickham, Becoming Invisible
Busy people sometimes feel bereft of themselves; sliced and diced between people, roles and the duties of life. Sensations of being squashed or pulled from pillar to post - that's their lot. Their greatest enemy is the void-of-space. They take their responsibilities seriously, perhaps too sincerely. But if they don't, who will?

Cultivate Health:
Jeff Beals, Healthy Living Is a Prerequisite for Success
Nearly 300 years ago, a British physician, preacher and intellectual by the name of Thomas Fuller said, "Health is not valued till sickness comes."
Such sage historical wisdom still holds true today. Those who hope to achieve the highest heights in the 21st Century economy need to take care of something as simple as personal health.

Veronica, Kid Characteristics That Make Us Healthy Later in Life
It has long been accepted that children with a happy childhood grow up to be happier adults, but now a new study has revealed that specific characteristics evident in childhood are likely to cause positive or negative emotions and influence biological and behavioral responses to stress.

Cultivate Truth:

Karen Wright, Truth or Consequences?
Have you stopped listening to and reading the daily news yet? Have you stopped allowing pundits and critics and in-the-know commentators you don't know from filling your head with their truths and their fears? Democrats, Republicans, Tea-Partiers, liberals, moderates, traditionalists, conservatives, fundamentalists, Wall Street analysts, even TV celebrities, for God sake - everyone has an opinion and an agenda.

Joan Angarano, Discerning Truth
There is a vast amount of information throughout the Internet claiming to be the TRUTH about Reality, Life - its meaning and purpose. Understanding all of this information is daunting enough, but we also must decipher the truth within it.

Cultivate Life Extras:
Leo Babauta, The Art of Handling Criticism Gracefully
If you’re going to do anything interesting in the world, criticism is an unavoidable fact. You’ll be criticized, because you’ll make mistakes, because some will be jealous, because people have opinions about anything interesting, because people want to help you, because some want to drag down those doing anything different.

Roberta Chinsky Matuson, How to Confront Without Conflict
Most people are reluctant to address problems they are having with an employee, co-worker or even their boss. Yet, pretending everything is fine certainly won't improve the situation. Here is just one example of why this isn't in the best interest of the employee or yourself.

Miles Murphy, If You Don't Know Where You're Going...
I went to see a movie with a friend last weekend... "Uncle Boonmee Who can Recall his Past Lives", a film by the Thai director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  The film received very favourable reviews and was awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Stephanie Marston, Slow Down You Move Too Fast
For those of you boomers or for those of you who have seen Dream Girls, you'll remember the back up singers who sang Do-Be-Do-Be-Do-Be-Do. I know this was what the Shirelles, the Crystals and the Supremes sang in the '50s, but it's also one of the greatest challenges in our lives.

Keith Varnum, 10 Reasons to Know Where You Come From!
Who cares about history? Old, boring stories about dead people! Who needs it! That's what I felt until I stumbled upon a husband-wife team of professors at the University of Michigan in my college days. These brave explorers would spend half their year living with the most remote tribes on the planet--and the other half of the year teaching the timeless wisdom they learned from these native people!

Barnabas Tiburtius, Object of Our Devotion
This is a difficult saying from the point of view of an understanding that was intended by Yeshua and it is necessary for us to take a more esoteric route to fathom a great truth that is revealed in this saying.

Cultivate Life Partworks:
A Course In Miracles, Lesson 41 plus Commentary by Allen Watson
God goes with me wherever I go. Today's idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment all the separated ones experienceDepression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss.
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