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مُساهمةموضوع: Articles,Poems & Stories   الجمعة فبراير 12, 2010 11:20 pm





One Hour a Day

Try and answer this riddle before you get to the end:


I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,
For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a
machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then... do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?

I am a habit.



The Strangest Secret, a radio broadcast by Earl Nightingale, revealed a whole new way of looking at the world for me. In a word, it was... revolutionary! Earl Nightingale preached a particular philosophy that changed the way I thought: he stated that, if you spent just one hour a day pursuing a goal, you will become a national expert in five years. Sounds unrealistic? My friend Jim Cathcart became a national expert on public speaking and keynote speaker by applying this principle, despite having no prior experience in the field.

Simply stated, we make our habits, and then our habits make us! There are many examples of bad habits have ruined reputations recently... but I am sure you know about them if you watch the news, and I do not think that they need repeating. Instead, I would like to point out the fact that you will always have habits. Whether they are good and get you closer to your goals or farther away from them is entirely up to you. What habits are you cultivating?

-Mac Anderson
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Articles,Poems & Stories   السبت فبراير 13, 2010 2:45 pm

Our second activity will be a great inspirational poem

" One More Day "

By Linda Ellis

http://www.lindaellis.net/One_More_Day_Movie.htm

Use this dictionary if there is any word you don't know it's meaning

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

May you be blessed my friends
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Articles,Poems & Stories   الأحد فبراير 14, 2010 2:33 pm

Our third activity today will be part of an essay from Newsweek magazine

Hope you enjoy it



The Depressing News About Antidepressants

Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no more effective than a placebo. In fact, they may be worse.


Although the year is young, it has already brought my first moral dilemma. In early January a friend mentioned that his New Year's resolution was to beat his chronic depression once and for all. Over the years he had tried a medicine chest's worth of antidepressants, but none had really helped in any enduring way, and when the side effects became so unpleasant that he stopped taking them, the withdrawal symptoms (cramps, dizziness, headaches) were torture. Did I know of any research that might help him decide whether a new antidepressant his doctor recommended might finally lift his chronic darkness at noon?

The moral dilemma was this: oh, yes, I knew of 20-plus years of research on antidepressants, from the old tricyclics to the newer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that target serotonin (Zoloft, Paxil, and the granddaddy of them all, Prozac, as well as their generic descendants) to even newer ones that also target norepinephrine (Effexor, Wellbutrin). The research had shown that antidepressants help about three quarters of people with depression who take them, a consistent finding that serves as the basis for the oft-repeated mantra "There is no question that the safety and efficacy of antidepressants rest on solid scientific evidence," as psychiatry professor Richard Friedman of Weill Cornell Medical College recently wrote in The New York Times. But ever since a seminal study in 1998, whose findings were reinforced by landmark research in The Journal of the American Medical Association last month, that evidence has come with a big asterisk. Yes, the drugs are effective, in that they lift depression in most patients. But that benefit is hardly more than what patients get when they, unknowingly and as part of a study, take a dummy pill—a placebo. As more and more scientists who study depression and the drugs that treat it are concluding, that suggests that antidepressants are basically expensive Tic Tacs.

Hence the moral dilemma. The placebo effect—that is, a medical benefit you get from an inert pill or other sham treatment—rests on the holy trinity of belief, expectation, and hope. But telling someone with depression who is being helped by antidepressants, or who (like my friend) hopes to be helped, threatens to topple the whole house of cards. Explain that it's all in their heads, that the reason they're benefiting is the same reason why Disney's Dumbo could initially fly only with a feather clutched in his trunk—believing makes it so—and the magic dissipates like fairy dust in a windstorm
_____________________

Read full article here :

http://www.newsweek.com/id/232781
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Articles,Poems & Stories   الإثنين فبراير 15, 2010 1:10 pm

Fourth article

Models of Love


A message from Patch Adams for Valentines Day
We need models, ideas, programs for this country, that are coming from love
.

Last week I met with Dennis Kucinich, US representative from Ohio. Dennis has been for me a hero: a stalwart for peace, justice, and health care for all. Dennis talked about the recent health care reform proposals in Congress as a fiasco: legislation that would enable the health insurance companies to have a monopoly on the health care system! —with the government only pitching in to subsidize those of us who couldn't afford to buy the mandated health insurance. Where is the love?

We need models of our love for all people.

The number one factor for surviving a heart attack is having a loving community. A study of 4,000 women with breast cancer found that with a little love—six hour-long support sessions—their survival rate increased five-fold. Both at home and around the world there's too much reliance on force and militarism and imposing control, and not enough emphasis on listening, compassion, and love. Even areas of natural disaster are treated as military situations. We need love of all kinds, not just on the personal level but on the national and global level, too. It's time for a love platform.

What's a love platform? It's a set of policies that shows compassion for the elderly, the mentally ill, the homeless, the poor. It's a platform that treats the environment with the loving respect it deserves. A platform that doesn't let greed and power-over call the shots. Not from the top down, but from the bottom up: that would be a love platform.

Every step you yourself take in that direction—toward a love platform—is a step we all are taking.

A donation to the Gesundheit! Institute helps us continue building work on the 40-bed rural hospital in Appalachia based on fun and friendship. The hospital will run on 10% of the average cost of current US hospitals and will be a model to the US and the rest of the world of a hospital built on the love platform: care for all people.

Love you,
Patch
www.patchadams.org
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Articles,Poems & Stories   الخميس فبراير 18, 2010 2:53 am




How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/01/how-to-discover-your-life-purpose-in-about-20-minutes/


How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.

Perhaps you’re a rather nihilistic person who doesn’t believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning. Doesn’t matter. Not believing that you have a purpose won’t prevent you from discovering it, just as a lack of belief in gravity won’t prevent you from tripping. All that a lack of belief will do is make it take longer, so if you’re one of those people, just change the number 20 in the title of this blog entry to 40 (or 60 if you’re really stubborn). Most likely though if you don’t believe you have a purpose, then you probably won’t believe what I’m saying anyway, but even so, what’s the risk of investing an hour just in case?

Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”

If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

So how to discover your purpose in life? While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you. But not being open to it or having doubts about it or thinking it’s an entirely idiotic and meaningless waste of time won’t prevent it from working as long as you stick with it — again, it will just take longer to converge.

Here’s what to do:

Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.
That’s it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a different source entirely.

For those who are very entrenched in low-awareness living, it will take a lot longer to get all the false answers out, possibly more than an hour. But if you persist, after 100 or 200 or maybe even 500 answers, you’ll be struck by the answer that causes you to surge with emotion, the answer that breaks you. If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. So let it seem silly, and do it anyway.

As you go through this process, some of your answers will be very similar. You may even re-list previous answers. Then you might head off on a new tangent and generate 10-20 more answers along some other theme. And that’s fine. You can list whatever answer pops into your head as long as you just keep writing.

At some point during the process (typically after about 50-100 answers), you may want to quit and just can’t see it converging. You may feel the urge to get up and make an excuse to do something else. That’s normal. Push past this resistance, and just keep writing. The feeling of resistance will eventually pass.

You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a mini-surge of emotion, but they don’t quite make you cry — they’re just a bit off. Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new permutations. Each reflects a piece of your purpose, but individually they aren’t complete. When you start getting these kinds of answers, it just means you’re getting warm. Keep going.

It’s important to do this alone and with no interruptions. If you’re a nihilist, then feel free to start with the answer, “I don’t have a purpose,” or “Life is meaningless,” and take it from there. If you keep at it, you’ll still eventually converge.

When I did this exercise, it took me about 25 minutes, and I reached my final answer at step 106. Partial pieces of the answer (mini-surges) appeared at steps 17, 39, and 53, and then the bulk of it fell into place and was refined through steps 100-106. I felt the feeling of resistance (wanting to get up and do something else, expecting the process to fail, feeling very impatient and even irritated) around steps 55-60. At step 80 I took a 2-minute break to close my eyes, relax, clear my mind, and to focus on the intention for the answer to come to me — this was helpful as the answers I received after this break began to have greater clarity.

Here was my final answer: to live consciously and courageously, to resonate with love and compassion, to awaken the great spirits within others, and to leave this world in peace.

When you find your own unique answer to the question of why you’re here, you will feel it resonate with you deeply. The words will seem to have a special energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them.

Discovering your purpose is the easy part. The hard part is keeping it with you on a daily basis and working on yourself to the point where you become that purpose.

If you’re inclined to ask why this little process works, just put that question aside until after you’ve successfully completed it. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably have your own answer to why it works. Most likely if you ask 10 different people why this works (people who’ve successfully completed it), you’ll get 10 different answers, all filtered through their individual belief systems, and each will contain its own reflection of truth.

Obviously, this process won’t work if you quit before convergence. I’d guesstimate that 80-90% of people should achieve convergence in less than an hour. If you’re really entrenched in your beliefs and resistant to the process, maybe it will take you 5 sessions and 3 hours, but I suspect that such people will simply quit early (like within the first 15 minutes) or won’t even attempt it at all. But if you’re drawn to read this blog (and haven’t been inclined to ban it from your life yet), then it’s doubtful you fall into this group.

Give it a shot! At the very least, you’ll learn one of two things: your true purpose in life -or- that you should unsubscribe from this blog
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Articles,Poems & Stories   السبت فبراير 20, 2010 3:53 am



Malaria Is a Likely Killer in King Tut’s Post-Mortem



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/science/17tut.html?ref=science?WT.mc_id=fb_nyt1103&WT.mc_ev=click
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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Articles,Poems & Stories   الأحد فبراير 21, 2010 12:04 am



An Unforgettable Story

The nest of young eagles hung on every word as the Master Eagle described his exploits.

This was an important day for the eaglets.

They were preparing for their first solo flight from the nest.

It was the confidence builder many of them needed to fulfill their destiny.

"How far can I travel?" asked one of the eaglets.

"How far can you see?" responded the Master Eagle.

"How high can I fly?" quizzed the young eaglet.

"How far can you stretch your wings?" asked the old eagle.

"How long can I fly?" the eaglet persisted.

"How far is the horizon?" the mentor rebounded.

"How much should I dream?" asked the eaglet.

"How much can you dream?" smiled the older, wiser eagle.

"How much can I achieve?" the young eagle continued.

"How much can you believe?" the old eagle challenged.

Frustrated by the banter, the young eagle demanded,

"Why don't you answer my questions?"

"I did."

"Yes. But you answered them with questions."

"I answered them the best I could."

"But you're the Master Eagle. You're supposed to know everything.

If you can't answer these questions, who can?"

"You." The old wise eagle reassured.

"Me? How?" the young eagle was confused.

"No one can tell you how high to fly or how much to dream.

It's different for each eagle. Only God and you know how far you'll go.

No one on this earth knows your potential or what's in your heart.

You alone will answer that. The only thing that limits you is the edge of your imagination."

The young eagle puzzled by this asked,

"What should I do?"

"Look to the horizon, spread your wings, and fly."

Tom Reilly
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