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some thoughts on dealing with tough times

by Bill Harris
Is all the financial turmoil - not to mention the already-existing political/election and terrorist/war stress - getting to you? We’re all connected to the financial system, and though many people have become complacent again after the bailouts, and because no huge institutions have failed in the last couple of weeks, many experts say the worst is yet to come. So what can you do? Are we facing a depression like the 1930s? How bad will it get? The real question, though, is how can you prepare yourself, financially and emotionally, for what might happen. I’d like to offer my advice, for whatever it’s worth.

First, though I think things could get very bad, the world isn’t going to come to an end. As things get worse, some people WILL say that it’s coming to an end, but when and if you begin to hear that, it will be a signal that things are about to get better. Such comments invariably come when things have gotten as bad as they’re going to get. Second, though…

at the edge of brilliance

Most of us stand poised at the edge of brilliance, haunted by the knowledge of our proximity, yet still demonstrably on the wrong side of the line, our dealings with reality undermined by a range of minor yet critical psychological flaws (a little too much optimism, an unprocessed rebelliousness, a fatal impatience or sentimentality). We are like an exquisite high-speed aircraft which for lack of a tiny part is left stranded beside the runway, rendered slower than a tractor or a bicycle. - Alain de Botton


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Image: aurora borealis probably by NASA

healing properties of smoky quartz

Smoky quartz is a macro-crystalline variety of quartz. Like other quartz crystals smoky quartz is a silicon dioxide mineral. It usually forms transparent hexagonal, rhombohedral crystals. Macroscopic crystals commonly occur as horizontally striated hexagonal prisms terminated by a combination of positive and negative rhombohedrons forming six sided pyramids.

The name smoky quartz derives from the smoky color that ranges from grayish-brown to dark brown and even black. The smoky color results from natural exposure to radiation. It forms from free silicon that was released from silicon dioxide during the formation of crystals. Smoky quartz is a rather prevalent mineral that is mostly mined in Colorado, USA, in Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, Switzerland, and Scotland where it is considered to be a national gemstone.
Since ancient times smoky quartz was used in many cultures because it was rather easy to cut it to gems and ornaments. This beautiful crystal was considered s…

chakras - the keys to a quantum leap in human consciousness

by Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati
One of the distinctive aspects of the present era is that large numbers of people are beginning to seriously explore their own Being. As well as the far reaches of outer space, many are starting to turn inwards and explore Inner Space as a means to improve the quality of life. This trend, part of the ongoing process of evolution, is exciting and will enrich our lives. If humanity is to survive, I believe that this quantum change in human motivation and aspiration is necessary. Furthermore, Yoga will play an important role in this process of "unfoldment".

We can expand awareness of our Inner Space by working with and gradually understanding the different levels of human experience and behavior. These levels are mapped out and defined by the Chakras, the energy centers within each of us which influence our level of vitality, emotional responses, mental processes, perception and states of Consciousness. They operate throughout t…

why our choices matter

by Laurie David
How fantastic for all of us that the kitchen is the best room in the house to teach and to practice basic green values. Really, there is no easier way to embrace these goals than preparing for and enjoying family dinner.
But before I get all excited talking about my favorite topic, we need to embark on a small rescue mission for the word "green" itself. Five innocent little letters that have come into serious overuse in the last few years. Please don't hold that against them.

Green is a good, kind word meant to invoke more than its simple, verdant definition. It's a value system, a consciousness, a way of thinking, and a way of living. I believe it is one of the key values we all want to teach our children, and it's a concept that should permeate everything we do in the kitchen - shopping, cooking, eating, cleaning - without paralyzing us in the process. Being green is not about perfection, which is downright impossible anyway.
It is abo…

happiness is an inside job

More often than not, people expect to be made happy. They understand happiness as something that comes from without; something that is conditioned and depends on other people, things, or circumstances.
It is very possible that these people experience happiness. And it is possible that such happiness lasts for quite some time. Unfortunately, as soon as their circumstances change, their happiness is gone as well...

Happiness is an inside job. No one can make you happy. You are the one who is in control. Genuine happiness is unconditional. No circumstances can change that. It is true that a misfortune may change how you feel and think about things.
Misfortunes are there to test your resolve as it is always your attitude to things that sets the tone. Never forget. Never forget that happiness is always an inside job.
Dominique Allmon

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