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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Inspiration, Relaxation

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1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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A Brief History Of Time

We go about our daily lives, understanding almost nothing of the world. We give little thought to the machinery that generates sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to the atoms of which we’re made, and on whose stability we fundamentally depend. Except for children, who don’t know enough not to ask the important questions, few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is, where the Cosmos came from, or whether it was always there, if time will one day flow backward, and effects precede causes, or whether there are...

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A Brief History of Time - Extended Version

“We go about our daily lives understanding almost
nothing of the world. We give little thought to the
machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life
possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that
would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to
the atoms of which we are made and on whose stability
we fundamentally depend. Except for children (who
don’t know enough not to ask the important questions),
few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the
way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it is
always here; if time will one day flow backward and
effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate
limits to what humans can know.”

-Carl Sagan
From an introduction to A Brief History of Time
By Stephen Hawking

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A Philosophy of Life

A man with one watch knows what time it is;
a man with two watches is never quite sure.

Don't look where you fall,
but where you slipped.

Look at life through the windshield,
not the rear view mirror.

Nothing brings you peace but yourself.

People may doubt what you say
but they will believe what you do.

Bee nice to people on your way up
because you'll need them on your way down.

The time you enjoyed wasting
was not wasted.

Never explain.
Your friends do not need it
and your enemies will not believe it.

While seeking revenge,
dig two graves – one for yourself.

Courage is not the lack of fear,
but the ability to act while facing fear.

You've got to do your own growing
no matter how tall your father was.

The best way to predict your future
is to create it.

It is better to be hated for what you are
than to be loved for what you are not.

Don't worry about the people in your past
there's a reason they didn't make it to your future.

Happiness has one advantage over wealth;
no one can borrow it.

Everything happens for a reason.

Forgiveness is not something we do for other people
We do it for ourselves-to get well and move on.

What's different in you makes you beautiful.

Contributed by Richurd

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A Voice Actor's Voice

This... is my voice.

There is no music, and there are no sound effects... only the pure, clear sound, recorded for your ears.

I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me... one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving.

I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

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Age Range Vocal Exercise

Today I'm 100. I don't feel older...I mean, mentally. Physically, I am tired. I walk with a cane and have fallen a couple times lately. Been trying to eat right still, and watch my blood sugar. Have to be fit and nimble for the ladies.. Heh, heh.. *cough*. I try not to spend too much time thinking about the old times. The memories and all. Everyone I knew in school has passed on. Two of my children are gone. It's just not fair for parents to bury their children. *sniffle*. Well, I suppose that's all I want to talk about today. Not much of a birthday when the ones you love and miss the most aren't around to share it with you. It's tough getting old...it really is.

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An Eschatological Laundry List

Excerpt from "If you Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him" by Sheldon Kopp.

1. This is it.
2. There are no hidden meanings.
3. You can't get there from here, and besides there is no place to go.
4. We are already dying, and we'll be dead a long time.
5. Nothing lasts!
6. There is no way of getting all you want.
7. You can't have anything unless you let go of it.
8. You only get to keep what you give away.
9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there's no compensation for misfortune.
11. You have the responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
12. It's a random universe to which we bring meaning.
13. You really don't control anything.
14. You can't make anyone love you.
15. No one is any stronger or any weaker than anyone else.
16. Everyone is, in his own way, vulnerable.
17. There are no great men.
18. If you have a hero, look again; you have diminished yourself in some way.
19. Everyone lies, cheats, pretends. (yes, you too, and most certainly myself.)
20. All evil is potentially vitality in need of transformation.
21. All of you is worth something if you will only own it.
22. Progress is an illusion.
23. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.
24. Yet it is necessary to keep struggling toward solution.
25. Childhood is a nightmare.
26. But it is so very hard to be an on-your-own, take-care-of-yourself-cause-there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown-up.
27. Each of us is ultimately alone.
28. The most important things each man must do for himself.
29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.
30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that's all there is.
31. How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.
32. We must live within the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.
33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.
34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.
35. No excuses will be accepted.
36. You can run, but you can't hide.
37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.
38. We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.
39. The only victory lies is in surrender to oneself.
40. All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
41. You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.
42. What do you know for sure...anyway?
43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again.

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Anthem

Everyday the separation grows.
Technology meant to bring us together has pushed us apart.
Despite our best efforts, our relationships have gotten worse.
When they should be getting better.

This is our chance.
To rebuild and reset.
To be intuitive, thoughtful and real.
To show that people run companies, and not the other way around.

This is our chance.
To do better.
To stay human, even as we grow and scale.
And surprise our customers in the simplest moments that often matter most.

This is about relationships.
And it defines who we are as companies, as people.

This is business. This is personal.

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Awaken Mental Freedom

Sit still with a straight spine. Cover up your fidgety eyeballs with the sheets of your eyelids. Hold them still. Then loosen your mind from the consciousness of body-weight. Relax the nerve strings that are attached to the heavy muscles and bones of your body. Forget the consciousness of carrying a heavy bundle of bones tied in the thick cloth of flesh. Rest. Free your mind from the consciousness of a beast of burden. Do not think of your body-load, but feel your soul untied from the constant material quality of heaviness. Feel and meditate on this, your mental freedom from your body.

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Begin A Meditation

Lock the eyelid-doors and shut out the wild dance of tempting scenes. Drop your mind into the bottomless well of your heart. Hold the mind on your heart that is bubbling with life-giving blood. Keep your attention tied to the heart, until you feel its rhythmic beat. With every heartbeat, feel the pulse of almighty Life. Picture the same all-pervading Life knocking at the heart-door of millions of human beings and of billions of other creatures. The heart-throb constantly, meekly announces the presence of Infinite Power behind the doors of your awareness. The gentle beat of all-pervading Life says to you silently, “Do not receive only a little flow of My life, but expand the opening of thy feeling powers.”

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Bus 9 To Paradise

It’s not easy to give up the idea of a perfect world. We want to think of our parents as being perfect, we search for perfect relationships, and perfect solutions to our problems. It is indeed a constant struggle to separate the real from the ideal, to see in our imperfection an essential element of our humanness. We can all remember the most beloved children’s stories that always seemed to end with the prince, in all his perfection and heroic, romantic splendor, galloping off with the heroine with her virtually flawless characteristics, united for all time in their perfect love. A currently popular theory holds that from these fantasies, an indelible impression is formed of true love and happily-ever-aftering ... one that persists into the realities of the adult world.

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Chakra Balancing

Chakra Balancing

Welcome to the Journey! The Chakra System is a map for the journey through life. Its seven rainbow colors represent the full spectrum of human possibility that stretches from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from Earth to heaven, forming a bridge and describing the steps between them. This map is an archetypal formula for wholeness that addresses the full spectrum of human possibility. To navigate its territory is to take an exciting journey of awakening - in body, mind, and spirit.

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Corinthians Reading

1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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Deteriorata

Deteriorata

Go placidly amid the noise and waste,
And remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Avoid quiet and passive persons unless you are in need of sleep.
Rotate your tires.
Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself,
And heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys.
Know what to kiss and when.
Consider that two wrongs never make a right,
But that three do.
Wherever possible put people on "HOLD".
Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment,
And despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer maintenance.
Remember the Pueblo.
Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.
Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI.
Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
Especially with those persons closest to you;
That lemon on your left for instance.
Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
Would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.
Gracefully surrender the things of youth: birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan,
And let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
Hire people with hooks.
For a good time, call 606-4311. Ask for "Ken".
Take heart amid the deepening gloom that your dog
Is finally getting enough cheese;
And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot,
It could only be worse in Milwaukee.
You are a fluke of the Universe.
You have no right to be here, and whether you can hear it or not,
The Universe is laughing behind your back.
Therefore make peace with your God whatever you conceive him to be,
Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin.
With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal,
The world continues to deteriorate.
Give up.
--From the National Lampoon Radio Dinner album.

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

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Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life, you would have been instructed where to go and what to do." Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously. And in the next hour, I'll help you learn how to not take your life so seriously as well.

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Dream To Fly

Dream To Fly by David Knize
Since the beginning of time, mankind
has had the dream to fly.
To climb high above the trees into
the deep blue skies.
To hover and gaze across the countryside.
Beyond the vast mountain tops to
the oceans tides.
Far, far above the ground
to have a chance to touch a star.
To dare to see the unknown and witness
the secrets it may withhold.
To peer into the wide open spaces
and view this planets ever changing faces.
To soar amongst the eagles and all
of God's winged creatures.
To experience the beauty of a natural wonder.
Is it just a dream to fly?
Perhaps we are destined to hope and ponder.

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Emotive Script 00 - General emotive sounds

Exertion sounds:
Picking up a heavy bag of groceries
Picking up a weight at the gym
Picking up a car
Throwing a ball
Throwing a punch
Swinging a sword

Impact sounds:
Getting flicked by a rubber band
Getting hit in the stomach by a basketball
Falling on your butt when rollerskating

Laughter:
Polite laugh
Giggle
Regular laugh
Long laugh
Guffaw

Sighs:
Being in love
Being frustrated/stressed out
Catching breath after a long run

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Excerpt from St John's Gospel of Our Lord's Passion

Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and that they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

After this, Joseph of Arimathea,
secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,
asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.
And Pilate permitted it.
So he came and took his body.
Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,
also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes
weighing about one hundred pounds.
They took the body of Jesus
and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices,
according to the Jewish burial custom.
Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.
So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day;
for the tomb was close by.

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Finding the Literal in Moments of Madness

The painted sky tumultuous, curling up under the weight of memory,
Splashes of unconnected paint littering the canvas of life
but things weren’t getting much clearer..

Soaring eagles perched up and then they stared right down at me while I lay there,
And then I felt the tide crawl in, felt the flicker of Bourbon slip through my brain cells

Croaking myself awake with a yawn, finding myself alone

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Fish

It is fashionable today to believe that we should not settle for anything less than doing what we love. Write poetry, travel the world on a sailboard, paint---do whatever you love, and the money will follow. We tell ourselves that life is too short to spend our working hours doing anything less than the ideal, and we continue our search for the perfect workplace. The danger is that if our quest for ideal work focuses us on the future, we will miss the amazingly wonderful life that is available today, in this moment. FISH is a parable, an invented story about finding the deep source of energy, creativity and passion that exists inside each of us by learning to love what we do, even if at the moment we may not be doing exactly what we love.

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Friends

One of the best things about life is friends. You find them wherever you go. Friends are essential because they help bring out the best in you. When they see your worst, they still care. They just accept. Friends are the stars in your happy memories. In your sad memories, they are the shoulders you leaned on and the hearts that listened. They just care. Friends help you in your times of need. When things are going smoothly, they are content to be your friend. They just know. Friends help create all your fun times, always there to spread laughter and joy. When you need tears, friends provide these too. They just understand.

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Gentle Vase Breath

(7) GENTLE VASE BREATH

Relax into your base posture. Place your hands palm-down
on your knees. Relax your chest. The upper chest is not directly involved
in this practice.

First let the breath be as it is. Breathe through the nose.

Then take a slightly deeper inhalation into the belly.
When you exhale the first three times, each time extend the
fingers of your hands. With the first breath, imagine that that all your
illnesses and physical impurities leave your body through your fingers
and dissolve out into the space around you. During the second breath,
imagine that your inner demons or obstacles such as nervousness or
depression or anxiety are purified and dispelled into space. During the
third breath, imagine that all of your ignorance and hatred and grasping
are dispelled and dissolve into space.

Now when you breathe in, breathe in to your lower abdomen
or belly. Attend to the breath as you inhale and fill into the lower belly
area. Keep the upper chest relaxed. Feel a slight pushing downwards
from above as you complete the breath and a simultaneous pulling
upwards from below, as if containing the breath in a center about four
finger-widths below the navel center Hold the breath gently in this
location and attend to it. As soon as you feel the need to exhale, exhale
gently through the nose. Continue with breathing in this way.

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Glitter in the Air

Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Closed your eyes and trusted, just trusted?
Have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care."?

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God Whispers

The man whispered "God, speak to me"
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled "God speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.
.
The man looked around and said "God let me see you."
And a star shone brightly.
But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted "God show me a miracle"
And a life was born.
But the man did not know.
.
So, the man cried out in despair.
"Touch me God and let me know that you are here!"
Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Moral of the story;
don't miss out on a blessing
because it isn't packaged the way you expect.
.

~Author Unknown~

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Gods love

There is such power in Gods presence. He is almighty, and yet His might is perfectly balanced by His overwhelming love. He loved the world so much that from the very beginning He made a plan for our redemption, and he created every place and every thing that would make it happen.

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Home

Where is the home of your heart?
The machinations of man covets
and squanders our time as though it
were of some significant value.
Our hearts become preoccupied
with issues and perplexities
that never seem to go away.
So debilitating are it's affects we
long for solace.
The heart longs for a place of respite.
Invariably we are drawn back to the land.
The earths constancy and tranquil
endurance washes over us, cleansing us.
A vast array of landscapes
that all have the same effect.
They take back the space that is stolen by man
and fills your heart with a calm and pleasant reward.
You can travel the world of man with your heart
but it is the land that you will come home to.
This grand earth in all it's splendor,
is the place we call home.
Our fondest memories are
bound up in the land on which we stand.
Memories of times that are now lost to
the machinations of man.
A new generation can never know
nor recover all that has been lost
and that is now preserved only in our memory.
A day will come that is not so far away
when even that treasure trove will fade and disappear.
Yet from this land we can draw strength that all will not be lost.
For within it's soil are the seeds of renewal.
Therein lies the hope that mellows our souls,
the hope that all that man has wrought
the earth will erase.
The earth will once again be a place
we can call home.

Written and contributed by Richurd
Music Bed : Susan Boyle – Mull of Kintyre – Windsor 2012

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I Can!

We can lift ourselves out of ignorance. We can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free. We can fly! Each of us is, in truth, an idea – an unlimited idea of freedom. Everything that limits us, we have to put aside. The most important thing in living is to reach out – reach out and touch perfection. As Jonathon Livingston Seagull learned, the gull sees farthest who flies highest. I will! I have! I can!

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I Have Only to Look - James Dillet Freeman

I have only to look, I have only to reach,
I have only to taste, I have only to feel,
I have only to live - to know that the world is a work
more wonderful than anything I can imagine it to be,
anything I do imagine it to be!
The wildest wonderment of all poets, dreamers, inventors, speculators
that have ever lived is as nothing
compared to the wonderment that is the world.
by James Dillet FreemanI'

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If We Learn To Taste The Life When It Is Bitter

In life,
so often you meet a corner
which seems more dark,
more life threatening,
more painful to pass through
and a path with hard, rugged and
unforgiving surface...

The journey gets worse
when the path is split into two,
each with the same nightmare of
all those undesirable things...

But it is hard for people to understand
that every path should always lead to a place
where there are traces of light,
and then a place which is lit with the beauties of life,
and then ultimately to a place
where it is finally sunrise..

Failures, difficult times and painful moments
are not trap holes;
they are not even your speed breakers;
they are just small thorns on the way
which bring your head down
so that you'd pull them off
and throw them away...

And to make things better,
difficulties and failures in life
come with a useful lesson for life...

If no one went through such hard times,
If no one had failed in this world,
if no one had made small mistakes in their lives,
history would have been an easy subject,
with only a few names to remember
and a few legendary lives to learn from;
There would have been a few biographies and autobiographies;
And we would be living a life
with a fewer scientific inventions!

But the truth is,
there are countless names in history,
countless biographies in the library
and every artificial thing I look at
is pretty much a symbol of the
scientific progress of the mankind...

If we learn to taste the life when it is bitter,
tasting it when it is sweet is more beautiful!

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Inflectional Changes

Record the following exercises and then listen carefully to see if you can hear the difference in the way you interpreted the meaning of the words.

Say the word “YES” to indicate:

• Certainty
• Doubt
• Indecision
• Sarcasm

Say the word “NO” and, by changes of inflection, indicate the following:
• Definitely not.
• Well, maybe.
• I’m surprised to learn that.
• I’m annoyed to learn that.
• I’m pleased and surprised to learn that.

Say the sentence "I’ll be there.” so that the following attitudes are implied:
• Determination
• Pleasant agreement
• Surprise
• Annoyance

Say the sentence “I like Bill.” to bring out the following:
• A direct statement of fact. You mean literally what the words say.
• A contradiction of the literal meaning of the words. You definitely do not like Bill.
• Irritation and surprise that anyone could conceivably accuse you of liking Bill.
• Indecision as to your feelings about Bill.
• Specific indication that your liking is for Bill and not for anyone else who may be present.
• Your answer to the question “Who likes Bill?”
• An aggressive and emphatic answer to the question “Who could possibly care for a man like Bill?”

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Inspirational copy

On one’s journey of spiritual growth, one must often take new, unfamiliar actions, in consonance with one’s new world view. Behaving differently than one has behaved before may represent an extraordinary personal risk. The passive young man for the first time asks a girl for a date. The person who has never trusted anyone lies down for the first time on the analyst’s couch, allowing the analyst to be hidden from view. The previously dependent housewife announces to her controlling husband that she is obtaining a job. The emotionally distant, seemingly self-sufficient strongman first allows himself to weep in public.

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Isn't it Amazing? - author unknown

Isn't it amazing
That He cares about our needs,

that He knows our deepest feelings, That He guides and intercedes?

Isn't it amazing , That He helps us when we fall, That He treats us with compassion, That He truly loves us all. With a love so deep and perfect, That He died for you and me? Isn't it amazing?

We are His eternally!

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Jesus Is Lord

I completed my research and began writing this book several years ago. One morning in the middle of my writing session the telephone rang. Our son Brent called to give us bad news about our eighteen-month old granddaughter Marley. While having a routine well-baby visit at the doctor’s office, something abnormal surfaced. Brent and Nikki, his wife, immediately took Marley to the children’s hospital. The first test revealed a malignant brain tumor.
Sue and I dropped everything and quickly drove to Kansas City to support our kids. This book went into a box under my desk for three years. Our journey with Marley during that time was filled with both high and low times emotionally. We learned to cherish every minute of every day with her. She taught us a lifetime of lessons about the meaning of life and faith in Christ. Every family member grew in remarkable ways from that blessed but difficult journey we walked together.
A few weeks after we returned from the cemetery, I got the box of random thoughts of this book out from under my desk. I decided it was time to write again. I realized as I started writing that Marley cast her impression on every page. You see, the Lordship of Christ has taken on an entirely different meaning for me as a result of Marley’s life. Now I don’t just think of Jesus being Lord over all of the areas you are going to read about in this book. I also think of Jesus as the One who now has the care of my precious granddaughter.

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Joy

The idea is JOY. When was the last time you felt real joy--that down-to-your-toes tingle of pure delight? Bigger than contentment, more intense than happiness, it's a feeling so vast it almost overwhelms you. And however fleeting, joy is the ultimate expression of gratitude and appreciation. It's what fills you up and fills you out, connecting you to something larger than yourself and leaving you staggering with wonder.

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Kate's Script

Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

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Life

Life isn't just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature and movies...what we've seen, heard, felt...anger, joy and sorrow...these are the things I will pass on. That's what I live for.

We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end some time, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing.

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Loving Kindness Meditation

May all beings be happy.
May they be joyous and live in safety.
All living beings, whether weak or strong,
In high or middle or low realms of existence, Small or great, visible or invisible,
Near or far, born or to be born,
May all beings be happy.
Let no one deceive another nor despise any being in any state. Let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.
Even as a mother at the risk of her life
Watches over and protects her only child,
So with a boundless mind should one cherish all living things. Suffusing love over the entire world,
Above, below, and all around, without limit,
So let one cultivate an infinite good will toward the whole world.

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Meditate On God’s Light

Close your eyes. Forget the darkness around you and watch the bright red color within your eyelids. Look intently into that violet-red color. Meditate on it, and imagine it is becoming bigger and bigger. Behold around you a dimly shining sea of violet light. You are a wave of light, a ripple of peace floating on the surface of the sea. Now watch carefully. You, the little wave, are tossing on an ocean of light. Your tiny life is part of the all-pervading Life. As your meditation deepens, you, a little shallow wave of peace, are becoming the deep, wide ocean of peace. Meditate on the thought, “I am a wave of peace.” Feel the vastness just beneath your consciousness. The wave should feel the sustaining life of the vast ocean beneath it.

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Meditation

Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

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Mother Theresa Prayer Breakfast 1995

It hurt Jesus to love us. We have been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must "put on Christ" as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love and to be loved, and God has become man to make it possible for us to love as He loved us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, "You did it to Me." On the last day He will say to those on His right, "Whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me," and He will also say to those on His left, "Whatever you neglected to do for the least of these you neglected to do it for Me."

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Motivational Piece

There’s a battle on this earth...
and we are the soldiers…
Fighting the darkness,
bringing hope to the world.
Our Future,
It isn’t handed to us.
Our past,
our ancestors,
count on us to win.
We wonder if we’re alone
and then we’re reminded...
reminded what we fight for,
reminded where we come from.
It’s our fuel,
our motivation.
We are your soldiers
And only with you
can we all win

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Motivational Speech

Whether or not you win this thing
You got to decide how you’re going to walk out of here when it’s all said and done.
Cause the game is going to go on.
And there’s only one rule you’re going to need to know about.
There are no second chances.
There’s only this moment
and the next moment.
Everyone of those moments is
a test.
That you get to take one time.
And only one time.
So if you see an opening,
Tear into it.
If you get a shot at victory
Make damn sure you take it.
Seize that moment.
That moment is a crossroads
Where everything you want
will collide with everything standing in your way.
You got momentum at your back.
Fear and doubt are like a freight train
Thundering straight at you.
And all you got
The only difference from making history and being history
The only thing, the only thing
You can count on in any given moment
Is you.
It’s you verses them.
You verses No.
You verses Can’t.
You verses Next Year, Last Year, Statistics, Excuses.
You verses History.
You verses the Odds.
It’s you verses Second Place.
The clock is ticking.
Let’s see what you’ve got.

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MY VOICE

This is my voice. There is no music and there are no sound effects. Only the pure, clear, sound recorded for your ears. I am a voice-over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

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My Voice

Notes: I wrote this script kind of as a tribute to voice actors, but also to allow the person reading it to use some different intonation in his read. ** Please note: This script is meant to be read 'dry' with no music or sound effects... just use your voice, and speak naturally with a somewhat relaxed pace. :)

- Ron Jaffe (Muddyshoes)

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This... is my voice.

There is no music, and there are no sound effects... only the pure, clear sound, recorded for your ears.

I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me... one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving.

I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

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Open Your Mind

Since your thoughts create your reality, you can create an even better life for yourself by learning to think in bigger and unlimited ways. Unlimited thinking increases creativity, expands your possibilities, draws opportunities to you, and allows you to have more. Unlimited thinking lets you experience, in advance, the feelings you will have when you have received the abundance you want, and these feelings are the vehicle that brings abundance to you. Use these visions to open your mind to greater possibilities.

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Quick Poem - William Wordsworth

Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows
Like harmony in music; there is a dark
Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles
Discordant elements, makes them cling together
In one society..

William Wordsworth (1770–1850), British poet

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Relaxation

To begin, make yourself comfortable, it’s best to lie on your back. Put your arms by your sides not touching your body. Put your feet slightly apart. With each exhalation let all the tension out of your body. Let the tension just dissolve and flow out.

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Relaxation 2

Concentrate on the breathing as you would ride the in breath then ride the out breath.

Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.

Accept and open to the in breath. Release and let go the out breath.

You hold the breath in for a tiny moment, letting everything dissolve. Everything is resolved in the spacious clear awareness of luminous Bodhi chita.

Then exhale it all as bright shining light. You are exhaling luminosity like sun light and cool fresh spring breezes.

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Right In Front of Me

Right In Front of Me
By David Knize

You are the reason that I can see the light.
The light that defines us and projects the shadows of our lives.
I cried and asked for answers each and every night.
Sometimes life can be so unkind, but in our hearts and souls we must continue to fight.
You are the reason, the reason that we are here.
When our strength is truly tested, sometimes failure is our only fear.
At night I dream you are beside me, I can feel your healing touch.
I’ve tried so hard to see you when I think I can’t continue and the road becomes too tough.
We are all searching for the reason,
the reason for our pain,
the reason for our joy,
the reason for our being.
I have searched so long to find you, but you were right in front of me.

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Sacred Well Yoga Studio

Hatha Yoga practice will help you reduce anxiety, fear and stress. In a Yoga class geared toward stress reduction we start with a warm-up and continue with standing poses that strengthen our bodies and build stamina.
This section of class allows us to create a focused level of physical activity that matches the intensity of our inner circular mental activity, which is the chief cause of stress in our lives.
We then continue with floor work to calm and center ourselves as we work on our physical and mental flexibility. This section of class allows us to slow down the rhythm of the breath and movement so that our minds can slow down as well. Our breathing then deepens as stress breaks up like a wave on a beach. One way you can do this on your own is take a brisk walk and then come back and take 10-15 minutes to breathe slowly and rhythmically.
Here’s a calming breath pattern:
1) Sit in a position that allows you to relax and yet maintain a lengthened spine.
2) As you slowly inhale through your nose, with mouth closed, soften your belly and let the breath slowly fill you. Try to stream the breath in at an even pace. If you can, try making a soft ocean like sound in the back of your throat as you are inhaling. This is called Ujjayi breathing.
3) Exhaling again make that ocean sound as you breathe out of your nose.
4) Continue pattern and to pace your breath you can try mentally repeating:
5) “Breathing in I am filled with peace”
6) “Breathing out I fill my world with peace.”

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Sammy Girl

Sammy Girl
By David Knize

You are my best friend, my buddy and my pal.
You’ll follow me wherever I go, with no explanation and
in any direction without fail.
You are kind and caring and will protect me unwillingly whenever you can.
Your will is strong, your heart is sincere and your drive to please is unparalleled.
You understand and obey my words and are comforted by my soft tone.
Your joy and excitement expressed when you greet me, is the highlight of my day.
You make me laugh, you make me smile and I feel alone when we are apart for a while.
Sometimes you seem almost human by your stance and the look in your eyes.
You are my best friend, my buddy, and my pal.

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Scripture

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwell in the land of gloom, a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. You shall name him Wonderful-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

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Seeking The Spiritual Life

Have you been wondering what your special vocation is? You might be called to the
married life to raise children… perhaps you will be called to the single life to serve your
neighbor… or, perhaps God is calling you to serve as a Priest! Take some time to listen
to the Lord during “A Come and See” weekend at St. Peter’s Seminary. This weekend
of spiritual reflection is open to men seventeen years of age and older. Pickup your
registration forms at your parish welcome desk or meet with your priest to fill out the
registration forms. As Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”… Are you being called to
shepherd God’s flock? Come and see.

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Self-Esteem

If you have a self-esteem problem, you’re not alone. Everyone has some difficulties associated with a lack of self-esteem—feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, depression and behavior that reflect their lack of self-confidence. This audio series will help you gain your confidence, and help you boost the quality of your life.

We begin with you. Focusing on yourself is a wonderful way to relax, clear your mind, and see yourself as others see you. You see, we are all inhibited by the way we “think” other people see us. Ironically, this mistaken impression creates most of our life-obstacles. Therefore by learning how others see us, we have a chance to see our real self – a self that is probably more ambitious and confident than we had believed.

From the time we are young, most of us, for one reason or another, begin creating false impressions of ourselves. Eventually, we believe those made-up stories and unintentionally exaggerate them each time we repeat the story to ourselves. Eventually, we no longer know who we really are and only believe our own lies. It is this mentally exhaustive and negative cycle that mentally gets us “down.”

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Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will. That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

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Shakespear's Henry V Prologue Act 1

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels,
Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire
Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all,
The flat unraised spirits that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object: can this cockpit hold
The vasty fields of France? or may we cram
Within this wooden O the very casques
That did affright the air at Agincourt?
O, pardon! since a crooked figure may
Attest in little place a million;
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose within the girdle of these walls
Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
Whose high upreared and abutting fronts
The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder:
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts;
Into a thousand parts divide on man,
To make imaginary puissance;
Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i' the receiving earth;
For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass: for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

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Socrates Quote - Nature of Honor

"The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them." - Socrates

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Success Is A Journey -- Not A Destination

Success is a journey, not a destination. Hung on the shower that fronts the Golden West, the rainbow bursts like magic ... frail in its date, eternal in its meaning. There are rules and laws for the success of any venture or adventure. And the first one is: Success depends on beginnings, so start now with what you are, where you are, and with what you can do in the next 60 seconds. Success is the power with which to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others. Getting to know and like people, and getting people to know and like you are the two trump cards in the game of success.

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Tai Chi

An ancient art for today’s world…. Tai Chi imparts the experience of stability, a deep connection both to oneself and to others, and a wonderful lightness born of the awakened spirit. Affecting us in all realms: body, heart, mind and spirit, Tai Chi lets us relax into our true being and enjoy life fully. Tai Chi practice helps us to both slow down and wake up; to become stronger and softer at the same time; to relax profoundly while awakening our vitality; to focus and clarify the mind while letting go of preoccupations. A full round takes between 7 and 10 minutes to practice and requires only a small flat space.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi

An ancient art for today’s world…. Tai Chi imparts the experience of stability, a deep connection both to oneself and to others, and a wonderful lightness born of the awakened spirit. Affecting us in all realms: body, heart, mind and spirit, Tai Chi lets us relax into our true being and enjoy life fully. Tai Chi practice helps us to both slow down and wake up; to become stronger and softer at the same time; to relax profoundly while awakening our vitality; to focus and clarify the mind while letting go of preoccupations. A full round takes between 7 and 10 minutes to practice and requires only a small flat space.

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Tai Chi Workout Program

Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese system of exercise and martial arts is widely recognized as a way to increase vitality, self confidence and overall better health. The following program presents the fundamentals of Tai Chi in a comprehensive workout. The key to this workout is not to over exert yourself. Our Tai Chi experts will be demonstrating three levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Choose the level that is most comfortable for you and stick with it. Progress at your own pace. Through consistent practice, you will be able to achieve the results you desire.

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The Autumn Wind

"The Autumn Wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
Swaggering boisterously
His face is weather beaten
He wears a hooded sash
With his silver hat about his head
And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold
The Autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you around and upside down
And laugh when he's conquered and won."

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The Difference -- Poem

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day. I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.” I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “But you didn’t seek.” I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.” I woke early this morning, and paused before entering the day; I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

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The Farming Brothers

In days gone by, two brothers, Raul and Johan, who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 35 years of farming side by side in central Germany, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a single problem occurring.
However, one autumn, the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence between the two brothers.
One morning there was a knock on Raul's door. He opened it to find a man holding a carpenter's toolbox. 'I'm looking for a few days work,' Angelis said. 'Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?'
'Yes,' answered Raul, extremely pleased to see Angelis the carpenter, 'I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbour, in fact, it's my younger brother, Johan's farm. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll go him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence; an 8-foot fence, so I won't need to see Johan's place nor his face anymore.'
Angelis the carpenter said thoughtfully, 'I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you.'
Raul then left for the nearby town, Erfurt, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing, and hammering.
About sunset when Raul returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all.
It was a bridge: a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other. A fine piece of work handrails and all, and the neighbour, his younger brother Johan, was coming across, his hand outstretched. 'You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done, 'Johan smiled.
The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. 'No, wait. Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you,' called Raul.
'I'd love to stay on,' Angelis murmured quietly, 'but, I have many more bridges to build.'

Contributed by: Richurd

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The Magnificat

The Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Amen

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The Real Traveler

There is a distinction between the “traveler” and the “tourist”. The Real Traveler travels off the clock. Schedules shift from the routine and expected to the new and surprising. The heart opens. Differences dissolve. Friendship and discovery are the most prized commodities on the traveler’s road, and cost only the time it takes to listen, to explore, to step from one well-worn trail to a fresh cut path through new terrain. Become a real traveler and discover an earth that gives generously to the gracious guest.

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The Road Less Traveled

On one’s journey of spiritual growth, one must often take new, unfamiliar actions, in consonance with one’s new world view. Behaving differently than one has behaved before may represent an extraordinary personal risk. The passive young man for the first time asks a girl for a date. The person who has never trusted anyone lies down for the first time on the analyst’s couch, allowing the analyst to be hidden from view. The previously dependent housewife announces to her controlling husband that she is obtaining a job. The emotionally distant, seemingly self-sufficient strongman first allows himself to weep in public.

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The Station

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the windows, we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of city skylines and village hills. But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day, at a certain hour, we will pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there, so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering – waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.

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The Tree Of Yoga

In the The Tree of Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar, you’ll learn how one of the world's foremost teachers of yoga offers his thoughts on many practical and philosophical subjects, ranging from the place of yoga in daily life to insights from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. Included are chapters on family life, love and sexuality, health and the healing arts, meditation, death and advice to teachers.

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The Wolves Within

As the story goes, an elderly man, said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story, the grandfather began..

I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.

But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger. Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?" The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed, my son, the one I feed!".

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This Game Matters

People follow a sport like hockey, and they look for symbolism
They want the game to mean something
They want the game to matter
So, to them a fresh sheet of ice just after the Zamboni’s laid it's final spray of water
Presents the purest vision of possibility they could imagine.

Skates being sharpened over and over and over again are a mediation on perfection
And the routines and rituals that surround the rink are a language of dedication in need of no translation
To them, games aren't meant to be seen, they're meant to be felt.

Blood points a path directly to the heart
Sweat, a trail to the soul
And tears, a connection to a conviction that people search for their entire lives

The ones who look for something more, who believe in something more
Are the ones who turn close games into unforgettable nights
Who transform great players into heros for all time

And who, no matter what, maintain unwavering faith in the incredible

There are people out there who look at something like hockey and they want the game to matter

So it does.

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This Journey

I awoke from a dream and grabbed at those fading images and sensations before they disappeared like waves of smoke. I held them up to the light and watched them shimmer with promises of past, present and future.
Looking back I traced a path through various memories and began seeing patterns and how these memories were to be woven together.
What you will hear is a story that has gathered in my soul since the first moment I opened my eyes,
This journey, i share with you.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the earth, yes the earth, for it is physical
Unlike the world which is philosophical
So up above the earth high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

When the blazing sun is gone,
When there's nothing he shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

In the dark blue sky so deep
Through my curtains often peep
For you never close your eyes
'Til the morning sun does rise
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

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Ulysses (Excerpt 1) - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Note: In this famous Victorian-era poem, Tennyson imagines the Greek hero Ulysses (aka Odysseus), now an elderly man, bored with his tedious life and wife, rousing his crew to join him for one more adventure. For a shorter version, omit the sections within brackets.

[I cannot rest from travel; I will drink
life to the lees. All times I have enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
that loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vexed the dim sea.] I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart.
[Much have I seen and known---cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honored of them all---
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.]
I am part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end.
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!

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Ulysses (Excerpt 2) - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Note: In this famous Victorian-era poem, Tennyson imagines the Greek hero Ulysses (aka Odysseus), now an elderly man, bored with his tedious life and wife, rousing his crew to join him for one more adventure. This is the final stanza of the poem. For a shorter version, omit the section within brackets.

Come, my friends.
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
[Push off, and sitting well in order smite
the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Though much is taken, much abides; and] though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are---
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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Unstuck Audition

Life is good. You’re sailing along. And then it happens.
You hit a glitch.

Maybe it’s a critical life moment—
like deciding to change your job,
or rekindling a relationship.

Or maybe you’re stalled about something you want:
trying to eat healthier,
kickstarting a project,
balancing home and work,
finally dealing with that room in your home
(you know the one).

And there you are. Stuck.

When you’re in the middle of being stuck it can feel alienating, confusing, and even a little scary.

It’s okay. Really. (We find that people who want to live full lives are the ones who get stuck the most often.)

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Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes, it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when they crucified my Lord.

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh! Sometimes, it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh! Sometimes, it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

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What A Real Woman Does

A real woman is a man's best friend. She will never stand him up and never let him down. She will reassure him when he feels insecure and comfort him after a bad day.

She will inspire him to do things he never thought he could do; to live without fear and forget regret. She will enable him to express his deepest emotions and give in to his most intimate desires.

She will make sure he always feels as though he's the most handsome man in the room and will enable him to be the most confident, sexy,seductive, and invincible. . .

No wait... Sorry... I'm thinking of beer.

That's what beer does...

Never mind.

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What Makes You Happy?

What makes you happier? A pay rise? Your dream house? According to happiness experts, we now know more than ever about what can make us happier and what can't. "Most of us think that having millions or a sports car would make us happy", says Dr Nick Powdathavee, author of The Happiness Equation, "but we've found the things that brought people the most happiness wer those they had already, such as friends and famly".

Some of us are born with personality traits that keep us on a natural high. Psychologists hae now identified over 130 traits that corelate to being naturally happy opr glum. Not naturally joyful? Try and work on these: You're naturally happy if you are: Extroverted, understanding, self-confident, creative, asertive and practical. You're naturally unhappy, if you anger easily, are self-conscious, anxious and almost always feel stressed. So, what is it, that makes you happy or glum?

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What Will Your Verse Be (From Dead Poets Society)

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry, because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering. These are noble pursuits, necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman. "O me, O life, of the questions of these recurring. Of the endless trains of the faithless. Of cities filled with the foolish. What good, amid these, O me, O Life? Answer: That you are here. That life exists an identity. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse," That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

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What's Next

Tomorrow won’t wait.

What’s next won’t rest on its laurels.

Because what’s next makes things more valuable than money. It puts food in stomachs, flags on moons, and heads in the clouds.

What’s next changes minds and cultures, bends attitudes and opinions, and is the starter pistol that launches movements.

But, …it will never come easy. What’s next wakes you up at 3 in the morning with a shiver of doubt. It is often moody, and rarely satisfied - definitely lonely and happy to ruin weekends.

What’s next stares at a blank sheet of paper and creates something that’s never been done before.

What’s next finds a better way.

What’s next is happening in cities like Hong-Kong, New York, London…. and, yes, Richmond, Virginia.

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Yoga Journal

Welcome to the world of Yoga. Explorations of hatha yoga, body works, alternative healing, diet and other body positive practices. From meditation to martial arts, philosophy to psychology, discover new and old, mind-expanding possibilities. A nurturing blend of Eastern and Western traditions offers food for the soul. Join us on the path.

Before we begin, make sure you are wearing soft, loose clothes – nothing should restrict your movements. Have a comfortable mat on a hard floor surface. And make sure you can easily hit ‘pause’ and ‘play’ on this video without needing to leave the mat -- either with a remote, or by being positioned closely to your video player. Hit ‘pause’ now, and when you are prepared, hit ‘play’ to begin.

We begin with a series of stretches to warm up the body. Our first stretch loosens the mind as well as the body…

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Yoga Practice

Start by focusing solely on your breathing. Take in a big, deep breath... and then release it. Put both hands on your abdomen, close your eyes and relax. Breathe in for two seconds, and breathe out for two seconds.

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Yoga Video

Let yoga be your secret weapon for toning and firming the upper body. Hands, arms and shoulders are potent instruments of expression and action. It is through them we reach out and participate in life. Yoga can shape, sculpt and firm your upper body, while also calming your mind and soothing your soul.

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Yoga Video 2

As we go through this video, you’ll see that this is not your typical yoga program. This program is designed for those of us who are slightly out of shape, very out of shape, old, middle aged or young. Or perhaps recovering from an illness or injury.

By doing this video, you’ll be able to relax more easily, something we all need. And we’ll stretch out those places that no longer seem to stretch so well You can do this, and we can help.

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