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May 2012 Vol 6 No. 5  

Your Exhilaration Foundation

You came into this world with the easy capacity for exhilaration--a "feeling of lively and cheerful joy." Does that remind you of any of the children in your life? You were one of those children once, and since your childhood experiences are stored forever in your magnificent brain, you have a subconscious memory of how to be exhilarated. That's your exhilaration foundation. You can access and reactivate that capacity for "lively and cheerful joy" simply by approaching life with a child-like appreciation of each and every moment. You know how a happy child can be easily entertained? Develop the art of being easily entertained, by focusing on the specific details of each miraculous moment.

This goes along with "taking nothing for granted." Contemplate the human ingenuity that went into creating the electronic device you're reading this on. Think of the amazing organic structure of your eyes, and your brilliant mind's process as it considers what you're reading. Slow down, look inside, look all around you and appreciate, appreciate, appreciate. All day every day. Oddly enough, when you do this you make the entire world a better place. The child inside you is actually the oldest and wisest part of who you are. Follow its guidance, and be exhilarated with life.

The Wisdom Of Youth And Aging

Youth and aging? I know, they seem to be opposite, when in fact they have a lot in common. At both of these stages of life, we wish to be another age--when we were kids we wanted to be older, and then we get old and want to be young. When we're really young, we have no concept of how to be cool, so we are just naturally ourselves. As we get older, we realize we can't be cool, so we relax into being more truly ourselves. Let's look at some examples. Watch the exhilaration on the faces of these kids as they meet "Oscar The Talking Dog." Now enjoy this 94 year old named Mathilda Klein, ballroom dancing like she was 60 years younger. And you can't miss the youthful spirit in this 102 year old with a great sense of humor. You'll also appreciate the wisdom and maturity of this young man who is the creator of "Caine's Arcade."

Set your powerful positive intention to be more playful and creative as you age, which will allow you to keep the child within you alive until the very end. There is ample research that shows that this helps to create a healthy aging process, which--by the way, begins at birth. To help you along this path, watch this laughing yoga video, then try some of the exercises on your own. Look for humor. Dance, laugh and tell jokes. Play friendly, harmless tricks on friends. Be a beginner at something--learn to play a musical instrument, take art lessons, or anything that exhilarates and rejuvenates you.

Heart, Soul And Ingenuity

What a great assortment of music, humor and creativity we have here! Let's start with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, who will blow you away with their talent. Contemplate the persistence those boys had to have, then watch this inspiring girl as she persists after falling, to go on and win the race! And let's honor the human-animal connection, with Henri The Cat (you'll love him), the blind horse that helps kids and Lorenzo the Horse Performer. These stories touch your heart...and speaking of your heart, read this article about how a positive outlook is very good for your heart's health. Here's a great video by Rick Hanson called "Be Glad," where he gives you helpful tips for enhancing your gladness.

If you like ingenuity in engineering, watch this railroad track being laid out. Very impressive! Now go on this journey out into the universe to the largest object we know of, and then zoom back in, to see the smallest objects we know of. And if you want a little extra drama, with some humor thrown in, check out this Push Button for Drama video. Thanks for reading to this point, and may you find some exhilaration in your not-too-distant future!

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation."
--Pearl S. Buck

"Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money and power and influence. It is no more or less than faith in action."
--Henry Chester

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

Albert Einstein

"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."

"Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so."
-Belva Davis


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