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September 2012 Vol 6 No. 9  

Do You Tune Your Instrument?

Your body/mind/spirit is the instrument through which the music of your thoughts, actions and feelings play. The better you tune your instrument, the better the music you play. The source of the best possible music for you as an individual (we don't all make the same music, after all), is at the core of your being. I am firmly convinced that there is a unique form of creative genius in your heart and soul, and it is up to you to access and give expression to that gift, be it in the form of music, words, service or the simple contribution of your presence in the lives of those you know and love. The ultimate health and happiness emerges from those of us who discover, develop and deliver our own special gifts.

You will find your purpose by:
  1. Spending time alone, quiet enough to hear the song in your heart, as in meditation.
  2. Paying attention to what you love, where you put the most time and energy when you're free to choose, and what matters the most to you.
  3. Journaling regularly, writing poetry, songs, love letters, painting, sculpting and expressing yourself in other creative ways to catch a glimpse of your inner genius.
  4. Realizing that your gift, your purpose has nothing to do with pleasing or impressing others. You will know when you're offering your gift because it will thrill and exhilarate your body and mind.

You may know of other ways to connect with your creative heart and soul. The point is to develop a regular practice of these methods, just like an accomplished musician always tunes her instrument before playing.

Send A Smile To Your Own Heart

Your heart and all of your cells, are "listening," meaning they respond to millions of signals from your mind and body every second of every day. Clearly, when you're smiling you are telling your heart and your cells, "For the moment, all is well. Good things are afoot, and we can relax and breathe." This video offers some science to back up the benefits of smiling, especially if you really feel the smile. Our cells are either in a state of growth or protection, meaning they are either seeking nutrients (growth) or shutting down (protection), according to research in cellular biology. When you choose to focus on the good things in yourself and your world, it will be much easier to smile all the way into your heart. Watch this video, showing an interview between Dr. Wayne Dyer and Dr. Bruce Lipton on HayHouse Radio.

Want to prevent heart attack, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease? This article in the Harvard Gazette entitled, "Protecting The Heart With Optimism" reports that in a review of over 200 studies, optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with a greatly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. So, with that in mind, the rest of this newsletter (and all of every Goodfinding newsletter, for that matter) is devoted to your happiness, life satisfaction and optimism--to bring a smile to your heart.

Optimism, Life Satisfaction & Fun

We are born optimistic, or I don't think we would ever have the courage to walk, talk, and venture forth into this complex, beautiful and challenging world. Watch My First Steps to see this optimism in action. Speaking of courage, you may have noticed that it's needed throughout life, and here's two-time Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom helping out in the latter stages of life by celebrating wonderful elders with his program Wish Of A Lifetime. I read once that dogs are optimists, and I think there may be some truth in that, especially as I watch Norman the bike-riding dog.

Now in the realm of life satisfaction and creative pastimes, I know you'll enjoy Seeds of Happiness, the College Creamery and Fashion Boot Camp, where you'll see good folks taking simple ideas and making a wonderful difference in the world. In that same vein, enjoy these videos about The Life Uncommon, which you'll see exemplified in The Pickle Ladies, the Front Door Farmers Market and 500 Acts of Kindness.

Okay, time for some fun. Watch this video of a bluegrass band playing along, until...a bird joins them. Watch closely--the bird arrives about halfway through the song. And now we'll wrap up with "pothole gardens" in London and learning to make bacon mac and cheese from 10 year old chef Peter,

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
--William Butler Yeats

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
--Albert Einstein

"It's time to start living the life you've imagined."

Henry James

"Happiness is not given, but exchanged."

"Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead."
-Charles M. Schwab


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