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Where Did the Day Go?

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep”. This is what Shakespeare wrote in his play, The Tempest. This poetic image conjures up the image of people who go through each day of their lives in a sleep state, oblivious to the sometimes subtle, sometimes glorious aspects of their world. On rare occasions, they awaken acutely to their awareness of living. In these moments they might discover that they experience real life like queens and kings, gods and goddesses, because they woke up and remembered who they are and what they came here for. This article is the first of a three part series on ways to pay attention to your world through three different lenses.

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The Real Things to be Desired

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . . and so begins Dickens’ great Tale of Two Cities. He was writing in the nineteenth century about the eighteenth century, but it seems he could have been writing about the twenty first century. It’s a fabulous time of year, the sights are spectacular, the aromas surround us, people are wearing fuzzy hats and furry boots and children are riding brilliantly coloured sledges and toboggans in the snow. In the run up to Christmas the toy stores, grocery stores, and department stores are counting on making half their profits for the whole year. The world of electronics is off the board with gadgets of every kind, toys for every child’s whim and tools that capture our grown-up imagination. It’s become normal, it’s sensational, but it’s out of control. People are struggling financially to make ends meet, and we are still running around trying to have the same kind of holiday season we think everyone expects us to have. The UK newspapers write about the “Big Chill” and how middle class families are among millions of Britons who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter, and the elderly ride on buses all day to stay in the warm. What is wrong with this picture? How can we be mindful of the true suffering of others?

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Never Hurry Through the World

With the arriving of the winter weather this week, I was ever so conscious that the delicious deciduous trees will soon become barren. Just last month when walking through Richmond Park, I saw the green leaves of the Sugar Maples transforming into vivid orange coloured foliage and the Field Maple leaves giving way to subtle yellow. This tree is said to be associated with the heart and love and can bring contentment to those who are burdened by responsibility.

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The Benefits of Facing our Fears with Compassion

Shine the light of compassion on all that frightens you to find healing and freedom. -Tara Brach Copyright 2010 George Buchanan In our article last week we discussed how neuroscience has shown us that we are actually rigged to experience … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Brain to Take the Edge Off Anxiety

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak © George Papciak The days are shortening and the holidays will soon be here. Like the gutted pumpkins that we carve for Halloween, our facial expressions are also often carved with fear, … Continue reading

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How to Improve Memory and Relish its Importance in Daily Life

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. (Hamlet Act IV, Scene V) From the encyclopaedia we learn that memory is the brain’s ability to store, retain and recall information. It was originally a topic … Continue reading

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Moderation is the Name of the Game: Balancing the World of Technology with the World of Nature

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their … Continue reading

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Prepare Your Mind for the Life You Imagine

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. -Henry David … Continue reading

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When a Child is Born a Grandparent is Born Too

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak © Dawn Wickhorst Chachula A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. -Eda J LeShan Recently I became a grandmother and was surprised as my … Continue reading

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How to Positively Influence Children to Reach Their Potential

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world. -Anne Frank- Last week we looked at some examples of individuals who have given credit … Continue reading

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