Focus, Your Body, and Your Physical Well-Being

Written by John Cali


About a week ago, on a beautiful early winter day, I was out jogging inrepparttar foothills south of my house. The morning air was clear, cold, and crisp, andrepparttar 122219 deep blue sky was sparkling with golden sunlight. The gentle hills around me,repparttar 122220 rugged mountains inrepparttar 122221 distance, andrepparttar 122222 valley far below me were covered in a glistening white cloak of new-fallen snow. My kind of day--I love winter, and I was in heaven!

About a mile into my run, my euphoria was suddenly shattered by a sharp stabbing pain in my left ankle. It hurt like hell!

Overrepparttar 122223 years a number of people about my age have told me they had to quit jogging because it was too hard on their bodies. Specifically, their ankles, knees, and backs. But Ive never bought into that mind set, and in almost 40 years of jogging, Ive had no problems.

And, I thought to myself, I wasnt willing to start having problems, not after all those years. So I continued jogging along, andrepparttar 122224 pain kept getting worse and worse. Asrepparttar 122225 pain intensified, so did my focus on it.

Thenrepparttar 122226 light came on, and I remembered what Id heard from Joseph and others overrepparttar 122227 years--you always get more of what you give most of your focus to.

So I took my focus off my left ankle andrepparttar 122228 hot, searing pain. And I focused on my right ankle, which was strong and healthy.

Literally within about three minutes, my left ankle was fine. The pain was gone. So I continued on for my usual distance. The pain never returned.

Now I realize this was an extremely minor disorder, especially compared torepparttar 122229 hefty health challenges many of you have shared with me overrepparttar 122230 years.

Butrepparttar 122231 principle is stillrepparttar 122232 same, whether were talking about minor or major physical problems. Or, for that matter, anything else--money, abundance, relationships, jobs-- you name it. You get what you focus on.

Chief Joseph

Well, it seems were back once again on this issue of focus. You get what you focus on. You create your reality by what you focus on most ofrepparttar 122233 time. Were sure we seem, to many of you, to be beating this subject to death.

But its such an important subject, and one you must understand and accept if you are to createrepparttar 122234 life you want for yourselves.

Chanting for Healing, a Spiritual Voyage

Written by Paula Gilbert


Paula Gilbert, one ofrepparttar main artists andrepparttar 122218 producer ofrepparttar 122219 Chanting For Healing Music CD tells her spiritual story of howrepparttar 122220 album was made. The album benefits global unity causes such as OxFam, RAWA, Twin Tower Orphan Fund, Global Exchange, and Food Not Bombs.

Paula is a performance artist, songwriter and teacher who foundedrepparttar 122221 Cloverdale School of Music in 1994. After 9/11 she attended a Shamanic (Native American) mask making class that she had been attending every year forrepparttar 122222 past 7 years. The purpose ofrepparttar 122223 class was to create a vision forrepparttar 122224 following shamanic year which begins each year in November. Inrepparttar 122225 class,repparttar 122226 participants worked together with a facilitator to create their vision through several guided meditations and journaling. The class took place late in October followingrepparttar 122227 attack on America. During one of her meditations she had a vision. Paula says, "I became fluid and went intorepparttar 122228 earth. I saw myself dressed as a bear going around a table with children. I also saw a stone mouse from my Mother’s table that we had made together up inrepparttar 122229 mountains when I was young. Then I saw birds flying throughrepparttar 122230 light above me and I feltrepparttar 122231 Bear merge with me and tell me that he would be there to help me with strength inrepparttar 122232 coming year. Thenrepparttar 122233 bear said we would need some birds for spirituality and a blue bird with a black head appeared and told me to gatherrepparttar 122234 chants from all overrepparttar 122235 world, especially Afghanistan and to put them on a CD for healing and prayer." There were other parts torepparttar 122236 vision telling her to use not just her own renditions but also to dorepparttar 122237 research and to include a chant forrepparttar 122238 children andrepparttar 122239 soldiers.

Afterrepparttar 122240 class, Paula went home with her mask and beganrepparttar 122241 research and started collectingrepparttar 122242 chants. She told her mother about her vision and her mother offered to help out. She wanted as many chants from different cultures and languages and possible. Once she had collected several chants, on December 16, 2001repparttar 122243 recording began at Joe Hoffmann Studios in Occidental, California. Paula Gilbert, and local artists/musicians Tory Rotlisberger and Mal Tornay started offrepparttar 122244 recording with their beautiful rendition of Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai, Ram Om which means "I am, you are, we are one". The recording continued on December 30th in a beautiful mansion on top of a hill in Sonoma County with a large group of people including local musician Zackary Miller on dijiridu (one ofrepparttar 122245 oldest instruments onrepparttar 122246 planet). Mal Tornay again brought his wonderful drumming ability along with his daughter, a beautiful singer, Elise Tornay. Katy Ketchum a local artist from Sebastopol brought her healing voice and impeccable piano playing and her husband Mike, a local poet, who also added torepparttar 122247 vocal team. Local performance artist, Tory Rotlisberger again brought her healing voice along with her friend and vocalist Joanna Noble of Noble Designs in Healdsburg, and more friends and vocalists Karen Wallace and John Faulkner. Rick Mariani of Wolf Coffee with his twin sons Nicolas and Mitchell added to their vibrant vocal mix as well. Paula’s family also participated in this recording session, with her Mother, Pat Gear, two Brothers, Karl and Rodney Sanchez, her sister-in-law Bethany Sanchez and her neice, Crystal Sanchez. "It was a great healing adventure to all sing together. I remember it was pouring rain outside. It was likerepparttar 122248 skies were raining allrepparttar 122249 tears of grief we felt forrepparttar 122250 victims ofrepparttar 122251 9/11 attack."



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