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Philippines Vacation : Travel Guide And Memoir by [Rundell, Marina]

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January 2008

Happy New Year Everyone!

As a way to celebrate, for the entire month of January 2008, you can now get two ebooks for the price of one!

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Your ebook purchase (CD or ebook version) has a full, 90-day, money-back guarantee.  Even if you return this ebook, you can keep your second ebook for free!  Free ebooks are electronic versions only.

Ebooks purchased after January 31, 2008 are not eligible for a free, second ebook.  Rules to this promotion may change at any time.

Should you have any further questions, please email or call and I will gladly answer any of your questions.

Thank you and have a great start to the New Year!

Yours truly,

Marina Rundell

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New Year, New Day

As you read articles about the New Year that may relate to the topic of losing weight, like a comedian’s stand-up act that we don’t seem to mind hearing over and over again, for the one millionth time that a topic can be presented, here is one million and one:

How else can one lose weight?  By focusing on losing weight beyond the physical.  Like asking the spirit to let go of some things.  By knowing for sure where you stand on certain things.  It’s another way of lightening the load.

How can one lose weight in this way?  By a new state of being.  A different level of knowing oneself.

For example, how do you view work?

From Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat, Pray, Love, (as I saw on Oprah’s show) from pages 60 and 61, she shares her observations of the Italian view of work:

“Luca has visited America a few times, though, and likes it.  He finds New York City fascinating but thinks that people work too hard there, though he admits they seem to enjoy it.  Whereas Romans work hard and resent it massively.”

“Generally speaking, though, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure.  Ours is an entertainment-seeking nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one.  Americans spend billions to keep themselves amused with everything from porn to theme parks to wars, but that’s not exactly the same thing as quiet enjoyment.  Americans work harder and longer and more stressful hours than anyone in the world today.  But as Luca Spaghetti pointed out, we seem to like it.  Alarming statistics back this observation up, showing that many Americans feel more happy and fulfilled in their offices than they do in their own homes.  Of course, we all inevitably work too hard, then we get burned out and have to spend the whole weekend in our pajamas, eating cereal straight out of the box and staring at the TV in a mild coma (which is the opposite of working, yes, but not exactly the same thing as pleasure).  Americans don’t really know how to do nothing.  This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype—the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax.”

“I once asked Luca Spaghetti if Italians on vacation have that same problem.  He laughed so hard he almost drove his motorbike into a fountain.”

“‘Oh, no’! he said.  “‘We are the masters of il bel far niente.’”

“This is a sweet expression.  Il bel far niente means ‘the beauty of doing nothing.’  Now listen—Italians have traditionally always been hard workers, especially those long-suffering laborers known as bracciantiI (so called because they had nothing but the brute strength of their arms—braccie—to help them survive in this world).  But even against that backdrop of hard work, il bel far niente has always been a cherished Italian ideal.  The beauty of doing nothing is the goal of all your work, the final accomplishment for which you are most highly congratulated.  The more exquisitely and delightfully you can do nothing, the higher your life’s achievement.  You don’t necessarily need to be rich in order to experience this, either.  There’s another wonderful Italian expression:  l’arte d’arrangiarsi—the art of making something out of nothing.  The art of turning a few simple ingredients into a feast, or a few gathered friends into a festival.  Anyone with a talent for happiness can do this, not only the rich.”

The quotes above gave me a glimpse into how I would like to view work.  What if everyone greeted each other with the question, “Hello.  Are you doing nothing today?”  “Nothing” meaning “Are you taking time to master ‘the beauty of doing nothing?’” or of seeking your “talent for happiness?”  Even if only for one minute a day?

As the New Year is here, you, too, may be searching for a new state of being, a new level of knowing oneself, all the while you are losing weight, feeling lighter.

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More great quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat, Pray, Love:

"I think about religion, most of it is same-same...I have good idea, for if you meet some person from different religion and he want to make argument about God.  My idea is, you listen to everything this man say about God.  Never argue about God with him.  Best thing to say is, 'I agree with you.'  Then you go home, pray what you want.  This is my idea for people to have peace about religion.'" - Ketut Liyer, Balinese medicine man.

Also, as Gilbert depicts Ketut Liyer, one can infer that she has respect for this man.  He shares with her that he had first to be convinced of becoming a healer since his aspirations were originally to become a painter.  

She had taken Ketut's very old and falling-apart medicine journals that had been given to him from his father, grandfather, and great grandfather, that included hundreds of palm reading diagrams to a copier to make photocopies and bind them.  

Ketut told her he will say as he sees things, even if bad, on his palm readings.  This is one of the reasons she takes Felipe, her boyfriend at the time (now her husband), to meet Ketut, for a palm reading.

What happened?

"I also brought Felipe to meet Ketut, my medicine man, and Ketut read his palm and pronounced my friend, no fewer than seven times (while fixing me with a penetrating stare), to be 'a good man, a very good man, a very, very good man.  Not a bad man, Liss--a good man.'"

Of course, this wasn't the only reason Gilbert stayed with Felipe.  

Now if only we all could have a great healer, a medicine man down at the mall, as good and as respected as Ketut, so you could get your girlfriend or boyfriend (or husbands and wives) to get a palm reading.  At least we all know of one in Bali.

This would make Ketut very happy, as he always reminds Gilbert the following:  "If you have Western friends come to visit Bali, bring them to me for palm-reading.  I am very empty in my bank since the bomb."

You can get Elizabeth Gilbert’s book here.  A beautiful book on her journey to Eat, Pray, Love, on the need to know oneself and God.

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Viggo Mortensen news at Viggo-Works:  http://www.viggo-works.com/index.php?page=243

Russell Crowe News at Murphsplace:  http://www.murphsplace.com/crowe/main.html

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Go see a movie!  There are a lot to choose from!  http://movies.aol.com/

Also, I wrote a novel about Minnie Vautrin, who could have left Nanking, before the war arrived at the city, but because she loved China so much, she stayed, hoping to do what she can to help out.  There is a documentary on Nanking:  http://movies.aol.com/movie/nanking/27490/main

 

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