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Volume 9 Issue 5
Jan/Feb 2004

Living in Balance
The Art of Taking Care of Oneself

Let's Eat Pumpkin

Ayurveda – The Science of Life An Ancient Medicine

Jin Shin Jyutsu
A Journey Toward Self-Knowledge and Harmony

Your Inner Voice is a Key to Career Planning

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Volume 9 Issue 5— January/February 2004
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Living in Balance
The Art of Taking Care of Oneself

by Gwen Nyhus Stewart

Benjamin Franklin wrote: "If you want to enjoy one of the greatest luxuries in life, the luxury of having enough time, time to rest, time to think things through, time to get things done and know you have done them to the best of your ability, remember, there is only one way. Take enough time to think and plan things in the order of their importance. Your life will take on a new zest, you will add years to your life, and more life to your years. Let all your things have their place." When you read Franklin's words, what do they mean to you? Do you have enough time to balance your personal needs with your commitment to the outside world? Is stress causing havoc in your life? What exactly does it mean to have your life in balance and how do you achieve it?

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Let's Eat Pumpkin
by Paulette Millis

Pumpkin is native to the Americas. Parts of the skin, seeds, and stem have been found in the ruins of ancient cliff dwellings in South Western USA. The name appears to come from the Greek word, "pepon," and the French word, "pompion." Botanically, pumpkin is a squash – a cousin to melons and cucumber – that grows on a low trailing vine. Its use as a lantern has become a symbol of Hallowe'en, and in a pie, a symbol of Thanksgiving, both of which date back to the first colonial settlers. These early settlers found the Indians boiling and baking pumpkins, making them into soups, drying them, and grinding them into a meal for bread.

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Ayurveda – The Science of Life
An Ancient Medicine

by Dr. Ranvir Pahwa

Ayurveda is the oldest science of medicine. The word is comprised of two Sanskrit words: "ayur." meaning life, and "veda," meaning science (i.e. the science of life). It is the science of longevity – knowledge designed to prolong life, and to promote health, growth, and happiness. It originated in India and has become an integral part of their society, where it teaches people how to be healthy, wealthy, and wise in any circumstance. Ayurveda's medicinal knowledge was also passed on to the Greeks, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetans, and eventually spread to the Middle East and the South Pacific. More than twenty years ago, amidst the growth of Western Medicine and along with other complementary and alternative modalities, Ayurveda had its seeds sown in North America, and now its fruits are slowly emerging.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu
A Journey Toward Self-Knowledge and Harmony

by Shari Beckton

Is this another martial arts form? No, it is not. Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy is an ancient healing art that offers a simple way to achieve health and balance. It harmonizes and brings balance to the energy of the body, which promotes optimal health and well-being. This facilitates our own profound healing capacity. The actual translation of “Jin Shin Jyutsu” is, "The Art of the Creator expressed through a person of compassion and knowing." Mary Burmeister, author of several texts on this ancient art and a devoted student of it, believes that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a lifelong journey toward self-knowledge and harmony.

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Your Inner Voice is a Key to Career Planning
by Jennifer Holmes

“Follow your passion!” “Don’t be shy, just be yourself!” “You’re so good with children, you should go into day care.” These are common pieces of advice from armchair career specialists. They have good intentions and they genuinely want the best for you. However, I challenge these statements. They are contradictory, not complete, and presumptuous. For example, “Don’t be shy, just be yourself!" is something I heard a lot when I was young. If you are shy, you are being yourself. “You’re so good with children, you should go into day care.” No one has the right to say what you are good at, what your interests are, and what skills you should utilize. This brings me to the first statement, “Follow your passion!" This is easy enough advice to give, but many people choose to seek career planning because they are unclear, or out of focus, and need to first discover what their passion truly is before they can follow it.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

Another new year has arrived and I'm wondering what happened to the last one. The days, weeks, months, and seasons seem to fly by like a race car at the Indy 500. We can't stop the movement so I guess it's best to get inside the race car and enjoy the ride. I don't believe this fast-paced world is going to slow down anytime soon, so we have to find our own way of existing comfortably and happily within it. For me, it becomes a matter of being constantly alert and vigilant to my own daily requirements for balance, and then making sure I discipline myself to maintain them for my ongoing health and wellness. I also need to ensure that I stick to my own pace so I don't get sucked up into the whirl-wind of activity and chaos going on around me. (This isn't an easy task, as you may well know.) It is that balance in life, however, that is so important to all of us, because, without it we are unbalanced and, according to many ancient and modern complementary therapies and philosophies, it is the imbalance that creates our sickness and unhappiness.

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