Newsletter: September, 1996

by Patrick Magee, author of Brain Dancing

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow." -- Robert Goddard

Summary of this issue

  1. Exercise your eye muscles
  2. Are you getting enough mental rest?
  3. Applying NLP distinctions (revised 10/96)
  4. 10 minute power naps (no longer available)
  5. Cool self-development articles

Exercise Your Eye Muscles  
In Richard Hittleman's Introductory Yoga Video, he recommends the following exercise for exercising your eye muscles:
  1. Close your eyes for a moment, then open them.
  2. Without moving your head, look up as high as you can go without straining.
  3. That's 12 o'clock. Now look off to 11 o'clock and pause for a moment. Move your eyes around the numbers of the clock, pausing briefly at each number. At each stop, look as far as you reasonably can in that direction. Go around twice counter-clockwise and twice clockwise, pausing for a moment after each circle.

Are You Getting Enough Mental Rest?  
When we sleep at night, our body rests, but our mind continues to work. Have you ever awoken at night and noticed that your mind was cranking away on some issue? In order to rest the mind, you need to do something that rips you out of your mental ruts. Traveling to new places is an excellent way to do this. Being in nature is often part of effective mental rest. Skiing and boating also work well for me.

One way I know if an activity is giving me effective mental rest is by how I perceive time passage. If an activity is restful, time seems to slow down. Four hours cruising on a boat often feels like two whole days. Time isn't dragging along; it just feels like we've packed two days of life into those four hours. Not that we rush around on these trips. In fact, it's just the opposite. Activities are scheduled very loosely and we just "go with the flow". If you doubt the possibility of perceiving time in such a nonlinear fashion, consider the words of Paul Harvey when he asked, "How long is a minute?" After a brief pause he replied, "I guess that depends which side of the bathroom door you're on."

Cool Self-development Articles  
  1. Howard Gardner's Multiple intelligence's
  2. Interview with Howard Gardner, a Harvard University professor of education and author
  3. Warren Bennis: Fostering Leadership
  4. Principle-centered leadership, Stephen R. Covey
  5. How Peak Performers Differ from Workaholics, Charles A. Garfield
  6. Juran Institute Article Index
"You can always tell an intelligent person--they have the same views as you do." -- Walt Evans

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