Keys To Finding A Spiritual Partner Or Teacher

´╗┐´╗┐Keys To Finding A Spiritual Partner Or Teacher

People need spiritual nurturing. This is the reason why we pray or meditate. Food nurtures our body and this nurtures our soul. Through spirituality, we are able to find a sense of purpose, and finding a spiritual teacher provides us with a guided path to this awakening. A spiritual partner has to be someone that you look up to in terms of spiritual growth. Finding a spiritual partner allows you to spend time with someone who shares the same goal as you do. You can work as a team to be accountable for each other in order to achieve spiritual growth. You can spend time together in prayer and meditation, and share discoveries promoting your individual growths.
A spiritual teacher would have a more advance spiritual growth than you do. One’s principle will shape your development in order for you to mature spiritually. Sometimes, at first meeting, you can already sense the wisdom. Some followers are given trials before they are allowed to be taught directly by a master. This is considered a privilege for such disciplines.
You can discover a lot of spiritual teachers that meets your idea of spirituality because of their popularity. Some offer their service pro bono and is dedicated to helping other in achieving spiritual maturity. There are services that you can get special sessions, either one-on-one or in small groups, for a nominal fee. Some organizations operate through donations.
Make sure that you learn about their teachings and consider if they matches your idea if enlightenment. You can learn about their teachings by referring to a book they have written or live by. Some people go through numerous religions in hopes of finding themselves and finding their sense of purpose. This journey is often necessary in order for you to achieve spiritual growth. There are many good teachings from other religions that can help you achieve spiritual growth. Despite the difference in practice, some religions even share the same teachings. Experience and going through these many transitions can also be a good spiritual teacher.
Spiritual teachers should never lack humor. Confucius is wise, but if you notice, some of his famous sayings would also incorporate humor. This makes it easier for those who follow his teaching to relate this to their normal life. This also sticks. Followers are able to remember a lot easier if the teachings are taught in terms that they can understand. You would sometimes feel confused, but only to be enlightened in the future. Despite the humor, a spiritual teacher always speaks the truth.
Patience is a really a virtue. A teacher should be patient and provide you the knowledge that you need to know even though it takes quite a while for you to discover what you need to discover. It also helps to establish friendship. This works for both spiritual partners and spiritual teachers. You would feel more at ease in a presence of a friend. With a spiritual partner is necessary for you to be as nurturing to your partner. This is necessary for him to also achieve growth, but even a teacher learns from his students.
Your own intuition can trust you in finding the right spiritual guide to aid you in spiritual development. In finding a spiritual partner, it would be best to find someone who is near the same level of spirituality. Being at the same level would aid you both in maturing together rather than hindering one from their own personal development.

Celebrities Are Just Not Like The Rest Of Us

Celebrities Are Just Not Like The Rest Of Us

As a society, America is quite the celebrity obsessed culture. We share an ever increasing appetite for all news and reports related to our favorite entertainers. Magazines like In Touch Weekly, The National Enquirer and Star Magazine have impressive sales figures as readers fight to get their hands news about both the personal and professional lives of those within the entertainment community.

No matter how incidental the news, readers of celebrity tomes such as In Touch Weekly Magazine and viewers of popular entertainment programs such as Entertainment Tonight, readers and viewers respectively continue to tune in. With so much information available about the lives of our favorite stars it is easy to believe that we know them personally. We look at them as a friend and tend make certain allowances for sometimes odd and even dangerous behavior. We put them up on a pedestal and believe that they are not to be judged by the same standards as the rest of us, sometimes with funny results.

My Mom Named Me Rainbow and My Sister Sonnet

The impending birth of an A list celebrities child can reach epic proportions. Bidding wars often break out amongst magazines like In Touch Weekly to publish the first pictures of the darling newborn. We wait with baited breath to hear the name that our favorite stars have blessed their little ones with. Traditional names such as Sarah, Christopher or Susan will never do. Instead we have names like Ocean, Banjo, Seven, and Puma. Should we wait for the name Loser? I fear the celebrity progeny will one day get even. I can see it now, the tell all book hits the shelf listing a number of abuses starting with the stupidest name known to creation.

Officer I Did Not Know the Speed Limit Applied to Me

In Touch Weekly and other celebrity gossip sources includes pictures and stories of stars that have somehow broken the law. We shake our heads when a well known movie star is in the middle of traffic raving about aliens, or intoxicated while driving down the highway in the wrong direction. Often the prognosis is exhaustion from working too hard. To be fair, you would be exhausted too if you earned millions of dollars for working only a couple of months, traveling the globe, and had people to see to your every wish and desire. Being a celebrity is really hard work.

I Think You will be my First Husband

The divorce or break up of a celebrity relationship can make media sources positively giddy. Readers alike bet on how long a Hollywood relationship will last, or how long before the parties involved go their separate way before the wedding takes place. The idea that those who are creative should not have to make a commitment to anyone or anything is for the sole purpose of excusing celebrities for their broken marriages, fractured families or for the complete mess they make of their personal lives.

No what they name their children, or how much trouble they get into it is okay. They forgive us for completely invading their privacy while we forgive them for being eccentric.

The Many Styles Of Jazz Music Part 2

The Many Styles Of Jazz Music Part 2

Bebop-The dance elements gradually faded away into a true art of real music by the musicians Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, and Ray Brown who wanted to steer away from the commercial type music. These musicians sought to use examples of the Jazz musicians of the past such as Lester young, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines and Art Tatum to expand Jazz music to another level.

At this time, Jazz music moved away from the basic melodic element of the piece to produce a more abstract chordal sound of dissonant tones, and chromatic patterns. The dissonant tones in Jazz music can be heard when two tones are played simultaneously in a clashing manner that can either sound strange or terrible depending on how the tones of the chord fit together as melody notes from a particular key. Clashing sounds can also occur from the use of lowered fifths and raised fourths.

The chromatic sound of the music allows the musician to freely play each of the twelve tones of the instruments without restriction. Musicians were able to play substitute chords as well as altered chords that could change the key of the piece in a whim. The change in rhythm became more discreetly energetic in sound which is used predominantly in Jazz music today. For instance, the cymbal was hit in beat of a 1+a 2+ a 3 +a 4 +a while the snare and bass drum are suddenly hit without warning.

Soul Jazz- From the late 1950′s, a style of music that derived from gospel and soul using the tenor saxophone, repetition with melodic groove hooks, and less intricate improvisation that occurred over the chordal harmonies. The music from the popular radio artist of the time known as Ramsey Lewis wrote "The In Crowd" a hit in 1965. Souls Jazz music signature was powerful bass lines and changing tempo of the song.

Modal- Bill Evans a pianist of this time made his mark in the making of new jazz music styles by using examples of major and minor medieval church modes which produced altered sounds between two notes. This music broke the rules by allowing the musicians to form new harmonies regardless of the key.

Jazz Fusion- Between the 1960′s and 1970′s, Jazz music infused with rock to the horror of Jazz lovers. The sound of Jazz fusion is complicated chordal harmonies, and oddly mixed meters with syncopating rhythms. The instruments used is similar to the instruments used in today’s bands such as the electronic guitar, electric bass guitar, electric piano and synthesizer. The musicians Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Tony Williams and Frank Zappa and many others performed this music.

Smooth Jazz- From the 1970′s and 1980′s Jazz became a lighter pop style of fusion which begat muzak an electronic form of popular music on the radio. This music made popular by Kenny G., Najee and Grover Washington Jr. is played in many businesses to entertain customers.

Poker Movies: Top 5 Films about Poker

Poker Movies: Top 5 Films about Poker

Since the golden age of the Western, poker playing has always been a popular theme in Hollywood. Although many of the Hollywood films that feature poker are not very good and some of them even display poker in a ridiculous manner, watching poker action on the big screen is great fun, especially if you play poker yourself.

Here are the best poker movies that were ever produced in Hollywood. Some of the movies are actually excellent movies regardless to their display of the poker game, while in others the poker games is the feature that makes them worth watching. However, if you are a poker fan, add these movies to your musts list.

The Sting directed by George Roy Hill in 1973

The Sting is less about poker and more about the art of card sharking but it will provide you two hours of sophisticated fun. The 1973 Academy award winner features young Paul Newman as the greatest con artist of them all who mentors young Robert Redford in the art of trickestry. David S. Warn screenplay is based on true con games stories.

The Cincinnati Kid directed by Norman Jewison in 1965

The classic stud poker film known for its climatic final hand and the unforgettable quote: Gets down to what its all about, doesn’t it? Making the wrong move at the right time</i>. In short, The Cincinnati Kid is about the battle between Steve Macqueen who plays a young poker player also known as The Kid and the veteran poker gambler known as The Man who is played by Edward G. Robinson during the Great Depression in New Orleans. It may not appear at any other list of best movies, but it certainly has one of the best poker scenes ever seen on the silver screen.

California Split directed by Robert Altman in 1974

California Split may not be the pick of Robert Altmans creation, but is one of the best movies to depict the messy everyday life of two professional gamblers played by George Segal and Elliott Gould. Like in many of Altman films, the narrative is not particularly straight and the end is not necessarily happy, but it does succeed in describing an authentic experience. Additionally, poker trivia fans would be thrilled to learn that poker legend Amarillo Slim plays a small role.

Rounders directed by John Dahl in 1998

It is hard to tell whether the movie pushed to the 21st century poker boom or the rise in the popularity of poker during the last decade made Rounders a cult hit. However, Rounders is one of the best poker films to display the contemporary high stake poker scene. The core of the movie is a long poker marathon in which Mat Damon and Edward Norton are trying to earn money to pay off the latter gambling debts. World Series of Poker champion Johnny Chan plays a featured role.

Maverick directed by Richard Donner in 1994

Although Maverick is not the most brilliant film ever made and some of the poker scenes are kinda silly, it is a fun and lightheaded poker movie. It might even provide you a basic idea on what it was like to be a rambling gambler in the old west card scene with Mel Gibson as a maverick who tries to earn enough money for the big five card draw poker tournament.

8 Steps To Writing A Great Children’s Book Manuscript

8 Steps To Writing A Great Children’s Book Manuscript

Let’s face it: some kids just don’t like to read. Increasingly, parents, teachers, librarians, and editors are looking for books that will appeal to reluctant readers. When I was writing The Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read (Random House), I read hundreds of children’s books, old and new, that I thought would fit the bill. I discovered that there are eight qualities possessed by great books for reluctant readers, and to my surprise some of my childhood favorites didn’t pass the test. If you can work at least three of the elements listed below into your book, it will have a good chance of being loved by all kids, even those to whom reading is a chore.

* Humor. Making kids laugh is essential to building a pleasant association with reading. But you need to understand what tickles kids’ funny bones at different ages. The humor in picture books is broad and very visual. Easy readers (and some picture books for ages 6 and up) begin to introduce verbal humor: wordplay, puns, double meanings. As kids move into the chapter book arena they can handle jokes that need a setup and a payoff that’s played out over several scenes. Dialogue, how characters react to each other, or the situation in which a character finds himself may be innately humorous.

* Well-Defined Characters. Many kids want to identify strongly with the characters in their books; for reluctant readers, this is essential. It doesn’t matter what the character looks like on the outside (be it space alien, a clown or a talking frog), on the inside this character needs to embody the perspective of the reader. This means the character is dealing with issues the reader might face, or seeing the world in a childlike way. Book characters must have multidimensional personalities with strengths and weaknesses in order for the reader to care about them and want to stick with them for the entire story. In nonfiction such as biographies, authors who find an element of their subject’s life that is relevant to the target audience have a better chance of reaching reluctant readers.

* Fast-Paced Plot. Kids who love to read don’t mind a story that takes a few chapters to unfold, but reluctant readers don’t have that much patience. The action needs to start in the first paragraph, and by the end of the first chapter the reader should know quite a bit about the main character and have a good idea about the conflict or problem that character will face. Subplots are fine for chapter books and up, but too many will get in the way of the forward movement of story. Keep the pages turning.

* Concise chapters. Ideally, each chapter should contain one clear event (or one specific point in nonfiction), and have an arc of its own (a beginning, middle and end). This makes reading even one chapter a satisfying experience. Chapters that end on a high note in the action will make the reader want to see what happens next. Episodic novels (where each chapter stands alone as a short story) are also good bets for reluctant readers. Richard Peck’s A Long Way from Chicago and Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School are two middle grade examples.

* Kid Relevance. This applies to the themes and ideas that form the basis for plots or how an author approaches a nonfiction topic. These ideas should be relevant, meaningful, and applicable to the reader’s life. Instead of conveying a lesson your adult perspective tells you the reader needs to know, try using the reader’s frame of reference as a starting point. Write to your audience, not at them. And remember, books can be just for fun.

* Suitable Text. Depending on the age and ability of the reader, the text needs to be challenging but not overwhelming. Strive to write your story as clearly as you can, using active sentences and concrete nouns and verbs. When writing for a broad age range of reluctant readers (8-12, for example), make the vocabulary accessible to the younger end, but the interest level appealing to kids on the older end of the spectrum.

* Unique Presentation. Reluctant readers often choose nonfiction over fiction because it speaks to their personal interests. Finding a new or unusual slant to your topic helps keep that interest alive. Humor doesn’t hurt either. It’s Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World by James Solheim appeals to middle graders’ love of the gross while sneaking in some history on the side.

* Visual Appeal. Authors generally don’t have much say in a book’s design, but author/ illustrators might. Larger typeface, the generous use of white space, and illustrations that elaborate upon the text all help break up the string of words and make the book less intimidating to read.

Discover The Truth About All Natural Beauty

Discover The Truth About All Natural Beauty

All natural beauty is something many women want but few know they have. Instead, they get expensive surgeries done, literally risking their lives in the pursuit of a beauty standard that is not only unrealistic but is completely unreal. They use beauty products that damage their skin and hair and ultimately wind up in landfills when they don’t have the promised effects. Women are hurting themselves and the environment all in an effort to be beautiful.

Fortunately, there are many different ways women can achieve the all natural beauty that they so desperately want and deserve. Some of these ways are exceptionally easy to incorporate into a woman’s everyday life. Some of them may be a little bit trickier for some to get used to doing everyday but once fitted into a woman’s daily habits, they will be easy to maintain for a lifetime.

The first step to all natural beauty is to stop idolizing the models you see in magazines or on billboards. Stop looking to female celebrities and comparing yourself to them. Nearly all advertisements in magazines, billboards, even head shots used in portfolios, have been touched up in one way or another digitally to get rid of wrinkles, acne, or other unsightly blemishes. No woman can ever live up to how a model looks in a photo because the photo simply isn’t real.

Next, women everywhere need to realize how beautiful they already are. Everyone has flaws or imperfections that they don’t like about themselves; even models and celebrities. You need to quit focusing on where you think you don’t measure up and instead focus on things you like about yourself. For some women, finding things they appreciate about themselves can be a difficult task. Recruit friends and loved ones to tell you what they like about you. You don’t have to restrict yourself to looks, either.

Which leads to the next truth about all natural beauty: it comes from within. It may sound very cliché but the phrase has existed for a long time for a reason. Beautiful personalities, feeling confident in yourself without being cocky, helping others, and honestly caring for those around you will make you a truly beautiful person. People with picture perfect bodies but who have ugly hearts and souls may lead a charmed life on the outside but on the inside; things aren’t as lovely.

Because they are so mean and hurtful to those around them, they drive people away from them, and wind up alone in the end.
Surround yourself with people that are truly beautiful from the inside and you will not only be happier but you’ll stop turning to a Hollywood standard that even models and celebrities can’t live up to. Don’t be tempted to turn into a plastic person through plastic surgery or other extreme measures in order to be a fantasy version of someone who doesn’t know you exist. The truth about all natural beauty is in understanding the beauty within.

More Information Regarding The Importance Of Digital Music In Our Lives-It Is Something Very Mood Altering

More Information Regarding The Importance Of Digital Music In Our Lives-It Is Something Very Mood Altering

It is proven that music is a mood altering experience. Listening to digital music, depending on the environment around you, can provide you with different mood changing experiences. If you are in a nightclub and the music is bumping, there is just no doubt about it, you will be up on that dance floor moving all around and shaking your money maker! It is really incredible what listening to digital music can do for an individual.

It is really important for all of you to truly understand the great importance of listening to music and really feeling it. If you are sitting at home, lights are down low and maybe you are feeling a little bit sad about something, you could start listening to some of them tear in your beer type songs and before you know it, you are going to be crying your poor little eyes out.

Music tones and sounds literally do something that will change things in your brain wave, which causes moods to develop, whether they are feelings of romance, sadness, cheerfulness or complete throw down partying type of mood. If you really think about that it is kind of funny isn’t it, the way that listening to digital music can just put you into like a total trance of some sort.

Often times when I am sitting here writing articles I will play my digital music very low in the background and it really helps to put me in that right zone or mood, to continue doing what it is that I am doing. Some might think that it would be distracting but it really all depends on the type of music that you are playing. If you are needing to just relax, put in some of your softer, slower melodies and upon doing so, you will slowly start to feel yourself calm down a bit.

Digital music will continue to grown in its advancements with technology and there will be more and more new items coming out on the store shelves, for you all lucky enough to get to enjoy. Being in a really crabby mood is not something that any of us really want so if you feel yourself having one of those bad days, just go with it. Listen to some awesome digital music on your mp3 player, perhaps some really hard rock or whatever your preferences may be at that time.

You might find your digital music experience to be quite enlightening and even helpful at certain times in your life. Everyone out there has heard a song playing on the radio or wherever and began to think about a time in your life, that suddenly strikes up an emotion, which might cause you to shed a tear or two. This is perfectly normal, this is what good music is all about.

Enjoying digital music of all types, can be really healing for many people and most avid music lovers will tell you that life without music just would be no kind of life at all. So, keep listening and enjoying all of your digital music and whatever mood comes upon you, just go with it!

Movies on Global Warming

Movies on Global Warming

It seems that people are coming from all directions to make movies about global warming. Many people are moved to educate people about the subject and want to reach the widest possible audience. Books do not hold the appeal they once did. Now, people want to sit down and watch a movie to understand subjects like global warming.

Although Al Gore has a book by the same name, most people know An Inconvenient Truth as a feature length documentary movie. The movie boils down to a power-point presentation that Gore has given many times on the subject of global warming. Al Gore simply presents facts in a low-key, personable way. The film includes some biographical information about Al Gore, too.

The 60 Minutes documentary, The Age of Warming, which aired April 1, 2007, is a must-see for those interested in global warming. In it, correspondent Scott Pelley explores Antarctica to find evidence of global warming. There, Pelley finds that the Adelie and Chinstrap penguins are being endangered by loss of habitat. He also finds glaciers that are in the process of rapid melting into lakes. It is an eye opener.

Some fictional movies have been made with the theme of global warming. One is The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. While the science may not be precisely or even nearly right, the special effects are fantastic. It is a good old-fashioned disaster flick with all kinds of natural disasters. Bring out the popcorn, but do not expect to be educated.

An Earth Story, starring Ross Gelbspan and John Hutchison is another of those documentary-type movies. It tells the story about all those scary predictions of climate change due to global warming. The sub-title is An Alternative to Extinction. That alone should explain how dramatic this movie is. The solutions to global warming are equally dramatic.

Not exactly a traditional movie, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris’ Crisis as Opportunity: Living Better on a Hotter Planet is unique. Instead of being distraught and woeful, Sahtouris views global warming as a natural evolutionary process. She sees it as a beneficial challenge that will help people learn to live together as they never have before.

Energy Crossroads: A burning need to change course, is a documentary movie about the energy crisis. It deals with the amount of oil that will be left in the future and the different ways to overcome that crisis. However, a good part of this movie is devoted to a study of how energy issues are tied to global warming. It points to global warming as one of the reasons humans need to make changes.

There is a set of movies called the Secrets of the Millennium. Probably the best of this series is the one with information on global warming. It is titled Secrets of the Millennium: Man vs. Nature: Who Will Win? It dramatically exposes humans’ desires to control earth, while letting things get out of hand environmentally at the same time.

Many celebrities have made their own movies on global warming. Some of them are not available for viewing yet, and some of them can be seen on the internet. One example is global warming films by Leonardo DiCaprio that can be viewed on his website. As the reality of global warming sets in, more movies will certainly deal with the subject.

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Obtaining Your Favorite Celebrity Autographs

Obtaining Your Favorite Celebrity Autographs

Being a fan of any celebrity, particularly musicians, you may come to a point in your life where you want to have them autograph a CD, poster, or photo. Many fans collect autographs to display proudly in a showroom and many people collect autographs as a way to earn a profit by selling them later on down the road. Whatever your reason, getting a celebrity autograph can be quite a difficult task but not impossible.

If the person you are seeking an autograph from is fairly new in their career, it is much easier to request their autograph. A new career means that these musicians are playing the smaller venues, many of these venues allow for easy access backstage or to meet and greets after a show. These budding new artists are also usually more than willing to sign an autograph as they appreciate their fans much more in the beginning. You can often get photo opportunities as well as an autographed CD or photo.

Musicians who are at the high point in their career are often more difficult to attain an autograph from. You may have to join their online fan clubs for meet and greet opportunities. Even then, meet and greets are highly protected and do not allow personal photos or videos to be taken. You are often allowed an autograph and a digital photo taken by a professional photographer who will send digital versions of the photos via email. Meeting a celebrity through methods other than meet and greets usually requires some type of "hook up." Meaning, if you know someone who has some type of personal connection to the musician, the higher your chance of meeting them and requesting a photo and autograph.

A singer who is towards the end of their career or simply not as popular as they once were, are often more than willing to take a photo with you and sign an autograph. By this point in their career, they realize that the fans keep their bills paid and appreciate them more. Many celebrities continue to be approachable throughout all stages of their careers. However, they are much easier to connect with during the very early stages or late stages of their careers. Many celebrities who never regain momentum very often continue to have a strong fan base, so their autographs can still continue to be worth some value.

Once you have a nice collection of autographs, you can either keep them for yourself as nice reminders of meeting your favorite celebrities, or you can offer them up for auction and earn a nice profit from them. You can sell celebrity autographs at online auctions or specialty sites that deal with celebrity autographs. Depending on the celebrity and how controversial their lives are or were can determine just how much you can make. You would be surprised at what some celebrity autographs can go for. Also remember that you can purchase autographs and turn around and sell them for profit. Just be sure to learn about authenticity before purchasing random autographs.